64GB white LIVA

Now we're talking. ECS' sub-$200 mini PC was interesting, but ultimately slightly crippled too. With 64GB of (soldered) storage it is now usable. Next, a design upgrade hopefully.

✓ Intel Celeron N2807
✓ 64GB eMMC
✓ 1 x USB 3.0
✓ 1 x USB 2.0
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
✓ IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
✓ Bluetooth 4.0
✓ 118 x 70 x 56mm
✓ 190g

Source: ECS via TechPowerUp


Haswell Refresh hits QuietPC

UK's leading fanless PC builder is launching its Haswell Refresh inside Nofan's kits. Featuring a wide range of CPUs (from a serviceable Pentium G3258 all the way to an invicible Core i7 4790K), the rigs start from £765. We're also loving the Ubuntu option.

Source: QuietPC


Streacom NC1 nailing it

"The Streacom chassis manages to cool the CPU to new record-breaking lows in both idle and under load. Other cases may work just fine, but the NC1 cracked the 70°C mark while the CPU had to cope with a 100% load."

Source: TechPowerUp


Audio buff dream

A fantastic audio set-up featuring a Streacom FC8, an Akasa Euler, a HDPLEX Fanless Linear Power Supply and a fierce-looking amplifier (update: Duson PA-100, dank u Vincent!).

Source: Computer Audiophile


ZBOX CA320 available on Amazon

The AMD-powered fanless ZBOX nano is now available for $183. The mini barebone features a quad-core A6-1450 (@ 1.0 GHz, up to 1.4 GHZ) and one of the best arrays of ports, including full-size DisplayPort, full-size HDMI, two USB 3.0, five USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and multi-card reader.

The thermal pad suspicion is still annoying though. Feel free to send us pictures of your unit to set the record straight. WARNING: Access to the CPU cooler area will void the warranty.

Source: Amazon


Waterproof NUC case

Pool computing anyone? Akasa Pascal is the first water and dust proof passive case for the NUC. The 150 x 185 x 54 mm IP65 case is compatible with Intel's D53427RKE, D33217GKE, and DCP847SKE motherboards (no Haswell option unfortunately) and retails for 490 euros, £415 and $500.


Raijintek Nemesis in passive mode

Raijintek is shaping up as a major player with massive coolers and small prices. Their flagship dual-tower weights 1050g and features five 8mm heat pipes, for less than $75. Without any active cooling, the Nemesis has no trouble keeping a 130W CPU under control (delta temps under 32°C). Impressive.



8 new fanless-friendly CPUs

Finally an affordable batch of Haswell Refresh. On top of that, all of them under 55W TDP, meaning easy passive cooling.

✓ Pentium G3250 (2C / 2T), 3.2 GHz, 53W TDP, $64
✓ Pentium G3250T (2C / 2T), 2.8 GHz, 35W TDP, $64
✓ Pentium G3450T (2C / 2T), 2.9 GHz, 35W TDP, $75
✓ Pentium G3460 (2C / 2T), 3.5 GHz, 53W TDP, $86

✓ Core i3-4160 (2C / 4T), 3.6 GHz, 54W TDP, $117
✓ Core i3-4160T (2C / 4T), 3.1 GHz, 35W TDP, $117
✓ Core i3-4360T (2C / 4T), 3.2 GHz, 35W TDP, $138
✓ Core i3-4370 (2C / 4T), 3.8 GHz, 54W TDP, $149

Source: CPU-World


Jetway JBC310 available for £168

The latest Jetway barebone offers the same SoC as the ZBOX CI320 but with a far more convincing cooling solution. And it's pretty rare to find an industrial product (read: very reliable) available online at a realistic price.

✓ Celeron N2930 (Quad-core @ 1.83 GHz, up to 2.16 GHz)
✓ Intel HD Graphics
✓ 1 x DDR3L SO-DIMM slot
✓ 1 x mSATA Slot
✓ 1 x half size Mini-PCI Express slot
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x COM port
✓ 2 x HDMI
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Intel)
✓ 1 x IR Receiver
✓ 1 x Audio line out with SPDIF out
✓ 116 x 110 x 49 mm



Fanless BRIX Steam streaming

Courtesy of Lon Seidman