Industrial PCs for home use?

Are industrial computers suitable for home use? The answer is a resounding yes! Technically, industrial computers are no different than regular computers. They're simply more carefully crafted, less prone to failure, and offer better efficiency. This i7-powered OnLogic ML600 is the perfect addition to this audio setup, and is doing a great job as a Roon server. Even its bright orange color is a nice little accent.

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Throwback Thursday: Thermaltake Fanless 330 VGA cooler

November 2008 saw the release of Thermaltake's gorgeous graphics card cooler. This winged beauty featured four 6mm heat pipes and 106 aluminum fins (180mm x 123.2mm x 68.6mm, 260g).

"Thermaltake proudly presents the new passive VGA cooler, Fanless 330. The passive design of Fanless 330 offers the absolute quiet operation environment for all the gamers and graphic designers who especially require supports of high end graphic cards.

Silent operation, however, isn't the only thing that's making Fanless 330 the next big hit on the cooling hardware market. There are three heatsink modules on Fanless 330 to dissipate GPU heat, and 4 efficient copper heatpipes speeding up the heat transfer. In order to further boost up the performance, the mirror coating base also ensures these well designed cooling structures on Fanless 330 are in perfect contact with the GPU.

Fanless 330, the new passive graphic card cooler from Thermaltake, has the most unique mechanical design never seen on the market. It does not just offer 0dBA operating environment, but great cooling performance and distinguishing style too."


Gaming in total silence

The best case for a fanless build? No case at all. This stunning open frame PC features the Nofan CR-80EH CPU cooler, the Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX graphics card, and the passively-cooled SilverStone NJ450-SXL power supply. Cable management is also a thing of beauty.

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About Jasper Lake motherboards

ASRock is the last manufacturer to consistently release fanless "Atom" motherboards, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. ASRock Europe tells us that Jasper Lake motherboards are indeed in the works, and will be available in Q4 2021. A board with DC power jack would be amazing, 300W+ ATX power supplies make very little sense for such low power solutions.



We're always hesitant to send our readers to unknown or unproven brands but let's give it a try. MINISFORUM launches a fanless Gemini Lake Refresh mini PC rocking the 6W Pentium N5030. The Windows 10 Pro PC also features 8GB of soldered LPDDR4 memory and a 128GB M.2 SSD. Connectivity is not too shabby with four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Cooling looks decent thanks to a case that looks more convection-friendly than the ASUS PN40.



Streacom's DB1 is available

The 5-liter chassis is designed for CPUs up to 45W TDP and can be placed either vertically or horizontally. Featuring an adjustable CPU mount, the sharp-looking DB1 is compatible with most mini-ITX motherboards. Please note that the required nano-PSU is sold separately. The case itself is available for about $146.


ASUS PN51 announced

The successor to the wildly popular ASUS PN50 (AKA "AMD NUC") is powered by the Ryzen 5000U family, including the 15W Ryzen 3 5300U, Ryzen 5 5500U, and Ryzen 7 5700U. I/O-wise, the PN51 is virtually identical to the PN50 and hopefully will fit inside the Akasa Turing A50 case.

"PN51 supports a single 8K display at up to 60 Hz and also supports up to four displays with 4K resolution at 60 Hz through HDMI, DisplayPort over dual USB-C and user-configurable ports, without any limitation on the combination. Mini PC PN51 also supports a stunning 8K resolution through DisplayPort 1.4 or Type-C DisplayPort, for detail that’s 4X times greater than 4K or a remarkable 16X higher than traditional FHD output. Specifically, PN51 will pump 8K visuals at up to 30 Hz via a single DisplayPort and at up to 60 Hz through DisplayPort Dual-Mode (DP++).

ASUS Mini PC PN51 provides comprehensive connectivity with multiple ports, including a front-mounted USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with both Battery Charging 1.2 and DisplayPort 1.4 support, a rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with DisplayPort 1.4 support. The new machine also boasts WiFi 6 (802.11ax) for high-speed wireless connections."

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Akasa Turing A50 users' reviews

The first units of the Akasa Turing A50 are out there, and people are pleased with it. The aluminum chassis did a fantastic job with the 28W Intel NUC and - unsurprisingly - is excelling at cooling the 15W AMD-powered ASUS PN50.   

"I just tried (100% CPU usage) that for about 10 minutes and the cpu temp was at 35-40°C"

"I've been playing Elite Dangerous on FHD mid details for about 45 minutes and it stayed around 35°C"

"I have a 4.800U in the Akasa mining Monero 24/7. CPU is around 15 watt and 45-55 Celsius."

The Turing A50 is now available in the USthe UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary and more. 

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Arctic Alpine AM4 Passive, can it keep up?

"The Alpine AM4 Passive comes without a fan and yet provides enough power to keep all compatible AMD AM4 processors up to 47 watts at bay. AMD AM4 APU like the Ryzen 5 2400GE can be cooled passively and thus completely silent. The cooler offers an affordable solution for fully fan-less computers on the AMD AM4 platform."

"Overall, the Arctic Alpine AM4 Passive cooler is an impressive and simplistic cooler that works. I tested with a CPU that had a TDP that was higher than 35W, but with minimal airflow it was able to still able adequately dissipate the heat. If you are looking for a cooler that is not only quiet, but also fits with your 35W TDP CPU, wait no longer and pick up this affordable cooler."

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