Feature-rich Elkhart Lake motherboard

This surprisingly good Jetway mini-ITX motherboard - mostly designed for headless operations - is powered by the 10W Celeron J6412 (Elkhart Lake) and features no less than six Intel 2.5GbE LAN. We particularly love the PCI-e x1 slot on the side and the array of three M.2 slots for storage, LTE support, and WiFi. The Jetway MI05-00K is available for $299.95.



New Mele Quieter3C

The latest iteration of the popular MeLE Quieter PC is identical to the previous Celeron N5105-powered version but supports up to three displays. The pocketable machine now features one HDMI, one Mini Displayport, and one USB Type-C with DisplayPort functionality. Our friend Brad Linder over at Liliputing rightfully notes: "Keep in mind that the Mele Quieter line of mini PCs are passively cooled, which means they have no moving parts and should run silently. But with a compact plastic body rather than a metal case designed for passive heat dissipation, don’t be surprised if the Celeron N5105 processor throttles from time to time in order to prevent overheating."


QNAP's professional fanless NAS

The TS-410E is powered by the 10W Celeron J6412 paired with 8GB of RAM. The TS-410E also features four 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots, 2.5GbE, and a massive heat sink case. Intel's UHD Graphics support hardware decoding and real-time transcoding, while the HDMI output supports up to 4K @30Hz. Perfect for applications like video production/editing or industrial design. The QNAP TS-410E-8G-US is available for $799


$119 Ubuntu PC

This $119 Ubuntu mini PC is powered by the 6W Celeron N4020 (Gemini Lake Refresh) and features 4GB of RAM and 128GB of soldered eMMC storage. But fear not, the 5x6-inch PC also supports a 2.5" drive. Cooling looks particularly bad with a cheap plastic enclosure, and no particular attention given to convection.

Source: Amazon 


Define 7 Mini / Nano launched

The brand new Fractal Design cases are already our PC cases of choice for passive (Noctua NH-P1) builds, thanks to unbelievably clean lines and a fanless-friendly top panel.

• Compact yet spacious interior accommodates any Mini ITX and Mini-DTX motherboard
• Flexible storage option supporting one 3.5” drive and three 2.5”
• Top panel effortlessly swaps from solid steel to filtered ventilation
• Brushed aluminum front and top-latching side panels offer a clean sophisticated look
• Five front USB ports including one USB Type-C with fast charging support and speeds up to 10Gbps
• Bridgeless expansion slots ensure obstruction-free connections for easier installation and hookup
• Integrated cable guides with cable straps further simplify cable management behind the board

Source: Fractal Design


Akasa Maxwell Pro Plus official

Akasa, a leading provider of passive cooling solutions and fanless cases, have announced an update to their popular Maxwell Pro fanless case. The new Maxwell Pro Plus is now compatible with the LGA 1700 socket from Intel, and some of their highest performing 12th generation processors with integrated graphics, including the Intel® Core™ i9 12900. High-end processors usually require a hefty cooler equipped with high-speed fans, but Akasa’s Maxwell Pro plus fanless mini-ITX case can tame the beast, all whilst producing nothing but silence. The Maxwell Pro can handle the newest 12th Generation of Intel Core processors up to 65W TDP (including backwards compatibility for LGA 1200 and 115x sockets) and is the perfect pair for activities such as content creation and 4K video streaming.

The high-performance fanless case can adequately maintain temperatures around 80°C under load and completes the tremendous trio of Plus cases in Akasa’s new range. The Maxwell Pro Plus is compatible with latest 600 Series mini-ITX motherboards such as Asus’s ROG STRIX Z690-I and B660-I, Gigabyte’s Z690I/B660I Aorus Ultra, and MSI’s MEG Z690I Unify. The curved edges are smooth, producing a softer effect, and allows the minimalist design to blend in well with almost any environment.

The case is made to be displayed; it can be used as a statement piece in a home theatre, desktop setup, or recording studio. An optional external power pack (AK-PD150–02K) and the internal power adaptor (AK-PE150–05) are advised to make full use of the silent heat dissipation, which can be hidden away for a clean aesthetic. 

The Maxwell Pro Plus starts at £188.50/€194.50/$228.65 (prices may vary by reseller) The Maxwell Pro Plus are available to order throughout the UK, Europe, US, and Russia. Contact to find a reseller near you.

Source: Akasa 


Simple and to the point

This no-name mini PC is doing everything right, including a small yet feature-rich Thin mini-ITX motherboard, a fully-perforated chassis, and a realistic price ($150). Powered by the 6.5W Pentium N5000 the system's only drawback is the sad single RAM channel. Other than that, this is the ZOTAC ZBOX we are waiting for.

Source: AndroidPC


ZOTAC ZBOX PI336 pico panned again

"Not sure what Zotac engineers thought when they devised the Pico. Its performance is poor whatever task you throw at it, especially if you are rash enough to use it with a 4K monitor. A combination of things undermined the Pico from the outset. The first candidate is the Intel Celeron Processor N6211, a very limited SoC further limited thermally by a passively cooled enclosure. Without any active means to manage heat, this system will throttle, inevitably. The next nail in its hardware coffin was the eMMC storage that performs like an old 2.5-inch hard drive when writing data."

Source: TechRadar 


nimbini in the making

CNC machining of the cirrus7 nimbini CPU heat spreader.