Akasa is prepping an aftermarket chassis for Intel’s 8th Gen "Bean Canyon: NUC systems. The Turing chassis will allow Intel’s NUC 8 ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) computers to be converted to fanless systems, eliminating the noise that they produce.

Intel's Bean Canyon NUC systems are based on the company's 8th Gen Core i3/i5/i8 processors, which offer two or four cores as well as Iris Plus Graphics 655 (GT3e) iGPU. Theu are designed for users who need better graphics performance in a very compact form-factor. Apart from a 28 W CPU, Bean Canyon PCs also pack up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, an M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA SSD, a 2.5-inch storage device, a Thunderbolt 3 controller to plug in an external graphics or storage sub-system, a 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution, and just about everything else that one comes to expect from an UCFF PC. Needless to say, the compact system packs a lot of heat, and as a result it uses a blower-based cooler in order to keep it in check

However Akasa has decided to do one better, and is putting together a chassis for Bean Canyon that allows the NUC to be converted into a passive, silent system.

Akasa is already known for its Galactico chassis (its scheme is depicted below) for Intel’s Skull Canyon NUC aimed at users seeking for UCFF gaming PCs. Based on the pictures of the Turing case published by FanlessTech, the upcoming chassis for Intel's Bean Canyon uses the same principle as its predecessor: it has a large CPU heat exchanger featuring multiple heat pipes that transfer heat from the processor to massive radiators. While the Galactico features two aluminum radiators located on the sides of the chassis, the Turing features an additional radiator above the CPU as well.

Quite naturally, Akasa’s Turing and Galactico chassis make Intel’s NUC systems considerably larger than they originally are, but they eliminate all the noises that these PCs produce. Furthermore, they retain all the I/O ports that the computers have, including GbE, USB Type-A/Type-C, TB3, HDMI, DP, audio, microSD, and even antennae fitting holes.

According to FanlessTech, Akasa will launch its Turing chassis shortly. Pricing is uknown, but it is likely that it will be comparable to a ~$200 MSRP of the Galactico.

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Source: FanlessTech

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  • dontlistentome - Saturday, February 09, 2019 - link

    Hopefully the additional size means this one might actually work.
    Got two of the previous ones (thin-itx and 7th gen NUC) and both are hopelessly inadequate when the CPUs are anything above middling.
    I'm sure they work in the air-conditioned offices they test them in, but in a cool room in northern europe they get ridiculously hot when worked in anyway.
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  • FreckledTrout - Saturday, February 09, 2019 - link

    I think this is awesome. This would be fun to build for parents PC. Reply
  • dtomsen - Saturday, February 09, 2019 - link

    @dontlistentome
    Actually, I have a Pentium G4600T running full throttle well below 60 °C iin a passive Akasa Euler TX case for Thin-Mini-ITX
    And it sure looks nicer than this Bean Canyon monolith.
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  • zmatt - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    He did say "anything above middling". A Pentium is a low end chip. In the review "gaming" was tossed around. So I expect an i7 to work in this thing. Reply
  • dtomsen - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - link

    Yeah, you are right. Got his comment mixed up with one from another poster earlier about pentiums being too much for fanless cases from Akasa.
    My take: using more than peak 35w in a cpu/igpu is usually not wise in small and even medium fanless cases, gaming or not. Above that you need massive heatsinks and some form of vertical heat dissipation.
    Maybe people are expecting too much and would be better of with a few well-placed, slow-moving and noise reduced fans for their gaming rigs.
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  • Dusk_Star - Saturday, February 09, 2019 - link

    'i3/i5/i8'

    Unless Intel's snuck in a new product line while I wasn't listening, I think that should probably be i7.
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  • twotwotwo - Sunday, February 10, 2019 - link

    With the new i9 and metal-themed Xeon naming scheme and everything else they're doing lately I honestly wondered for a sec if "i8" had become a thing, haha. Reply
  • Zingam - Sunday, February 10, 2019 - link

    i8 processor I do one! If I've got one I'll rock the world! Reply
  • Jon Tseng - Sunday, February 10, 2019 - link

    On the positive side it can also pull double duty as a heater for your man cave! :-p Reply
  • PeachNCream - Sunday, February 10, 2019 - link

    The TDP doesn't change with the addition of a large heatsink. A heavily loaded mobile CPU in the NUC won't really contribute much to the temperature of even a small room regardless of whether there's a stock HSF or a passive metal block attached to it.

    If you're looking for PCs doubling as a source of heat, you're better off going for a high TDP desktop processor and one or more mid- to high-end GPUs. You'll approach 400W TDP from those collective parts and possibly feel more of a difference in said man cave.
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