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  • #11
    Originally posted by phoronix
    There's also a 2.9GHz configurable TDP-up frequency if raising the TDP to 25 Watts or with 7.5 Watts can be pushed to its TDP-down state of 800MHz.
    Are you saying Compulab allows you to set the configurable TDP target or are you just giving some background info about the CPU?

    Also, anyone know of cheaper fanless mini-PC alternatives with similar performance if I don't need the industrial ruggedness? I want a fanless mini-PC but it'll just be sitting at the corner of my desk. Not really a harsh environment.

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    • #12
      I'm thinking to buy a mini pc for xmas present.
      Thanks a lot for the comparison, Michael!

      Another interesting product is slimbook one, though it uses a 6th generation processor.
      https://slimbook.es/en/power-minipc-one
      I dream for a Raven Ridge mini pc for a decent GPU.

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      • #13
        the CompuLab Airtop. ... it's real desktop hardware and all passively cooled while still having an industrial-grade metal enclosure.
        AFAIK, industrial PCs have sealed enclosures. This doesn't.

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        • #14
          Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
          Nice comparison; I'm planning to order a NUC tomorrow, so that's timed real well! It confirms that there's a huge difference between the Atom SoCs and the Core series, but after that there is little difference, and so for office work an i3 is pretty much ideal.
          I just wanted to point out that the two N-series Celerons (both in NUCs) are the only dual-thread CPUs in the comparison. Even the A10 is quad-core. I think that's probably the biggest factor hurting them against the i3-5010U (which would still be faster, just not nearly as much).

          It would be great to see a quad-core Apollo Lake, in this lineup. That has a new Goldmont core architecture, whereas the other Atoms are of the older Silvermont design.

          This NUC has a quad-core Apollo Lake SoC:

          https://www.intel.com/content/www/us.../nuc6cayh.html
          https://ark.intel.com/products/95594...-up-to-2_3-GHz

          Only 10 W TDP and MSRP of $130. Though, I think it's still not fanless.

          BTW, here's a fanless NUC case I noticed they linked at the bottom of that page:

          https://www.intel.com/content/www/us...nuc-video.html
          Last edited by coder; 10-28-2017, 03:13 AM.

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          • #15
            Originally posted by Michael View Post
            Out of curiosity, what NUC are you planning on ordering?
            NUC6I5SYH. It needs a bit more computing power than a regular office PC because it's going to run some VMs for compatibility with old Windows software, and for future-proofing (the previous PC lasted for a decade and this will probably need to last another decade).

            And actually I would have gone for an NUC7I5BNH (which is cheaper, too), but... it's dark. I need it to be white or at least silver so it would not clash with the white interior of the room. (MSI Cubi used to be white, and now it's completely black too, sigh.)

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            • #16
              Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
              And actually I would have gone for an NUC7I5BNH (which is cheaper, too), but... it's dark. I need it to be white or at least silver so it would not clash with the white interior of the room. (MSI Cubi used to be white, and now it's completely black too, sigh.)
              NUC boards have a standard form factor. If case color is the issue, you might be able to find a different case that matches your decor. For instance:

              http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...id=638&area=en

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              • #17
                Originally posted by guido12 View Post
                anyone know of cheaper fanless mini-PC alternatives with similar performance if I don't need the industrial ruggedness? I want a fanless mini-PC but it'll just be sitting at the corner of my desk. Not really a harsh environment.
                https://www.anandtech.com/show/11954...aby-lake-u-15w

                Sadly, they don't say exactly what CPU models it'll have. Also, no benchmarks (yet).
                Last edited by coder; 10-28-2017, 11:00 AM.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by coder View Post
                  NUC boards have a standard form factor. If case color is the issue, you might be able to find a different case that matches your decor. For instance:
                  Not as standard as you might think. The number of ports and even the location of the power button is different between generations. The one you linked to only supports the 5th generation, which is way older (and is white to begin with).

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by coder View Post
                    https://www.anandtech.com/show/11954...aby-lake-u-15w

                    Sadly, they don't say exactly what CPU models it'll have. Also, no benchmarks (yet).
                    Thanks! I did some searching and found a review: https://hexus.net/tech/reviews/syste...silent/?page=6
                    those numbers are understandably low because the CPU is automatically throttled when temperature hits 55ºC, which is almost immediately.
                    For some reason, MSI tries to keep the CPU below 55 ºC and heavy throttles it.

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                    • #20
                      I found some Zotac alternatives (Nano C-series):
                      https://www.anandtech.com/show/10966...-lake-ces-2017

                      Seems to be a lot less pricey than Compulab.

                      I wonder if there're some reviews for them.

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