The orange computer

The ML100 from our friends over at Logic Supply is a small tank. High performance cooling allows the ML100 series to dissipate heat more effectively and keep the system running when the going gets hot. Large vertical fins give the ML100 series a wider operating temperature range and optimal heat transfer. Despite its diminutive size, the ML100 Series offers a full range of I/O connectivity, including USB 3.0, Gb LAN, and dual high definition video ports. Configure your own system here


AMD SoC situation

While AMD is on an upward trajectory, don't expect low-power and affordable solutions anytime soon. ASRock just removed "AMD CPU onboard" from their directory.

ASRock's R&D VP Guang Chen tells FanlessTech: "We don’t plan to design an AMD SOC MB. A300M-STX MB is just good enough." Ryzen Embedded will remain the only fanless AMD option for the time being.

The ASRock J5005-ITX is back!

The most powerful Gemini Lake motherboard is available again for $135. Update: Sold out again. The ASRock mini-ITX board features the 10W Pentium J5005 (4C / 4T up to 2.8 GHz, 2907 Average CPU Mark, on par with the legendary Core2 Quad Q6600).

The triple monitor-ready motherboard features HDMI 2.0 connectivity and supports resolution up to 4096x2160 at 60Hz. Make sure to pair it with a pico power supply and a convection-friendly mini case for the best effect.


PrimeMini 4 as an alternative to the Roon Nucleus

"Roon Labs has developed a very lean operating system based on Linux to run Roon Core, its name is ROCK (Roon Optimized Core Kit). Roon Labs offers ROCK for free as a download. In addition, Roon Labs also sells customized hardware, the Roon Nucleus. The Roon Nucleus is available in an Intel Core i3 and Core i7 variant. The basis for the Roon Nucleus are Intel NUC boards... Since the PrimeMinis also have an Intel NUC board, all PrimeMinis are ideal as a Roon Nucleus alternative."

Source: Prime Computer

A walk down memory lane

10 years ago, Shuttle launched its first fanless mini PCs. The XS32HD and the XS29F featured Intel's Atom N270 and VIA's VX800 respectively. Despite ultra-low TDPs of 2.5W and 5.5W, the systems rocked an impressively large copper heat sink. Today's manufacturers could learn a thing or two from these groundbreaking products.

"At Computex 2009, Shuttle will unveil to media and industry insiders for the first time its latest technology – fanless solutions. Energy efficiency, durability, and affordability are the key elements of the new product line, making it ideal for office and Internet-related tasks. Intel® Atom and VIA Nano™ based models – XS32 HD and XS29F respectively – will be launched with a fanless design and come in a size that’s only 3 liters small. These fanless solutions feature a radiator for system cooling which does away with a need for a fan and thereby keeps the system ultra quiet. The XS32 HD also supports HDMI for high-resolution HD-playback, and is very well-suited for home entertainment."

Sources: Shuttle, Youtube


PrimeServer Pro video

Check out this classy promo video for the PrimeServer Pro. Built in Switzerland, this Xeon-powered fanless server features six hot-swap drives and eight Ethernet ports (including four 10GBASE-T).


AMD's Ryzen 5 3400G gaming performance

AMD's new Ryzen 3 3200G (4C / 4T, up to 4GHz, Radeon Vega 8 Graphics) and Ryzen 5 3400G (4C / 8T, up to 4.2GHz, Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics) are now available. At 65W TDP the 12nm APUs are still fanless-friendly and are contenders for secondary or entry-level gaming PCs.


Supermicro SuperServer E100-9S

Supermicro's embedded system is now available on Amazon in multiple configurations. The Kaby Lake IoT gateway features M.2 storage, two SO-DIMM DDR4 slots, two Intel GbE LAN (i219LM + i210IT), one USB 3.1 (Type C), two USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, DisplayPort and HDMI.

i3-7100U model

16GB RAM / 480GB SSD
32GB RAM / 960GB SSD

i5-7300U model

16GB RAM / 480GB SSD
32GB RAM / 960GB SSD

i7-7600U model

16GB RAM / 480GB SSD
32GB RAM / 960GB SSD