ASUS Announces B150 Pro Gaming/Aura

When I go motherboard shopping, there is one thing that makes it first on the list of must-haves – Intel NIC. So it was awesome to see that the ASUS B150 Pro Gaming/Aura for Intel Skylake CPUs includes the I219-V. The price is right @ $129 and there’s lots of good stuff like M.2, USB Type-C and DDR4 support, but […]

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Skylake cannot handle the pressure.

Stress is difficult. Sometime almost impossible to deal with, and when that happens you’re forced to break, or bend, if you happen to be a CPU. Thankfully there doesn’t appear to be a “gate” associated with what is turning out to be quite an issue for some third-party HSF suppliers (see the Ars article for more detail and links). With […]

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TECHSPOT Reviews Intel Core i3-6100, Likes It

With Broadwell’s lackluster desktop release leaving DIY builders out in the cold, I’ve been a bit detached from following the progression of the platform. This has changed with Skylake, and its full release for all users – not just mobile. Might just be time to modernize that aging HTPC :).   Early this year we compared AMD’s $150 quad-core FX-8320E […]

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Intel Brings Discrete IR Back to NUC5i5RYK

Discrete IR On/Off are a critical part of my home theater setup. Without them, I can’t include an “On” command in my startup macro for the HTPC which leads to all sorts of “training issues” with the other users in the house. So I was pretty upset when Intel killed the feature in a recent BIOS release. Fortunately they were […]

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Intel Compute Stick STCK1A32WFC HDMI Dongle HTPC

Intel Compute Stick STCK1A32WFC HDMI Dongle HTPC

The Intel Compute Stick caused quite a stir when it was announced at CES 2015, and it’s easy to see why – Intel managed to stuff an entire Atom based PC into an HDMI dongle. The STCK1A32WFC model includes an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11bgn Wi-Fi (Realtek RTL8723BS), and Bluetooth 4.0 built-in for […]

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Intel NUC Kit NUC5i5RYK Mini PC

Intel NUC Kit NUC5i5RYK Mini PC

When it comes to sleek small form factor (SFF) home theater PCs (HTPC) Intel pretty much perfected it with their Haswell based NUC systems–offering an excellent media experience in a chassis with built-in IR, the potential to add HDMI-CEC, and optional hard disk drive (HDD) all from a quiet, low power system. Seeking to build on this success they recently […]

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Intel @ CES 2015

Intel is moving hard into small, low power devices and that was evident in what they were showing at CES this year. We started out with tablets, but the really interesting stuff started when the new Broadwell NUC came out. First we saw a demo of it running an incredibly slick picture/video manager that used to require a quad-SLI system […]

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Intel Fixes Netflix DD+ HDMI Audio Issue

If you use Intel HDMI audio with the Windows 8.x “Metro” Netflix app you know that Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) output has been broken for, um, forever. Thankfully, they just released an updated audio driver that solves the issue! Huzzah! Unfortunately at the moment it looks like they’ve only updated it in the Ivy Bridge GPU driver package for the […]

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