Bay Trail just keeps on giving

A little more than one year after its release, Bay Trail-D is still rocking the entry-level desktop market. The J1800M-A and J1900M-A are two micro-ATX motherboards bringing multiple PCIe slots and U-DIMM slots (with official support for 16GB RAM) to the low-power platform.

✓ Celeron J1800 (dual-core) / J1900 (quad-core)
✓ 2 x U-DIMM slots (DDR3 1333 MHz)
✓ 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
✓ 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
✓ 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Parallel port
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)


EXCLUSIVE: i7 Broadwell NUC to feature Iris Graphics

Great news for gamers and SFF lovers : Intel's highly anticipated i7 Broadwell NUC will make a seriously capable gaming box thanks to the powerful Iris Graphics 6100.

The NUC5i7RYH will feature an i7-5557U, dual-channel 1.35V DDR3L SODIMMs (1333/1600/1866 MHz, up to 16GB) one mini HDMI 1.4a, one mini DisplayPort 1.2 and four USB 3.0 ports (one charging capable).

The 28W TDP is much higher than the regular 15W and most fanless aftermarket NUC cases will not handle it. We're hearing that at least one supercase is in the works though.


First Broadwell NUC case

The very first fanless chassis for Intel's Broadwell NUC is coming from Akasa. The Newton RC retains the same dimensions as the Newton X (150 x 185 x 47mm) adding just a fast charging USB 3.0 port and an unnecessary Akasa logo on the front side. The Newton RC will be available in March at a similar price to its predecessor.


How would you change Intel's fanless NUC?

We're loving the form factor and cooling design of the DE3815TYKHE, we're also puzzled by its SoC. What would you have done differently?

✓ Intel Atom E3815 (5W TDP)
✓ 1 x DDR3L SO-DIMM slot (8GB maximum)
✓ Intel HD Graphics (up to 400 MHz)
✓ 1 x HDMI 1.4a
✓ 1 x Embedded DisplayPort
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x USB 3.0
✓ 2 x USB 2.0
✓ 4GB eMMC storage device built in
✓ Internal support for 2.5-inch HDD / SSD
✓ 10 / 100 / 1000Mbps Ethernet port
✓ 190mm x 116mm x 40mm

What our readers think:

"Dual NICS (as long as they are Intel and not Realtek).  If Intel came out with a Fanless dual NIC Nuc, which was competitively priced. It could become the go-to platform for a lot of router distros (ipfire, Pfsense etc.).  It would need a faster CPU though. I'd personally prefer a higher clocked dual-core instead of a quad-core as well." Vanburen.

"Passive cooling, 4-core Bay or Cherry trail, 2,5" HDD position, at least 2 USB3s from which at least 1 at the front panel, Gb ethernet, AC wifi, small form factor..."

"If it had Broadwell/Skylake architecture CPU (5-7 W TDP), it would be almost good enough to consider purchase of it."

"Dual ethernet a plus but not really required (usb ethernet works)"

"It says "Perfect for thin-client computing". If that's it's intended purpose, then I think it seem adequately spec'd."


SilverStone PT13 + ASRock Q1900TM-ITX

SilverStone PT13 is possibly the smallest PC case on the market. Offering just 1.4 liter the diminutive chassis can still accommodate a fanless motherboard (here the Q1900TM-ITX) thanks to its numerous air vents.

Special thanks to our friend Tony Ou from SilverStone for sending the pic. Now we need a taller version for more passive cooling options ;-)


Streacom cases revamped

Nothing drastically different from the outside, but Streacom's ALPHA versions of their cases offer significant improvements in internal design and performance, including :

✓ Higher precision extrusion
✓ New anodizing process
✓ Uprated heatpipes
✓ More storage options
✓ Dedicated optical drive tray
✓ Optimized venting to improve convection
✓ Refined power button (white power LED)
✓ Front / side USB 3.0 ports
✓ Improved documentation
✓ New packaging

Source: TechPowerUp


SNEAK PEEK: The world's first 16 heat pipes fanless case

HDPLEX is about to make history with its new H5 super-chassis. The heat sink case will not only feature an 8 heat pipes CPU cooling system (which is a record on its own!) but also 8 heat pipes for GPU cooling.

Update: Specs and price ($275). Final design should be coming soon.

✓ Support CPU 90W TDP
✓ ATX, Micro-ATX and mini-ITX compatible
✓ Optional Eight Heatpipe Heatsink System for Graphic Card
✓ Support SFX ATX and Flex ATX Power Supply
✓ Full height Dual Slot PCI/PCIE Expansion card supported
✓ 430mm Faceplate Width, Matching Standard AV Rack
✓ Support Modular ATX Input and 300W HDPLEX Linear ATX PSU
✓ Support Max 3 x 3.5" HDD and 6 x SSD/2.5"HD
✓ Internal 345 x 370 x 75mm (L x W x H)
✓ External 345 x 430 x 80mm (L x W x H)
✓ Faceplate 430 x 80 x 15mm(L x W x D)
✓ Weight 16lbs (7.5kg)


Broadwell NanoPCs released (and why rooting for Foxconn is hard)

After skipping Haswell, Foxconn's affordable NanoPCs are back and Broadwell-powered:

AT-9700 (i7-5500U, 15W TDP)
AT-9500 (i5-5200U, 15W TDP)
AT-9330 (i3-5010U, 15W TDP)
AT-9200 (Pentium 3805U, 15W TDP)

The trouble is that, like HP and ASUS, Foxconn is cashing on the fanless craze with questionable graphics and presentation ("0dB noise"?), when their Core-based systems have been proven fan-cooled.

A rep for Foxconn confirmed us that the new NanoPCs are, indeed, not fanless.

Image credit: Foxconn,


EPoX rises again with unusual Celeron motherboard

Looks like EPoX / SUPoX is still active in China with various motherboards including this brand new microATX solution. Powered by a pretty rare Celeron N2940 (4 cores up to 2.25GHz, 7.5W TDP) the N2940MX7 is aimed at the HTPC crowd and the very healthy Chinese DIY market.

✓ Bay Trail Celeron N2940
✓ 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
✓ 2 x SATA2
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x DVI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)



i7 NUC finally a reality

Intel just announced an i7 iteration of its popular diminutive PC. Coming in Q2, we're hearing that the NUC5i7RYH will feature a Core i7-5557U with Iris Graphics 6100. Definitely full desktop replacement or SteamBox material.

Most passive NUC chassis will not handle 28W TDP though, and dedicated fanless solutions will have to be implemented.

Source: Intel (Thanks for the heads-up, John)


HDPLEX H1.S available on Amazon

The Rolls Royce of fanless PC cases is now available on the largest online retailer for $215. The small chassis can fit mini-ITX and Thin mini-ITX motherboards, and can handle up to 65W TDP (thanks to an amazing 6 heatpipes cooling system).

Source: Amazon