Finally ASUS gets something right. After the disastrous launch of its latest EeeBox and the upcoming "fanless" Chromebox (we're betting there's a fan in there) the J1800I-C is really passively cooled. The cooler itself looks efficient, and for some reasons even the gold color works here.
✓ Celeron J1800, 2 cores @ 2,41 GHz, up to 2.58 GHz
✓ 2 x 1.35V DDR3L DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
✓ 1 x Mini PCI Express x1 slot
✓ 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 4 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x COM
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111G)
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Our sources tell us that Shuttle puts the finishing touches on the XS35 V4. Overall design will be almost identical to the XS35 V3 from 2012 (pictured) but will feature a 2GHz quad-core Bay Trail J1900.
The XS35 V4 should be the first fully integrated, fanless Bay Trail system available on the market. Time to bid adieu to big, clunky, and noisy HTPCs.
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Compulab just announced the fit-PC4, and the Israel-based company promises three times the performance of its predecessor.
Two versions are available, the fit-PC4 Value ($299 barebone) features a very humble A4-1250 APU (8W TDP) while the fit-PC4 Pro ($380 barebone) packs a 2 GHz quad-core GX-420CA SoC with Radeon HD 8400E graphics (25W TDP). A showdown with Intel's NUC must happen.
✓ Up to 16 GB DDR3/DDR3L/DDR3U (2 SODIMM slots)
✓ Internal 2.5” HDD/SSD + mSATA + micro-SD
✓ Full-size miniPCIe with mSATA + half-size miniPCIe
✓ 2 x USB3 + 6 x USB2
✓ 2 x HDMI 1.4a up to 1920 x 1200 + CEC support
✓ S/PDIF 7.1 input/output + stereo line-out / MIC in
✓ 2 x Gbit Ethernet (Intel i211 Ethernet controllers)
✓ WLAN 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0 (fit-PC4 Pro)
✓ WLAN 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 + HS (fit-PC4 Value)
✓ mini-PCIe for cellular modem + on-board uSIM socket
✓ Passively cooled die-cast aluminum
✓ 16cm x 19cm x 3.7cm (fit-PC4 Pro)
✓ 16cm x 16cm x 2.5cm (fit-PC4 Value)
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Here are some excerpts from a fair review of HDPLEX H1.S at Writoscope.
"The HDPlex H1.S comes with a hefty price tag ($179), but is physically as dense as that price suggests, for a thin-ITX case. It comes with assembly required, so be prepared to spend the better part of an afternoon on this.
Installing the heatpipes is possibly the most arduous part of the assembly. Quite a lot of thermal paste is needed for lining the grooves into which the heatpipes will fit. I recommend putting everything in place first and checking for blockage before locking the layout in.
Thermal performance is pretty impressive. On the website, Larry claims the H1.S supports “TDP up to 55W CPU”. In my testing with the i5-4440S (65W), the system idles at 47°C, and at load (x264 encoding) it goes up to 65°C. Pretty impressive considering ambient temperatures here are about 29°C.
I don’t have any Editor Awards to give out, but here’s a big thank you to Larry for such a fantastic product. If he has any plans for NUC/BRIX cases, my eyes are definitely peeled."
TAG : HDPLEX
According to this exclusive slide (from February 18), the Broadwell NUC is still on track for Q4 2014. Once a side project, Intel's Next Unit of Computing is a solid success, and has moved centre stage.
With the socketed 5th Generation Core status still uncertain, the NUC could be the first (and only) Broadwell desktop this year.
Rock Canyon (mainstream)
✓ Next gen CPU/Graphics performance:
✓ Intel® Core™ i3/i5 Processor
✓ Power the big screen via miniHDMI
✓ 4k and triple display support via miniDP
✓ M.2 SSD & 2.5” SSD/HDD drive options
✓ USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfers
✓ Headphones/headset ready (audio jack)
✓ Wireless built-in (WiFi and Bluetooth)
✓ HTPC remote control ready (IR sensor)
✓ Replaceable lids for NFC, Wireless Charging
Maple Canyon (professional)
✓ Next gen CPU/Graphics/Turbo performance
✓ Remote manageability and security with
✓ Intel® vPro™ Technology & TPM hardware
✓ 4k and triple display support via 2x miniDP
✓ M.2 SSD and 2.5” SSD/HDD drive options
✓ Comprehensive I/O with audio and USB 3.0
✓ Replaceable lids for NFC