CompuLab's Intense-PC2 Is A Great Haswell-Based Mini Linux PC
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 13 September 2014 at 12:14 AM EDT. 7 Comments
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Compared to most Linux PC vendors targeting consumers that are just selling re-branded white box systems with Linux preloaded, CompuLab continues to have an interesting set of original offerings that are Linux-friendly and built really well. The latest system we've had the pleasure of trying out is the Intense-PC2.


Back in 2012 the Israeli PC vendor sent over the Intense-PC as a fanless, Intel Ivy Bridge system that's still running phenomenally with Linux in our labs and has gone through thousands of hours of benchmarking. This year they've introduced the Intense-PC2 as the Intel Haswell upgrade and of course it's fantastic. I'll have a full write-up and comparison of the Intense-PC2 coming in a Phoronix review in the weeks ahead but so far with my testing of this unit it's been working out excellent.


The Intense-PC2 with its Haswell processor supports driving three displays, 4K display support, up to three internal disks, 802.11ac WiFI, and other goodies. You can also buy the IPC2 equipped with a cellular data connection. The IPC2 is housed within CompuLab's very rugged die-cast aluminum chassis. All the IPC2 models are passively cooled and measure in at 19 x 16 x 4cm.


My testing thus far of the Intense-PC2 has been with Ubuntu Linux and so far it's running great -- given its Haswell processor, should run great with any modern Linux distribution. The i7-4600U is a dual-core processor with Hyper Threading that has a 2.1GHz base clock frequency with 3.3GHz Turbo. The i7-4600U is equipped with Intel HD Graphics 4400 and overall this unit has a 15 Watt TDP.


While I'll have many benchmarks of the Intense-PC2 within my full Linux review of it in the weeks ahead, if you're curious about the performance of this passively-cooled system housed within a metal chassis, I uploaded some initial performance figures from the Phoronix Test Suite to OpenBenchmarking.org with 1409126-LI-COMPULABI00. If you want to see how your own Linux system compares, just run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1409126-LI-COMPULABI00.

To learn more about the Intense-PC2 right now, visit the IPC2 product page.
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