Tidbit: ASUS E210

It's fanless guys, for real this time. After last January's debacle, ASUS is launching its first passively-cooled Eee Box sporting a Celeron N2807 (4.3W TDP). Aimed at industrial clients, the SoC's "good enough" performance makes it a capable family desktop PC too (fantastic I/O).

Source: ASUS

Tidbit: Giada F110D

According to Notebook Italia, Giada is readying a new barebone system powered either by a dual-core Celeron N2807 or a quad-core Celeron J1900. The 4-in-1 card reader is a nice addition.

Via: Liliputing



With so many fanless mini-ITX motherboards available, now comes the time to consider the perfect chassis. Spire's MINCE (french for thin) with its average look, unnecessary logo and tinniest feet, is certainly not it. But given its numerous air vents, convection should work just fine. And at the end of the day, that's what really matters.

✓ Mini-ITX compatible
✓ 228 x 52 x 216mm
✓ 90W PSU
✓ 1.2kg


Broadwell NUC in the wild

Did Intel just leaked the NUC 2.0? The NUC's official page is sporting what looks like the next gen pocketable PC, including "sleep-and-charge" USB port and M.2 SSD slot on the motherboard (confirming our slides). Intel also confirms a number of pre-production samples here.

Ignore the fan-cooled original case as "the board can be purchased independently of the kit, giving you the flexibility to choose the chassis that best suits your needs".

Source: Intel via ComputerBase



We were not expecting it until next month's CES, but the LIVA X site is apparently online (Update: the LIVA X mini-site was taken down). Good news, the once crippled machine features a mSATA slot and is now a full-fledged PC in our books.

Actual SoC used is still a mystery but the 2.25 GHz mention is a clue : both Celeron N2808 (2 cores / 2 threads / 4.5W TDP) and N2940 (4 cores / 4 threads / 7.5W TDP) have a 2.25 GHz Burst Frequency (both are part of the lastest batch of Bay Trail processors). Given the sheer size of the cooler - now as big as the motherboard itself - we're placing our bets on a quad-core LIVA.

✓ Intel Bay Trail-M / Bay Trail-I SOC
✓ 2GB / 4GB DDR3L
✓ 32GB / 64GB eMMC
✓ 1 x mSATA slot
✓ 1 x USB 3.0
✓ 2 x USB 2.0
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
✓ IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
✓ Bluetooth 4.0
✓ 135 x 83 x 40 mm


Impactics D5LI bundles

Previously available to industrial customers only, Impactics' flagship chassis is now available from German retailer MIFcom featuring a Core i3-4150T / 4GB RAM / 500GB HDD for 1.099 euros, or a i7-4790T / 8GB RAM / 128GB SSD / 500GB HDD for 1.499 euros. This tank of a case (it's probably bullet-proof too) measures 320 x 322 x 90.5mm and weights over 6kg.


i7-4500U barebone

Intel is still reluctant to give us a Core i7 NUC, but this doesn't stop Chinese OEMs from using a Haswell-ULT i7 in mini desktops. This i7-4500U barebone is available on eBay for for $560 or with 4GB RAM, a 64GB SSD and Wifi for for $630.

✓ i7-4500U (2 cores / 4 threads @ 1.8 GHz, up to 3 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM
✓ 1 x mSATA
✓ 2 x SATA3
✓ 1 x Mini PCI-E 2.0
✓ 4 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x Displayport
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)
✓ 185 x 220 x 40mm
✓ 2kg


Utilite2 : a Snapdragon-powered Linux mini PC

Cute overload. CompuLab announces its smallest desktop yet, Utilite2 is 30% smaller than the previous generation and packs a robust Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU.

Unlike other pico PCs, Utilite2 will not shove Cloud storage in people's throats thanks to a welcomed mSATA socket. Price and availability coming later this month.

✓ Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064
✓ Compliant with OpenGL ES 1.1 / 2.0 / 3.0 and OpenCL
✓ Ubuntu / Android 4.4.3 options
✓ Up to 2GB DDR3-1066
✓ 4GB eMMC
✓ mSATA SSD, up to 512GB
✓ Micro-SD (SDXC), up to 128GB
✓ 1 x HDMI 1.4a up to 1920 x 1080
✓ 4 x USB2.0 + USB On-The-Go
✓ 1 x Gbit Ethernet
✓ Dual-antenna WiFi 802.11b/g/n
✓ Bluetooth 4.0
✓ Cellular modem support
✓ Stereo line-out and stereo line-in
✓ 3W - 8W power consumption
✓ 3.4” x 3.4” x 1.1” – 85mm x 85mm x 27mm
✓ Passively cooled die-cast aluminum
✓ Designed for 24/7 operation

Update: Available for $192 and up.


ASRock QC5000-ITX/PH

PH for Passive Heatsink. The recently released QC5000-ITX, with its generous 4 SATA ports, is getting the fanless treatment. While we applaud ASRock's recent efforts (and can't wait for their CES lineup) it's disappointing to see the APU's 15W thermal envelope listed in the power saving department.

✓ AMD A4-5000 (4 cores @ 1.5 GHz)
✓ AMD Radeon HD 8330 Graphics
✓ 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCI Express slot
✓ 1 x Mini PCI-E 2.0
✓ 4 x SATA 3 ports
✓ 4 x USB 3.0 port
✓ 2 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x DVI
✓ 1 x VGA
✓ 1 x PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
✓ 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)


Cirrus7 Nimbus gets (Haswell) refreshed

The uniquely designed Nimbus from Cirrus7 is now packing Intel's latest processors. Build with stackable laser-cut aluminium layers, the Ubuntu-friendly Nimbus starts at a reasonable 528 €. The following CPUs are available:

✓ Celeron G1840
✓ Pentium G3240
✓ Core i3-4350T
✓ Core i5-4570T
✓ Core i5-4590T
✓ Core i5-4690T
✓ Core i7-4785T
✓ Core i7-4790T

FanlessTech is powered by an i7-4765T and we highly recommend the i7-4785T for workstation-class computing at the lowest TDP. 35W is the new 84W.

Source: Cirrus7


Streacom NC2 available in Europe

The latest NUC chassis from Streacom just popped on eBay in Silver and Black.

Update: Also available at Quiet PC.