At this time Maczon's cases are still absolute vaporware, and we don't expect to see them available anytime soon, but they're fun nonetheless. Here's a concept for a unibody 435 x 310 x 40mm case, the Mobula-40T.


ZBOX PI320 pico is fanless & pocketable

"ZOTAC is a major innovator when it comes to miniaturizing the traditional PC. We began our push towards smaller and smaller mini-PCs with the ZBOX nano form factor and followed up with the ZBOX nano XS," said Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. "Now with the all-new ZBOX PI320 pico, we have created our smallest mini-PC that can fit in your pocket".

The pocketable form factor measures in at 115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2mm, which is roughly the same size as a small smartphone. Thanks to the tiny size, the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico is the perfect mini-PC for any room in a house, specialized installations, and for seasoned travelers on the go

At the heart of the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico is a quad-core Intel Atom processor with Intel HD Graphics technology for snappy system responsiveness and stunning high-definition video playback capabilities. The very energy-efficient processor is cooled with a fan-less heatsink that generates zero noise for an excellent silent computing experience.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing is preinstalled on the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico mini-PC for instant out-of-box use. Just unbox the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico, plug it in, connect peripherals, and power it on.

The ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico ships with 2GB of DDR3L memory and 32GB solid-state storage with a micro SDXC slot to instantly increase storage up to 128GB. External expansion is available via three USB 2.0 ports.

A single HDMI output that’s capable of up to 1080p resolution enables the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico to easily connect to most LCD monitors and displays. High-speed 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies ensure the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico delivers fast networking performance with and without wires.

Source: ZOTAC

Update: Available next month for $199 / 199 euros.


ARM-based ZBOX detailed

ZOTAC PC Partner is launching more fanless ZBOX, this time Freescale-powered. The D518 features a 1GHz quad-core i.MX 6Quad, Vivante 3D GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of eMMC storage, a 2.5" SSD bay, four USB 2.0, HDMI, and an Ethernet port. The irony is that the D518 ships with Intel Centrino Advanced-N Wi-Fi.

The 127×127×45mm mini PC will be available with Android 4.3 for about $190 in September.


Update: ZOTAC France tells us that these units will not be sold under the ZOTAC brand. PC Partner owns ZOTAC though.


EXCLUSIVE: Intel readying NUC 2.0

✓ Broadwell NUC officially moved to Q1 2015

✓ i5 version aimed at serious gaming (SteamBox anyone?)

✓ i5 and i3 versions aimed at content creation (full desktop replacement?)

✓ M.2 storage and 2.5" bay, or M.2 storage only for super slim chassis

✓ Kisses external USB 2.0 ports goodbye

✓ Bids adieu to mSATA SSD

✓ Entry-level Braswell (Bay Trail's successor) version available in Q2

✓ Braswell SKU to feature TOSLINK jack and SDXC UHS-I card slot (nice)

✓ All compatible with 3rd party fanless chassis


Pure Overclock reviews Streacom FC8

And they're a little harsh, if you ask us. They go from "the case did really well under normal use", to "OK" performance, to a final "Weak Thermal Performance".

We're extremely picky when it comes to temperatures, but a 65W CPU at 58°C under Prime95 inside a small and fanless chassis is excellent. Lots of pictures, and still a great read.

Source: Pure Overclock

Update: Another one from Ocaholic, more balanced.



Showcased at Computex, BIOSTAR's J1800TH is finally ready to hit the stores. The very humble Thin mini-ITX motherboard features the weakest Bay Trail-D SoC, only one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports. Definitely less exciting than ASRock's low profile quad-core offering.

✓ Celeron J1800 (2 cores @ 2,41 GHz, up to 2.58 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR3/DDR3L SO-DIMM slots
✓ 1 x Mini PCI-E 2.0
✓ 2 x SATA2
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 1 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)
✓ 1 x DC Jack



Meet Broadwell

Though aimed at the mobile world, we'll see Broadwell-Y (dubbed Core M) in small fanless desktops (à la ZBOX) and Broadwell-U in the next generation NUC. Get ready for low TDPs (we're hearing sub-5W) and serious graphics improvements. Fanless overload.

✓ Intel disclosed details of the microarchitecture of the Intel® Core™ M processor, the first product to be manufactured using 14nm.

✓ The combination of the new microarchitecture and manufacturing process will usher in a wave of innovation in new form factors, experiences and systems that are thinner and run silent and cool.

✓ Intel architects and chip designers have achieved greater than two times reduction in the thermal design point when compared to a previous generation of processor while providing similar performance and improved battery life.

✓ The new microarchitecture was optimized to take advantage of the new capabilities of the 14nm manufacturing process.

✓ Intel has delivered the world's first 14nm technology in volume production. It uses second-generation Tri-gate (FinFET) transistors with industry-leading performance, power, density and cost per transistor.

✓ Intel's 14nm technology will be used to manufacture a wide range of high-performance to low-power products including servers, personal computing devices and Internet of Things.

✓ The first systems based on the Intel® Core™ M processor will be on shelves for the holiday selling season followed by broader OEM availability in the first half of 2015.

✓ Additional products based on the Broadwell microarchitecture and 14nm process technology will be introduced in the coming months.

Source: Intel


Second JETWAY barebone pops up

After last month's JBC310, another Celeron N2930 barebone from JETWAY is available to end-users. The aptly named HBJC365F3AW-2930-B features no COM port but two Ethernet ports and WiFi out of the box, for $230.

✓ Celeron N2930 (Quad-core @ 1.83 GHz, up to 2.16 GHz)
✓ Intel HD Graphics
✓ 1 x DDR3L SO-DIMM slot
✓ 1 x 2.5" drive bay
✓ 1 x mSATA Slot
✓ 1 x half size Mini-PCI Express slot
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 3 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x DVI
✓ 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)
✓ 802.11b/g/n WiFi
✓ Bluetooth 4.0
✓ 152.6 x 110 x 34.8 mm

Source: Newegg


Fanless ZBOX - Windows 8.1 edition

The ZBOX range is getting the Microsoft treatment with Windows 8.1, 2GB RAM, and a 64GB SSD. A free OS works great too!

“Users requested we include Microsoft Windows with the ZBOX mini-PCs so the system is ready to use right off the shelf,” says Tony Wong, CEO of ZOTAC International. “We’ve been listening and thanks to Microsoft’s introduction of Windows 8.1 with Bing, we’re able to give buyers the full Windows experience in a mini-PC form factor at an excellent value.”

Source: ZOTAC (2)

Thermalright HR-22 dwarfing the competition

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