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

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 9 September 2019. Page 5 of 5. 28 Comments
CompuLab Airtop 3 vs. NUC Benchmarks

The CompuLab Airtop 3 was offering compelling performance for being a fanless PC that can dissipate up to 300 Watts. If you want to compare your own Linux system(s) to the results in this article, install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1909098-PTS-AIRTOP3949 for your own side-by-side, fully-automated benchmark comparison.

CompuLab Airtop 3 vs. NUC Benchmarks

When looking at the CPU power consumption over the span of dozens of benchmarks carried out, the CompuLab Airtop 3 had an average CPU core temperature of 57 degrees and a peak of 83 degrees, much better than the original Airtop and certainly much better than the likes of the Intel Skylake NUC that was actively cooled.

CompuLab Airtop 3 vs. NUC Benchmarks

During graphics/compute workloads, the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 in the Airtop 3 had a peak temperature of 76 degrees while the average temperature was 52 degrees during the entire duration of testing.

CompuLab Airtop 3 vs. NUC Benchmarks

The Airtop 3 as it was configures saw a peak power draw of 197 Watts and an average of 86 Watts.

CompuLab Airtop 3 vs. NUC Benchmarks

Overall the CompuLab Airtop 3 delivered very compelling performance for this ruggedized and fanless PC. Even without any active cooling, the Airtop 3 proved it could deliver great performance out of the Xeon E-2288G + RTX 4000 with minimal throttling and no stability issues even after days of testing on-end. Coming up next will be benchmarks of the Airtop 3 across different operating systems and other interesting benchmarks. More details on the Airtop 3 at

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