HDPLEX H3 (V2) official

The third HTPC case from HDPLEX is a perfect mix between their massive H5 and the tiny H1 (the H3 has the same height as the H5, and same length as the H1).

The 270 x 264 x 93 mm / 5.5 kg chassis is compatible with mini-ITX and Thin mini-ITX motherboards and handles processors up to 80W TDP. The H3 V2 features HDPLEX's signature 8-heatpipe pure copper heat sink system, and fits up to four 2.5" drives. It's available for $240 / 200€ / 175£.

Source: HDPLEX



The 112 x 88 mm (4.4" x 3.3") fitlet2 is powered by the 12W Atom x7-E3950 and features one M.2 slot (2260), one SO-DIMM slot (up to 16GB RAM), four USB ports, a mini SD card reader, and two Intel Ethernet ports. $199

The Kaby Lake barebone rocks a Core-based Celeron 3865U and features two SO-DIMM slots (up to 32GB RAM), a card reader, six USB ports, DisplayPort and HDMI ports, as well as two Intel Ethernet ports. The DS77U also comes with dust covers to hide the COM ports. $200

ZOTAC's best-selling Apollo Lake barebone comes with the 6W Celeron N3450 (4 cores up to 2.2GHz), the long-awaited HDMI 2.0 port, dual RAM slots, and dual Ethernet. 5-year warranty is a nice touch too. $170

The fastest 35W desktop processor available is a 4-core / 8-thread wonder. Intel's i7-7700T also features 8M cache and is capable of turbo-ing up to 3.80 GHz. The small thermal enveloppe makes it a perfect choice for passive cooling. $352

AMD's answer is a much more humble - and affordable - 35W APU (4 cores up to 3.80 GHz) packing solid integrated graphics (8 GPU cores / Radeon R7 Series). $160

The last dinosaur. Silverstone HE02 is a one kilogramm monstrosity (and we mean that in the best possible way). The very last official - and performing - fanless CPU cooler. $77

While technically not a fanless heat sink, Phanteks PH-TC14PE is an absolute beast and will handle 35W processors passively... in the following cases. $92

The smallest (16 x 10 x 19 ") cutest, and fully ATX-compatible chassis from Fractal Design can fit CPU coolers up to a towering 160 mm. Use it without Fractal's ModuVent covers. $77

Thermaltake Core P1 offers the best convection since, well, there is no case. The open-frame structure is also less dusty than you would think. No fan means no dirt being pushed into the system. $100

Seasonic's luxurious 600W fanless power supply is a new milestone in personal computing. Extremely stable and reliable, the fully modular unit comes with a 12-year warranty. Highly expensive and highly recommended. $200

Silent (and blazing fast) storage is the icing on the cake of all passive builds. Samsung's SSDs are our storage of choice for years and the current 860 EVO series offers the best bang for your buck - by far. 1 TB ($300) 2 TB ($650) 4 TB ($1400)


ASRock J4105-ITX review

Available in Europe for 85 euros the J4105-ITX is really impressive, thanks to Gemini Lake's improvements over Apollo Lake. Up to 45% better performance CPU-wise, only 10% CPU usage playing 1080P files, 15% playing 4K content, DDR4 support, HDMI 2.0 port and an appropriately sized heat sink, what's not to love?

Source: Elefacts (German)


Airtop2 is here

"Based on Intel Xeon Processor E3-1275 v6 with an optional NVIDIA Quadro P4000 – both passively cooled using Compulab proprietary Natural Airflow technology and with a volume of just 7.5 liter – Airtop2 redefines the performance level of compact fanless PCs.

Other remarkable features of Airtop2 are up to 64 GB DDR4, high-performance storage sub-system with 2x NVMe + 4x 2.5” SATA SSDs / HDDs, tool-free service and a broad selection of FACE Module extensions."

Airtop2 is available from $1,335.

M66 fanless HTPC chassis

The M66 is probably the cheapest fanless desktop case - and it does feel a little rough around the edges - but it's certainly ingenious. According to its manufacturer the M66 is virtually universal, and will fit any recent mini-ITX or Thin mini-ITX motherboard.

Available with three or six copper heat pipes, the case's cooling capacity is announced at 55W and even 77W TDP. This sounds wildly optimistic to us given its size (200 x 216 x 66 mm) and weight (under 2 kg) but we want to believe.

Source: IT-TECH


Colorful D-Frame Mini

The award-winning open-frame In Win chassis is back in production. It's now available in various colors, including red, green, orange, white, blue and black for $199. D-Frame Mini is not only unique-looking, it's also perfect for natural convection and passive builds.


GIGABYTE J4005N D2P (Gemini Lake) official

Kudos to GIGABYTE for the M.2 slot (still no DC-in jack though). The entry-level J4005N D2P also supports DIMM RAM, a pretty rare feature for SoC-based motherboards. Interestingly, GIGABYTE also mentions 16 GB RAM max despite Intel's own 8 GB limit.

✓ Celeron J4005 (2 core @ 2.70 GHz, 10W TDP)
✓ 2 x DDR4 DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCIe x16 Slot
✓ 1 x M.2 socket (2280)
✓ 2 x SATA 6Gb/s
✓ 4 x USB 3.1 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x COM ports
✓ 1 x parallel port
✓ 1 x RJ45


nimbini v2 teased

German manufacturer cirrus7 (home of the classiest fanless PCs, there we said it) is putting the final touches on nimbini v2, their upcoming NUC based system. All models will feature a new aluminum fins structure, a pure copper core, and may or may not support the rumored 28W i7 NUC... Stay tuned.


Ryzen APUs available today

The Ryzen 3 2200G (4C, Vega 8 graphics) is available for $99, while the  Ryzen 5 2400G (4C/8T, Vega 11 graphics) retails for $169.

According to AMD, the Ryzen 5 2400G simply features the world’s most powerful graphics on a desktop processor and offers the same graphics performance in a single processor as combining the $199 Intel Core i5-8400 with an $89 NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 GPU.

What about passive cooling? At this time - and given integrated graphics' tendency to run hot - we only see 3 options: HDPLEX H5 case, Streacom DB4 case and the massive Silverstone HE02 CPU cooler in a case fully open (mesh) on top.

Reviews roundup:

PC Perspective
The Tech Report
Linus Tech Tips


Scythe Fuma in passive mode

According to HWCooling, Scythe's flagship dual tower (six 6 mm heat pipes, 920 g) is able to cool a slightly undervolted i7-5930K (140W TDP) without any fan. The 6-core 12-thread monster never reaching 90°C under heavy load.

Granted, we would never recommend such a build, but the Fuma is definitely another contender for the Intel and AMD 35W series.

Source: HWCooling