Intel releases its fanless NUC

Intel just unveiled a very elegant, and seriously underpowered, mini PC. The long rumored fanless NUC is aimed at professionnals but should be available everywhere (we briefly spotted it for about 200 euros). What Intel calls a "pint-sized powerhouse" is actually powered by a single core, single thread, 1.46 GHz Atom, and features a single memory channel and a single USB 3.0 port. It's certainly a powerhouse, just not in this dimension.

Interestingly, the aluminum fins design is all plastic, and suggests an internal CPU cooler (we do prefer this solution anyway). A Trusted Platform Module device for hardware-based data encryption could be nice too. Please Intel, pretty please, the same (or cube-like) box with your best Bay Trail chip, and you have a winner.

✓ Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE
✓ Intel Atom E3815 (5W TDP)
✓ 1 x DDR3L SO-DIMM slot (8GB maximum)
✓ Intel HD Graphics (up to 400 MHz)
✓ 1 x HDMI 1.4a
✓ 1 x Embedded DisplayPort
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ Multi-channel digital audio via HDMI interface
✓ Back panel headphone / microphone jack
✓ 1 x USB 3.0
✓ 2 x USB 2.0
✓ 3 x internal USB 2.0
✓ 4GB eMMC storage device built in
✓ Internal support for 2.5-inch HDD / SSD
✓ 10 / 100 / 1000Mbps Ethernet port
✓ Half-length PCIe mini-card slot and wireless antennas pre-assembled
✓ 12V, 36W wall-mount AC-DC power adapter
✓ 190mm x 116mm x 40mm
✓ 3-year Advanced Warranty Replacement


Pentium J2900, where art thou?

Intel's most exciting Bay Trail SoC is still nowhere to be seen. The quad-core processor features a humble 10W TDP for a healthy 2156 CPU Mark, but looks more and more like vaporware.

Unfortunate naming scheme, unexpected Jxx50 series discontinuation, drivers issues, several steppings and spotty availability, the Bay Trail launch has been rather bumpy on the desktop side. Fingers crossed for Braswell.

Update: We'd love to see how the J2900 fares against AMD's Kabini.


GIGABYTE GA-J1800N-D2H in motion

LowPowPC takes a look at GIGABYTE entry-level Bay Trail motherboard. The Celeron J1800-based mini-ITX board features two 1.35V DDR3L DIMM slots, one PCI Express slot, one Mini PCI Express slot, two SATA 3Gb/s connectors, one USB 3.0 port, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA and Gigabit Ethernet.

The GA-J1800N-D2H is availble for $82 on Amazon, while the quad-core version retails for $95. Both should make "good-enough" (and quickly assembled) multimedia PCs.


Nofan CR-80EH unboxing

Here's a closer look at Nofan CR-80EH and its bundle. The unusual CPU cooler features a 13 cm circular heatpipe, and a single 19 meters (62 feet!) ICEPIPE. This 155mm wide beauty will passively cool CPUs up to 80W TDP. Available for £41,30 at QuietPC.



Dubbed "The World's Smallest Windows-based PC" ECS LIVA will actuallly launch OS-free. This mini PC kit (ECS promises a 40 seconds set-up) features a still unnamed Bay Trail-M SoC as well as soldered RAM and storage. Great concept, great price (under $200), but unnecessarily crippled.

✓ Bay Trail-M
✓ 32GB 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



A closer look at HFX MONSTER

Superlatives are inadequate to describe this incredible piece of Austrian hardware. The HFX Monster is the sole heat sink case that handles not only CPUs like the i7 4770K, but graphics cards as well (GeForce GT 640, FirePro 2270 / 2460 options available).

At 50lbs (23kg) this tank of a HTPC doubles as a solid workstation. Default configuration starts at $2,600 but we added 4TB of Samsung SSDs (in our dreams) for a grand total of $5,500. Pure. Luxury.

✓ i7-4770K (i3-4130T / i5 4570S / i5 4670K / i7 4770S options)
✓ 8GB Kingston DDR3 1600 (up to 32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1866)
✓ 180GB Intel 530 SSD (4TB Samsung 840 Evo SSD, 16TB Western Digital HDD options)
✓ LG 24X DVD drive (LG 16X Blu-ray drive option)
✓ ASUS Maximus VI Gene motherboard
✓ SilverStone ST40NF Nightjar fanless PSU
✓ Windows / Ubuntu / OS-free options
✓ 5.71" (145mm) x 16.93" (430mm) x 17.72" (450mm).

Source: Endpcnoise