First Apollo Lake motherboard !

It's finally here, and against all odds it's not a mini-ITX board. The J3455M-E from ASUS is a mATX motherboard featuring the mid-range Celeron J3455, a quad-core Apollo Lake wonder. With a 10W TDP and 12 Haswell-derived execution units, the new chip will offer substantial performance improvements over Braswell.

"This motherboard features an integrated Intel Celeron® Quad-Core Processor J3455 and Intel HD Graphics. This revolutionary 14nm ultra low voltage SoC (System On a Chip) combines superb processing power and advanced HD graphics support in one small, energy efficient design. Despite minimal power requirements, it still has the processing power to display the latest DirectX® 12 HD graphics. It features support for 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160, and also has integrated USB 3.0 support."  

✓ Celeron J3455 (4 cores @ 2.30GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR3 1866/1600/1333 MHz U-DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x1 mode)
✓ 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
✓ 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
✓ 2 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Parallel port
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

Source: ASUS


Akasa Galileo TU

Akasa launches a storage-oriented version of their original Thin mini-ITX Galileo case. Galileo TU is pretty similar to the original chassis and is designed with ease-of-use in mind with two 2.5" mobile front bays (four 2.5" bays total). Like our favorite Euler, the Galileo is limited to 35W TDP Skylake processors (including the highly coveted i7-6700T).

Source: Akasa


Airtop benchmarks

A closer look at the different versions of Compulab's unique Airtop. Airtop is not the most powerful PC around, but is hands down the most powerful fanless PC on the planet.

Source: Airtop


Braswell-refresh ZBOX

ZOTAC's most popular fanless ZBOX - the CI323 nano - is getting the Braswell-refresh treatment. Intel's Celeron N3160 offers higher maximum burst frequency and slightly better on-board graphics over the N3150. The ZBOX CI325 nano will be available as a barebone, OS-FREE with 4GB RAM and a 120GB SSD, or as a complete Windows 10 system with a paltry 32GB of storage.


Ultra-thin AOPEN DEX5350 available

An interesting little machine is now available on Amazon for $490. AOPEN DEX5350 features a NUC-grade i3-5010U in a thin 240 x 25 x 158 mm aluminum chassis. The 4K-ready barebone also features four USB 3.0, HDMI, DispayPort, Ethernet, M.2 and 2.5" slots. AOPEN is a major electronics manufacturer, specialized in small form factor computers for both home and industrial use. Quality should be top-notch.

Source: Amazon

Update: Sold-out!


Imagining the NUC 3.0

Remember the NUC 2.0? Well, the NUC needs a second and serious overhaul. Using the 4.5W TDP Y-series instead of the current 15W U-series, the NUC could be passively-cooled, without a hitch.

The Next Unit of Computing needs to live up to its name, embrace solid-state computing, and ditch the fan.

Concept from Benjamin Sohn


Apollo Lake boards landing soon

Pictures and specs of the very first industrial Apollo Lake motherboard are up online. ASRock's IMB-157 features a quad-core SoC, dual Ethernet, and on-board power (pretty awesome by the way). This should indicate that mainstream - and affordable - Apollo Lake products are just around the corner.

Source: ASRock


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Apollo Lake TDP confirmed

Intel is bringing back desktop "Atom" chips with Apollo Lake. The Pentium J4205, Celeron J3355 and J3455 will feature a 10W TDP, a substantial increase over the 6W Braswell chips.

While performance should greatly improve, passive cooling might be problematic in mainstream mini desktops like ASRock's Beebox, ECS' LIVA or ASUS' Vivo Mini already struggling with 4W or 6W chips. Manufacturers will have to seriously rethink thermals or rely on the mobile N3350, N3450 and N4200.

Source: Intel


Skylake Giada F302 available

Hard to find Skylake iteration of Giada's F300 series is now available in bundles and ready-to-use. The passively-cooled PC rocks a 15W i5-6200U, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, dual Intel Gigabit LAN and SIM Card Reader.

4GB RAM / 60GB M.2 SSD
4GB RAM / 120GB M.2 SSD
4GB RAM / 240GB M.2 SSD
4GB RAM / 480GB M.2 SSD
8GB RAM / 960GB M.2 SSD