Giada Introduces Compact and Fanless F103D Mini PC

Giada unveiled a new compact and completely silent Mini PC dubbed the F103D. The Giada F103D isn’t the average mini-PC, it is packed with the latest Intel Braswell N3150, N3050, or N3000 Processors with a max TDP of 6W as well as other great features.

The F103D is designed for digital signage and harsh environments, but I see completely different possibilities thanks to the features and specifications. Starting with the dual LAN, powered by two Realtek controllers, the F103D opens up for easy built custom routers and firewalls. This functionality is further increased by an optional upgrade with a WiFi module. It already has the antenna.

The system supports 4K video out at 30Hz via the onboard HDMI and it also comes with a D-Sub VGA connector. There are several COM ports as well as USB ports too. The unit also features 5.1 audio via the display out. You can mount one mSATA SSD as well as a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD in this mini PC.

It comes with 2GB memory onboard and that can be expanded with 2GB more with a DDR3L SO-DIMM slot. Further, you get an onboard IR module and IR sensor on the front, but the remote control is optional. The system is compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 as well as Linux. Android support is planned for 2016.

MSI Announces WindBOX III Advanced Fanless Mini-PC

Big and custom built systems for high-end gaming and graphical work isn’t always what you need and if you want to go into the opposite direction, then MSI’s latest system might be just the right pick for you. The WindBOX III Advanced (MS-9A75) Fanless Mini-PC brings a powerful CPU along with plenty of connectivity options and best of all, it’s completely silent.

The MS-9A75 is based on Intel’s 5th Gen Broadwell-ULT Core i5-5200U processor that supports up to three screens. You get a DVI-I and two DisplayPort connectors for this and those are far from the only connection options on this tiny fanless unit. There is dual-LAN, plenty of USB 3.0 ports as well as audio, USB 2.0, and COM ports. There are two models, so what connectors you have available depends a little bit on that.

The system should also be easy to maintain as the bottom cover is convenient removable for quick access to the 2.5-inch SSD slot, the memory, and 2 full-size mini-PCIe slots.

Key Features:

  • Slim and fanless system design with Mini-ITX board
  • 5th Gen Intel Broadwell ULT Core i7/i5/i3, Celeron Processor
  • Support DDR3L SO-DIMM up to 16GB memory
  • 3 independent display: 2 x DP, 1 x DVI-I (support DVI-D and VGA via Y cable)
  • 2 x Intel GbE LAN, 4 x USB 3.0 and 2 x USB2.0, 1 or 2 x COM, audio, and lockable DC jack
  • Flexible design for easy maintenance on 2.5″ HDD/SSD, memory & 2 full-size mini-PCIe
  • DC-in 19V/65W adaptor

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ENERMAX Introduces Silent Digifanless 550W PSU

On the occasion of the company’s 25th anniversary, ENERMAX introduced the new Digifanless 550W power supply, the first digital and fanless power supply from ENERMAX. The new PSU isn’t just digital and fanless, it also comes with a 80 Plus Platinum certification and a peak efficiency of 93%.

Digifanless is equipped with a digital interface to read out and control the most essential power values via the brand-new ZDPMS software, including voltage, current, efficiency, and temperature. A great PSU also needs flexibility, so the Digifanless has a fully modular cable management with individually sleeved wires.

It is built with Japanese electrolytic 105°C capacitors, heavy-duty MOSFETs, and a high-density array of aluminium heatsinks to ensure the passive cooling and a continuous 24h full power output at 40°C ambient temperature.

European sales are starting in Week 13 right after CeBIT in Hannover, 16th to 20th of March, where the units will be sold for around €200.

Thanks to ENERMAX for providing us with this information

Shuttle Lauches DS57U Broadwell based Slim PC

Shuttle has announced their DS57U Slim PC based around the latest Intel Broadwell platform. The base model comes with a 14nm Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz dual-core processor that has a maximum TDP of only 15W. The graphics power is provided by Intel HD Graphics with both HDMI and DisplayPort for dual-screen setups.

There are three further models (SKUs) that provide more power and support for 4K/Ultra HD video playback, the DS57U3 (i3-5005U), DS57U5 (i5-5200U), and DS57U7 (i7-5500U).

