The AMD-powered fanless ZBOX nano is now available for $183. The mini barebone features a quad-core A6-1450 (@ 1.0 GHz, up to 1.4 GHZ) and one of the best arrays of ports, including full-size DisplayPort, full-size HDMI, two USB 3.0, five USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and multi-card reader.
The thermal pad suspicion is still annoying though. Feel free to send us pictures of your unit to set the record straight. WARNING: Access to the CPU cooler area will void the warranty.
Pool computing anyone? Akasa Pascal is the first water and dust proof passive case for the NUC. The 150 x 185 x 54 mm IP65 case is compatible with Intel's D53427RKE, D33217GKE, and DCP847SKE motherboards (no Haswell option unfortunately) and retails for 490 euros, £415 and $500.
Raijintek is shaping up as a major player with massive coolers and small prices. Their flagship dual-tower weights 1050g and features five 8mm heat pipes, for less than $75. Without any active cooling, the Nemesis has no trouble keeping a 130W CPU under control (delta temps under 32°C). Impressive.
Finally an affordable batch of Haswell Refresh. On top of that, all of them under 55W TDP, meaning easy passive cooling.
✓ Pentium G3250 (2C / 2T), 3.2 GHz, 53W TDP, $64
✓ Pentium G3250T (2C / 2T), 2.8 GHz, 35W TDP, $64
✓ Pentium G3450T (2C / 2T), 2.9 GHz, 35W TDP, $75
✓ Pentium G3460 (2C / 2T), 3.5 GHz, 53W TDP, $86
✓ Core i3-4160 (2C / 4T), 3.6 GHz, 54W TDP, $117
✓ Core i3-4160T (2C / 4T), 3.1 GHz, 35W TDP, $117
✓ Core i3-4360T (2C / 4T), 3.2 GHz, 35W TDP, $138
✓ Core i3-4370 (2C / 4T), 3.8 GHz, 54W TDP, $149
TAG : INTEL
The latest Jetway barebone offers the same SoC as the ZBOX CI320 but with a far more convincing cooling solution. And it's pretty rare to find an industrial product (read: very reliable) available online at a realistic price.
✓ Celeron N2930 (Quad-core @ 1.83 GHz, up to 2.16 GHz)
✓ Intel HD Graphics
✓ 1 x DDR3L SO-DIMM slot
✓ 1 x mSATA Slot
✓ 1 x half size Mini-PCI Express slot
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x COM port
✓ 2 x HDMI
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Intel)
✓ 1 x IR Receiver
✓ 1 x Audio line out with SPDIF out
✓ 116 x 110 x 49 mm
TAG : JETWAY
Akasa's ultimate NUC case is now available on Amazon for $110. The 1270 grams of anodized aluminium should provide more than enough cooling for the 15W platform.
✓ Compatible with Haswell NUC kits / motherboards
✓ 1 x 2.5" bays
✓ 2 x front USB 3.0
✓ Front Audio in/out
✓ Infrared receiver
✓ 2 x antenna holes
✓ Kensington lock
✓ VESA mountable
✓ 150 x 185 x 47mm