SilverStone HE02 updated

The second version of SilverStone's flagship cooler is now available in the UK with other territories to follow shortly (including the US). We can confirm that this HE02 2.0 is virtually identical to the previous model, only adding AM4 support. The HE02 is the last fanless CPU officially rated for 95W processors by its manufacturer (65W is ambitious enough if you ask us).


Not 100% solid

It may look spectacular, but the Nofan CR-80EH is vastly inferior to the original CR-95C. As noted by Matthew Foster over at Fully Silent PCs, performance is average at best with the 65W 2400G.

"AMD Ryzen 5 2400G It is not the easiest CPU to cool. The NoFan CR-80EH does a good job with the 65 W TDP chip, but it isn't 100% solid. Using Prime95's torture test, it will throttle itself to keep it from overheating. It will idle in the 40s and 50s °C, and will be in the 60s and 70s °C during medium and large workloads."

More than ever, 35W TDP is the way to go.

Source: Instagram


Impactics back in the NUC business

Just 5 years ago, fanless NUC cases were everywhere. Unfortunately, Intel's constant I/O changes made it impossible for third party manufacturers to keep up. Ready-to-use Core-based fanless NUCs like ZOTAC's C series didn't help either.

Still, fanless NUC cases are typically more effective and beautiful than mainstream products. Impactics' D7NU1-USB is no exception and is compatible with the Kaby Lake NUC7I3 (i3-7100U) and NUC7I5 (i5-7260U).

Source: Caseking (2)


MintBox Mini 2 available

Get an extremely reliable fanless mini PC and support both Linux Mint and Compulab. The MintBox Mini 2 features a Celeron J3455, one M.2 slot (2260), one SO-DIMM slot, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a miniSD card reader, two Intel Ethernet ports, and ships with Linux Mint 19. Use the links below and support FanlessTech too (at no additional cost to you).

MintBox Mini 2 (Celeron J3455 / 4GB RAM / 64GB M.2 SSD)

MintBox Mini 2 Pro (Celeron J3455 / 8GB RAM / 120GB M.2 SSD)


AMD Athlon 200GE video review

An excellent review of AMD's new $55 CPU, including results in passive mode. Paired with the Arctic AM4 Passive the 35W Athlon 200GE operates between 34°C and 74°C. Please note that temperatures could have been better with cooling fins oriented vertically.

Source: Hardware Unboxed


SilverStone fanless SFX-L PSU review

Lee Garbutt over at PC Perspective takes a look at the one and only fanless SFX power supply (SilverStone's NJ450-SXL) and is pretty impressed. Although mentioning twice that the unit needs active cooling leaves us puzzled... and slightly worried.

"The NJ450-SXL power supply delivered 450W of combined DC load with very good voltage regulation, good AC ripple and noise suppression, and excellent efficiency (meeting the 80 Plus Platinum requirements) during our tests. The power supply is fully modular and comes with a very good assortment of short ribbon style cables intended for use in small form factor cases. It even includes four 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors on two cables but with only 450 total watts you may not need all four."

Source: PC Perspective

Update: [H]ardOCP review


Cannon Lake NUC : why ?

Intel quietly launches the long-rumored Cannon Lake NUC (AKA "Crimson Canyon"). Strangely, neither Cannon Lake nor 10nm are mentioned. The NUC8i3CYSN (4GB RAM) and NUC8i3CYSM (8GB RAM) are both complete Windows 10 PCs featuring the 15W i3-8121U, humble Radeon 540 graphics, and a 1TB HDD.

Frankly, we're not sure how Crimson Canyon will fit between the upcoming Bean Canyon and its Iris Plus Graphics 655, and the spectacular Radeon RX Vega M-powered Hades Canyon super-NUC. At this time, no fanless case is in the works for Crimson Canyon.

Source: Intel


Alpine 11 Passive now $10

The most affordable fanless CPU cooler just got cheaper. Last units of the now discontinued heat sink are available for only $10. The 95 x 95 x 69 mm / 508g block of aluminum handles 35W CPUs in a totally passive mode (please ignore the 47W mention on Arctic's site).


Ryzen Embedded PC actual pictures

Renders are nice but real pictures are always better. Here are actual photos of Tranquil PC's Mini Multi display PC powered by AMD's V1202B and V1605B Ryzen SoCs. Shipping from September 30th, the MMDPC is - at this time - a totally unique product.

Source: Tranquil PC