Crystal clear

Acrylic PC cases are not for everyone and do have a toyish appearance, but they are perfect to showcase your system's innards. A clear case makes this humble Pentium J5005 so interesting to watch, and does feature a better airflow than most Gemini Lake mini PCs. A very similar case is available from Aliexpress for only $27 (proceed with caution).

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5 thin cases for the ASUS PRIME N4000T

Probably not the prettiest of the bunch, the EMKO EM-150 is definitely the most convection-friendly. The mesh-laden case can only be ordered from Czech Republic at this time.

SilverStone's PT13 is the most stylish Thin mini-ITX case and probably the most expensive too. Another crucial asset, the PT13 is available with a 120W power adapter.

The obscure Goodisory Rainbow C01 looks to be inspired by the H-FRAME Mini, and by inspired we mean it's a total ripoff of the IN WIN case. This Chinese chassis remains a decent option for great airflow.

Realan's E-U3 is specifically designed for Thin mini-ITX motherboards and passive cooling. At only 190 x 190 x 45mm the E-U3 is also the smallest chassis of our selection.

Not all Akasa cases are heat sink cases. The Cypher M is designed for active cooling (and does include a fan) but features enough vents for the ASUS PRIME N4000T and its 6W Celeron.


ASUS PRIME N4000T launched

Could Gemini Lake chips be readily available again? Following a revamped Gigabyte BRIX, ASUS is launching a Thin mini-ITX motherboard rocking a 4K-capable Celeron N4000. Featuring adequate cooling, onboard power, M.2 storage and 24/7 reliability, the PRIME N4000T is officially the most exciting Gemini Lake product yet. It's already listed in Europe for £75 and 88 euros.

✓ Celeron N4000 (2 cores up to 2.60 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots
✓ 1 x M.2 socket
✓ 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
✓ 2 x USB 3.1 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

Source: ASUS


​KODLIX now ships with Ubuntu

The diminutive KODLIX GN41 is one of the rare commercially available systems rocking Linux out of the box. Featuring 8GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage, the Celeron N4100 PC is also one of the rare entry-level options to add a 2.5" bay to the mix for $215.

We usually avoid these weird brands but we do appreciate the OS choice. And unlike an established product like the Gemini Lake BRIX, the KODLIX GN41 does feature vents on top for convection cooling.

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Fanless i9-9900K (done wrong)

Roman Hartung AKA der8auer tried to passively cool a 95W unlocked CPU with the little Alpine 12 Passive. What could go wrong? Despite the cooler doing surprisingly well, passive cooling is treated as a laughing matter again, and we're tired of it. What about building a fanless PC that works beautifully for once?


Hades Canyon fanless mod

Considering its high 65W TDP, no fanless case is available for the NUC8I7HNK. This didn't stop this Taiwanese reader from creating his own solution. Granted, Intel's Turbo Boost had to be disabled but the 200 x 100 x 50mm heat sink is keeping the i7-8705G at acceptable temperatures (83°C during a stress test).



The Gemini Lake BRIX has been redesigned and relaunched

When it was first released last year, the Celeron N4000-powered BRIX didn't win any design award. HDMI 2.0 was also inexplicably missing in action. Now that Gemini Lake is supposedly coming back in sufficient quantities (possibly outsourced?) so is the sub-$150 now HDMI 2.0-ready barebone.

✓ Celeron N4000 (2 cores up to 2.60 GHz)
✓ 1 x SO-DIMM DDR4 slot (up to 8GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay
✓ 4 x USB 3.0
✓ 1 x HDMI 2.0
✓ 1 x HDMI 1.4b
✓ 1 x Audio-out / Mic-In
✓ 1 x Gigabit LAN (Realtek)
✓ Wi-Fi 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.2
✓ 56.22 x 103 x 116.52 mm (2.21" x 4.06" x 4.59")



A feast for the eyes

Thermalright's Silver Arrow IB-E Extreme is strikingly gorgeous. Sold as an actively-cooled supercooler, the 8-heat pipes dual tower is most likely a better fanless option than the Alpine 12 Passive. There's nothing wrong with the Arctic product (in fact we love it). Just don't expect the ultimate cooling from a $13 heat sink.

Images source: Tech-Legend


Intel's Coffee Lake Refresh lineup

Fujitsu just confirmed the entire Coffee Lake Refresh range, including the highly anticipated 35W i9-9900T. Also in the starting block are the 35W i7-9700T, i5-9500T, i5-9600T, i5-9400T, i3-9100T, i3-9300T, Pentium G5600T, Pentium G5420T, and Celeron G4930T.

Source: Fujitsu (PDF)