NUCs get Skylake treatment
Corsair has announced some new cooling brackets that enable you to hook up various Nvidia graphics cards to the company’s all-in-one liquid-cooling systems. You’ll need to remove your graphics card’s air cooler to install the new HG10 N970 or N980 aluminium brackets, which also feature a 70mm fan to help cool the rest of your card’s components. With the bracket installed, you can then fit the pump/waterblock unit of one of Corsair’s Hydro liquid coolers to the GPU.
The HG10 N970 is compatible with stock GeForce GTX 970 cards, while the N980 can be fitted to any GTX 980, 980 Ti or Titan X card that has a stock PCB layout. Both coolers have a recommended retail price of £30 inc VAT. Intel has updated its line-up of tiny Next Unit of Computing (NUC) gear to incorporate its new Skylake gear, introducing four bare bones systems. Two of the new systems use a dual-core Core i3-6100U CPU, which runs at 2.3GHz and features HyperThreading tech to process four threads simultaneously. This Core i3 chip also features 3MB cache, uses Intel’s HD Graphics 520 system and has a TDP of 15W. The other two systems, meanwhile, feature a Core i5-6260U chip, which is also a dualcore CPU with Hyper-Threading, but its top Turbo speed is 2.9GHz and it’s equipped with 4MB of cache and Intel’s Iris Graphics 540 system.
The bare bones systems will also feature a load of connections, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet as standard, along with four USB 3 ports, HDMI 1.4, miniDisplayPort 1.2, M.2 2280/2240 connectors and support for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Two of the models will also have room for a 2.5in drive in addition to an M.2 drive.