Snappy Ubuntu for Intel's Atom

According to Mark Shuttleworth, Snappy Ubuntu Core "provides transactional updates with rigorous application isolation. This is the smallest, safest Ubuntu ever". The lightweight OS is now available with Intel's fanless and most affordable NUC ($140) in mind. The Atom E3815 mini PC provides enough horsepower to handle basic tasks, and is still more flexible (and silent) than most compute sticks.

Source: Ubuntu via Liliputing


More shenanigans from ASUS ?

ASUS is boasting about the UN45's "desktop-grade 4th Gen Intel processor performance".

The most humble Haswell desktop CPU was the Celeron G1820TE with 2230 Average CPU Mark (1295 single thread rating) while the most powerful Braswell SOC - the Pentium N3700 - scores only 1887 (and a paltry 539 single thread rating).

Draw your own conclusions.


fitlet-T is now available at Amazon

The latest CompuLab mini-PC is now available at Amazon for $386. With 8 USB ports, 2 Ethernet ports, S/PDIF output, and a 5-year warranty, the AMD-powered fitlet-T has more to offer than many NUCs, not to mention passive cooling out-of-the-box.

✓ AMD GX-424CC
✓ 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L (up to 16GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay
✓ 1 x mSATA slot
✓ 1 x micro-SD slot
✓ 1 x micro SIM slot
✓ Half / Full-size mini-PCIe socket
✓ Half / Full-size mini-PCIe / mSATA socket
✓ Digital 7.1 + 2 channels S/PDIF output
✓ 2 x USB 3.0
✓ 6 x USB 2.0
✓ 2 x HDMI 1.4
✓ 2 x Intel GbE LAN ports
✓ WLAN 802.11ac
✓ Bluetooth 4.0
✓ 19 x 16 x 4cm
✓ 1100gr

Source: Amazon


The silent cube (warning: insanity ahead)

Incredible build featuring an i7-4790K, no less than two EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 2.0, a 400 GB Intel 750 PCI-E SSD, 50 kg of aluminum and a Zalman FX70 on top of it. Total overkill, grotesque-looking, and we love it!

Source: linustechtips


Inside the new fanless ZBOX

ZOTAC insisted that the original C Series' cooling system was perfect. We respectfully disagreed. Now, despite a much smaller TDP (6W vs 11.5W previously) the new Celeron N3150-powered CI323 looks noticeably bulkier. How come?

The cooling system was vastly improved. Granted, the top mesh panel is still obstructed, but the actual CPU cooler is twice as big. And the best part : no flimsy thermal pad in sight. Just strong, heavy, reliable hardware. Way to go ZOTAC!



The PCLinuxOS mini-machine

PCLinuxOS is our OS of choice for almost 10 years now, and we're thrilled to see the popular distro offering official hardware. Introducing The Chimpbox Quad Core, a fanless AMD Fusion A4-5000 mini-PC starting from $299.95.

✓ AMD A4-5000 (4 cores @ 1.5 GHz)
✓ AMD Radeon HD 8330 Graphics
✓ 4 GB / 8 GB RAM
✓ 250 GB HDD / 120 GB SSD
✓ 1 x PCI Express slot
✓ 2 x SATA 3 connectors
✓ 2 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

Source: PCLinuxOS


i5-4200U barebone for $270

Interesting - and cheap - Haswell mini system for only $270. Literally a Bay Trail system price. Note that you'll need to add your own memory (DDR3L 1333/1600 MHz) and storage (mSATA / 2.5").

Source: Amazon


MSI Cubi N overview

Our friend Pavol sends us some pictures and pretty good news about his freshly acquired Pentium N3700-powered MSI Cubi N. At full CPU load - and Turbo on all four cores - the diminutive PC doesn't throttle. Running a CPU + GPU stress test, temperatures rise up to 81°C (throttling). This bodes especially well for the less power-hungry N3150 and N3000 versions of the Cubi N.

With a large heat sink - visible under an actual meshed top - the Cubi N is definitely more convection-friendly than the recent ASRock BeeBox or ASUS Vivomini UN45.


ARCTIC unveils Intel-compatible fanless CPU cooler

ARCTIC's Intel-friendly version (socket 1155, 1156, 1150, and 1151) of the M1 Passive will be available tomorrow in Europe for only 13 euros.

The Alpine 11 Passive is significantly larger (95 x 95 x 69 mm) than its AMD predecessor, and twice as heavy (508 vs 246 g). ARCTIC is unsure about its cooling capacity - indicating both 35W and 47W - and we're not crazy about pre-applied thermal compound, but it's still an amazing news for builders on a budget.

Source: ARCTIC


How To Build a Fanless PC

Excellent step-by-step tutorial on how to do it, using Akasa's original Euler. Once a dream, an affordable fanless PC with a desktop CPU becomes a reality.

Source: Youtube


Raijintek Tisis Core Edition available in Europe

Raijintek's massive dual tower CPU cooler is now available in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania. The 1050g / five 8mm heatpipes monster will handle - at the very least - 35W CPUs passively (make sure to use a case with a meshed top).


ECS LIVA ditches eMMC storage

We are firmly against soldered / non-expendable storage. There's nothing cute about crippled technology. Even when it comes in a colorful mini PC.

ECS finally got the memo and is moving from a barely usable - especially with Windows - 32GB eMMC storage to a 120GB M.2 SSD. The new LIVA X2 is available in Asia for now, but will most likely be available in the US and Europe soon.