Meet the Jasper Lake PN41

The Jasper Lake successor to the Gemini Lake PN40 is now official. The fanless NUC features 6W Jasper Lake processors, including the Celeron N4500, Celeron N5100, and Pentium Silver N6000. The PN41 is also sporting substantial upgrades such as 2.5 GbE LAN, WiFi 6, and 24/7 reliability. The ASUS mini desktop will be available as a barebone system, and as a complete Windows 10 PC in various configurations (4GB or 8GB RAM and up to 128GB eMMC, 256GB SSD, or 1TB HDD).

Source: ASUS


Meet the Jasper Lake BRIX

We will not have to wait 2022 for a Jasper Lake desktop after all, and this one is fanless out of the box. GIGABYTE's GB-BMCE-4500C is powered by the 6W Celeron N4500 and should be available in the coming weeks for 159 euros. Cooling looks rudimentary, and consists of an internal CPU heat sink. Temperature-wise, we can already tell that this BRIX will perform better when VESA-mounted. 

✓ Fanless design with Intel Celeron Processor N4500 6W CPU
✓ Ultra compact PC design at only 0.67L (56.22x103x116.52mm)
✓ 1st 10 nm small core CPU
✓ Support M.2 2280 slot for SSD (support PCI-e x2+SATA)
✓ Supports 2.5" HDD/SSD, 7.0/9.5 mm thick (1 x 6 Gbps SATA 3)
✓ 1 x SO-DIMM DDR4 slots support 2933MHz, Max 16GB
✓ 802.11ac, Dual Band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2
✓ Realtek 8111HS Gigabit LAN
✓ HDMI 2.0b support 4K@60P HDR10
✓ mDP 1.4b support 4K@60P HBR2
✓ Realtek ALC255 Codec
✓ 4 x USB 3.1 (1 x USB Type-C)
✓ Headphone Jack
✓ Mic-phone Jack
✓ VESA Mounting Bracket (75 x 75mm + 100 x 100mm)
✓ AC-DC adapter : 100-240V input, 19V 65W
✓ 1 x Kensington Lock slot
✓ System Environment Operating Temperature: 0°C to +35°C



ARCTIC's Alpines are back in stock

ARCTIC's super popular fanless CPU coolers are back, and slightly more expensive than before. The Intel-compatible Alpine 12 Passive and the AMD-friendly Alpine AM4 Passive are now available for $15. The aluminum heat sinks come with pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound, and handle CPUs up to 47W TDP. Make sure to use them in well-ventilated cases. No case is fine, too!

Revised Akasa Turing A50

By popular demand, a second iteration of the Akasa Turing A50 is coming soon, with some slight adjustments. This new version (A-NUC62-M1BV2) finally supports microSD, microphone array, Displayport, and will be available first from Performance-PCs in the US, and in Europe. Kudos to our friends over at Akasa for listening to user feedback.


Impact Display Solutions fanless Ryzen PC review

"Impact Components specializes in building industrial PCs with specialized hardware and motherboards. Certain models have active cooling while the review unit here is fanless. Let's stress and benchmark the system to see how a passively cooled chassis can handle a low-power 12 to 25 W AMD Ryzen Embedded V1605B CPU.

When running Prime95 to stress the CPU, clock rates would boost to 2.9 GHz for just a few seconds before dipping slightly and stabilizing at 2.8 GHz. After 20 minutes or so, however, core temperature eventually reaches 100 C which forces clock rates to drop much steeper to the 1.8 GHz to 2.4 GHz range as shown by the screenshots below. Running Witcher 3 is more representative of real-world loads. In this scenario, core temperature remains stable at 75 C.

Prime95 shows that the passive cooling of the chassis is not enough to fully support CPU Turbo clock rates for extended periods. Clock rates can start as high as 2.9 GHz before inevitably falling to as low as 1.8 GHz when core temperature inevitably hits 100 C. It appears that even a massive aluminum heat sink isn't able to run the ULV CPU at maximum performance indefinitely."

Source: Notebookcheck

Rocket Lake's UHD Graphics test

Intel's integrated graphics have taken plenty of heat over the years - literally and figuratively - but they have been improving for the past couple of years. Since dedicated GPUs are extremely hard to passively cool, Intel’s UHD Graphics can be an option for casual and classic games. YouTuber ETA PRIME takes a look at the i5-11600K from a gaming perspective, and the results are definitely interesting.



The good news is that an affordable Jasper Lake-powered NUC is in the works. We were really pleased with Gemini Lake and we can't wait for the next generation. The not-so-good news is that global chip shortage is still a thing, and Atlas Canyon won't be available until Q1 2022.

For the first time ever, the entry-level NUC is ditching the 2.5" drive for a slim M.2 version only. The NUC 11 Essential is actively-cooled, although fanless cases are probably a given considering the low TDP. It will be available as a Window 10 mini PC, as a barebone kit (add RAM and storage) and as a board only.

Update: The J6005, J5105, and J4505 are most likely the N6005, N5105, and N4505 released early this year.

✓ Pentium Silver J6005 (NUC11ATKPE) up to 3.3 GHz (4C / 4T)
✓ Celeron J5105 (NUC11ATKC4) up to 2.9 GHz (4C / 4T)
✓ Celeron J4505 (NUC11ATKC2) up 2.7 GHz (2C / 2T)
✓ Dual-channel DDR4-2933 SODIMMs, 16GB max
✓ 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x DisplayPort 1.4 (HDCP 2.2 support)
✓ Supports 2 x 4K displays
✓ M.2 22x80 key M slots for PCIe x4 NVMe and SATA SSDs
✓ Select SKUs with 64GB eMMC Storage
✓ 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
✓ Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX101 m.2 card + Bluetooth v5.2
✓ 2x front USB 3.1, 2x rear USB 3.1, and 2x rear USB 2.0
✓ Up to 7.1 multichannel digital audio via HDMI
✓ 3.5mm front stereo jack / 3.5mm mic
✓ 19VDC 65W power supply
✓ External 9-pin front panel header
✓ Microsoft Windows 10 / Linux compatible
✓ Three Year Product Life Cycle
✓ Three-Year Warranty
✓ 135 x 115 x 36 mm

Seasonic PRIME Fanless PX-500 review

Russian site takes a look at the 500W fanless option from Seasonic, and the review is glowing. Thanks to a fully modular design, high quality capacitors, outstanding efficiency and industry-leading 12-year warranty, the PX-500 is really something else. While we obsess over cooling, the PSU is the most important part of any build. Spare no expense.

Source: iXBT


What is Elkhart Lake ?

Courtesy of OnLogic

The Orochi is back

It's good to see the legendary Scythe Orochi back. Here, the giant heat sink is passively cooling the 65W i5-10500 paired with a GeForce GTX 1660 and a "customized" Alpenföhn Peter 2. The Streacom BC1 Mini Benchtable allows convection to occur, and facilitates access to components.

Source: Coiling Sliver