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Intel Greenlow Platform Launched

Intel has officially launched the Greenlow platform – Xeon E3-1200 v5 series processors and the C230 series chipset. The new Xeon E3 v5 CPUs are powered by the Intel Skylake microarchitecture, and feature improved per-clock performance, higher clock rates, support for DDR4 memory and more powerful P530 graphics on selected lines. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”1″] The E3-1200 v5 series consists of 11 models, including 5 standard-power (80 Watt) models without integrated GPU, 3 models with IGP and 3 low power processors. All microprocessors have 4 cores, 8 MB of L3 cache, and support AES, AVX2 and TSX instructions. The CPUs also support Turbo Boost …
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Gigabyte Launches New Server M-ITX Board

GIGABYTE Technology, today launched its new lineup of motherboards based on the new Intel® C230 series chipset family. Supporting the new Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 V5 product family (former codename Greenlow), this new lineup includes at launch two workstation motherboards and two server motherboards. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] From Gigabyte: The New Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200 V5 Product Family Formerly known as Greenlow, this new generation of single socket server and workstation processors is based on the 14nm process technology and designed with the new Skylake microarchitecture. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Among the main features of this new product family is the adoption of the DDR4 memory technology within the Xeon E3 line …
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Intel Introduces a Non-Barebones NUC

Currently the NUC is the ‘default’ (to the regular consumer) mini-PC on the market, the Intel Next Unit of Computing has added yet another family member to it’s lineup. Yet this one is different – it isn’t a barebones unit like it’s brethren. Featuring the Intel Pentium N3700, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB of storage, and Windows 10 preinstalled, the NUC5PGYH is ready to go, out of the box. The soldered down (not upgradeable) Pentium CPU is the N3700, a Braswell based quad-core running at 1.6GHz, with burst up to 2.4GHz. This processor has a TDP of 6 watts, …
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Shuttle Launches Budget XPC Nano SFF PC

Shuttle Computer Group, Inc., today announced its XPC Nano line of barebone computers, including the NC01UBING, a fully configured system with Windows Bing 8.1 pre-installed, designed for commercial applications. Marty Lash, director sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group states “These small, sophisticated beauties fit everywhere, and our new pre-configured NC01UBING comes with 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD and Windows Bing 8.1 at an ESP of $299. It’s a killer product.” The new line of Nano SFF computers boast low price points and an absolutely tiny, 0.5 liter, design. Available with Intel’s Ultra Low-Power CPUs, embedded processor choices include Celeron, and Core …
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Intel Z170 Motherboards Launch

Intel’s new Skylake platform partially launches today, starting at the high-end with two new CPUs (the i7-6700K and i5-6600K) and new motherboards based on the Z170 chipset. The rest of the CPU lineup and the other motherboard chipsets will be released at a later date. Here are the Mini-ITX and microATX Z170 motherboards that have been announced so far: Mini-ITX ASRock Fatal1ty 170 Gaming-ITX/ac AnandTech has a pic and some specs of the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac but nothing on the ASRock site or at any retailers. My suspicion is that this board won’t be available right away, a common trend as you’ll see. Highlights …
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MSI Launches New SFF Prebuilt, the Nightblade MI

Well, it looks like SFF has hit the mainstream – even the big hardware makers are pre-building SFF systems for you! MSI has just launched their new system, the Nightblade MI. Measuring 126.7 x 234.8 x 340.6 mm in size (10.13 litres), this system really does fit the bill of Small Form Factor. Materials appear to be steel and plastic, but the major standout is the CPU cooler – is that a laptop style cooler we see there? No word yet on how loud this system will be. The graphics card (a GTX960 2GB) slots in ‘above’ the motherboard, in …
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Moore’s Law Buckles as Intel’s Tick-Tock Cycle Slows Down

Techpowerup is reporting that Moore’s law – that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented – may have come to an end. After being accurate for many years in CPU architecture, problems with the 10nm and smaller nodes becoming incredibly challenging. Intel’s Broadwell platform launched later than expected, late enough for Intel to launch a Haswell refresh. In order to progress to faster, more powerful processors, the designers will have to start looking at smarter and more creative was to use the transistors to improve performance. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] …
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GIGABYTE Announces Full Support of the New Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 V4 Product Family

Gigabyte has release BIOS updated to support the latest line of Intel Xeon processors – a boon for those of us who demand workstation or server reliability and accuracy. Read Gigabyte’s Press Release below: “Taipei, Taiwan, June 2nd – GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, is happy to announce today, in coordination with Intel’s official launch, that its entire line-up of C220 / H87 server and workstation motherboards now supports the new Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 V4 product family. Click here for GIGABYTE’s line-up of motherboards supporting the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 V4 product family Click here for GIGABYTE’s line-up of …