CompuLab's Fitlet Is A Very Tiny, Fanless, Linux PC With AMD A10 Micro

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 18 June 2015 at 01:30 PM EDT. Page 2 of 6. 15 Comments.

This A10 Micro-6700T petite system shipped with Linux Mint 17 and quickly booted up. Over the course of the past few weeks I've also tested Ubuntu 15.04 and Fedora 22 for having the latest and greatest software -- including the newest RadeonSI Gallium3D driver in Mesa, the Linux kernel, etc. Over the course of the testing thus far, I've run into no issues at all with Linux hardware compatibility issues.

In all of the testing, I've only come across one minor problem and it's similar to what has been encountered with the Intense-PC and other mini, fanless PCs where the metal chassis acts as the heatsink: the PCs are damn hot to touch after the hardware has been encountering heavy load. I haven't encountered any thermal issues with the system acting up nor have seen the A10 Micro-6700T reach critical temperatures, but just pointing out that the system can get quite hot. Of course, most of the time I'm benchmarking this tiny system with heavy CPU and GPU workloads, and if you're just planning to use it as a casual desktop system or apply it for other purposes like digital signage and other lightweight tasks, the Fitlet-I shouldn't get nearly as hot.

After carrying out all of the tests for this review of the Fitlet-I, the system is being dedicated this week to our test farm where it will join several other previously-reviewed CompuLab systems in running daily, upstream open-source benchmarks. The CompuLab Fitlet-I will be among the systems benchmarking the very latest Rawhide Nodebug kernel on a daily basis.

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