A work of art

The PrimeCore Audio Streamer A5/A7 is a high-end audio streamer designed for audiophiles who want the best possible sound quality for their music. It is built around Intel's NUC 13 Pro motherboard. The stunning heat sink case is manufactured by our friends over at Tranquil IT UK. The PrimeCore Audio Streamer is a high-end product with a price tag to match. The A5 starts at €1,998 (around $2,100 USD), while the A7 starts at €2,398 (around $2,500 USD).


N100 Kubb mini available

Previously available through crowdfunding, the 7 x 7cm Kubb mini is now available directly from Bleu Jour France from 350 euros. The Kubb mini N100 is a 2024 update to the original Jasper Lake-powered Kubb mini, offering a refreshed design and upgraded features, including a new heat sink case (available in six vibrant colors).


The Raspberry Pi 5 cooling armor

The Pi-5 Pro case for the Raspberry Pi 5 boasts a top cover that draws inspiration from the sleek, straight lines emblematic of Art Deco design, radiating contemporary elegance.

Dual aluminium cores coupled with hi-performance thermal pad conducts excess heat away from the four key hot zone of the processor, memory, PI and Ethernet chips to the aluminium body. Keeping your Raspberry Pi 5 cool and running smoothly without thermal throttling.

Excess heat from the custom made dual aluminium cores are effectively transferred to the all-aluminium body which acts as a heat sink to dissipate the heat to the surrounding. Ensuring the Raspberry Pi 5 runs at optimal thermal performance, even under higher loads.

Source: Akasa 


Roon Labs teases new server

The upcoming flagship Roon Labs music server is coming soon, and it looks absolutely stunning. According to this video it is still powered by the NUC and features a very stylish fanless chassis (gun metal, wood, and stone options).

Source: Roon Labs 


Direct die & passively cooled 8700G

"Although my DB4 ft. a 13900F and RTX 4070 was working great, I was intrigued by the arrival of the AMD Ryzen 7 8700G. I've had a 5700G before and that was quite nice. The most important feature being that it has a monolithic die, vs. the chiplet design of its siblings like the 5600X. Because of the monolithic die, it isn't wasting power at idle and also has good undervolting potential - perfect for a fanless build.

So it's a very nice improvement and was definitely worth it. However, for a passive build you're ultimately limited to the cooling capacity provided by the heatsinks, the CPU will 'soak' if it uses more power than can be dissipated. Also, the heat dissipation improves when the temperature delta increases. Meaning, more watts can be dissipated when the CPU is hot. This makes it all more complex."

Source: reddit 


ARM-powered NUC motherboard

With its versatile and modern 64-bit, quad-core ARM-based processor — the Rockchip RK3568 — ASUS IoT Tinker Board 3N PLUS offers superior performance in NUC size. Powered by an ARM-based Mali™-G52 GPU, Tinker Board 3N PLUS offers smoother graphics processing and better data security, allowing for a wide range of applications in smart manufacturing and smart retail such as IoT gateways, human-machine interfacing (HMI), digital signage, self-service kiosk and more.

Tinker Board 3N PLUS features an advanced thermal design including a low-profile pushpin heatsink and SoC placement on the back side for added strength and ease of installation, with its diminutive NUC-scale dimensions allowing for SWaP-constrained space deployment and flexible system integration.. With reduced thermal throttling, developers can push the limits of performance without compromising stability. It is also engineered to operate smoothly in harsh industrial environments, with an impressive operating-temperature range of -40 to 85°C — making it ideal for everything from outdoor use to hectic factory environments.

Source: ASUS


Vaporware everywhere

The N100-powered ZBOX CI337 (announced in May 2023) and ZBOX CI343 (announced in September 2023) are still nowhere to be found. We absolutely appreciate ZOTAC's commitment to passive cooling and overall quality, but this is a problem. Following the unreleased ZBOX CI342 in 2022, it's starting to look like a pattern.


Configurable i9-14900T build

"We are delighted to offer the Quiet PC A90 Fanless i17 which is a fully-built ready to go silent computer system that utilises Intel’s latest generation CPUs and a Z790 motherboard. The CPU is silently cooled by either the Nonfan’s IcePipe processor cooler or Noctua’s NH-P1, both of which offer no noise, no dust, no moving parts and no maintenance. The machine can be configured to your exact specification and offers, as you would expect, totally silent operation. The PC is housed in the sophisticated, but compact Fractal Design Meshify or the exquisite North. The large ventilation area at the top of the chassis’ allows for all of the heat generated by the internal components to naturally dissipate up and out of the chassis."

Source: QuietPC