EXCLUSIVE: Akasa's Skull Canyon case (final)

The mothership has landed! After an initial concept, Akasa's fanless case for Intel's Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) went back to the drawing board.

Apparently the 45W i7 - and especially its Iris Pro Graphics 580 - require extra cooling power. So Akasa is taking the design of its popular Plato to a whole new level.

Larger, with more fins everywhere, and a refined, aggressive look, this new chassis looks absolutely insane. And we love it! Available in March.


Nofan CR-95C Copper discontinued

Bittersweet news today as we learn that the CR-95C has been discontinued. Nofan is concentrating on the better-performing CR-95C Black Pearl.

Launched in 2012, the spectacular CPU cooler won the hearts of many passive cooling aficionados. Unfortunately its polarizing color is often problematic in builds, and something more subdued, more sober, might be a better solution in the long run.

Nofan is still a small company and deserves all our support. The CR-95C returns to the No. 1 spot in our recommended products list. We truly believe that the CR-95C is the ultimate fanless solution for desktop processors.


Streacom FC10 Alpha overview

This elegant video profiles Streacom's flagship case. Kudos to Singularity Computers for the filming and editing skills.


MintBox Mini Pro available

The Linux Mint flavored fitlet is now available at Amazon for $395. Similar to the original Compulab diminutive PC, the MintBox Mini Pro comes with 8 GB RAM and a 120 GB SSD loaded with the popular Linux distribution (Linux Mint 18 "Sarah").

✓ AMD A10 Micro-6700T (4 cores up to 2.2 GHz)
✓ AMD Radeon R6 Graphics
✓ 8 GB DDR3L
✓ 120 GB SSD (mSATA)
✓ 1 x eSATA (shared) up to 6 Gbps
✓ Micro-SD slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
✓ 2 x USB 3.0
✓ 3 x USB 2.0
✓ 2 x Gbit Ethernet
✓ Intel WLAN 802.11ac
✓ 10.8cm x 8.3cm x 2.4cm

Source: Amazon



An exclusive look inside the new Apollo Lake LIVA. The cooling system consists of a large - but mostly thick - heat sink that should keep the 6W Celeron N3350 or Pentium N4200 under control. The LIVA Z will be available worldwide in the coming weeks.


GTX 1060 Airtop

Previously available with GeForce GTX 750 Ti or GeForce GTX 950 only, Compulab's Airtop is now shipping with the mighty GeForce GTX 1060. A passively-cooled 120W graphics card - out of the box - is unheard of. Note that the CPU option (Core i7 5775C or Xeon E3-1285 V4) remains unchanged.

While other brands and concepts are floating around, Airtop is a proven performer and is shipping now.

Source: Airtop


Fanless-friendly Kaby Lake

Intel's T-series is amazing. At 35W TDP these desktop processors don't require a $100+ fanless CPU cooler and can run passively with any decent size heat sink (preferably dual towers). They also run beautifully inside Akasa / HDPLEX / Streacom fanless cases. Here's the latest Kaby Lake batch. Please note that the whole series packs the same Intel HD Graphics 630 solution.

✓ i3-7100T (2C/4T up to 3.4GHz, 3M Cache)
✓ i3-7300T (2C/4T up to 3.5GHz, 4M Cache)
✓ i5-7400T (4C/4T up to 3.0GHz, 6M Cache)
✓ i5-7500T (4C/4T up to 3.3GHz, 6M Cache)
✓ i5-7600T (4C/4T up to 3.7GHz, 6M Cache)
✓ i7-7700T (4C/8T up to 3.8GHz, 8M Cache)

Source: Intel

Introducing the Intel Compute Card

Consider Compute Sticks dead as all players are pulling out of the market. But Intel's upcoming Compute Card might finally reconcile tiny computers and freedom. The project is still under development and should be available by COMPUTEX in June. Expect a 6W Core i7 in a credit card-size machine...

Source: Intel

Zotac CES showcase

A sneak peek at the upcoming Kaby Lake ZBOX C Series. Special thanks to Brad over at Liliputing for the report.


No stand for Shuttle DX30

Despite being originally pegged as a vertical system (PDF) Shuttle's new Apollo Lake barebone ships without any stand. Placed horizontally, the DX30 doesn't offer the "chimney effect" from previous XS35 and XS36 lines.

To make it worst, the top panel features no air vent that could have helped natural convection. This is highly disappointing, and we don't recommend it.