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Reports That High Pressure Heatsinks Can Damage Skylake

Intel’s new Skylake processors are in the news again, and not for a good reason. According to PCGamesHardware.de, high pressure or mass coolers could damage the CPU package and/or socket. As you can see in the image above, the substrate of the processor package is significantly thinner, and being made of glass fibre (as are most PCBs), it can flex significantly more than the previous, thicker, packages. The pressure of a hefty cooler could push the CPU package into the socket and damage the pins! The fact that Intel’s Skylake processors do not ship with a stock cooler may exacerbate …
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PC-Q04 – Lian-Li Returns to Small

Lian-Li, one of the Godfathers of aluminium PC cases, has launched a new product, the truly SFF PC-Q04. Measuring in at 194mm wide, 294mm high and 210 mm deep, this 12 litre chassis offers a decent selection of hardware fitment options. The chassis supports ATX power supplies up to 160mm long, CPU coolers up to 70mm high, and a graphics card up to 190mm long. Storage options include mounting for either 2 x 2.5″ drives or 1 x 2.5″ drive and 1 x 3.5″ drive on the included drive tray, with an extra location for either a 120/140mm fan, or single 2.5″ …
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NFC Systems S4 Mini available for pre-order

We had interviewed Josh at NFC Systems several months ago and now his new case design, the S4 Mini, is available for pre-order: http://nfc-systems.com/shop/s4-mini-chassis It’s a slim all-aluminum Mini-ITX case designed for DC-DC PSUs. A short dual-slot GPU can be fitted by way of a flexible PCIe extender. Exterior dimensions are 330 x 216 x 57mm. Price is $150 for the chassis itself, with a custom x16 PCIe extender available as an option for $35. Power button (16mm vandal switch) and DC-DC PSU will need to be purchased separately. Josh has recommendations for the PSU on the site. Custom powder coat …
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Shuttle’s New Skylake Barebones – The SH170R6

The new Shuttle XPC SH170R6 has appeared on the Shuttle website and supports Intel Skylake platform technology. This new model supports the latest 6th generation LGA 1151 95W processors. With Core i3/i5/i7 processors built-in graphics core, the SH170R6 is able to support 4k/Ultra HD video playback. At the rear of the SH170R6, one HDMI ports and two DisplayPorts are present to support three independent displays. The SH170R6 also features one PCI-E x16 slot and one PCI-E x4, allowing for installation of dual slot graphics cards, video surveillance cards, RAID cards, and more. No word on Crossfire though – and SLI isn’t available …
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CRYORIG A Series Hybrid Liquid Coolers Released

Press Release*: Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, PC cooling solution innovator releases the much speculated and also anticipated A Series of Hybrid Liquid Coolers. First unveiled in June at Computex 2015, the CRYORIG A Series Hybrid Liquid Cooler or HLC has been under much speculation from the PC cooling market. The CRYORIG’s A40/A40 Ultimate and A80 HLC units are built on the base of Asetek’s 5th Generation Pump and CPU Cold Block technology with a small but obvious twist. With an additional adjustable and detachable Airflow fan, the CRYORIG A Series HLC is capable of lowering the temperatures of the components surrounding …
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Noctua Celebrates It’s 10 year Anniversary

PRESS RELEASE*: Vienna, October 29th 2015 – Noctua today celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Since the introduction of the first generation NH-U12 heatsink in October 2005, Noctua’s products have received more than 6000 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines, making them a default choice for quiet cooling enthusiasts all over the world. [mks_pullquote align=”left” width=”300″ size=”20″ bg_color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]”Our products have come a long way since we launched our first cooler in 2005 and our first fan in 2006,” says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “but we’re still driven by the same passion to create the best quiet cooling …
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ZOTAC Announces the ZBOX BI323 and CI323 Mini PCs

PRESS RELEASE*: ZOTAC International, a global innovator and leading manufacturer of graphics cards, original manufacturer of Mini PCs, introduces a more capable and more energy efficient ZBOX Mini PC with Intel Braswell processors. ZOTAC ZBOX Mini PCs are getting more capable, adding more value than ever before. Both ZBOX BI323 and CI323 nano are powered by an Intel Braswell quad-core processor utilizing a 14 nanometer low-power process with tri-gate transistors, vastly improving energy efficiency without compromising computing power. ZOTAC is also introducing a USB 3.0 Type-C port on the front for hassle free expansion or connectivity on both models. Connect …
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ASUS Unveils a Limited Edition White R9 Nano

ASUS has released a limited edition Radeon R9 Nano graphics card with a matte white cooler shroud, replacing its matte-black reference unit. Besides this, there’s absolutely no changes to this card from AMD’s reference design. The PCB is reference, and so are the clocks, with up to 1000 MHz core, and 500 MHz (512 GB/s) memory. It remains to be seen if ASUS seeks a small premium for this card, and if that’s enough to lure case-modders building machines around this color scheme. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Thoughts? Discuss them in the forum.