Tranquil PC's secret project

Tranquil PC is working on something powerful and truly gorgeous. Stay tuned for exciting updates!


The Whiskey Lake ZBOX is official

We first saw it at CES earlier this year and here it is, the Whiskey Lake ZBOX. Identical to the current $500 CI620, the CI621 doesn't offer a significant jump in terms of performance, but some Spectre / Meltdown / Foreshadow problems should be fixed. Hopefully, coil whine won't be an issue this time around.

✓ i3-8145U (2C / 4T up to 3.9GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots (up to 32GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps HDD / SSD slot
✓ 3-in-1 card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC)
✓ 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Front)
✓ 4 x USB 3.1 (Rear)
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 (Front)
✓ 2 x Ethernet ports
✓ 1 x HDMI 2.0 (up to 3840x2160@60Hz)
✓ 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (up to 4096X2160@60Hz)
✓ WiFi 802.11ac / Bluetooth 5.0
✓ 204mm x 129mm x 68mm

Source: ZOTAC


Passively-cooled Core-based motherboard

Avalue just announced a product that many silent PC enthusiasts had been waiting for. The EMX-KBLU2P is a Thin mini-ITX motherboard rocking a 15W Skylake-U or Kaby Lake-U processor. The 170 x 170 mm motherboard features on-board power, two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, four USB 3.0 ports, two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, three display outputs, and M.2 support. We have no doubt that a similar motherboard from ASUS, ASRock, or GIGABYTE would be a success.

Source: Avalue


The Nofan CR-95C is back in limited quantities

This is the last chance to own the legendary fanless CPU cooler. Quiet PC USA is getting the remaining stock of CR-95C from Nofan Corporation. Both the CR-95C Pearl Black and CR-95C Copper are available for pre-order starting today for $139 and $126 respectively. While they perform similarly, the Black Pearl has the advantage. We desperately want one.

Source: Quiet PC USA


The Zotac ZBOX CI660 AnandTech review

Our friend Ganesh from AnandTech takes a look at the most powerful fanless PC from a mainstream brand, and likes it overall. Unfortunately, the coil whine from hell - mentioned in other reviews - is once again noticeable.

"... it does have its share of issues: While the system contains no moving parts, a dull whine can be heard if you were to keep your ears close to the top of the system. In addition, occasional noises similar to the grating of fingernails over the fins of the heat sink could be heard. All said, though Zotac can claim that the system is fanless and passively-cooled, it is not an entirely noiseless system."

Source: AnandTech


Tidbit: IP65 Bean Canyon

Akasa traditionally releases a waterproof / dust proof case for each generation of Intel's NUC, and Bean Canyon is no exception. The Pascal BC is a 270 x 238 x 76 mm aluminum case ready for the harsher environments, including outdoor usage.

Source: Akasa


pfSense router build

More praise for the $579 i5-powered firewall barebone featuring no less than six Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports: "This is a protectli like device used to create a virtualized pfSense router. I use xcp-ng as the hypervisor and installed pfSense as a Virtual Machine. Ubuntu is additionally installed as another virtual machine within the hypervisor and the Xen Orchestra Community edition is installed within Ubuntu. Xen Orchestra acts as a control mechanism of the xcp-ng machine where snapshots or backups or created and exported to a local FreeNAS box"

Source: PCPartPicker


First Whiskey Lake barebone

ASRock is once again getting the latest Intel chips first. Their upcoming iBOX rocks the 15W i3-8145U, i5-8265U or i7-8565U. Intended for industrial use, the rugged box - featuring impressive cooling fins - could still find its way to online retailers. The new iBOX is the same weight as the Akasa Euler, a case designed for 35W processors, so cooling should be stellar. Expect more fanless Whiskey Lake mini PCs at COMPUTEX TAPEI next month. 

✓ 1 x DDR4 SO-DIMM (up to 32GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay
✓ 3 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 1 x USB 2.0 port
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 2 x DisplayPort
✓ 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek / Intel)

Source: ASRock

Update: An AMD Ryzen R1000 version is also coming soon. For the record, this is not "the world's first AMD-powered NUC solution" (AMD BRIX anyone?). It's not even the first fanless AMD NUC (ZBOX CA320 from 2014).


