Tranquil PC teases Broadwell NUC case

And it looks superb. The new diamond-shaped chassis is designed for the consumer Broadwell NUC a.k.a Rock Canyon (confirming our exclusive slides from February and August). 2015 can't come soon enough.


Thermalright Macho Zero unveiled

The Macho Zero is a cheaper, and slightly smaller substitute for the show-stopping HR-22. The new heat sink features a redesigned base plate and a stylish, nickel plated, structure. The 140 x 102mm x 162mm / 710g cooler is available in Europe today for 55 euros.

Source: Thermalright


BIOSTAR iDEQ-T1 ready to ship

Initially presented at Computex featuring a dual-core Celeron J1800, BIOSTAR's Bay Trail barebone is finally rocking a quad-core Celeron N2940. Fingers crossed for the rumored sub-$160 price.

✓ Celeron N2940 (4 cores @ 1.83 GHz, up to 2.25 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR3L SO-DIMM slots (up to 16GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay
✓ 1 x Mini PCI-E 2.0
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 3 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

Source: Biostar via Liliputing

Streacom launches NC2

The second NUC chassis from Streacom features the much-awaited 2.5" option, and handles up to 20W TDP.

"At only 59mm, the NC2 is only 11mm taller than the NC1 but provides the additional internal space to fit a 2.5″ drive. The NC2 also keeps all of the great features of the NC1, compact and stylish design, ultra efficient passive cooling, modular assembly, and acrylic sides which allow for internal WiFi / Bluetooth, making it the perfect case for an ultra small and silent PC."

✓ Extruded and milled aluminum + acrylic sides
✓ 1 x 2.5″ + mSSD on motherboard
✓ Finned Top Panel
✓ 150 x 112 x 59mm
✓ 850g

Source: Streacom


Intense Phoronix review

Michael Larabel takes a look at the Haswell-based barebone.

"The Intense-PC2 had an average total AC system power draw under load of about 30 Watts with a peak of 38 Watts. Overall, CompuLab remains one of the very interesting Linux-friendly PC vendors out there doing interesting designs. The Intense-PC2 is fanless, built within a ruggedized metal shell, and is easy to upgrade / swap out RAM and storage. The Intense-PC2 has been running strong at Phoronix over the past month without any problems. The Intense-PC has been running now for over two years and also without problems."

Source: Phoronix


CRYORIG R1 Universal shows versatility

Some hinted that CRYORIG's flagship cooler, the R1 Universal, perfoms pretty well passively. Today, the CRYORIG team confirms to us that the R1 "can definitely operate with no fan".

No maximum TDP is given, but any 35W CPU should be at ease under this 936g asymmetrical dual tower.

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Unreleased MONSTERS

Triple and quad towers concepts from Prolimatech, Alpenföhn, and Reeven. We say, bring them on already!

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FIRST LOOK: CompuLab's next big thing

First sneak peek at the 30% smaller next gen fit-PC2/i. More details to follow soon.


Newegg pushing Jetway's barebones

The giant tech retailer is discounting Jetway's fanless Bay Trail systems. The Celeron N2807 version is now $155, while its Celeron N2930 sibling is $190. Cheaper and definitely more flexible than any LIVA type device with soldered RAM and/or storage.

Source: Newegg


ZBOX PI320 pico delivers

So far, Brad from Liliputing is enjoying ZOTAC's upcoming pocketable (and affordable) PC.

"I’ve been testing the little computer for a few hours and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by just how responsive it is. I’ll have benchmarks and more performance notes in my full review, which will be published later. But here are some of the things I’ve already used the PC for:
  • Streaming video from YouTube and Hulu
  • Streaming HD video from a shared network drive using XBMC 13.2 media center
  • Watching live TV using open source media center Media Portal and a Pinnacle USB TV tuner (connected to a rooftop antenna)
  • Surfed the web with 8-10 browser tabs open
Not once did the computer feel sluggish while doing any of those things."

Source: Liliputing


FIRST LOOK: SilverStone PT18

A very interesting passive NUC case is coming from SilverStone. The 110 x 230 x 39mm chassis weights 667g and should provide ample cooling for the 15W TDP platform (especially vertically). Compatible with Haswell NUC motherboards, the PT18 is available today to OEMs with a broader release to follow.