Aleutia's fanless industrial PCs have seen deployment in a large number of developing countries as well as other extreme environments, thanks to their rugged nature and low power requirements. We reviewed the Aleutia Relia back in 2012, but, since then, a number of new models have been launched - the Aleutia R50 based on the NUC platform, the Aleutia T1 based on the Intel Atom lineup and the M200 fanless 2U servers with Intel Xeon CPUs.

In an attempt to improve the thermal performance of their fanless computing systems, Aleutia has decided to go in for a novel chassis design along with their latest updates to the R50 and T1 families. The R50 is still based on the NUC platform, but the T1 moves to a nano-ITX design.

The Aleutia R50 Broadwell NUC

Traditional passively cooled systems involve a copper heatsink on the CPU transferring the heat to a larger chassis (made of steel or aluminum) through copper heat pipes. Copper heat sinks are quite costly (relative to the cost of the system as a whole) as one goes for bigger / heavier ones. Aleutia has re-imagined the chassis by developing a copper heat sink that has the same profile as the chassis itself (made clear in the photograph below).

The holes in the heat sink help it get connected to the rest of the chassis. On the whole, this lends to theoretically better thermal performance and also lends a striking look to both the R50 and T1 PCs. In addition, the presence of more copper for heat dissipation purposes has allowed Aleutia to reduce the volume of the R50 by 24% compared to the Haswell version. We are excited to check out the thermal performance of these PCs once they start shipping later this month.

The Aleutia T1 Bay Trail Nettop

In terms of the internal platform itself, the R50 now comes with the Broadwell i3 and i5 (15 W TDP) NUC configurations, while the new T1s will be based on the Bay Trail Celeron J1800 (10 W TDP). The new R50 will come in at £599 for the i3 / 8GB / 128GB configuration - reasonable for industrial PCs, but not the average retail consumer. The T1 will come in around £100 - £200. We should have more information and hands-on time at the Intel Developer Forum later this month.

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  • jospoortvliet - Monday, August 10, 2015 - link

    It sure does look good, especially the NUC. Reply
  • close - Monday, August 10, 2015 - link

    This looks like it's made from a single block of copper and it's permanently attached to the rest of the chassis via the heatpipes. Does this mean that the motherboard is slid into the case like a tray in an oven, then it's secured with the screws or is it a "sealed" case that you cannot oped to replace parts? Reply
  • extide - Monday, August 10, 2015 - link

    There are no heat pipes in this design, but yeah the motherboard is slid in like a tray in the oven, you would need to slide it out to get to anything. Reply
  • meacupla - Monday, August 10, 2015 - link

    Copper is nice and all, but corrosion from fingers is why most heatsinks are using nickle plated copper these days.

    Is there any surface treatment being used to prevent that, or is it bare copper?

    Also, as with heatsinks of the past... I imagine we will get to see an all copper version.
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  • Shadowmaster625 - Monday, August 10, 2015 - link

    I like it. Smart and cost effective. Especially with copper prices in the dumpster nowadays. Too bad the company will still charge two arms and one leg for it. Reply
  • Kracer - Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - link

    Good stuff, liking the competition is the small form factor cheap PCs.
    The point of ~$600 PCs has long been gone. Either these cheap ones for people who want e-mail, FB/YT and Office or a proper 1k for video editing.
    Of course there are reasonable builds for gaming at every point from $400 to $1.2k
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  • Morawka - Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - link

    i got the passive cooled Logic Supply with a i5.. It gets warm but never to hot that i couldnt touch it or hold it.

    then again, the whole chassis is a heatsink, but it also has a lot of legacy support such as COM Ports, VGA, and LPT1 Serial
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  • Murloc - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    bad size comparison picture, I've never seen a cup like that in my life. Reply

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