Passive Cooling

Noctua might have had a small booth showing off its products at Computex, but it had plenty to show for itself. On the booth was a new and conceptual design with a large aluminum tower heat sink weighing around 1.5 kg. This means processors drawing up to 120 W can be used while eliminating noise levels to zero. Well known for its high-end air CPU cooling solutions and unique color theme, Noctua has designed a completely fanless CPU cooler with the capacity to handle CPU loads of up to 120 W. After speaking to Noctua about this concept design, they stated that the 120 W is guaranteed with this design providing the chassis has adequate convection, and plenty of breathing room. In tighter environments, the...

The Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano Fanless mini-PC Review: A Promising HTPC Platform

Zotac is a major player in the SFF PC space, and the emergence of the ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) NUCs has broadened the available market for ther mini-PCs. The company...

23 by Ganesh T S on 4/16/2019

The SilverStone Nightjar NJ450-SXL 450W SFX PSU Review: Passive Excellence

In today's review we are taking a look at a a rather unique SFX PSU, the passively cooled SilverStone Nightjar NJ450. Despite the lack of active cooling, both the...

25 by E. Fylladitakis on 4/4/2019

EKWB Begins Selling Heatsink for Intel’s Optane 905P M.2 SSD

EK Water Blocks has started selling its passive heatsink for Intel’s recently-released Optane 905P M.2 SSD. The cooling solution is meant to ensure consistent performance of the drive under...

15 by Anton Shilov on 2/14/2019

Akasa's Turing: A Passively-Cooled Chassis for Intel’s Bean Canyon NUC

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...

31 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2019

Arctic Unveils Alpine AM4 Passive CPU Cooler

Arctic this week added its first passive cooler that is compatible with AMD’s AM4 processors into its lineup of products. The Alpine AM4 was designed for APUs and CPUs...

26 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2018

Cryorig Set to Reveal the Dual Heatpipe Frostbit M.2 SSD Cooler

With the ever-raging debate about the correlation of high thermals and the performance throttling of M.2 SSDs being a hot topic, Cryorig intends to unveil an interesting and aggressive...

15 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/24/2018

Compulab Passively-Cooled Airtop2 Inferno with GeForce GTX 1080

Compulab has announced its first passively-cooled gaming desktop computer developed using the company’s expertise in fanless SFF systems. The Airtop2 Inferno uses an enhanced version of the Compulab’s proprietary...

14 by Anton Shilov on 2/24/2018

Habey BIS-6862 & Shuttle XPC Slim DS77U Fanless Kaby Lake Industrial PCs Review

Passively cooled computing systems are popular amongst consumers worried about the reliability of moving parts, noise from fans, and other associated maintenance requirements (particularly, for industrial use-cases). Traditionally, fanless...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2018

Compulab Launches the Fitlet2 Passive SFF PC with Apollo Lake SoCs

Compulab has announced its new fitlet2 ultra-compact PC designed for a broad range of applications, including office, IoT and industrial. The Compulab fitlet2 is a small unit, cooled passively...

28 by Anton Shilov on 11/9/2017

Logic Supply ML100G-50 Fanless Skylake vPro Industrial NUC Review

Passively cooled computing systems carry many advantages. Most of these turn out to be very important for industrial and embedded applications. The low power nature of the NUCs make...

37 by Ganesh T S on 2/27/2017

Zotac Updates ZBOX mini-PCs with Kaby Lake: vPro, Thunderbolt, and More

As part of their pre-CES teaser, Zotac had talked about their mini-ITX GTX 1080 and their external Thunderbolt 3 graphics dock. They had also hinted about some updates to...

10 by Ganesh T S & Anton Shilov on 1/16/2017

CES 2017: GIGABYTE Shows Passive Apollo Lake BRIX in Embedded UCFF

Despite the candid approach that Intel has had to its Apollo Lake platform, we are now starting to see fully developed platforms coming out to play from the major...

15 by Ian Cutress on 1/11/2017

Zotac ZBOX CI523 nano Fanless Skylake-U mini-PC Review

Passively cooled computing systems are popular amongst consumers worried about noise from fans and their associated maintenance requirements (particularly, for industrial use-cases). Traditionally, fanless high-performance PCs have come with...

35 by Ganesh T S on 10/5/2016

Compulab fitlet-XA10-LAN Review: A Fanless AMD UCFF PC for Networking Applications

Passively cooled computing systems carry many advantages. Most of these turn out to be very important for industrial and embedded applications. The attention paid by AMD and Intel to...

50 by Ganesh T S on 4/19/2016

Voyo V3 Review - A Fanless Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (Cherry Trail) mini-PC

Intel transitioned their Bay Trail-T Atom lineup (targeting affordable 2-in-1s, tablets and Compute Stick form factors) to 14nm with the introduction of Cherry Trail-T. The Atom x5 and x7...

69 by Ganesh T S on 3/1/2016

Compulab Rolls-Out Passively-Cooled Airtop Systems

Compulab, a maker of miniature and small form-factor computers, is introducing its first desktop system called Airtop today. The new computer can be equipped with rather high-performance components, but...

35 by Anton Shilov on 1/14/2016

ECS LIVA Core Review: A Fanless Core M mini-PC

The desktop PC market has been subject to many challenges over the last few years. However, the miniaturization trend (including the introduction of the ultra-compact form factor - UCFF...

35 by Ganesh T S on 10/7/2015

HDPLEX Unveils 2nd Generation H5 Passive PC Chassis

The advent of CPUs with low TDPs (but having enough power to handle HTPC duties) has resulted in passive HTPCs becoming more and more popular. There are a number...

16 by Ganesh T S on 9/15/2015

ECS LIVA x2 Review: A Compact & Fanless Braswell PC

The popularity of the NUC form factor has led to a resurgence in the nettop category. Thankfully, the core computing performance of the new systems have been miles ahead...

30 by Ganesh T S on 8/24/2015

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