The fanless unit would be perfect in any office or living environment and won’t gauge on the electricity bill either. It comes with a 65W power adapter which in itself keeps the running costs as low as a good old-fashioned light bulb. The DS57U is certified for 24/7 use and can easily be adapted to digital signage as well as thin-client.

The durable metal chassis houses four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0, two serial COM ports (RS232, RS232/422/485), dual intel Gigabit Ethernet, b/g/n WiFi, a SD Card reader as well as MIC in, Line out and a clear CMOS button.

The system supports two DDR3L-1333/1600 SO-DIMM modules for a total of up to 16GB RAM. There is only one SATA slot for a 2.5-inch drive, but that should be sufficient for most areas of use. The 39.5mm thin unit is also VESA mountable.

No official word on pricing or availability yet. A single Austrian web shop has it listed for €224.24, but no availability date.

Thanks to Shuttle for providing us with this information

Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Fanless power supplies have become increasingly popular over the past few years as the efficiency of power supplies has risen, meaning they produce less heat, and the efficiency of computer components has increased, meaning they consume less power. The convergence of these two trends makes it possible to run a high end system with a passive power supply. In fact, with the Seasonic Fanless Platinum 520W power supply we have here today it is possible to run a Core i7 4960X based system with an Nvidia GTX Titan Black and still have plenty of capacity left over for other things.

To our regular readers this power supply may look identical to another power supply we reviewed recently; the XFX XTS 520. There’s a reason for that – they are the same units internally. As many of you may known Seasonic produce a lot of power supplies and if they don’t sell them under the Seasonic brand, they sell them to other vendors who resell them, such as XFX, Antec and many more.

Below you can find the full specifications of Seasonic’s Platinum fanless 520W power supply, as the name implies this power supply boasts 80 Plus Platinum certification – this high efficiency is what allows it to operate fanlessly without any heat issues.

Packaging and Contents

Seasonic’s packaging is very tastefully done and plays heavily on the Platinum theme.

The back details the efficiency standards of the PSU as well as the promise of +-2% voltage regulation on all of the rails.

The accessory bundle is fairly generous relative to other PSU vendors; there is a power cable, some screws, a case sticker, normal cable ties, velcro cable ties and some documentation.

Akasa Euler Mini-ITX Thin Fanless Chassis Review

Introduction


We kick things off today with a look at one of the latest chassis designs from Akasa. Akasa have established a solid reputation for themselves over the years as a cooling manufacturer, and while the Euler mini-ITX Thin chassis I’m reviewing today may not sound like their typical product range, its passive cooled design certainly does.

The HTPC market has great demand for silent and compact chassis designs that not only perform great, but also look great. Of course this being a small form factor chassis means that it’s a prime choice for HTPC loving consumers, but there will no doubt be interest from the digital signage market, or those who are simply limited on space in general.

There are two models of the Euler available right now, one with a 120w power adapter suitable for mini-ITX slim motherboards, and one without, for those who many have already gotten a PSU supplied with their motherboard. The model we have here today is the AK-ITX05-BK12, the model with the DC power pack included.

The small form factor design of this chassis warrants the use of a mini-ITX slim motherboard, the type that use SODIMM memory and other low profile components to reduce their overall height clearance, a full list of confirmed compatible items are detailed below.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a nice high contrast image on the front and the main features listed down the right side.

Around the back you’ll find a quick run down of the main specifications (see above).

In the box you’ll find a collections of screws and bolts, a VESA lock, SATA connector, some 3M rubber pads, SSD mounting bars and a packet of thermal grease.

Supermicro SoC Motherboard with 17 SATA Ports Spotted

A small new motherboard from Supermicro has been spotted on the shop-shelves, the Supermicro A1SA7-2750F. This tiny board is feature packed with a total of 17 SATA3 6GB/s ports and is a totally passive cooled System on a Chip (SoC) supporting up to 64GB memory. Sparked your interest? Here are the rest of the details.

The A1SA7-2750F has an Intel Atom C2750 at it’s heart with 8 cores/8 threads. It is a compact and fanless motherboard operating at 2.4GHz, or 2.6GHz with Turbo. With 4 RAM slots and support for 16GB modules, this board supports up to 64GB ECC/non-ECC DDR3 with a speed of up to 1600MHz.

