Waterproof NUC case

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 Nemesis in passive mode

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.



8 new fanless-friendly CPUs

Finally an affordable batch of Haswell Refresh. On top of that, all of them under 55W TDP, meaning relatively 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

Source: CPU-World


Jetway JBC310 available for £168

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




Akasa Newton X available for $110

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

EreBoss Core Edition pictured

This december, Raijintek will introduce a new type of paint that doesn't affect cooling performance. One of the first contenders will be the EreBoss (a lot of passive cooling potential).

Source: Raijintek via Cowcotland


Building small (Akasa Euler S review)

Akasa's Euler is a Thin mini-ITX case, and a CPU cooler as well. Definitely the easiest solution for a fanless LGA build (it's also one of a kind).

Launched in 2012, the Euler is back with two front USB 3.0 ports and a premium "diamond finish" on the edge.

228 x 187 x 61.5mm, 2200g, the Euler is literally a giant heatsink. Heavier than SilverStone HE02 and Thermalright HR-22 combined.

Spoiler: We got the best results in the convection-friendly vertical position.

Not just the CPU. Carefully placed air vents keep all components at low temperatures.

While the Euler looks and feels amazing, the CNC machined aluminium of our sample looks slightly uneven (we quibble). The power button is really disappointing though, too small and on the flimsy side.

4 screws and the Euler is already wide open.

The CPU area is a massive and shiny aluminium bullion.

Feets, 2.5" mounting kit, SATA cable, and thermal compound are all included.

The Euler is available with or without power supply. We got a Great Wall GA120SC1, stable and surprisingly cool.

The tricky part: not much room to work with. A good thing we skipped the 2.5" drive and went for a 500GB mSATA Samsung 840 EVO SSD.

35W CPUs only. The very efficient and very capable Intel i3 4130T will power our build.

Less than half of the thermal grease was needed. It looks silicone-based but does the job.

The little ASUS Q87T fills the entire case now. We did skip the I/O shield for additional airflow.

The Euler looking sharp. Less than 30 minutes to build, 37°C at idle, 55°C at full load, this is an undisputed success. Available globally, this unique $120 case / CPU cooler is almost perfect. We're impressed and highly recommend it.

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TechPowerUp reviews Shuttle DS437T

"Although it is passively cooled, both CPU and IGP temperatures stayed within safe parameters during our tough testing procedures (59°C at load). This clearly shows how effective the DS437T's cooling system is, although it doesn't employ any moving parts. The lack of cooling fan(s) not only eliminates noise, but increases reliability as even the best fan can fail if it is operating around the clock."

Source: TechPowerUp


HP fanless Chromebox has a fan

Fanless is the new it word. HP's Chromebox is being marketed as fanless when it's really not. Yep, a blatant lie.

We didn't cover it previously since, obviously, a 17W CPU can't be cooled passively in such a small chassis, but Lon Seidman just played with it and confirms the fan's noise.

Update: Picture from HP's own disassembly guide (PDF).

Update2: Still no word from HP. Also, hi reddit and hckr news ^_^

Update3: Five days and HP is still mum on the issue. Amazing.

Update4: Day six, HP quietly updates the Chromebox page...


Is metal foam the future of PC cooling?

A German crowdfunding project is readying the SilentPower, a compact gaming PC entirely cooled with copper foam. The fanless machine features an i7-4785T (35W TDP) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (a whopping 170W TDP).

Prices range from 699 euro (8GB RAM / 500GB SSD) to 1159 euros (16GB RAM / 1TB SSD). Aesthetically, it kind of works. As far as thermals go, we're curious.

Source: SilentPower

Danke an Peter für den Tip!