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  • CompuLab's Airtop 3 Is The Most Powerful Fan-Less Computer We've Tested Yet

    Phoronix: CompuLab's Airtop 3 Is The Most Powerful Fan-Less Computer We've Tested Yet

    The past month and a half we have been putting CompuLab's Airtop 3 computer through some demanding benchmarks and a variety of endurance workloads. With the Airtop 3 under test loaded with an 8-core / 16-thread Xeon processor, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics, and 64GB of RAM with NVMe SSD storage there were some concerns over thermal throttling and if this fan-less industrial PC design could really deal with the generated heat. But after all of this testing, the Airtop 3 continues running strong and another shining example of CompuLab's engineering strength.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=28219

  • Pistachioboy
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    Airtop 3 looks awesome. I just don't understand why they had to "hype" it with by calling it "most powerful fan-less computer". Like fans have anything to do with a computer's CPU besides keeping it cool. It's not a car intake lol Nice computer tho - no doubt.

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  • coder
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    Originally posted by tildearrow View Post
    Is it safe to use those devices (air compressors and blowers)? I've heard they can release static.
    Never tried one, but it seems like there are plenty of reviews on that model & others.

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  • tildearrow
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    Originally posted by coder View Post
    I've seen little air compressors you can use to do the same thing.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787KXTFW/
    Is it safe to use those devices (air compressors and blowers)? I've heard they can release static.

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  • coder
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    Originally posted by tildearrow View Post
    I know I could do that, but believe it or not, compressed air cans are uncommon here.
    I've seen little air compressors you can use to do the same thing.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787KXTFW/

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  • tildearrow
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    Originally posted by coder View Post
    I stop at just poking a "can of air" nozzle around all of the external vents, and blasting into it from all angles. Could bring new meaning to the term "airtop"!
    ; )

    Funny thing: I've never seen a laptop with externally-accessible, removable air filters...
    I know I could do that, but believe it or not, compressed air cans are uncommon here.

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  • coder
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    Originally posted by Compulab View Post
    The comparison between the Skull Canyon NUC and old Airtop underlines an important property of fanless cooling - it does not worsen over time.
    Good point. And no worry of pesky dust filters to clean.

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  • Compulab
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    Originally posted by coder View Post
    Man, you need to check that NUC. Either it's clogged with dust or its fan stopped or something.
    The comparison between the Skull Canyon NUC and old Airtop underlines an important property of fanless cooling - it does not worsen over time.

    Phoronix has both the Airtop1 and NUC since 2016 -
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...op-linux&num=1
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...lnuc-pre&num=1

    3 years later NUC appears to be overheating while Airtop1 does not overheat (and has no filters to clean).

    Just my 2c.

    Best regards,
    Irad Stavi
    Compulab

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  • coder
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    Originally posted by tildearrow View Post
    I totally agree. I had a laptop a few years ago, and cleaning it up inside was a real pain. I broke it in the second attempt in 2016.
    I stop at just poking a "can of air" nozzle around all of the external vents, and blasting into it from all angles. Could bring new meaning to the term "airtop"!
    ; )

    Funny thing: I've never seen a laptop with externally-accessible, removable air filters...

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  • tildearrow
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    Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
    Heck, I do that on laptops too where it's an entirely different level of sadism to get to the fan assembly.
    I totally agree. I had a laptop a few years ago, and cleaning it up inside was a real pain. I broke it in the second attempt in 2016.

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