The 16 blue SATA ports are powered by a LSI 2116 SW 6Gbps SATA/SAS controller and it has an additional yellow SATA port at the top that is controlled by the SoC itself. That is an amazing amount of on-board SATA ports for such a small form factor. The motherboard also has a direct on-board USB port and a SATA DOM power connector. At the bottom we see the single PCI-Express 2.0 x4 connector (in x8 slot).

The rear IO panel has two USB 2.0 ports and two normal Gigabit Ethernet RJ 45 ports, but it also features a dedicated port for the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and a VGA D-SUB port.

Not only does this Supermicro motherboard have 16 SATA ports, it also comes bundled with cables for them all. That is a big bunch of cables in the box, but other then that and the manual it doesn’t look like many accessors are supplied.

The Supermicro A1SA7-2750F was priced at 66,980 yen including tax, that’s roughly £390. It isn’t the ordinary form factor motherboard (21.08cm x 17.02cm) and won’t fit in cases with ATX mounting. It’s designed for 1U 19″ rack systems, but one could of course just mod the case to fit. The board gets power from a 12V 8-pin and 5V 4-pin connector.

Thank you Akiba PC Watch for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Akiba PC Watch.

HP’s ‘Fanless’ Chromebox Uses a Fan to Keep Itself Cool

Earlier in the year, HP announced the imminent arrival of their ChromeBox, the desktop answer to the popular Chromebook line of systems that a number of manufacturers are offering. As a part of their product design and advertising, HP have stated (as can see in a shot of their website below) that users will get “The silent operation of the fanless design prevents dust from being funneled through computer case.” Well it appears that HP never got the memo to say that in order to qualify as a ‘fanless’ product, you can’t put a fan inside the chassis. To me this sounds like a simple concept to grasp but apparently I’d be wrong about that.

Following a video review on the system, YouTuber Lon Seidman discovered that HP have been sneaky placed a fan inside the chassis to keep things cool under the collar. This would therefore indicate to us that HP may have had a couple of problems during development to keep their Chromebox cool. The fact that there is a grill on the back of the chassis to ventilate heat through is also a bit of a give-away that there is some forced cooling going on. Placing the fan inside the chassis not only means that the Chromebox doesn’t qualify for the fanless tag, but their claim that dust is not being sucked into the case is also false – this is actually false advertising and can lead HP into a lot of trouble on the legal side of things.

As for the end-user, what does is mean to them? Well it simply means that the $10 premium that you would be paying to have a ‘silent and fanless’ unit over that of Asus’ offering is actually not worth the paper that it is written on. Simply put, save your money and get the cheaper unit that is (bar aesthetic design) identical. For such a big and well know vendor such as HP, this is to be perfectly honest a bit of a shameful discovery and we look forward to hearing their response on the subject.

 

 

Source: Geek.com

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Enermax Display Their Latest Digifanless PSU At CES 2014

We stopped by the Enermax suite at CES 2014 to see what new products they had on offer to the consumer market, and one thing that caught our eye was the new Platimax 1350W power supply. With enough power for even the most extreme systems, whether gaming, mining or rendering, the Platimax will certainly be man enough for the job. It offers, as the name suggests, a platinum efficiency level and a fully modular design for those worries about cable management.

While the Platimax is an extreme product, the one that really grabbed our attention was the Digifanless 550W power supply that as the name suggests is completely fanless, and therefore completely silent. The other aspect of the name gives us an insight into what the PSU can really do for us as a consumer, and that is of course because it is digital. This means that through the supplied USB connector, you can monitor the PSU’s efficiency, power draw and voltages on the rails. They had one of these units hooked up to a complete system and this was only pulling around 350W at 100% load and of course does have a platinum efficiency.

Will you end up buying one of these power supplies for your system?

 

MSI Announce MS-9A29 Fanless PC, Features 3G-Ready SIM Card Slot

MSI always seem to be expanding their portfolio of products, having just dipped their toes into gaming keyboards recently, and today they’ve unveiled a mini fanless industrial PC for the embedded system market. The MS-9A29 is an Intel Atom based mini PC designed for industrial applications. The system features wall mounting options and is ideal for space critical applications. The MS-9A29 is bundled full of connectivity to give it a wide range of uses. It features dual Gigabit LAN, serial connectors, WiFi and 3G. In terms of storage there is mSATA, SATA and Mini-PCIe. Dual displays are provided by HDMI and VGA outs.

