Second gen Silentium AIO

Deltatronic from Germany launches its new Core-based All-In-One featuring a much larger heat sink. The base configuration, rocking a Pentium G3220T, 4GB DDR3-1600 and a 120GB Samsung mSATA SSD starts at 1180 euros, but 16GB RAM, several TB of storage and a 45W i7 4790T are also available.


Even smaller than the NUC

More LIVA-like mini PCs are on the way. Intel is planning 11 x 7 x 3cm passively cooled, USB powered, mini desktops. Featuring a mostly soldered down design (memory, eMMC storage) the diminutive PCs will thrill those looking for affordable solutions and very small form factors. Those looking for flexibility will probably pass, and stick to the NUC.

Source: Liliputing


Noctua NH-D15 in passive mode

Given Noctua's track record, it's no surprise that their latest 1000g dual-tower is handling with ease a Xeon E5-2687W in passive mode. The 150W CPU never reaches more than 64°C at full load.

We don't condone such a sizzling hot processor in a fanless build, but low power i3s, i5s, and even i7s should be perfectly safe with the NH-D15.



ECS LIVA 2 (... and 3)

The second generation of ECS LIVA is coming in October with a much needed redesign. The new metal chassis will house a still unknown Bay Trail SoC, but an AMD version is coming in December too.

Q2 2015 will see the the release of a Braswell iteration (graphics upgraded from 4 Ivy Bridge-derived execution units, to 16 Haswell-derived execution units).

Source: Anandtech via Liliputing


Streacom NC1 assembly

Streacom NC1, like most passive NUC cases, is very easy to set up. No reason to bear the original fan anymore.

Courtesy of K4IZ3N


$129 x86 MINIX

MINIX is launching a ZBOX Pico twin, featuring an Atom Z3735F, 2GB of DDR3L, 32GB of eMMC storage, a microSD slot, two USB 2.0 ports and the same crippled 10/100 Mbit/s LAN.

The MINIX Neo Z64 comes with Android 4.4.4 but is Windows 8.1 compatible. Could still make a decent HTPC, or appeal to cloud users.

Source: via Fudzilla and Liliputing



At this time Maczon's cases are still absolute vaporware, and we don't expect to see them available anytime soon, but they're fun nonetheless. Here's a concept for an unibody 435 x 310 x 40mm case, the Mobula-40T.


ZBOX PI320 pico is fanless & pocketable

"ZOTAC is a major innovator when it comes to miniaturizing the traditional PC. We began our push towards smaller and smaller mini-PCs with the ZBOX nano form factor and followed up with the ZBOX nano XS," said Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. "Now with the all-new ZBOX PI320 pico, we have created our smallest mini-PC that can fit in your pocket".

The pocketable form factor measures in at 115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2mm, which is roughly the same size as a small smartphone. Thanks to the tiny size, the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico is the perfect mini-PC for any room in a house, specialized installations, and for seasoned travelers on the go

At the heart of the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico is a quad-core Intel Atom processor with Intel HD Graphics technology for snappy system responsiveness and stunning high-definition video playback capabilities. The very energy-efficient processor is cooled with a fan-less heatsink that generates zero noise for an excellent silent computing experience.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing is preinstalled on the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico mini-PC for instant out-of-box use. Just unbox the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico, plug it in, connect peripherals, and power it on.

The ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico ships with 2GB of DDR3L memory and 32GB solid-state storage with a micro SDXC slot to instantly increase storage up to 128GB. External expansion is available via three USB 2.0 ports.

A single HDMI output that’s capable of up to 1080p resolution enables the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico to easily connect to most LCD monitors and displays. High-speed 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies ensure the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico delivers fast networking performance with and without wires.

Source: ZOTAC

Update: Available next month for $199 / 199 euros.


ARM-based ZBOX detailed

ZOTAC PC Partner is launching more fanless ZBOX, this time Freescale-powered. The D518 features a 1GHz quad-core i.MX 6Quad, Vivante 3D GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of eMMC storage, a 2.5" SSD bay, four USB 2.0, HDMI, and an Ethernet port. The irony is that the D518 ships with Intel Centrino Advanced-N Wi-Fi.

The 127×127×45mm mini PC will be available with Android 4.3 for about $190 in September.


Update: ZOTAC France tells us that these units will not be sold under the ZOTAC brand. PC Partner owns ZOTAC though.


EXCLUSIVE: Intel readying NUC 2.0

✓ Broadwell NUC officially moved to Q1 2015

✓ i5 version aimed at serious gaming (SteamBox anyone?)

✓ i5 and i3 versions aimed at content creation (full desktop replacement?)

✓ M.2 storage and 2.5" bay, or M.2 storage only for super slim chassis

✓ Kisses external USB 2.0 ports goodbye

✓ Bids adieu to mSATA SSD

✓ Entry-level Braswell (Bay Trail's successor) version available in Q2

✓ Braswell SKU to feature TOSLINK jack and SDXC UHS-I card slot (nice)

✓ All compatible with 3rd party fanless chassis


Pure Overclock reviews Streacom FC8

And they're a little harsh, if you ask us. They go from "the case did really well under normal use", to "OK" performance, to a final "Weak Thermal Performance".

We're extremely picky when it comes to temperatures, but a 65W CPU at 58°C under Prime95 inside a small and fanless chassis is excellent. Lots of pictures, and still a great read.

Source: Pure Overclock

Update: Another one from Ocaholic, more balanced.