Passive Cooling

Intel introduced the ultra-compact form-factor in 2012 to reinvigorate the PC market. The incredible success of the product line has now resulted in the brand name propagating to other novel system configurations and form factors. The introduction of the mainstream Alder Lake NUCs last year - the NUC 12 Pro (Wall Street Canyon) - marked a decade-long journey for the original design. As part of bringing out the versatility of the form-factor and its evolution over the last ten years, Intel sampled three top-end Wall Street Canyon NUCs targeting different market segments - the NUC12WSKi7 for traditional business and consumer users, the NUC12WSKv7 in a slightly more eye-catching designer chassis for business and enterprise deployments, and the NUC12WSBi70Z in a rugged fanless case for...

Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano Review: A Fanless Haswell-Y mini-PC

Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no...

48 by Ganesh T S on 10/31/2014

Zotac Launches Fanless ZBOX C-Series mini-PCs

At Computex 2014, Zotac has launched four new passively-cooled mini-PCs. All of these C-series units are sized the same as Zotac's existing ZBOX nano lineup (127 mm x 127...

6 by Ganesh T S & Mahendra Lodha on 6/2/2014

Logic Supply Core-ML320 Fanless Industrial NUC Review

Computers with completely passive cooling systems are advantageous in many respects. These aspects turn out to be very important for many industrial applications. The low power nature of the...

31 by Ganesh T S on 4/30/2014

Habey Introduces Passive BIS-6590 Core i7 Industrial PC

Habey USA's passive BIS-6922 proved to be a winner when we reviewed it back in August. Even as the review gathered comments from our readers, Habey was busy building...

12 by Ganesh T S on 10/14/2013

HABEY BIS-6922 Fanless Ivy Bridge Industrial PC Review

Computers with completely passive cooling systems are advantageous in many respects. These aspects turn out to be very important for many industrial applications. We reviewed the Aleutia Relia last...

65 by Ganesh T S on 8/13/2013

Logic Supply Launches LGX ML250 Intel Socket G2-based Fanless Industrial PC

We had reviewed Logic Supply's fanless LGX AG150 Cedar Trail-based PC last year. Though a majority of fanless x86-based PCs are based on the anemic Atom platform, there has...

2 by Ganesh T S on 6/29/2013

Getting the Best out of an Ivy Bridge HTPC: Windows 8, madVR and More..

The build process and thermal performance of a fanless Ivy Bridge HTPC was covered in detail last month. I had indicated that the piece would be the first of...

138 by Ganesh T S on 1/20/2013

Habey Launches Fanless BIS-6922 and BIS-6636 Computers for Industrial Applications

Pursuant to our coverage of Aleutia's Relia fanless industrial PC, we received feedback from readers to provide more coverage for the industrial / embedded PC space. In this market...

18 by Ganesh T S on 11/19/2012

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