MintBox Mini 2 available in June

The Linux Mint-branded fitlet2 ($176) will be available in two versions: the MintBox Mini 2 (Celeron J3455, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD) for $299 and the MintBox Mini 2 Pro (Celeron J3455, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD) for $349.

The MintBox Mini 2 features one M.2 slot (2260), one SO-DIMM slot, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a miniSD card reader, two Intel Ethernet ports, and will ship with Linux Mint 19. Definitely the best way to support one of the most user-friendly Linux distro available.

Source: The Linux Mint Blog via Liliputing


Upcoming Impactics case

First look at an upcoming heat pipe-based desktop chassis from German manufacturer Impactics. Also in the works : a new NUC case. Stay tuned.

Source: Impactics


Logic Supply launches CL200

Global computer hardware manufacturer Logic Supply ( has unveiled their CL200 Ultra Small Form Factor computer (, built to power innovation at the network's edge. Surrounded by an ultra-durable cast aluminum enclosure, and configurable with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 4G connectivity, the CL200 has been engineered to bring reliability to the Internet of Things.

"IoT and Edge projects require flexibility, connectivity and dependability," said Logic Supply Director of Engineering Michael Kleiner. "The CL200 is our smallest fanless system ever, and represents the next generation of IoT computing by combining connection flexibility and efficient performance in an affordable, highly-reliable platform."

Both models in the CL200 Series are powered by an efficient Intel Apollo Lake Celeron processor and measure a mere 83 x 116 x 34 mm. The base model CL200, running on Linux Ubuntu 16.04, features 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. The CL210 steps up to 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and can be configured with Ubuntu or Windows 10 IoT. A built-in MicroSD card slot on both models enables additional removable storage.

I/O on the CL200 includes one mini DisplayPort capable of 1080p or 4K resolution, one Gigabit LAN port, and two USB 3.0. The CL210 features two mini DisplayPorts capable of dual 1080p or single 4K resolution, dual Gigabit LAN, two USB 3.0 and also adds a 3.5 mm audio jack. Both systems have an additional USB 2.0 port and RS-232 box header on the bottom, and are configurable with Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and Logic Supply's Extrovert 4G LTE capability.


Fanless Gemini Lake BRIX

GIGABYTE revamps its entry-level passively-cooled BRIX with a brand new design, and Intel's 6W Celeron N4000. Gone is the microSD card reader but several ports are now accessible from the front. We'll refrain from pointing out questionable aesthetics since the lack of HDMI 2.0 port is much more troubling.

✓ 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 1.4b
✓ 1 x VGA port
✓ 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")



Impactics DMono 1 available

Impactics' groundbreaking chassis - which features no heat pipe and no cooling fin - is now available in Europe for 200 euros. Similar in spirit to the Euler, the slim case provides cooling for the chipset and SSD, unlike the Akasa case. The DMono 1 is compatible with 35W processors and with two GIGABYTE Thin mini-ITX motherboards (GA-H110TN and GA-Q170TN).

DMono 1, silver, side power button
DMono 1, silver, top power button
DMono 1, black, side power button
DMono 1, black, top power button


35W Coffee Lake-S available NOW

The fanless-friendly dual-core Celeron G4900T is available now for only $48, and the quad-core Pentium Gold G5500T retails for $82. Also available are the i3-8100T, i3-8300T, i5-8500T.

The much coveted i7-8700T - which is rumored to be a 6-core / 12-thread monster - is listed with no price but should retail for about $350.


3 additional Gemini Lake motherboards

The microATX J4105M and J4005M are similar to last month's J4105-ITX adding more options to mix, including one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot. The J4005B-ITX is virtually identical to the previous J4105B-ITX only rocking the dual-core Celeron J4005.

Interestingly, the most powerful of the lot - the J5005-ITX which is already available in Europe - is still no where to be found on ASRock's site.

Update: It's here


Simply NUC fanless NUC available

Simply NUC in-house fanless NUC is available for $590 (i3-7100U) and $710 (i5-7300U). Based on Intel's Dawson Canyon platform, the vPro enabled machines can be configured with up to 32GB RAM and 6TB SSD storage, bringing prices to $4250 and $4370 respectively.


ASUS outs PRIME J4005I-C

The first Gemini Lake board from ASUS is kind of problematic. The regular Mini-ITX motherboard is rocking a Thin mini-ITX heat sink that is significantly smaller than previous generation (official specs falsely claim that the PRIME J4005I-C is a Thin mini-ITX board). Will thermals be impacted?

On the bright side: M.2 storage is finally a reality. The PRIME J4005I-C is available right now for about 80 euros.

✓ Celeron J4005 (2 cores up to 2.70 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR4 2400/2133 MHz U-DIMM slots
✓ 1 x SATA 6Gb/s port
✓ 2 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x COM port
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

Source: ASUS

Is delidding worth it?

The practice of removing the heat spreader for a better thermal compound (and voiding the warranty along the way) is extremely risky... and far from justified in your average passive build.