i7 NUC finally a reality

Intel just announced an i7 iteration of its popular diminutive PC. Coming in Q2, we're hearing that the NUC5i7RYH will feature a Core i7-5557U with Iris Graphics 6100. Definitely full desktop replacement or SteamBox material.

Most passive NUC chassis will not handle 28W TDP though, and dedicated fanless solutions will have to be implemented.

Source: Intel (Thanks for the heads-up, John)


HDPLEX H1.S available on Amazon

The Rolls Royce of fanless PC cases is now available on the largest online retailer in the world for $215. The small chassis can fit mini-ITX and Thin mini-ITX motherboards, and can handle up to 65W TDP (thanks to an amazing 6 heatpipes cooling system).

Source: Amazon


ECS LIVA X review

The first review of the next gen LIVA is available at the excellent and it doesn't sound too good:

"That said we did run into two very obvious quality control issues with the LIVA X that are unacceptable. The first being the fact that the thermal pad over the CPU was not properly aligned with the CPU. We experienced CPU throttling during our torture testing since the CPU was overheating. We aren’t sure if the system would have still throttled if the pad was in properly covering the CPU, but it certainly isn’t helping matters."

Beside these obvious quality control issues, we have quite a problem with the CPU cooler. Placed under the motherboard, and with no air vent at the top of the case, this cooling design makes no sense. A 4.5W chip reaching 94°C is extremely disappointing and we just don't recommend the LIVA X.


Introducing Compulab fitlet

"CompuLab is introducing fitlet, a miniature 0.22 liter fanless quad-core PC that is not only packing more features than any other PC in its class, but is also designed from the ground up for unprecedented openness: Memory, storage, networking, extension cards and operating system can all be easily installed and upgraded by the user.

The Linux version of fitlet was developed with the Linux Mint team and will be available under the “MintBox Mini” brand. fitlet is powered by latest AMD low-power APU and is built into a sleek, passively-cooled ruggedized housing. Three fitlet models are offered in various con figurations ranging from a plug-and-play Windows PC to a barebone system priced at $129. All models come with a 5 year warranty."

✓ AMD E1-6200T (1.0GHz up to 1.4GHz)
✓ AMD Radeon R2 Graphics
✓ 1 x SO-DIMM DDR3 (up to 8GB)
✓ 1 x mSATA up to 6 Gbps
✓ Micro-SD slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
✓ 2 x USB 3.0
✓ 3 x USB 2.0
✓ 1 x GbE LAN port (Intel)
✓ WLAN 802.11b/g/n (USB dongle)
✓ 10.8cm x 8.3cm x 2.4cm
✓ 250g

✓ AMD A4-6400T (1.0GHz up to 1.6GHz)
✓ AMD Radeon R3 Graphics
✓ 1 x SO-DIMM DDR3 (up to 8GB)
✓ 1 x mSATA up to 6 Gbps
✓ 1 x eSATA (shared) up to 6 Gbps
✓ Micro-SD slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
✓ 2 x USB 3.0
✓ 4 x USB 2.0
✓ 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel)
✓ WLAN 802.11ac (Intel)
✓ 10.8cm x 8.3cm x 2.4cm
✓ 250g



Zalman FX70 Vs Nofan CR-80EH

Two different designs, two different technologies (heatpipes Vs icepipes) and two different ways to cope with heat. In the end, the more traditional and cheaper FX70 has a slight edge over the CR-80EH.



Dual-Ethernet dual-Core ZBOX nano

The latest fanless mini box from Zotac features a Celeron 2961Y (Haswell, 11.5W TDP) as a middle ground between the entry-level Bay Trail and Core i3 / i5 versions. We're still unsure about the cooling system but kudos to Zotac for at least trying.

Source: Liliputing


Nofan CR-80EH build

Fantastic build from our reader and friend Max. Nofan's smallest CPU cooler shines inside a simple yet perfect aluminum structure (and yes, it will be less prone to dust than a fan-cooled system). Awesome temperatures too (32°C idle, 59°C load).

✓ Nofan CR-80EH
✓ i3-4150T (2C / 4T @ 3 GHz, 35W TDP)
✓ ASUS Z97I-Plus motherboard
✓ Samsung 850 EVO SSD
✓ Pico PSU
✓ Custom case using Makerbeam


Broadwell NUCs official

Intel quietly launches the next gen NUCs with Core i3 and Core i5 models (now with soldered-down WiFi and Bluetooth), each available with or without additional 2.5" support (M.2 storage is standard).

✓ Core i5-5250U (2C / 4T @ 1.6 GHz up to 2.7 GHz)
✓ Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
✓ Intel HD Graphics 6000

✓ Core i3-5010U (2C / 4T @ 2.1 GHz)
✓ Intel HD Graphics 5500

Passive chassis should appear very soon. Stay tuned.

Update: Check out Brad Linder's CES report.


Streacom FC5 EVO build

A successful fanless build starts with the right processor. Looks like an i3-4360T (35W TDP) can lead to a balanced and cool PC.

"When running, the passive heat-sink can easily cool this processor; the highest viable processor power quoted for the case is 65W. Just checking at the time of writing, the player has been going all day, the motherboard and processor are operating at 37 degrees celsius."

Source: iandwltd


Akasa Newton X bundles

If you're not in the mood for PC building, Akasa's beefiest NUC case is now available as an actual computer thanks to Endpcnoise. The reliable PC assembler is offering the Haswell systems starting at $1,049 for the i3 model (Windows, Ubuntu, or no OS options available).