Ryzen-compatible CR-80EH available

Nofan is sending its AM4 kit for free in Korea, but finding a Ryzen-compatible CR-80EH in the west is a little bit more complicated. The fresh batch of CR-80EH available at will fit your sub-80W Ryzen chips.


Cheapest Kaby Lake barebone

HABEY BIS-6862-I3 features Intel's 15W i3-7100U (3845 Average CPU Mark), two SO-DIMM slots (DDR4 2133/1600 MHz, up to 32GB), two M.2 slots, HDMI, DisplayPort, four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, and two GbE ports. The slim barebone (191 x 151 x 27 mm) is available for only $320. HABEY (aka NORCO) is a major player in the global industrial market for more than a decade.

Source: Amazon

Update: Shuttle's DS77U (Celeron 3865U) is actually the cheapest Kaby Lake barebone.


Akasa Pi available

Akasa's fanless chassis for the Raspberry Pi and the ASUS Tinker Board is now available in the UK. The awfully cute heat sink case is made of sandblasted and anodized aluminum, and measures only 92 x 68.3 x 33.35 mm.




18-core processors are amazing, but there's a beauty in low power computing. The PRIME J3355I-C is ASUS' second Apollo Lake motherboard and the very first in the mini-ITX form factor. It's also the first to feature ASUS' PRIME and 5X Protection II safeguards. The PRIME J3355I-C is available right now for $75.

✓ Celeron J3355 (2 cores @ 2.50GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR3 U-DIMM slots (16GB max)
✓ 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x1 mode)
✓ 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
✓ 4 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x COM port
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

Source: ASUS, Amazon


Streacom FC8 build log

Streacom's FC8 Alpha gets a mixed review cooling the 65W i7-4770S. More than ever, we strongly suggest Intel's or AMD's 35W processors for passive cooling (unless the CR-95C is involved).

"In standard/light usage temps went around 48°C on avg. The whole case --and not just the fins-- becomes pretty hot, which is good of course but you realize how much heat accumulates inside the case. In fact while the CPU stays relatively cool, the problem seems more with all the other components, notably the chipset. After a short session of standard usage PCH was already at 68°C. Nothing to worry about, but still.

The stress test though wasn't very kind on the FC8. After just 2 minutes of prime numbers crunching the CPU jumped to 92°C and the case became basically untouchable with bare hands."



Inside the ZBOX CI327

The Apollo Lake ZBOX looks pretty identical to its Braswell predecessor, with the same large internal CPU cooler handling the 6W Celeron N3450. Even at 30°C ambient, overall temperatures are mostly satisfying, while ease of use and connectivity are still top-notch. The barebone retails for $160.



The $1 million fanless NUC

Prime Computer's fanless NUC (second picture) always looked like a gold bar to us. Now the Swiss company is actually ditching aluminum for almost 7-kilograms of 18-carat gold. A precious stone can also be added as the power button. And since gold is an even better heat conductor than aluminum, temperatures should be just fine.

Available with up to 32GB RAM and 5TB of Samsung SSD, the $1 million i5 mini PC can be configured with Windows 10 Pro or Linux, which is a nice touch. The Prime Gold comes with a five year warranty.

Sources: Arabian Business, Prime Computer


TUREMETAL : new major player ?

Chinese brand TUREMETAL launches the UP2, a Thin mini-ITX fanless chassis for CPUs up to 55W TDP.

Offering a fresh perspective on fanless cases, the UP2 features a semi-open frame (no IO shield is required), an ingenious third cooling panel, a small footprint (220 x 220 x 50 mm), and for the very first time, 8 mm heat pipes.

The UP2 is available right now on China's Taobao from about $100. But more importantly, TUREMETAL will reveal in September and October, at least two other fanless cases, the UP9 for CPUs up to 95W, and the UP10 (that could be a tower) for CPUs / GPUs up to 140W TDP. We'll keep you posted.



fitlet2 (Apollo Lake)

Compulab is putting the final touch on the fitlet2, and ditching AMD along the way. The upcoming diminutive PC will feature Intel's Pentium N4200 (6W TDP) Celeron N3450, Atom E39x0, and larger cooling fins over the previous generation.

Our friends over Compulab were kind enough to send us pictures of the fitlet2 operating at -50°C and 112°C (you read it right). Looks promising.


Azulle launches Byte3

We didn't cover Azulle's products until now because computing is freedom, and 32GB of soldered storage with cloud option is not freedom to us. Local storage is not only necessary, it's called private property, it's a right.

The upcoming Azulle Byte3 is the company's most powerful and most versatile mini PC yet. Rocking a Celeron N3450, the elegant PC features Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI 2.0 ports, as well as 2.5" and M.2 storage options. The 4GB RAM / 32GB eMMC version with Windows is available for preorder for $190.

Source: Azulle