ZOTAC clone ?

Buyers beware: some ZOTAC-looking mini PCs are floating around for a whopping $230. Powered by a Celeron J3455 the plastic-looking device is not a good deal, especially considering that the N3450 ZBOX retails for $155.

Source: Amazon


FIRST LOOK: Alpine AM4 Passive CPU cooler

ARCTIC is on a roll. The Alpine Passive family is growing and its latest addition is AMD-compatible. At 99 x 99 x 70mm and 557g the Alpine AM4 Passive is slightly larger than its Intel counterpart.

Designed for 35W APUs, the black aluminum heat sink can also handle chips up to 47W TDP in a case with fans. As always, in a strictly passive system make sure to use a mesh-laden case.

Source: ARCTIC


FIRST LOOK: Alpine 12 Passive CPU cooler

ARCTIC launches an improved version of its best-selling fanless CPU cooler. The Alpine 12 Passive is virtually identical (95 x 95 x 69 mm) to the $13 / 13 euros Alpine 11 Passive but features a black anodizing finish that improves performance significantly.

The Alpine 12 Passive is designed to cool 35W CPUs passively, although processors up to 47 TDP are supported (not recommended by us since throttling could be involved).

Source: ARCTIC

Quiet PC's Phantom video review

A closer look at the Phantom from Quiet PC. Unsurprisingly, it's a roaring success, both aesthetically and temperature-wise.


ECS LIVA Z2 page goes live ahead of launch

As we exclusively reported earlier this year, the upcoming ECS LIVA features a brand new cooling system, with a large open-air heat sink on top of the case. Also confirmed is the dual HDMI set-up (including HDMI 2.0), dual RAM slots and 2.5" bay. The LIVA Z2 rocks the Gemini Lake Celeron N4000, N4100, or Pentium N5000.

Interestingly, we also found the LIVA Z2V featuring HDMI 1.4 and VGA ports. Possibly a cheaper or China-exclusive model.

Source: ECS

SilverStone NJ450-SXL official

After months of teasing, the very first 450W fanless SFX power supply is now a reality with SilverStone's new Nightjar. The diminutive PSU features 80 Plus Platinum certification, is fully modular, and is built to withstand 24/7 usage. Unlike Seasonic's models which use internal heat sinks, the NJ450-SXL is enclosed in an aluminum casing for heat dissipation.

Source: TechPowerUp


Logic Supply CL200 series available

The CL200 makes development easy and integration seamless, thanks to its x86 architecture. Backed by a stable Linux or Windows 10 OS, the CL200 lets you focus on optimizing your application.

Hardshell™ Fanless Technology helps ensure reliability by wrapping internal components in a durable, fanless & ventless enclosure which provides effective cooling while keeping airborne debris out.

Measuring just 34 mm x 115 mm x 82 mm, the CL200 can be installed virtually anywhere, without sacrificing connectivity. Pre-configured CL200 is available for $249 and CL210 for $295. Fully configurable systems are also available:

CL200G-10 (from $289)

✓ Celeron N3350
✓ 8 GB Onboard Storage
✓ mSATA Up To 1 TB
✓ 2 x USB 3.0
✓ 1 x USB 2.0
✓ 1 x mini DisplayPort
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
✓ 4G Capable

CL210G-10 (from $335)

✓ Celeron N3350
✓ 32 GB Onboard Storage
✓ mSATA Up To 1 TB
✓ 2 x USB 3.0
✓ 1 x USB 2.0
✓ 2 x mini DisplayPort
✓ 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
✓ 4G Capable


Gemini Lake ZBOX official

ZOTAC launches a new fanless ZBOX. The CI329 features Intel's Celeron N4100 and an improved cooling system. It's available as a barebone (CI329 nano) with 4GB RAM and a 120GB SSD (CI329 nano PLUS) or 4GB RAM and a 32GB SSD (CI329 nano with Windows).

Considering Gemini Lake's improvement in single thread performance, it's also the first time that an Atom-based system can be considered as a true desktop replacement, in our books.

Bay Trail, Braswell, and Apollo Lake generations retailed for $160 (barebone), and we don't expect the CI329 to be priced differently.

✓ Celeron N4100 (4 cores up to 2.4GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR4 SODIMM slots (up to 8GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gbps slot
✓ 1 x 3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC) card reader
✓ 3 x USB 3.0
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 type-C
✓ 1 x USB 2.0
✓ 1 x HDMI 2.0a
✓ 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 802.11ac
✓ 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
✓ 127.8 x 126.8 x 56.8mm


EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Gemini Lake ZBOX

The Gemini Lake ZBOX (left) will feature an actual heat sink with actual cooling fins instead of a mere piece of aluminum like previous models (right). It only took Zotac 5 years to understand that "good enough" cooling is just not enough.

And if actual thermal paste is involved - instead of thermal pads - FanlessTech will be popping champagne corks!