Rare hardware

This Q370 ASRock motherboard features THREE DisplayPorts and onboard power (19V DC-in jack).

The Jetway JBC501F697 features the 35W i5-7500T, 8GB RAM, a 128GB SSD and two Intel Gigabit LAN.

The Akasa Galileo 1U is a Thin mini-ITX case with two internal 2.5" bays and two hot-swap drive bays.

A whopping 64GB of RAM in a NUC is possible, thanks to Samsung's 10nm-class 32GB DDR4 SoDIMMs.

Build your own fanless solution with this massive aluminum heat sink.


Our kind of art exhibition

We love heat sinks, and we're not alone. This artist captures their austere, solemn, monolithic beauty. Interesting to say the least.

Source: Instagram


Now is the time

Now is the perfect time to experience silent computing. Building a passively-cooled computer has never been so easy. You'll just need the Akasa Euler chassis, an 8th Gen NUC, reliable memory, solid-state storage, and an hour or two of your time. Fans are noisy and prone to failure. Just get rid of them, and never look back.

Update: The Akasa Turing is flying off the shelves, buy it on eBay, NeweggPerformance PC'sQuiet PC,,, Caseking, or


The Ryzen Embedded MMDPC is back in stock (in limited quantities)

AMD enthusiasts, unite! Tranquil's Ryzen-powered Mini Multi Display PC is back in stock for £630. It's also available as a fully configurable PC (shipping to 90 countries).

"Tranquil’s industrial and completely fanless chassis is optimised for efficient cooling and durability. The barebone system is designed to withstand both industrial and environmental hazards. The proficiency of their fanless design means it is protected from dust, floating debris, and moisture that would naturally damage a typical industrial mini PC. With the elimination of the fan and the use of solid-state drives, there are no moving parts in the system allowing for a silent operation service, a significantly improved start up speed, and resistance to vibrations and shocks, allowing for a longer expected lifespan.

The Mini Multi display PC provides powerful performance thanks to the supplied embedded AMD Ryzen motherboard from Sapphire Tech. The FS-FP5V incorporates an AMD Ryzen V1605B APU (Advanced Processing Unit) which features four cores and eight threads running at a base speed of 2.0GHz and a up to 3.6GHz turbo speed. A maximum of 32GB of SODIMM memory can be installed as well as a single M.2 SSD from 120GB to 2Tb, allowing for optimum enhancements. Furthermore, AMD APU features a Vega 8 GPU with a maximum memory share of 2048MB which gives good performance if it is intended to use the PC for light gaming.

In addition, users can choose between Windows 10 Home, Pro or Linux as their operating software. The system comes with a two Gigabit ethernet port (Realtek RTL8111G) and allows the option to include a Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth card. There are a wide range of I/O ports, including a Line-Out, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 2.0, Mic-In, power/reset switch on the front. While on the rear is a RS232 (serial port), two ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 and four DisplayPort 1.2 ports and of course a DC-In 12 ~ 19v. Weighing at 1.8kg, this durable, yet sleek system creates the optimum balance of quality, efficiency and connectivity.

This unit is ideal for scenarios where multiple displays are required boasting four DisplayPorts each capable of 4K output. With no moving parts and a rugged design, it can be embedded in any dry environment. It’s ideal for high resolution embedded applications such as electronic gaming machines, medical imaging, interactive digital signage, thin clients, POS terminals and more. Alternatively, if you are looking for a very small silent home or office PC the MMDPC is ideal.

This rugged computer is the perfect tool for professional, industrial or home users. With its IP50 level protection, it can be used in constrained or severe environments. The milled and well-designed aluminium structure makes this chassis unique. Its conception proved its reliability in extended operating temperatures of between 0°C to 40°C."

Source: Quiet PC


Pico-ITX motherboards (that are actually available for purchase)

While GIGABYTE's pico-motherboards are still nowhere to be found, Logic Supply's own tiny boards are launching today and shipping right now. Featuring 6W Apollo Lake processors, these 100 x 72 mm motherboards are full-fledged mini PCs once eMMC storage or an mSATA SSD is added. Each motherboard comes with a sizable heat sink that should guarantee excellent cooling.

