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  • CompuLab Turns An 8-Core/16-Thread Xeon, 64GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Into Fan-Less Computer

    Phoronix: CompuLab Turns An 8-Core/16-Thread Xeon, 64GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Into Fan-Less Computer

    Three years ago we checked out the CompuLab Airtop as a high-performance fanless PC. Back then it was exciting to passively cool an Intel Core i7 5775C, 16GB of RAM, SATA 3.0 SSD, and a GeForce GTX 950 graphics card. But now in 2019 thanks to the continued design improvements by CompuLab and ever advancing tech, their newly-launched CompuLab 3 can accommodate an eight-core / sixteen-thread Xeon CPU, 64GB of RAM, NVMe SSD storage, and a NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card without any fans!

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=28074

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    Pretty impressive results for a decent specced system, especially considering it isn't that large.

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    • #3
      Most impressive is how they cool it down, sounds like good to have for winter season

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      • #4
        It definitely looks like a very interesting system. I just wish they at least included an AMD option (CPU and/or GPU).

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        • #5
          So someone grabs it by the top and "OucH! I burned my hand!!"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kmare View Post
            It definitely looks like a very interesting system. I just wish they at least included an AMD option (CPU and/or GPU).
            They are expected to include an AMD GPU option for the Mintbox 3 at least. They asked me if they should and I certainly endorsed it, a Polaris card they were looking at.
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #7
              This is so funny ... since on the other side server vendors are whining that they cannot cool 180W+ cpus with fans only and that we should move to water cooling ... Amateurs!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Michael View Post

                They are expected to include an AMD GPU option for the Mintbox 3 at least. They asked me if they should and I certainly endorsed it, a Polaris card they were looking at.
                Nice to hear. But maybe with Ryzen 3 (without these much mitigation needed)...

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                • #9
                  Looks like a very nice machine. I would probably buy one if it had an active cooling system.
                  I'm a firm believer in the immutable laws of physics, and the main one which concerns me is that which states that chemical (and hence, metallurgical) reactions double for every 10° C rise in temperature. My Lenovo T430 perks along at 37° C. Say it gets up to 50° under heavy load. That means that it (the silicon; a metal) has approximately an eight-times (2³) longer life than the silicon in a machine which runs at 80° C under heavy load.
                  Simple--and unavoidable--physics, folks.

                  It would be an extremely attractive option were CompuLab to offer this machine with active cooling. It would also be an extremely informative experiment were someone to do whatever needed to be done to simulate active cooling with an existing machine, and THEN measure temps.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kmare View Post
                    It definitely looks like a very interesting system. I just wish they at least included an AMD option (CPU and/or GPU).
                    I really miss an updated small factor fanless PC (fitlet3 ?), with AMD APU from CompuLab...

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