Shuttle XC60J official video

The Celeron J3355 barebone features multiple storage options including 2.5", M.2, and a rare 3.5" HDD bay. It's available right now in the US, Poland, the Netherlands, France, and soon worldwide.


Fanless-friendly cases from Lian Li

Lian Li's mini-ITX PC-Q50, microATX PC-V320, and ATX PC-V720 offer a mesh design that will facilitate convection cooling when used vertically (cases can be installed horizontally). Available in black or silver, the stylish aluminum chassis are relatively narrow though, and the maximum CPU cooler height supported is 140 mm.


GIGABYTE quietly releases 2nd Apollo Lake motherboard

Apollo Lake was hardly a hit in the motherboard department. Despite substantial increase in single thread performance over Braswell, the world's largest motherboard maker - ASUS - only released one (J3455M-E). BIOSTAR and ECS skip it altogether. The GA-J3355N-D2P is GIGABYTE's second - and most likely final - Apollo Lake motherboard. Gemini Lake can't come soon enough.

✓ Celeron J3355 (2 cores @ 2.5 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR3L SO-DIMM sockets
✓ 1 x PCI slot
✓ 2 x SATA 3 connectors
✓ 4 x USB 3.1 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x COM port
✓ 1 x parallel port
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)



Nofan CR-80EH now Ryzen compatible (with a catch)

Nofan's smallest CPU cooler, the CR-80EH, is now AM4 compatible yet only supports the 65W Ryzen 5 1400. It's unclear why the bigger and more appropriate CR-95C wasn't as lucky.

Also unclear is whether Nofan will provide a mounting kit to existing CR-80EH owners. We reached out to the Korean company for more info, and will update this post as soon as we have further details.

Source: Nofan


Ready-to-use Akasa-based NUC

Akasa and Quiet PC - two of the most trusted and reliable names in the fanless community - are teaming up for the UltraNUC Pro 7 Fanless.

The Kaby Lake i3-7100U and i5-7260U NUC are mounted into Akasa's Newton S7 or Plato X7 chassis. The systems are highly configurable with up to 32GB RAM and 6TB of Samsung SSDs. Pure luxury.

A free Linux option would be a nice touch, though.



Shuttle DS77U3 overview

First, let's address the elephant in the room. Yes, the DS77U3 is a very versatile barebone, designed for home and professional use. That means no planned obsolescence, industrial-grade components, suited for 24/7 usage, but also two COM ports on the front panel.

Thankfully, Shuttle provides two dust covers, keeping aesthetics clean. The DS77U3 is a very small PC (200 x 165 x 39.5 mm). It can be easily hidden and it's also VESA-mountable. Note that the DS77U3 can be installed horizontally when ambient temperature is below 35°C. We strongly encourage the use of the included feet though, creating an effective chimney effect and cooling not just the CPU but the motherboard, the memory and storage too.

There are only two screws keeping you from the inside. Assembling and upgrading the DS77U3 is a child's play.

The DS77U3 features two DDR4 (2133Mhz) SODIMM slots (16GB per DIMM, 32GB max), one M.2 2280 socket, and one 2.5" bay.

The second M.2 (2230) socket is occupied by a Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11 b/g/n wireless network module.

Connectivity is pretty impressive. Actually, it's perfect. The 4K-ready DS77U3 features six USB ports, a SD card reader, a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, and two Intel Gigabit LAN ports.


A clear (and colorful) quick start guide is also included.

The DS77U3 is extremely efficient. According to Shuttle, when it's equipped with a 2.5” SSD drive, the system consumes under 8W in idle mode. Running five days a week for eight hours a day, the annual consumption would be less than 17kWh which would mean less than 5 euros on the power bill.

We tried the latest Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS, and everything works just fine. We're also very pleased temperature-wise: idling in the low 40s and never exceeding the mid-60s, without any fan. Intel did a great job with their Kaby Lake U-series. The i3-7100U (3865 CPU Mark) is surprisingly snappy. We're talking (family) desktop replacement here.

The DS77U3 is available in the USGermanyAustriaSwitzerland, the NetherlandsPoland, Finland, Denmark, Italy (et bientôt sur LDLC pour les Français).


Akasa Galileo build

A pretty straightforward Akasa Galileo ($125.00) build using ASUS' Thin mini-ITX H110T motherboard ($79.00) and Intel's 35W i5-6500T. Great job minus the final position: although we're not sure about those used by Akasa, heat pipes can be affected by gravity. In a vertical setting, make sure to mount them pointing upward, just in case.

Source: Chiphell


Apollo Lake & Kaby Lake ZBOX available

The Braswell-powered CI323 is rumored to be ZOTAC's best-selling fanless ZBOX to date. The Celeron N3150 barebone also provided the C-series' best thermals to date. Coincidence? We think not.

While the market is craving for fanless mini PCs, customers will simply not tolerate cooling systems relying on the CPU's throttling function.

Now that that's settled, the brand new ZBOX CI327 (Celeron N3450) is available for $159.99. The much more powerful - Core-based - ZBOX CI527 (i3-7100U) retails for $380.40.

Interestingly, the i3-7100U (3819 CPU Mark) outperforms the desktop i3-2100 (3662 CPU Mark) from few years ago, making this fanless little box a legit desktop replacement.

Update: The i5 version is now available for $399.90 (should increase soon).


FIRST LOOK: Tinker board fanless case

We usually don't cover dev boards but this is too cute for words. Akasa is developing a fanless case for the ASUS Tinker board ($59.99). The rugged chassis should provide plenty of cooling for the quad-core Rockchip RK3288 but will be also compatible with several Raspberry Pi models.


A closer look at Streacom's DB6

The DB6 looks stunning... and expensive. Remember that it's still a prototype though. Design, price point, and release date are still subject to change. But kudos to Streacom for leading the way, yet again.

Source: HardwareCanucks