✓ EPM160 (Celeron N3350, 1GB RAM, 1 mini-DP, 1 GbE)
✓ EPM161 (Celeron N3350, 2GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, 1 mini-DP, 1 GbE)
✓ EPM162 (Celeron N3350, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, 2 mini-DP, 2 GbE)
EPM163 (Pentium N4200, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 2 mini-DP, 2 GbE)


Shuttle's Whiskey Lake offering

Shuttle's Kaby Lake-powered DS77U, DS77U3, DS77U5 and DS77U7 were released more than 2 years ago, basically an eternity in terms of computer hardware. Four new models will be available in September: the DS10U (Celeron 4205U) DS10U3 (i3-8145U) DS10U5 (i5-8265U) and DS10U7 (i7-8565U). While the overall design remains the same, HDMI 2.0a and USB 3.1 Gen2 are now included. Shuttle also heard our cries and finally removed the COM ports from the front panel.

✓ 15W Whiskey Lake CPUs
✓ 2 x SO-DIMM slots (32GB max)
✓ M.2 slot
✓ 2.5" bay
✓ SD card reader
✓ 4 x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
✓ 4 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x HDMI 2.0a
✓ 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
✓ 1 x VGA port
✓ 1 x COM port
✓ 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (Intel)
✓ 200 x 39.5 x 165 mm

Source: Shuttle

The 2021 gaming NUC is already in the works

OK, so let's recap everything we've learned so far.

Fall 2019: Frost Canyon is your regular 4x4" NUC, powered by 25W Comet Lake-U chips (Intel UHD graphics). An updated Akasa Turing is a given.

2019-2020: The gaming-oriented Ghost Canyon is the successor to the current Hades Canyon, with the 45W i9-9980HK onboard. The Quartz Canyon NUC is Intel's smallest workstation yet, featuring the 45W Xeon E-2286M or i7-9850H. Both Ghost and Quartz feature a PCIe slot for high-end GPUs.

2020-2021: Phantom Canyon is in the VERY early stage of development. TDP is back to 28W with Tiger Lake-U processors. Connectivity is stellar with PCIe Gen4, HDMI 2.1, WiFi6, Bluetooth 5, USB 3.1 Gen2, Thunderbolt 3, and more.

Source: Chiphell via @momomo_us


Coffee Lake refreshed

The high-end cirrus7 nimbus is now shipping with the latest and greatest 35W processors. Options include the i3-9100T, i5-9400T and i7-9700T CPUs, the ASUS H310T, FUJITSU D3674-B, and ASRock IMB-1213 motherboards, as well as Standard, Extended, and Extreme cooling editions (pro tip: get the Extreme edition for the ultimate cooling and the aesthetics of the case).

Source: cirrus7


The very first Xeon NUC

Quartz Canyon is Intel's upcoming diminutive NUC workstation. Powered by either a Xeon E or an i7 vPro processor this turbocharged NUC features a PCIe x16 slot for a discrete graphics card. The case itself is very similar (identical?) to the more consumer-oriented Ghost Canyon NUC that we previewed last year. Quartz Canyon is actively-cooled, but passive solutions are always possible.

✓ 8-Core Intel® Xeon® E and 9th Gen Core™ i7 vPro processor
✓ Supports High-End Desktop Graphics Cards
✓ Game-Changing Compact Size
✓ Uncompromised Performance and Configurability
✓ Dual Thunderbolt™, Dual Ethernet, Optane™ & ECC Support
✓ 2.4Gbps Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200
✓ Internal 500W Power Supply

Source: (PDF)

Update: The Ghost / Quartz Canyon NUCs in the wild.

Update #2: According to the always reliable @momomo_us Ghost Canyon will feature the 45W i9-9980HK while Quartz Canyon will rock the 45W Xeon E-2286M or i7-9850H.

The ZBOX CI660 is back in stock

The most powerful fanless system from a mainstream brand is available again for $699.99. Powered by Intel's i7-8550U (8292 CPU Mark) the ZBOX CI660 is not only a 4K-ready HTPC, but a legit desktop replacement. Please note that the CI660 is a barebone system, you'll have to pick your own memory, storage, and OS.

✓ i7-8550U (4C / 8T up to 4.0GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots (up to 32GB)
✓ 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps HDD / SSD slot
✓ 3-in-1 card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC)
✓ 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Front)
✓ 4 x USB 3.1 (Rear)
✓ 1 x USB 3.0 (Front)
✓ 2 x Ethernet ports
✓ 1 x HDMI 2.0 (up to 3840x2160@60Hz)
✓ 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (up to 4096X2160@60Hz)
✓ WiFi 802.11ac / Bluetooth 5.0
✓ 204mm x 129mm x 68mm

Source: Amazon