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post #1 of 15
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Wow, this looks about perfect.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Passively-cooled-Enclosure-Intel-NUC,20733.html

post #2 of 15
Agreed. I'm really liking these NUC machines. Now that 1080p playback is pretty easy even for low power CPUs, I think it's time to shrink the HTPC (especially if you have a server-client setup in your house). Passive would be sweet.
post #3 of 15
Nice, the NUC should've been passive from the start, using a fan on a 17W TDP is kind of ridiculous especially with an external brick for AC/DC. (internal DC/DC can be very efficient)

I wonder about the price though, silverstone's stuff can be pretty expensive.

For a rough idea of comparison when they list their MSRP, a fair bit larger hunk of machined metal in the akasa euler (35W+ passive case for thin itx) is under $100 in US now, and its a low volume specialty case.
post #4 of 15
I'm really liking these NUC boxes as extenders/clients as well, and a passive solution is the icing on the cake. I wonder if we will see a low power i5 NUC when Haswell comes out.
post #5 of 15
Tranquil has their own version out and seems to be shipping. Very cool. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Tranquil-Intel-NUC-Passively-Cooled-Case,20731.html

I was looking into a silent streacom case, but with the arrival of these I can't really see too much benefit in the bigger and more expensive passive cases for htpc use. CPU upgrading wouldn't be possible with the NUC, but otherwise I can't see why this isn't a great option. I'm thinking you wouldn't want a discrete graphics card in the larger fanless cases due to hear issues. Hoping the haswell nuc comes out soon and I'll give this a shot.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by skro View Post

Tranquil has their own version out and seems to be shipping. Very cool. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Tranquil-Intel-NUC-Passively-Cooled-Case,20731.html

I was looking into a silent streacom case, but with the arrival of these I can't really see too much benefit in the bigger and more expensive passive cases for htpc use. CPU upgrading wouldn't be possible with the NUC, but otherwise I can't see why this isn't a great option. I'm thinking you wouldn't want a discrete graphics card in the larger fanless cases due to hear issues. Hoping the haswell nuc comes out soon and I'll give this a shot.

$155? That almost seems to good to be true, especially considering the Intel NUC is $300.
post #7 of 15
It doesn't come with the qs77 chipset. You need to buy it separately. I can't find just the chipset for sale anywhere.
post #8 of 15
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$155? That almost seems to good to be true, especially considering the Intel NUC is $300.

Is it just for the case?
post #9 of 15
Yes. Just the case. They say it runs cooler than the intel case with a fan. How do you buy a qs77 chipset?
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by skro View Post

Yes. Just the case. They say it runs cooler than the intel case with a fan. How do you buy a qs77 chipset?

That explains it. Yeah, I didn't think the chipset was available by itself.
post #11 of 15
Kind of stinks if you have to buy the intel case, and then remove the chipset. Waste of money.
post #12 of 15
You can buy the board from logicsupply but you're not saving much money. http://www.logicsupply.com/products/d33217gke?gclid=CNSc8JGznrUCFct7QgodXWgAMg
post #13 of 15
I find it curious they are going to go for 99 pounds when a larger hunk of machined metal for very similar purposes is only 74.

BTW I wouldn't consider straight up conversions to USD to be accurate beyond a ballpark guess, UK/EU retail almost never lines up if something is also distributed in the US.
post #14 of 15
what I don't understand is why they aren't shipping them with the mobo/processor. I mean, I'd need to either buy the Intel barebones and remove the mobo/cpu, or pay even more money (from the link above..about $380) for the mobo/cpu combo to put in it.
Why they would offer 2 different "case only" options when the mobo seems so hard to obtain is odd.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by skro View Post

what I don't understand is why they aren't shipping them with the mobo/processor. I mean, I'd need to either buy the Intel barebones and remove the mobo/cpu, or pay even more money (from the link above..about $380) for the mobo/cpu combo to put in it.
Why they would offer 2 different "case only" options when the mobo seems so hard to obtain is odd.

Logic Supply is one of the higher priced supply houses around, for anything. If the NUC platform takes off I would expect more cost effective availability at mainstream suppliers. Intel has to "bootstrap" the platform popularity hence their own enclosure/board combo. It is a nice form factor though and inspires a small modular HTPC system if somebody makes matching enclosures for ODD/HDD, Tuners, etc. Similar to what Inteset did with their Phoenix system.
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