Logic Supply Partners With ThinManager® To Launch Industry's First Intel® Apollo Lake & Coffee Lake CPU Powered Thin Clients

Global industrial and IoT computer hardware manufacturer Logic Supply (, in partnership with centralized computing software leader ThinManager®, have updated their line of thin client computer hardware to include the latest generation of Intel® processors. The new Apollo Lake and Coffee Lake powered systems are the first thin clients available to combine ThinManager's proven centralized computing architecture with the speed and capabilities of Intel's newest CPU architecture.

"The ThinManager software platform and Logic Supply's industrial hardware combined, along with Intel's drive to provide industry-leading processing performance, creates a convenient and highly-capable turnkey solution for users who need a more dependable thin client," said Murat Erdogan, VP of Products at Logic Supply. "Over the years, we've used feedback from ThinManager users to optimize our hardware offering, accounting for the specific needs of centralized industrial computing. The wide range of configuration options we build into our hardware give ThinManager users a reliable, easy to install, long lifecycle solution that can be perfectly tailored to meet the unique demands of their installation."

These new systems allow Logic Supply thin client users to leverage the improved performance and multi-tasking capabilities provided by Intel's latest Apollo Lake and Coffee Lake CPUs while standardizing on a hardware platform with a fresh lifecycle. The Logic Supply TM110 and TM250 are powered by Intel's Apollo Lake CPUs, while the TM610 offers a range of Coffee Lake processing options. Each system in Logic Supply's ThinManager-ready line has undergone extensive testing by the team at ThinManager to ensure proper functionality, and comes pre-loaded with the necessary BIOS image to allow download of the appropriate firmware directly from ThinManager. This enables users to get up and running in minutes.

"As we see industrial thin client adoption continue to grow worldwide, we are very pleased to have a partner like Logic Supply who consistently provides state-of-the-art hardware and excellent customer service for industrial professionals seeking to deploy a modern thin client platform," said Doug Coulter, Product Manager for ThinManager, a Rockwell Automation Technology.

Logic Supply's ThinManager-ready hardware features the company's proprietary Hardshell™ Technology - a combination of ingress protection, solid state design, rigorous thermal testing and ruggedization that eliminates the most common failure points in computer hardware. The company's thin client hardware is currently being utilized by global leaders in manufacturing, energy, smart agriculture and logistics, among many others.

The combination of Logic Supply hardware and the ThinManager software package allows for reliable centralized management of an entire network of user terminals. Each thin client system in the network can be updated, monitored and maintained from the network server, eliminating the time and costs associated with individual maintenance and updating of each user terminal, improving the consistency and timeliness of security updates, increasing operational efficiencies and lowering overall IT expenditure.

Logic Supply's ThinManager-ready systems are highly-configurable with a range of I/O options, including multiple LAN for data handling flexibility or network redundancy, and COM for connectivity to legacy equipment. Logic Supply has developed their thin client line to provide a flexible platform for development, and enable installation anywhere a client terminal is needed. Select systems are rated for operation in extreme temperatures, ranging from -20°C to 70°C, and provide a 9~48 V DC input for applications with inconsistent power delivery. Logic Supply also offers actively cooled ThinManager-ready systems designed for control rooms, office use, or other controlled environments. Finally, they offer a range of ThinManager-ready touch screen panel PCs for direct operator interface without the need for a separate display.

Logic Supply ThinManager-ready hardware is available online by visiting For assistance with configuration options, or to discuss project requirements, contact a Logic Supply Solution Specialist at or call +1 802 861 1590 in the US or +31 88 5200 700 in the EU.


Please, don't do this

Building a fanless PC isn't just removing the fans. Check out this Ryzen 5 2500X flanked by a subpar cooler, both choked inside a Jonsbo shoe box. Even at low usage levels, a 65W AMD processor needs appropriate cooling.