Rare Elkhart Lake motherboard

This DC-powered mini-ITX motherboard features the Intel Celeron J6413, a dual-core processor with a base clock speed of 1.8 GHz and a burst frequency of up to 3.0 GHz. It has 1.5 MB of L2 cache and supports up to 32 GB of LPDDR4 or DDR4 memory. The processor has a TDP of 10 watts. Connectivity is excellent with dual 2.5G LAN and dual HDMI 2.1. The board is available for $249.


Industrial PC on the cheap

This Alder Lake barebone is powered by the i7-1255U and features industrial-grade build and connectivity. At 230 x 200 x 68mm and 2.6kg this computer is definitely not a NUC, and more like a compact mini-ITX solution. I/O includes no less than eight USB ports, four HDMI, four COM ports, and dual LAN. The system is available for $652.99 (a cheaper i5-1235U iteration is also available). 


Celeron N4500 Chromebox Micro

The Lenovo Chromebox Micro is an ultra-thin, light-weight media player that fits into nearly any kiosk or signage solution. The first micro form factor Chromebox by Lenovo, the device is built for 24/7 digital display deployments in the challenging conditions of high-traffic facilities. The fanless, ventless, dust-proof ChromeOS compute solution supports dual displays at 4K resolutions. And it is built compact enough to fit into tight environments, in fact it is smaller than most smart phones.

The Lenovo Chromebox Micro is a great fit for almost any signage and display solution. It includes USB-C®, USB-A, and HDMI ports, as well as screw holes for easy mounting. The Lenovo Chromebox Micro will be available in select markets worldwide from the first quarter of 2024, starting from US$219.

Source: Lenovo 


MINIX N100-powered fanless NUC

The MINIX Z100-0dB is a fanless Windows 11 Pro mini PC featuring the Intel N100 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and 256GB of NVMe SSD storage. Ports include dual HDMI 2.0b ports (that support 4K output at 60Hz) two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, two USB 2.0 ports, an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port, and a microSD card reader. It also has dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 support. Cooling-wise, the MINIX Z100 features a nice 4 x 4" heat sink case, and it's available right now for $269.


N100 MeLE Quieter coming soon

MeLE launches the Quieter4C, featuring the Intel N100 processor, and we're scared. The N100 is a fantastic CPU but it can run quite hot. Hopefully, power limit is set to 6W considering the Quieter's rudimentary cooling system. The mini PC features up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and the same connectivity as its predecessor (two HDMI 2.0 ports, one USB-C port, and three USB 3.2 ports). This USB-powered Windows 11 Pro computer is already available from AliExpress in some territories.


Vast pre-built fanless PCs offering

This top end Intel NUC 13 Pro uses the 13th Gen i7 1360P processor with "Intel 7" hybrid architecture. In total there are 12 cores, using a combination of 4 Performance-cores and 8 Efficient-cores. This enables faster performance while also being power and heat efficient. The aluminium case uses advanced heat pipes for fanless cooling. The heat is extracted from the processor and transferred to the cooling fins. This is totally silent with no moving parts.

With high performance and excellent fanless cooling, this silent "solid state" PC will be a great solution for home or business users. Intel have made a step change in performance with this new 13th Generation processor. The new "Intel 7" hybrid architecture has a combination of Performance-cores and Efficient-cores, enabling faster performance while also being power and heat efficient. The processor is directly attached to the aluminium case which is covered with cooling fins that use convection to remove heat.

This top end Intel NUC 13 Pro uses the 13th Gen i7 1360P processor with "Intel 7" hybrid architecture. The feature packed PC allows up to 4 displays simultaneously with 4K resolution. The latest Wi-Fi 6E supports standard dual band 2.4GHz and 5Ghz and the new 6E 6Ghz band. The fast PCIe 4.0 System SSD is cooled with an aluminium block with a thermal path to outside the case. A second 2.5" SSD/HDD can be selected from the options list or installed later by using the mounting bars on the inside of the PC's baseplate.

This Rackmount 1U PC has high performance and excellent fanless cooling, enabling a silent "solid state" PC for server, broadcasting and audiophile applications. The i5 13400T processor uses the latest "Intel 7" hybrid architecture with 10 cores, using a combination of 6 Performance-cores and 4 Efficient-cores. The slim PC also features a unique SSD aluminium cooling block, thermally connected to the case, that enables the SSD to be used intensely without thermal throttling.

With stylish design, small footprint, high performance and excellent fanless cooling, this silent "solid state" PC will be a great solution for home and office users. The processor is cooled passively using a copper block connected via heatpipes to an aluminium heatsink cooling panel. The case is constructed from 4mm thick aluminium panels, a 21mm thick extruded heat sink, solid aluminium rods and is made using CNC milling and finished with sandblasted/anodised surface treatment. In light use the PC draws only 10-35W of power. Even when all 8 cores of the i7 version are loaded 100% the PC only draws on average <60W of power.

The industrial grade case is manufactured in Germany and has an extremely robust design using 7kg of aluminium and steel. The embedded O-ring gaskets and silicone seals protect the inbuilt system from water spray and dust. This model features the ASUS B760i motherboard, which uses premium components throughout for stable and reliable performance. Features include 2.5Gb LAN, Wifi 6E, Displayport 1.4, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 with USB-C, high quality audio. The product uses a copper block on the CPU that connects to the external cooling fins using heat pipes. The motherboard's chipset is also cooled with a heatpipe. This design enables the product to not need air vents and enables it to be used in dusty/dirty environments. Because there are no moving parts and no air sucked into the case the product has zero maintenance and high reliability. The internal industrial fanless power supply enables intense 24/7 operation and no external power adaptor is needed. 


Fanless N200 mini PC on sale

This N200-powered ZBOX clone is now available for just $299. Featuring 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, the NUC-sized computer boasts great connectivity options, including dual LAN, HDMI, Displayport, and four USB 3.0 ports. Cooling looks decent, with an internal heat sink that covers the entire motherboard, and a reasonably open chassis.


Ryzen 7 5800U mini PC review

"The AMD Ryzen 7 5800U CPU worked well, and performed as we would expect. 8 cores and 16 threads of Zen 3 are very capable. While the integrated Vega graphics do not have all of the new AV1 encode features and performance of the newer APUs, it is still a perfectly capable desktop integrated graphics solution.

Then there was that SSD. With a serial # of 23, that is scary. We got the SSD with the Windows 11 Pro activated, but there is a lot to say about buying even a cheap SSD from Amazon and using that instead. The same can be said for the RAM." 

Source: ServeTheHome


N100-powered NAS

The ASUS PRIME N100I-D D4 works beautifully as a NAS (inside the Jonsbo N2 case). Our only gripe is the required ATX power supply. We're partial to the DC-powered ASRock N100DC-ITX which is much more flexible. A pico PSU would also work but some are from dubious origins, and generally less durable.

Source: EleFacts