Unique music server

"CAPS Twenty.One is built on the Streacom DB4 chassis. I chose this chassis for several reasons, among them are its unique appearance, fanless design, very high quality, versatility, documentation, dual expansion slots, the fact that Streacom is a good company to work with, and the chassis features room to mount the one of a kind analog gauges for monitoring PC resources.

The DB4 is an absolute joy with which to work. All four identical sides are removable, enabling one to access the internal infrastructure with ease. The side panels are made of 1/2 inch thick aluminum (including fins) that's much more reminiscent of a high end audio product than a computer case. The top of the DB4 features a removable 1/8 inch thick plastic piece with vents on all four sides. All cabling for power, USB, Ethernet, and other peripherals is attached to the case or main board through the bottom of the chassis. The feet are designed in such a way that allows cable routing either though the openings or through two of the four corners where the feet don't reach the end of the chassis. It's a fantastic design all around."

Source: Audiophile Style


Good enough

Since the RTX 3080 is virtually unobtainable what about buying a fanless graphics card like the Asus GeForce GT 1030, the MSI GT 1030, or the EVGA GeForce GT 1030 for light gaming and casual use? Please note that these heat sinks are designed for some type of active cooling and will require an open-air build to operate at acceptable levels in passive mode.


OnLogic introduces their own Rugged Industrial Computers in Europe

OnLogic (, a leading European industrial and IoT computer hardware manufacturer, has introduced their innovative rugged industrial computer, the Karbon Series, to the German market. The Karbon Series is shock & vibration resistant, has a wide operating temperature, high configurability and custom I/O options. The OnLogic Karbon Series includes the small form factor Karbon 300 and the GPU capable Karbon 700.

Michael Kleiner, VP of Engineering at OnLogic is the German Engineer who led the development effort for these new systems. “The Karbon series was created by pushing the limits of what a rugged computer could be," says Kleiner. "Our systems were designed to solve even the most complex challenges of users by creating a modular platform that ensured flexibility and versatility without sacrificing reliability or making the cost of the systems too high.”

Where other computers fail, the Karbon Series has been designed to thrive. Considering that every IoT project is completely unique, the Karbon systems are highly configurable. Not only does Karbon bring rugged industrial computing in a feature-rich form factor, it also does this locally, in Europe. The Karbon Series is built in and shipped from the Netherlands, ensuring a fast delivery and assembly within the European market.

Designed for the European Market

Europe is marked by technology leaders, and thus requires high-quality and extremely reliable solutions with high performance, which is exactly what the Karbon series offers. European factories, machine builders, rail and public transport, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence applications increasingly require powerful computing solutions to power their latest innovations. European companies have already begun working on projects using Karbon for in-vehicle, automation and data processing applications.

The Karbon 300: compact performance

Built to withstand 50G of impact force and 500Hz of vibration, the Karbon 300 brings rugged industrial computing in a small form factor. Not only does it benefit from a wide operating temperature range of -25°C ~ 70°C, it also features modular customisation options which allow users to push rugged industrial IoT projects even further. With a height of 5.6 centimeters, the system can be installed wherever it's needed.

The Karbon 700: Expanded Capabilities

For situations where more power is needed in a rugged Industrial form factor, the Karbon 700 has the same core capabilities of the Karbon 300 and adds more features and stronger processing, with up to Intel i7 and Intel Xeon CPUs. The Karbon 700-SE has room for I/O Expansion and offers a PCIe slot to add mini ITX GPUs. When even more power is needed, the Karbon 700-X2 can be configured  with full height GPUs. Additional options include AI accelerators and PoE.

More information, configuration options and pricing for  the Karbon Series is available at or by visiting the product pages of the Karbon 300 and the Karbon 700. For questions or assistance with configuration, email or call +31 88 5200 755.


ZBOX CI622 review

ZOTAC should go back to drawing board, really.

"During these tests, I noticed that the system got rather hot to the touch, as you might expect from a passively cooled PC, which raised some concerns for me about heat. To check this, I relaunched Handbrake to let it run through our long test task again while I monitored the system temps using Open Hardware Monitor.

The results at first didn't seem all that worrisome, but my concern rose along with the temperature the longer I let the system run. As I ran the Handbrake test several times without giving the system time to cool down, I saw temps continue to climb up to 90 degrees C, where they eventually plateaued. The peak boost clock speed shown in Task Manager throughout this test hovered around 3.2GHz, but it eventually dropped to 3.1GHz as the system passed 85 degrees C and then to 3GHz around 90 degrees C."

Source: PCMag


Broadwell build

Launched in 2015, the two Broadwell desktop CPUs (i5-5675C and i7-5775C) were amazing processors featuring eDRAM-infused graphics (Iris Pro 6200). This open-air build features the i5 iteration, the Zalman FX70 CPU cooler, the passive XFX Radeon RX 460, and a 460W fanless Seasonic power supply, with great results. Under heavy load, both CPU and GPU are kept under 70°C.



Finally, a copper case


ThinkCentre M75n IoT available

Powered by the the 6W Athlon Silver 3050e Lenovo's fanless mini PC is now available for $503, a surprisingly high price tag compared to the i3 iteration which starts at $377. The ThinkCentre M75n features two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, two COM ports, DisplayPort, and Gigabit Ethernet (optional 802.11AC and Bluetooth 5.0 module). The M75n also comes with 4GB RAM and two M.2 slots (PCIe and SATA).

Source: Lenovo


This fanless CPU cooler is 6000 euros

We were not expecting to find a fanless CPU cooler on Etsy, let alone a 6000 euros one, but here you go. "We propose a new silent heat sink design to quietly cool your processor! The base would be 3D printed from either solid copper, bronze, steel or aluminium, depending on your budget. The upper portion consists of metal balls with a very high surface area-to-volume ratio, in order to absorb and dissipate heat faster to the surrounding atmosphere." We're not sure how such a dense structure will perform - especially without heat pipes - but this cooler is definitely museum-worthy.

Source: Etsy


Fanless AMD Ryzen mini PC

NUC-like mini computers powered by AMD's Ryzen processors are available right now. OnLogic's ML100G-40 is one of them, and 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. The ML100G-40 is fully configurable and available from $533.

Source: OnLogic