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5.23.2015

FIRST LOOK: LIVA Core specs


ECS is stepping up its game with the upcoming LIVA Core. The mini PC will be the first to sport a Core M chip. Intel's M-5Y10c has 2 Broadwell cores at 800 MHz (up to 2 GHz), an impressive 2600+ CPU Mark, and a minuscule 4.5W TDP. 4GB RAM and a 120GB M.2 SDD will be added to the mix (a barebone version might be in the cards, too).

5.22.2015

Arctic M1 Passive defies expectations



Less is more. Another review confirms the performance of this single piece of aluminum, and it's excellent. Do heat pipes matter anymore? A copper version of the M1 needs to happen.

Source:  Le fanless dans tous ses ├ętats

5.21.2015

ASRock's Braswell lineup detailed




ASRock launches an all-out Braswell offensive with several models:

N3700M, mATX, one PCIe 2.0 x16, two PCIe 2.0 x1, HDMI/DVI/VGA
N3150M, mATX, one PCIe 2.0 x16, two PCIe 2.0 x1, HDMI/DVI/VGA
N3050M, mATX, one PCIe 2.0 x16, two PCIe 2.0 x1, HDMI/DVI/VGA
N3700-ITX, Mini-ITX, one PCIe 2.0 x1, one mini-PCIe, HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort
N3150-ITX, Mini-ITX, one PCIe 2.0 x1, one mini-PCIe, HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort
N3150B-ITX, Mini-ITX, one PCIe 2.0 x1, legacy / COM ports
N3050B-ITX, Mini-ITX, one PCIe 2.0 x1, legacy / COM ports

Interestingly, ASRock is ditching the Celeron brand for a laconic "processor" and who could blame them? The Celeron branding is not only played out, it's also misleading since Core-based Celerons exist. Also on the plus side, the passive heat sink retains its size so great temperatures are expected for these 6W CPUs.

5.19.2015

HDPLEX available on Amazon UK




One of the few brands which "get it" is now available on Amazon UK. Most of the HDPLEX catalogue is available including the H1 case variants, and their pico power supplies. On the expensive side, but highly recommended.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

MSI's Braswell lineup detailed




The N3050I ECO, N3150I ECO, N3700I ECO surface online and MSI will indeed be the first to offer the coveted Pentium N3700. The most powerful Braswell chip features 4 cores at 1.6 GHz (up to 2.4 GHz) and 16 Execution Units on the graphics side.

✓ Celeron N3050 / N3150 / Pentium N3700
✓ 2 x DDR3 1333/1600 MHz SO-DIMM slots
✓ 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
✓ 2 x SATA III connectors
✓ 2 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x COM port
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet

5.18.2015

ASUS launches feature-rich Braswell motherboards




That is one cool looking CPU cooler. ASUS is getting serious with Braswell with two mATX motherboards featuring nothing but the best in quality and tools. The N3050M-E is powered by a dual-core Celeron N3050 (@1.6GHz up to 2.16GHz) while the N3150M-E rocks a quad-core Celeron N3150 (@1.6GHz up to 2.08GHz. The raw CPU performance should be marginally better than Bay Trail, but the iGPU goes from 4 Execution Units to 12. The N3050M-E and N3150M-E retail for 75 euros and 85 euros respectively.

✓ Celeron N3050 / N3150 (6W TDP)
✓ 2 x UDIMM slots (DDR3 1600/1066 MHz)
✓ 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x1 mode)
✓ 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
✓ 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
✓ 2 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Parallel port
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

5.17.2015

A closer look at the Beebox






It's adorable. The overall design and the full-size ports are great.

But we're still puzzled as to how this thing is cooled. The Beebox lacks the features of a fanless PC. Its chassis doesn't look like a passive one, and no sizable internal cooler is visible. Actually the air vents look just like the ones from regular (actively cooled) NUCs.

Previous fanless mini computers from ECS and Zotac were letdowns so we're sceptical as of now. We're totally fine with "good enough" performance, just not with "good enough" cooling.

5.16.2015

Fanless build from scratch






Unable to find his perfect fanless chassis, Benjamin from Germany decided to build it himself. A labor of love, and a pretty impressive result.

Source: Hardwareluxx.de

5.15.2015

Akasa Newton upgraded



It looks like the Newton RC is no more and is replaced by the Newton S. The new case is slightly larger (for better thermals), provides a wider compatibility (now compatible with ALL 15W Broadwell NUCs). It also features a more restrained logo, so we're not complaining.

✓ Compatible with all i3 and i5 Broadwell NUC motherboards
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay (up to 9.5mm high)
✓ 2 x front USB 3.0
✓ Front Audio in/out
✓ Infrared receiver
✓ Kensington lock
✓ VESA mountable
✓ 176.5 x 200 x 53.5mm

Source: Akasa

5.14.2015

cirrus7 nimbini available on Monday



The striking looking (and probably indestructible) nimbini is finally available, in 3 versions.

✓ nimbini - Office Edition, powered by Intel's Celeron N2820, from 399 euros.

✓ nimbini - Business Edition, featuring i3 and i5 variants with Intel's vPro technology, from 599 euros.

✓ nimbini - Media Edition, featuring i3 / i5 options, and the world's first fanless i7 NUC system, from 599 euros.

We'll take the i7 version, thank you very much Intel and cirrus7 (hey, a boy can dream).

Source: cirrus7