The bottom of the MS-9A29 features a removable cover to easily access the mainboard and swap out any RAM, connectivity modules, hard drives and other components that need maintenance. MSI claims they are pioneers in offering both 3G support and an integrated SIM card holder.

Key Features:

  • Slim and compact size that is perfect for space-critical applications
  • Ready-to-attach to LCD monitors with simply one screwdriver and optional bracket
  • Intel Atom processor with ultra low power and fanless design, a perfect cool solution for automation
  • Support DDR3 SO-DIMM memory up to 4GB
  • Dual independent displays with VGA and HDMI outputs
  • Dual Gigabit LAN for high-bandwidth communications
  • Dual Mini-PCIe for expansion (one with SIM holder), offering more application possibilities
  • Versatile options for networking: Gigabit LAN and optional WiFi/3G by Mini-PCIe
  • Removable bottom cover design for internal Mini-PCIe (WiFi/3G?), SATA, memory, and serial connection
  • Designed with 3G SIM-card holder onboard ready for 3G Mini-PCIe application
  • Support mSATA for solid state disk option, offering faster data access and reliable storage
  • Two openings on rear panel reserved for 3G/WiFi antennas
  • Can be mounted on wall or monitor (with bracket)

For more information, visit the product page.

Image courtesy of MSI

Computex: Rosewill Display Silent Night Passive/Fanless Power Supplies

Fanless technology seems to be ramping up in the power supply market this year as we are seeing passive supplies with growing capacities. Typically we’ve only seen 300/400 and 500W passive power supplies at a push. However, on the back of Enermax showing their fanless 550 and 650W power supplies, Rosewill have also displayed their 500 and 600W passive Silent Night power supplies too.

The aptly named Silent Night series has 80 Plus Platinum certification and a fully modular design. Rosewill didn’t really tell us any specifics about the Silent Night power supply but given the 80 Plus Platinum rating we can expect some high quality hardware inside. There is also extensive venting through the casing to allow for ambient air to flow through without obstructions.

Rosewill, like with most new products announced at Computex, did not announce pricing or availability but we expect them to be available shortly after Computex and will most definitely be available in North America on Newegg.com since Rosewill is Newegg’s in-house brand.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Computex: Enermax Display Fanless Series Power Supplies

Enermax have been displaying their premium fanless power supply series at Computex this year. They showed us their fanless series which consists of 550W and 650W models and as they are both totally fanless they are also both totally noiseless. The wattages Enermax have managed are pretty impressive as most fanless power supplies are only available in 350-500W models let alone 650W.

Enermax achieved this high power fanless possibility by getting 80 Plus Platinum certified components that create minimal inefficient heat wastage. They also come ErP Lot 6 2013 certified.

The design of these power supplies is aimed at the really premium user – that is someone who has the cash to make their system totally silent and these PSUs will not be cheap. As far as we know these units will be announced next month sometime and available in August October sometime. The 650W unit will cost around £170 while the 550W unit will probably be about £140 based on what we learned from CeBIT this year.

These units use a Directly Heated Triode and a Copper-Bridge Array Transmission.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

PowerColor HD Radeon 7850 SCS3 Passive Graphics Card Review

For many years now, passively cooled components and hardware has been the only real way to get a totally silent computer, and this was more of a dream years ago when cooling solutions were not as acoustically pleasing to the ear, however the furnaces of systems back then also meant that the though of going passive would lead to the wonder if the system would melt under the pure heat that came from the components.

Whilst these days, lets admit it, some components still do run relatively hot, the technology behind fans and air coolers in general has come on leaps and bounds, with the water cooling option now more of a reality for many people which also leads to lower temperatures on the hardware installed.

When it comes to it though, for those that relish the dream of a silent system, there is still only one way of truly doing so, and that is to go passive. Now whilst on the low end of the performance scale with components that have a sub 100W TDP this is a great idea, when we look over that threshold things can start to get a little tricky when it comes to handling keeping the GPU core, in this instance, cool under the collar.

PowerColor are not put off by this challenge though and continuing their line of passive products under the SCS3 title, the last of which was a 6850, they aim to take a second attempt at making a mid range card that doesn’t suffer from the heat that a 130W core can produce.

Inside the box PowerColor like we’ve seen before, keep things nice and simple, including a driver CD that no longer bears the ATI branding that we’ve long been waiting to see finally changed.