ASUS GeForce GT 710 (4 x HDMI) review

"This ASUS graphics card is powered by an old NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 "Kepler" graphics processor, but what makes the card interesting is:

- Four HDMI outputs that can be driven concurrently. Most GT 710 graphics cards are still on the likes of DVI and VGA. This is the first budget card we have seen with four HDMI outputs.

- It's passively cooled. The GT 710 doesn't need much cooling but most of the cheap GT 710 cards available still stick to using a small heatsink fan. The graphics card is half-height but at the expansion slot is full height for being able to handle the four HDMI ports.

- PCI Express x1 connectivity given performance isn't likely of much concern to customers and the ability to slot several of these ASUS GT710-4H-SL-2GD5 into a single system if wanting to drive many outputs.

- It retails for ~$50 USD. I picked up the card for just $55 which still puts it among the cheap GT 710 cards available in 2020 while being more unique than the rest."

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Project SHADOW

Check out this impressive copper-laden steampunk creation featuring the venerable Zalman CNPS9700LED CPU cooler, the 35W i5-4590T, and a spare Honda Shadow emblem.

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Train wreck

What the heck is this thing? This $775 fanless-looking PC is the weirdest thing you'll see today. The system features what looks like a heat sink case, two random (and fake) optical drive slots, the 45W i7-7920HQ and the 75W GeForce GTX 1650, both actively cooled and sucking dust off the floor. Truly bizarre.


Akasa Maxwell Pro widely available

Akasa's flagship case ("A-ITX48-M1B") is now available internationally including on Amazon UK, Amazon France,,, but also in Czech Republic, Finland, RussiaHungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Latvia.

The Maxwell Pro is compatible with 65W Intel and AMD processors and mini-ITX motherboards. It features bi-symmetrical extruded fins for increased heat dissipation and four 6mm copper heat pipes. The Maxwell Pro is powerful yet surprisingly compact at 280 x 209 x 110 mm. Two optional power accessories are also available, a 150W internal compact DC-DC adapter ("AK-PE150-05") and an external power brick ("AK-PD150-02K").


Tranquil's Compact Rugged

Tranquil PC is now Tranquil. The UK-based CNC chassis specialist launches a beefed-up successor to their 2013 fanless NUC. The new Compact Rugged system is slightly larger at 53.5 x 185 x 113mm and features Intel's 7th Gen processors. The milled aluminum chassis is dust-resistant and is built to withstand harsh and constrained working conditions.

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Passive cooling to the rescue

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ASRock J5040-ITX available

The highly-awaited mini-ITX motherboard featuring the 10W Pentium Silver J5040 and Intel's 4K-ready UHD Graphics 605 in now available in France and Germany. It's also listed in the US on Definitely the best option for a low-power yet capable HTPC, although Intel's next generation Atom (Jasper Lake) is just around the corner.

✓ Pentium Silver J5040 (4C / 4T up to 3.2 GHz)
✓ 2 x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots
✓ 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
✓ 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
✓ 2 x USB 2.0
✓ 4 x SATA 3
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x DVI
✓ 1 x D-Sub
✓ Realtek Gigabit LAN


Best fanless PCs right now

Don't bother with exotic or unknown brands and get this extremely affordable barebone from a trusted player. The ZBOX CI341 edge is powered by the capable Celeron N4100 and features great connectivity. Just add your memory and storage of choice. $179.99

At the opposite side of the spectrum, the MintBox3 Pro is a highly integrated and highly powerful workstation featuring the i9-9900K and the GeForce GTX 1660. The MintBox 3 comes with Linux Mint and can literally handle everything you throw at it. $2,499

Powered by the Whiskey Lake Celeron 4205U the Shuttle DS10U is on the pricey side but connectivity is superb and the system is approved for 24/7 operation. Note that vertical position is required to ensure optimal cooling. $349.25

The cirrus7 nimbini is a work of art (and a labor of love) it's specially designed for the Intel NUC. Various options are available from the Gemini Lake NUC, to the Iris Graphics NUC 8 or the latest NUC 10. From 299 euros

Some AMD love. OnLogic's NUC-like ML100G-40 features the 15W Ryzen Embedded R1505G or V1605B (Radeon Vega 3 and Vega 8 Graphics respectively). Also onboard are two GbE LAN ports, M.2 storage, HDMI ports and two DisplayPort connectors. From $533


Pre-order The Beast

MonsterLabo's The Beast - AKA the most powerful fanless case ever - is now available for pre-order for 680 euros (shipping worldwide, prototype pictured). The Beast is the follow-up to the successful, and still available, The First mini-ITX case. The Beast accommodates not only mini-ITX motherboards but also microATX and ATX motherboards. Graphics cards with PCBs up to 290mm in length are also supported. Cooling-wise, two breathtaking 3kg heatsinks featuring no less than TWENTY 6mm heat pipes handle passive builds up to 400W TDP.

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