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11.22.2017

Reeven Okeanos passive mode




Reeven tells us that their flagship CPU cooler can handle a 35W processor entirely passively. The 1 kg Okeanos is a quite unique dual tower featuring two 8 mm and four 6 mm heat pipes. As always, make sur to use a case with mesh on top. The Okeanos retails for $80.

We're expecting more "35W fanless approved" CPU coolers in the coming months, stay tuned.

Image credit: Enos Tech

11.21.2017

Akasa Galileo build video


A pretty straight forward build featuring the Akasa Galileo, the 35W i3-7100TASUS Q170T Thin mini-ITX motherboard, and Crucial's MX300 M.2 SSD. Please note that we don't support the rice grain or line method (too less thermal grease is often applied) and strongly recommend the spread method.

Video courtesy of Fully Silent PCs.

11.18.2017

Inside the fanless GIGABYTE BRIX





Finally a closer look at the i3-7100U-powered GIGABYTE GB-EKi3M-7100 courtesy of WiredSystems. Despite considerable interest from our readers, the fanless BRIX is only available here and there. Definitely a missed opportunity from GIGABYTE.

Source: Facebook

11.14.2017

From Ivy Bridge to Kaby Lake





The beauty of buying a quality fanless chassis is that it's reusable. Our reader Bogdan owns a 1st generation HDPLEX H3 and went from a i3-3225 (from 2012) to a substantially more powerful i5-7500 in no time.

His biggest challenge was finding a motherboard with a CPU socket and layout similar to the previous Gigabyte Z77N-WIFI, and the Thin mini-ITX ASUS Q170T fits the bill. Playing 4K content, the Kaby Lake i5 idles at only 39°C.

11.13.2017

Silent gaming cube




An interesting and compact (almost too compact) entry-level gaming rig featuring the 35W i3-6100T, the Palit 1050 Ti KalmX, the super cute Cooler Master Elite 110, and the dirt-cheap Arctic Alpine 11 Passive.

"I chose this case because it let me top-mount my passive PSU, venting up and out of the case, which kept its waste heat out of the system. This case also mounts the graphics card vertically, which is the best orientation for the passive GPU I was using. And, it has good ventilation - full front mesh plus large side and top vents - so there is scope for some convective airflow around the GPU and also the passive CPU cooler I got for the low-TDP CPU."

Source: PCPartPicker

11.09.2017

First Gemini Lake devices are fanless



No mention of the SoCs powering the new Fujitsu's FUTRO S540, S740, and S940 thin clients (NDA anyone?). But after digging a little deeper into Fujitsu's site we found this PDF confirming the use of Intel's Celeron J4005, J4105 and Pentium J5005.

Notice how professional PCs always get things right, whether it's large enough heat sink cases, or mesh chassis and vertical position (when internal coolers are used). Do not settle for less.

Source: Fujitsu

11.08.2017

Akasa Galactico build





Our friend trejj from reddit was kind enough to send us pictures of the Akasa Galactico build process. Here are some of his comments:

✓ Installation of the Galactico case took a bit less than two hours. The most difficult part for me was figuring out how to remove the NUC board out from the original Skull Canyon case, I was afraid I might break it. There are no included instructions with the Galactico case on how to extract the Skull Canyon board out from its own case. My electronics skills are at lego builder level, I can assemble a PC from components, but apart from that, no much special skills. Galactico's installation instructions were suitably clear though, did not have big problems, but definitely some headscratching moments while installing.

✓ The Galactico case is surprisingly heavy for the size. All those heat sinks do add up in weight.

✓ First time booting up, hearing 0dB was certainly magical! :)

✓ At idle, I'm getting about 34C temps. (at 23.8C room temperature)

✓ Running only FurMark 1.19.0.0 GPU stress test Burn-in test at 1024x768, 0x MSAA, gives 28 FPS that doesn't fluctuate, and graphics temperature levels at 73C.

✓ Overall, I give this product a big thumbs up. Akasa has made me happy, and I no longer hate my NUC.

The Galactico is available for $238 and 200 euros.

Source: reddit

11.07.2017

Kabini HTPC


Here's the original Kabini-powered HTPC from the creator of the fanless PS4. He's currently putting the final touches on a 35W Intel build, and we just can't wait.

Source: Facebook

11.06.2017

Intel CPU with AMD graphics


The rumor was true. Coffee Lake H is coming with a custom-to-Intel graphics chip from AMD. Expect more mini PCs with gaming capabilities, starting with the highly anticipated Hades Canyon NUC. Fingers crossed for passive options.

Source: Intel