FanlessTech

4.01.2020

Easy-as-pie mounting system





Arctic's Alpine 12 Passive features the most straightforward mounting system ever. It's basically four screws. Makes sure to use a sub-47W CPU and a convection-friendly case, and you're good to go.

Source: Charme azur

3.31.2020

Zalman CNPS20X available




ZALMAN's supercooler is now available for a whopping $100. The CNPS20X features six heat pipes and weights 1.3kg. This beast of a cooler is even larger and heavier than flagships from Phanteks or Noctua. Its "4D patented corrugated fin design" reminds us of ZALMAN's discontinued FX70 and using it passively is in the realm of possibility.

Image credit: 3Dnews

3.30.2020

The Nucintosh is complete





We saw a sneak peek of its cooling solution a few months ago, here's the complete system. This impressive custom build features a Bean Canyon NUC, a modified Arctic AM4 Passive CPU cooler, and an exclusive 3D printed case. The Nucintosh looks like a mix between the latest Mac Pro and the fanless Power Mac G4 Cube from the early 00's. Well done!

Source: reddit

3.26.2020

New KODLIX duo




Gemini Lake systems are available again, including these two entry-level Windows 10 Pro mini PCs from KODLIX. The thin model is powered by the dual-core Celeron N4000 and features 4GB RAM / 64GB eMMC storage for $169.99. The thicker model features the quad-core Celeron N4100 and 8GB RAM / 128GB SSD storage for $279.99. Please note that the 32GB RAM mention is a typo (or a lie) as Gemini Lake's max memory size is 8GB.

3.25.2020

ZBOX edge CI341 available




We're excited about this one. Teased at COMPUTEX 2019 the ZBOX edge CI341 is now available directly from ZOTAC for $180. Featuring the 6W Celeron N4100, two SO-DIMM slots, M.2 storage, DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, WiFi and Bluetooth, the CI341 is the thinnest ZBOX C series model yet. Most importantly, the CI341 also features an efficient cooling system in the form of a heat sink case.

Source: The ZOTAC Store

3.24.2020

Final NUC 10 review




Digital Trends takes a look at Intel's NUC 10 and despite the lack of Iris Plus Graphics, there's still a lot to love:

"Intel is pitching this Frost Canyon NUC, the 10i7FNHAA, as a small workstation suitable for many content creators. It’ll work well enough for that, so long as you aren’t working with cutting-edge content, like 8K video. There, you’ll need a more powerful computer."

"However, this NUC can handle the needs of many photo and video editors, developers, engineers, and so on. Call it adequate. That might not sound like high praise but, given the $1,049 price tag and tiny footprint, it’d be foolish to expect more. This is a capable PC for its price."

Source: Digital Trends

3.23.2020

Palit GTX 1650 KalmX review




German site igor's LAB takes a look at the new GTX 1650 KalmX graphics card and performance is pretty decent, but the Palit heat sink is slightly undersized if you ask us, and temperatures rise up to almost 90°C under heavy loads. Using this card in passive builds could be tricky. Make sure to take a look at the source (please note that the review looks Google-translated).

Source: igor's LAB

Update: TechPowerUp and Guru3D reviews

3.20.2020

CNC magic


Check out how quality fanless PCs are made. Amazing work from our friends over at Tranquil PC.

3.19.2020

The Resurrection of Beema (part two)




BIOSTAR launches its own Beema motherboard, featuring the 10W E1-6010 (Radeon R2 Graphics) from 2014 and people are not impressed. Here's a sample of what the TechPowerUp readers have to say:

"This is them just shoveling back stocked garbage to consumers."

"... an obsolete APU which was slow even when released, is just insane."

"It's nice of BIOSTAR that even in those hard times they still try and make us laugh."

✓ AMD E1-6010 (dual-core @ 1.4 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCI Express slot
✓ 2 x SATA 3 connectors
✓ 2 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

Source: TechPowerUp