ASRock QC5000-ITX/PH

PH for Passive Heatsink. The recently released QC5000-ITX, with its generous 4 SATA ports, is getting the fanless treatment. While we applaud ASRock's recent efforts (and can't wait for their CES lineup) it's disappointing to see the APU's 15W thermal envelope listed in the power saving department.

✓ AMD A4-5000 (4 cores @ 1.5 GHz)
✓ AMD Radeon HD 8330 Graphics
✓ 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCI Express slot
✓ 1 x Mini PCI-E 2.0
✓ 4 x SATA 3 ports
✓ 4 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x DVI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)


Cirrus7 Nimbus gets (Haswell) refreshed

The uniquely designed Nimbus from Cirrus7 is now packing Intel's latest processors. Build with stackable laser-cut aluminium layers, the Ubuntu-friendly Nimbus starts at a reasonable 528 €. The following CPUs are available:

✓ Celeron G1840
✓ Pentium G3240
✓ Core i3-4350T
✓ Core i5-4570T
✓ Core i5-4590T
✓ Core i5-4690T
✓ Core i7-4785T
✓ Core i7-4790T

FanlessTech is powered by an i7-4765T and we highly recommend the i7-4785T for workstation-class computing at the lowest TDP. 35W is the new 84W.

Source: Cirrus7


Streacom NC2 available in Europe

The latest NUC chassis from Streacom just popped on in Silver and Black. The diminutive case is gaining a 2.5" bay while being 10 euros cheaper than the previous model. What's not to love?


ZALMAN files for bankruptcy

Pretty sad news. The venerable Korean manufacturer filed for bankruptcy on November 3rd in Seoul (partly thanks to a scam by its owner Moneual). Zalman is a longtime passive cooling advocate, starting with the legendary TNN-500 and TNN-300 series. Their latest efforts include the critically panned FX100 CPU cooler and this year's FX70.

Sources: via Cowcotland, The Korea Times, The Korea JoongAng Daily, Bloomberg


3 new fanless cases from Akasa

The Newton L is the first passively cooled chassis available for Intel's Bay Trail Celeron NUC (DN2820FYKH). The 140 x 111 x 51mm cases features a 2.5" bay and an IR port.

And now, the big guns. The Euler T is a larger version of the orignal Euler / Euler S (245 x 215.5 x 68.5mm Vs 228 x 187 x 61.5mm). Designed for Thin mini-ITX motherboards this Euler now features three 2.5" bays.

At 245 x 274.5 x 68.5mm the Euler M is even bigger than the Euler T and is compatible with a short list of Mini-ITX motherboards (Asus Z97I-PLUS / Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI / Asrock Z97E-ITX/AC for now). It also features four 2.5" bays!

The three of them are listed as "upcoming". We also reached out to Akasa about the maximum supported TDP (theoretically, it could be increased from the current 35W). Stay tuned.

Update: Akasa confirms us that 35W is still the max TDP. Will launch in January 2015.


This is not OK.

AnandTech reviews hellfire the ZBOX CI540 and temperatures are not its best. Overall, our good friend Ganesh likes it ("Zotac has managed to deliver the right balance of price and performance in the fanless mini-PC market.") but we just can't get over the thermal results.

Thermal pad aside, we don't understand Zotac's choices. Fanless PCs are cooled either with a heat sink case, or with a large internal heat sink in a mesh-laden case. Zotac went for a unique solution... that leaves much to be desired (especially considering the low 11.5W TDP). We do not recommend the ZBOX C-series.

Source: AnandTech


HDPLEX H1.SODD up for pre-order

By popular demand, HDPLEX releases a version of its smallest chassis with an optical disc drive for $219 (free delivery worldwide). The H1.SODD still supports up to 65W TDP (M.2 or mSATA storage is now mandatory). The mini case is also compatible with HDPLEX's high-end 100W linear power supply.

Source: HDPLEX


Tranquil PC teases Broadwell NUC case

And it looks superb. The new diamond-shaped chassis is designed for the consumer Broadwell NUC a.k.a Rock Canyon (confirming our exclusive slides from February and August). 2015 can't come soon enough.


Thermalright Macho Zero unveiled

The Macho Zero is a cheaper, and slightly smaller substitute for the show-stopping HR-22. The new heat sink features a redesigned base plate and a stylish, nickel plated, structure. The 140 x 102mm x 162mm / 710g cooler is available in Europe today for 50 euros.

Source: Thermalright


BIOSTAR iDEQ-T1 ready to ship

Initially presented at Computex featuring a dual-core Celeron J1800, BIOSTAR's Bay Trail barebone is finally rocking a quad-core Celeron N2940. Fingers crossed for the rumored sub-$160 price.

✓ Celeron N2940 (4 cores @ 1.83 GHz, up to 2.25 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR3L SO-DIMM slots (up to 16GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay
✓ 1 x Mini PCI-E 2.0
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 3 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

Source: Biostar via Liliputing

Streacom launches NC2

The second NUC chassis from Streacom features the much-awaited 2.5" option, and handles up to 20W TDP.

"At only 59mm, the NC2 is only 11mm taller than the NC1 but provides the additional internal space to fit a 2.5″ drive. The NC2 also keeps all of the great features of the NC1, compact and stylish design, ultra efficient passive cooling, modular assembly, and acrylic sides which allow for internal WiFi / Bluetooth, making it the perfect case for an ultra small and silent PC."

✓ Extruded and milled aluminum + acrylic sides
✓ 1 x 2.5″ + mSSD on motherboard
✓ Finned Top Panel
✓ 150 x 112 x 59mm
✓ 850g

Source: Streacom