The Airtop Is One Of The Coolest Linux-Friendly PCs Ever For Enthusiasts

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 14 January 2016 at 07:54 AM EST. 44 Comments
How would you like a powerful PC that is all passively cooled -- thanks to a special design, able to naturally dissipate 200 Watts -- that can drive four 4K displays, four hard disks, multiple Ethernet ports, can handle a discrete graphics card, and is made of aluminum? Oh yeah, and is from a Linux-friendly company.

Our friends at CompuLab have come out out with their most interesting design yet: the Airtop. CompuLab told be about the Airtop a few days ago and I've been very excited and can't wait to try one out soon. They describe it as, "Airtop is a small and silent desktop with very high performance. The key word is silent. Not 'with a specially designed fan that is very quiet'. Airtop has no fans at all, yet it can dissipate 200W – enough to cool a Xeon CPU and a professional (or gaming) graphics card. Airtop cools itself by generating airflow using no moving parts, just the waste heat from the CPU and the GPU." Yes, a Xeon-powered system with a discrete graphics card and can be all cooled without any fans?!?

Here's a look at their natural airflow cooling:

The Airtop-W is their workstation model that features a Xeon E3 v4 (Broadwell) CPU with NVIDIA Quadro M4000 graphics. The Airtop-G for gamers has a Core i7 5775C CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950. Yep, their fully-capable processors too and not Xeon-D or other low-power processors. Each of these Airtops support multiple disk drives, up to four 4K displays, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and are all passively cool. Like with other CompuLab products, the Airtop is designed for the needs of their rugged industrial customers and as such they are built very well. CompuLab also backs the PC with a five-year warranty.

So long story short, the Airtop is a line of very powerful and capable computers that are Linux-friendly, built very strong, and completely fan-less to make for a silent computing experience. Unfortunately, the pricing information isn't yet known as CompuLab won't be selling them direct to consumers until later this quarter.

To learn more about the Airtop, visit A Linux review and benchmarks of this exciting PC will be on Phoronix in a few weeks.
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