Scythe Ninja 4 unveiled

Sold as an active cooling solution, the latest Ninja from Scythe could also work passively with low-power CPUs considering its sheer size (130 × 155 × 153mm) and weight (900g). Previous Ninja models were also advertised as "fanless-ready" up to 65W TDP. More details are expected to be announced for the Europe / US launch.



Arctic Alpine M1 Passive gets reviewed

Aside from its good looks, the very affordable Alpine M1 Passive is doing a surprisingly good jod at cooling a 25W AMD APU (Athlon 5350). 35°C at idle and 58°C at full load (Prime95) are great results, especially without heat pipes. Intel version anyone?

Source: (Thanks to Payoknay for the tip)


Shuttle DS407T is underwhelming

We just don't get it. With a just-released Broadwell-based Slim PC for industrial use (DS57U) Shuttle's latest consumer oriented DS packs an Ivy Bridge Celeron, making it less powerful than last year's model (DS437T). The DS407T is available now from 165 euros.

✓ Intel Celeron 1007U (17W TDP)
✓ 1 x Mini-PCI-E (half-size)
✓ 2 x SO-DIMM slots (16GB max)
✓ 4-in-1 card reader
✓ 4 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 4 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
✓ 1 x DVI
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 65W adapter
✓ VESA mountable
✓ 200 x 39.5 x 165 mm

Source: Shuttle


cirrus7 nimbini announced

cirrus7's first NUC system is nothing less than spectacular. Elegant yet rugged to the core, its design is reminiscent of their nimbus with stackable laser-cut aluminium layers. The 150 x 150 x 87mm nimbini will be available as a complete system (with Ubuntu or Windows preinstalled) or as a DIY kit (with over 90 parts, you've been warned).

The nimbini is compatible with all Broadwell NUCs, including the highly anticipated 28W Iris Graphics i7 one. cirrus7 tells us that cooling will be stellar and that the nimbini will handle stress tests just fine. Preorders start later this month and it's expected to ship mid-May (English store on the way).

Source: cirrus7


Streacom FC10 ALPHA available

Streacom's new and improved flagship case is now available on QuietPC, QuietPC USA and Recommended for CPUs up to 65W TDP (Streacom's ultimate 95W limit sounds pretty optimistic if you ask us) the 435 x 319 x 100mm chassis is compatible with  Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and full size ATX motherboards, and offers up to 9 storage bays.


MSI announces 3 Braswell motherboards

"MSI, world leader in motherboard design, debuts the first Intel® Braswell based Mini-ITX ECO motherboards; the MSI N3050I ECO, N3150I ECO and N3700I ECO. With a rich feature set and all new onboard 14nm Dual & Quad Core Intel® Celeron® and Pentium® Processor with next generation Intel® HD graphics up to 2x faster, the new passively cooled MSI Braswell ECO motherboards are the perfect solution for HTPC or industrial devices... Featuring a fully passive cooling solution, the new Braswell based ECO motherboards run cool, silent & efficient."

✓ MSI N3700I ECO (Pentium N3700, quad-core @ 2.40GHz)
✓ MSI N3150I ECO (Celeron N3150, quad-core @ 2.08GHz)
✓ MSI N3050I ECO (Celeron N3050, dual-core @ 2.16GHz)

A basic offering but prices should be good. Braswell motherboards with added features (from ASUS, GIGABYTE and ASRock) are coming before and during COMPUTEX TAIPEI.

Source: MSI


Fanless Collection

Awesome family pictures (courtesy of our friend Thony) featuring the biggest players: Thermalright HR-22, Nofan CR-80EH and CR-100A, Zalman FX70 and the infamous FX100.

Source: Le fanless dans tous ses ├ętats


Akasa announces Plato

Akasa's latest Broadwell NUC chassis is exploring a whole new shape and design. The Plato is a much wider case with lateral cooling fins. We're not entirely sure how this works but internal pictures should surface soon.

✓ Compatible with all i3 and i5 Broadwell NUC motherboards
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay (up to 9.5mm high)
✓ 2 x front USB 3.0
✓ Front Audio in/out
✓ Infrared receiver
✓ Kensington lock
✓ VESA mountable
✓ 247 x 200 x 38.5mm

Source: Akasa

Update: It looks like the I/O ports are reversed compared to the fan-cooled version. The CPU is probably mounted on the base this time around.

HDPLEX H1 time-lapse

Source: Vimeo