AMD Athlon 200GE video review

An excellent review of AMD's new $55 CPU, including results in passive mode. Paired with the Arctic AM4 Passive the 35W Athlon 200GE operates between 34°C and 74°C. Please note that temperatures could have been better with cooling fins oriented vertically.

Source: Hardware Unboxed


SilverStone fanless SFX-L PSU review

Lee Garbutt over at PC Perspective takes a look at the one and only fanless SFX power supply (SilverStone's NJ450-SXL) and is pretty impressed. Although mentioning twice that the unit needs active cooling leaves us puzzled... and slightly worried.

"The NJ450-SXL power supply delivered 450W of combined DC load with very good voltage regulation, good AC ripple and noise suppression, and excellent efficiency (meeting the 80 Plus Platinum requirements) during our tests. The power supply is fully modular and comes with a very good assortment of short ribbon style cables intended for use in small form factor cases. It even includes four 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors on two cables but with only 450 total watts you may not need all four."

Source: PC Perspective


Cannon Lake NUC : why ?

Intel quietly launches the long-rumored Cannon Lake NUC (AKA "Crimson Canyon"). Strangely, neither Cannon Lake nor 10nm are mentioned. The NUC8i3CYSN (4GB RAM) and NUC8i3CYSM (8GB RAM) are both complete Windows 10 PCs featuring the 15W i3-8121U, humble Radeon 540 graphics, and a 1TB HDD.

Frankly, we're not sure how Crimson Canyon will fit between the upcoming Bean Canyon and its Iris Plus Graphics 655, and the spectacular Radeon RX Vega M-powered Hades Canyon super-NUC. At this time, no fanless case is in the works for Crimson Canyon.

Source: Intel


Alpine 11 Passive now $10

The most affordable fanless CPU cooler just got cheaper. Last units of the now discontinued heat sink are available for only $10. The 95 x 95 x 69 mm / 508g block of aluminum handles 35W CPUs in a totally passive mode (please ignore the 47W mention on Arctic's site).


Ryzen Embedded PC actual pictures

Renders are nice but real pictures are always better. Here are actual photos of Tranquil PC's Mini Multi display PC powered by AMD's V1202B and V1605B Ryzen SoCs. Shipping from September 30th, the MMDPC is - at this time - a totally unique product.

Source: Tranquil PC


Akasa Newton JC available worldwide

Akasa's entry level chassis for the Gemini Lake NUC (Celeron J4005 and Pentium J5005) is now available in the USthe UKCanadaFrance, Germany, Austria, Finland, Spain, Japan and Switzerland.

Based on Intel’s Goldmont Plus architecture, the Gemini Lake SoCs offer impressive single thread performance over previous generations (50%+ over Bay Trail), support native HDMI 2.0 output, and feature hardware decoding of 4K HEVC and VP9 video. The Atom is now dangerously close to the much more expensive Core-Y family, and it feels great.


The AMD Athlon 200GE is genius

By releasing a $55 processor with Radeon Vega Graphics, AMD is going after both Intel's desktop Celeron / Pentium family, and the low-power Gemini Lake range. The Athlon 200GE is a dual-core (four threads) SKU, running at 3.2GHz, enough horsepower for light gaming, web browsing, and HTPC duty.

It's so good to finally see a proper launch and a retail box for a 35W CPU (we campaigned for it for years). A small thermal enveloppe means that passive cooling is easily achievable, paired with Arctic's Alpine AM4 heat sink or most dual towers. More good news: a 220GE and a 240GE are also coming later this year.

Source: AMD


Rugged Intel Core Mini

Tranquil PC launches a more affordable, Intel-based rugged PC starting at £306 for the i3 version, up to £334 for the i5 iteration. Both systems are powered by 15W Skylake processors and feature one DDR3L SO-DIMM slot, a M.2 2280 card slot for storage, four USB ports, four COM ports, HDMI, VGA, and GbE ports.

Sold as barebones, the industrial-grade - IP50 protected - Rugged Intel Core Mini are fully configurable on Tranquil PC's site up to 8GB RAM and 1TB SSD.

Rugged Intel Core Mini i3 (i3-6100U)

Rugged Intel Core Mini i5 (i5-6200U)


Meanwhile in Russia

A fantastic, raw, and ultimately classy build from scratch featuring an i7-3770K, a GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and a custom power supply based on Thermaltake's TR2 600W.

Don't be fooled by its crude cooling system, temperatures are pretty good. Under 3DMark load, the GPU barely reach 75°C while the CPU never exceeds 45°C. All this in a relatively small chassis (440 x 340 x 140 mm including handles).