APU gaming PC?

The Ryzen 5 3400G features "the most powerful graphics on a desktop processor". Well, that's according AMD ("Testing as of 05/14/2019 by AMD Performance Labs using an AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G Processor and Intel Core i5-9400 in 3DMark Time Spy. Results may vary with configuration."). Make sure to use the AM4-compatible SilverStone HE02 V2 for passive cooling.


BREATHTAKING music server

The Taiko Audio SGM Extreme is a mind-blowing €24.000 music server featuring out-of-this-world specs. The 42kg CNC-machined aluminum and copper chassis (for reference the Akasa Euler is 2kg and the HDPLEX H5 is 7kg) rocks dual 10C / 20T Xeon, 48GB of industrial memory, 280GB of PCIe Optane storage for a custom Windows-based OS, 2TB of PCIe SSD storage for files (up to 24TB) and an internal linear PSU. Built to last a lifetime.

Source: Taiko Audio


MINIX finally gets it

After years of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad passive cooling, MINIX finally gets it and lets its CPU cooler breathe. The NEO G41V-4 is powered by the Celeron N4100 and features a much-need perforated case to provide airflow. Easy access to the M.2 SSD is also a nice touch.

Special thanks to Notebook Italia for sending the pictures.


3 alternatives to the Chaco Canyon NUC

Shuttle's DX30 features the 10W Celeron J3355, M.2 and 2.5" storage options, HDMI, DisplayPort, and a legit CPU cooler. $195

The DL10J is the DX30's successor, featuring the more powerful Celeron J4005 (Gemini Lake). This barebone is also 4K and 4G-ready. $199

Logic Supply's CL200G features the very same CPU used in the Chaco Canyon NUC, and a rugged chassis that doubles as a heat sink. $259


Airtop3 benchmarks

"The past month and a half we have been putting CompuLab's Airtop 3 computer through some demanding benchmarks and a variety of endurance workloads. With the Airtop 3 under test loaded with an 8-core / 16-thread Xeon processor, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics, and 64GB of RAM with NVMe SSD storage there were some concerns over thermal throttling and if this fan-less industrial PC design could really deal with the generated heat. But after all of this testing, the Airtop 3 continues running strong and another shining example of CompuLab's engineering strength."

Source: Phoronix


New Intel-branded fanless NUC!

5 years after the first Atom-based fanless NUC, Intel is about to launch a new affordable and passively-cooled mini PC. The NUC8CHK A.K.A NUC 8 Rugged A.K.A Chaco Canyon features the 6W (Apollo Lake) Celeron N3350, 4GB of soldered RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage. Thankfully, adding M.2 and 2.5" SSDs is entirely possible.

While we're thrilled at the idea of a new fanless NUC, our enthusiasm is tempered by its convection-starved cooling solution. Hopefully, we'll be proven wrong.

Source: KoolShare

$330 Pentium N4200 barebone

The previously hard-to-find GIGABYTE's EL-30 is now available for $330. Powered by the 6W Pentium N4200 (4C/4T up to 2.50GHz) the system features 32GB of eMMC storage (mSATA slot available) and is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT, and Ubuntu.

✓ Intel® Pentium® N4200
✓ onboard 32GB eMMC
✓ 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots
✓ 2 x GbE LAN ports (Realtek RTL8111HS)
✓ 2 x HDMI ports
✓ 1 x Full-size Mini-PCIe slot for 3G module or mSATA storage
✓ 1 x Micro SD card slot
✓ 4 x USB 3.0
✓ 140.8 x 107.5 x 29.5 mm

Source: Amazon


Xeon motherboard, anyone?

ASRock launches a unique mini-ITX motherboard featuring Intel's Xeon D-2123IT and four DIMM slots for up to a mind-blowing 256GB RAM. The 17cm x 17cm board also features ten SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, M.2 storage, and three LAN (including one as Intelligent Platform Management Interface). The D2123D4I4 is Linux-friendly and fully compatible with CentOS, SUSE Enterprise, FreeBSD, Fedora, Ubuntu, and RedHat.

Source: ASRock


3.5 liter case

The Goodisory MX01 is the ideal case for ASRock's J5005 or J4105 Gemini Lake motherboards (yes, they're back!). The 7.9 x 3 x 8.4" chassis offers 2.5" or 3.5" storage options and comes with a stand for only $33. Make sure to get a pico-PSU and a power adapter to complete the system. Happy building!


HUMBLE experiment

HUMBLE is a mini-ITX PC case that comes as a do-it-yourself kit. At only 6.6L, the diminutive chassis offers just enough space for the Scythe Grand Kama Cross 2 CPU cooler, and enough convection to passively cool the 51W Pentium G4500.

Source: Theez Designs