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Intel's own fanless NUC ($133). Basic but carefully designed.

CompuLab fitlet-H ($380). The closest thing to a fanless AMD NUC.

Nofan CR95C ($98). Gorgeous and efficient. The One.

Fractal Design Define R4 ($84). Clean design and air vents on top for convection.

SeaSonic 400W fanless PSU ($127). +100,000 hours MTBF, 7 years warranty. 'Nuff said.

HDPLEX 250W fanless pico-PSU ($85). Stability and reliability for smaller builds.

ASRock N3700-ITX ($100). The most capable Braswell motherboard.

Intel 535 Series SSD (120GB, $70). Intel's savoir-faire at a reasonable price.

Intel i5-6500 ($200). The latest and greatest. Will need the CR-95C.


Akasa is Skylake-ready

Akasa's desktop cases are now certified for Intel's 6th Generation Core chips, but there's a catch. Confirming rumors about the T series' temperatures, the aluminum chassis are not compatible with all 35W Skylake CPUs.

The Euler S (Thin mini-ITX, one 2.5" bay) and the Euler T (Thin mini-ITX, three 2.5" bays) will only handle the i3-6100T and i3-6300T. While the Euler M (Mini-ITX, four 2.5" bays) is compatible with the i3-6100T, i3-6300T, and i5-6400T.

Source: Akasa


HeatSync 7000 now Haswell-E compatible

A-Tech Fabrication's flagship case is now available with an optional $225 six heat pipes CPU cooler for Intel's LGA 2011 v3 socket. Note that the HeatSync 7000 case is $799 on its own. The price to pay for 100% Made in the USA hardware.

Source: A-Tech Fabrication


Nofan CR-95C Black Pearl review

There's something special about the CR-95C. Whether it's placed horizontally or vertically, whether it's cooling a 35W or a 84W processor, it simply excels. Its $100 price tag might be hard to swallow, but the CR-95C is the best fanless CPU cooler. Period.

Source: Le fanless dans tous ses ├ętats


ECS Liva X fire sale

ECS LIVA X is now available for only $70 after rebate. Definitely a more compelling price point for the Bay Trail-powered mini PC.

✓ Celeron N2807
✓ 32GB eMMC
✓ 1 x mSATA slot
✓ 1 x USB 3.0
✓ 2 x USB 2.0
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
✓ IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
✓ Bluetooth 4.0
✓ 135 x 83 x 40 mm

Source: Liliputing


Skylake NUC official

The long-awaited Skylake NUCs are listed on Intel's site since this morning and they pretty much confirm our scoop from May, including the clamored-for SDXC card slot.

Intel did make two minor (and welcome) changes : the i5 model now features Iris Graphics, and the mini-HDMI port is ditched for a full-size port.

NUC6i5SYK (i5-6260U / M.2 storage only)
NUC6i5SYH (i5-6260U / M.2 / 2.5" bay)

NUC6i3SYK (i3-6100U / M.2 storage only)
NUC6i3SYH (i3-6100U / M.2 / 2.5" bay)

A wide range of third-party fanless chassis should follow suit. Stay tuned.


Thermalright outs Le Grand Macho

With 7 heat pipes and 900g Le Grand Macho fits the gap between the Macho (6 heat pipes / 710g) and Thermalright's flagship HR22 (8 heat pipes / 1120g).

Designed for passive and active cooling Le Grand Macho features the same color scheme as the affordable Macho while retaining some of the characteristics of the HR22, including size (150 x 120 x 159mm) and a smart 46mm cut-out for RAM clearance.

Source: Thermalright


MSI Cubi N priced at $249

We just stumbled upon this PDF on MSI's site, and they seem to be serious about the upcoming Cubi N. Pretty aggressive towards competitors too, and rightfully so, the Cubi N is the only Braswell mini PC to feature the meshed design we were waiting for.

The Celeron N3150 / 2GB RAM / 32GB SSD / Windows 10 version will retail for $249 but the last slide reveals a Pentium N3700 model in the works.

Update: Cubi N mini-site goes live.


Intel's ever-changing TDP

What's up with Intel's thermal measurements right now? Announced at 47W TDP, the Skylake i3 family is now listed at 51W and even 65W TDP. How are we supposed to choose the right cooling solution?

Even more troubling, we're hearing that our favorite T series (35W TDP) is running particularly hot when graphics and turbo boost are at work. Hotter than previous 35W SKUs. One builder tells us that the i7-6700T is also more power hungry than the 45W i7-4790T. Our plan for a Skylake machine is off for now.


PERFECTRON @ Logic Supply

We usually don't cover strictly industrial products, but let's make an exception for PERFECTRON's SR series, available soon from Logic Supply.

The incredible-looking military-grade PCs feature a copper heat spreader, copper heat pipes, and a 1kg+ aluminum heat sink on EACH side of the motherboard. Full details of the cooling solution can be seen here.

The SR100 features a 47W i7-4700EQ (4 cores / 8 threads at 2.4 GHz up to 3.4 GHz) 8GB of XR-DIMM memory and a 64 GB SSD. The SR200 adds four 1080p displays to the mix, thanks to the NVIDIA GT730M. While the SR700 is fully IP65 rated for the most extreme conditions. Pricing should be available tomorrow. We are drooling.

Source: Logic Supply

Update: $6,200, $9,200, and $13,700. We'll stick to the NUC, thank you very much.


ASRock N3150DC-ITX available

The most comprehensive Braswell motherboard package is now available in the USA, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK. ASRock N3150DC-ITX not only features a passively cooled quad-core Celeron N3150 (up to 2.08 GHz) but also comes with its own 65W power adapter. How to build a PC in no time.

✓ Celeron N3150
✓ 2 x DDR3/DDR3L 1600 SO-DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
✓ 1 x Half-Size mini-PCIe
✓ 4 x SATA III connectors
✓ 4 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x DVI
✓ 1 x DisplayPort
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet


MINIX NEO Z postponed

The first Intel-based mini PC from MINIX will not be released anytime soon, and is undergoing some hardware changes. More details should be available in November. Our money's on the cooling system. Fanless PCs might not be as easy as just removing the fan.