FanlessTech

7.21.2017

Unusual SBC from GIGABYTE




x86 single-board computers with upgradable RAM and storage are a pretty rare occurrence, and this is exactly what GIGABYTE is planning with the GA-SBCAP3350.

The 146 x 102 mm motherboard features the Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 (6W TDP), one mSATA slot, one DDR3L SO-DIMM slot (up to 8 GB), HDMI output, two USB 3.0 ports, two GbE LAN ports, and a large heat spreader for passive cooling.

Source: GIGABYTE

7.20.2017

Logic Supply CL100 video review

Kaby Lake IPC3 available



Compulab's i7-7500U-powered IPC3 is now available for a cool $829.00. IPC3 features include up to 32 GB RAM, multiple storage devices spanning M.2, mSATA and 2.5”, dual 4K display interfaces, dual Gbit Ethernet and support for WiFi and cellular data communication. We want one.

✓ i7-7500U (Kaby Lake)
✓ 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L (up to 32GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay
✓ 2 x mSATA slots
✓ 1 x M.2 2260 slot
✓ 4 x USB 3.0
✓ 2 x USB 2.0
✓ 1 x HDMI 1.4
✓ 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
✓ 2 x Intel GbE LAN
✓ WLAN 802.11ac
✓ Bluetooth 4.0
✓ S/PDIF 7.1
✓ 19 x 16 x 4cm
✓ 5-year warranty

Source: Amazon

7.19.2017

It IS big


Paul from Newegg TV and Paul's Hardware holding the mighty Nofan CR-95C. Stay tuned to his Youtube channel to see how things play out, considering he's building a Ryzen HTPC (not officially supported by the CR-95C).

Source: Twitter

Update: The results are in.

7.18.2017

Wall-mounted build




This unique PC features the wall-mountable Thermaltake Core P1 case, the highly-sought after Core i3-7350K and NoFan's CR-80EH CPU cooler.

We highly recommend Thermaltake's P1, P3, and P5 cases for passive builds. We just wish people would stop cramming fanless desktop parts inside shoe boxes like Jonsbo's small cases. You want to let convection do its job.

Source: PCPartPicker

7.10.2017

Engineering and branding for volume projects




Planning your own fanless PC brand? Our friends over at Logic Supply offer a vast array of solutions including custom faceplate and backplate design, custom case development, custom branding, package branding, and much more.

Founded in 2003, Logic Supply designs highly-configurable computers engineered for reliability. The company has served more than 60,000 customers from offices in North America, Europe, and Taiwan.

Source: Logic Supply

7.09.2017

ARCTIC Alpine M1 Passive / AMD $400 build


Interesting combo featuring ARCTIC's budget-friendly Alpine M1 Passive and Silverstone's ML06 case for some Linux fun. We would definitely wait for Silverstone's upcoming fanless SFX power supply and go fully passive, though.

Source: Youtube

7.06.2017

Custom Alpine 11 Passive build




We're loving this. A sticking out Alpine 11 Passive looks amazing coupled with a Thin mini-ITX motherboard (external power adapter) and this acrylic case.

The 55W Celeron G1620 is a pretty ambitious choice considering Arctic's 47W TDP limit. It should be fine though, thanks to the open-air setup.

Source: silentpcreview.com

7.02.2017

Shuttle DX30 overview


Shuttle's DX30 is the successor to the popular XS35 and XS36 series, the Taiwanese brand's Atom-based and most affordable barebones. At 190 x 165 x 43 mm, the DX30 slightly larger than the Apollo Lake NUC but offers a better connectivity, and passive cooling of course.




The DX30 is carefully package and comes with a 40W power adapter (power consumption is typically around only 7W). Drivers, antenna, a VESA adapter kit, a particularly well-done multi-language user guide are also included.



Shuttle is stepping up its efforts design-wise. The COM ports are moved to the back of the unit, and the DX30 is sporting an elegant silver accent. Build quality is amazing, the DX30 is heavy and feels like it's ready for years of use. The left part of the front panel features a layer of Mylar though. Basically a sticker, and we're still trying to figure out why.



Access to the motherboard is easier than ever. Inside the diminutive PC, a large aluminum heat sink handles the dual core Celeron J3355 (10W TDP). Being a barebone, you'll have to add SO-DIMM memory and storage. 2.5" and M.2 options are available.



Partial to Crucial. We went for 8GB of DDR3L operating at 1.35V. Affordability and rock solid performance, one can't go wrong with Crucial.


The DX30 feels so much snappier than Bay Trail and Braswell systems, Intel did improve single thread performance with Apollo Lake. Linux compatibility is fine, although we did not test the included M.2-2230 WLAN card. Idling at 45°C and reaching 78°C under load, temperatures are alright. Vertical position did improve temperatures though (up to 8°C) and we wish the optional PS02 stand was included by default.

Overall, Shuttle's DX30 is a fantastic piece of hardware at a great price. We strongly advise against buying cheap noname PCs, or so-called fanless PCs powered by tablet CPUs with limited and soldered storage, when options like the DX30 are available.

6.29.2017

Shuttle DX30 video reviews



In English and Spanish. The Apollo Lake barebone is now available worldwide, including the USFrancethe UKGermany, AustriaJapan, Canada, Spain, Denmark, Italia, Finland, and Greece.