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    Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    Firm has made three variants; for workstation, for gaming, and for server use.
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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    huh, that's an interesting concept for aircooling :O

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    very nice when working inside a sound recording studio

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    Everything can look good in concept, hopefully the real thing will be just as good if not better. Then we can see some temps. That gaming pc looks like it'll get hot.

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    tbh passive cases like this have been around for over a decade (remember looking in to one when we had some heat issues at an old workplace), using heatpipes, case panels and clever shaping/ducting to "chimney" the airflow through hot components. Streacom do a nice fabnless range for HTPCs, although they've (obviously) got somewhat lower heat capacity.

    200W of dissipation in a case that size is pretty good, but it isn't enough (IMNSHO) to call it out-and-out powerful - as demonstrated by the GPUs they're supporting (GTX 950 is distinctly mid-range). Its an interesting compromise of size, performance and low noise, but you'd have to have a fairly niche requirement for it to hit the mark on all three counts....

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    "revolutionary". Remember Zalman TNN-500A?

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    So simple and costs that much,its like an Iphone.I preffer Android.

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    Did they just forgot about the PSU in their concept? What about Power supply unit? Don't forget it.. If you are seriously running a game or graphic related things that PSU alone might be dissipating more then 200W.
    Ahah, Dare to touch it while its running.

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    Quote Originally Posted by mud_z View Post
    Did they just forgot about the PSU in their concept? What about Power supply unit? Don't forget it.. If you are seriously running a game or graphic related things that PSU alone might be dissipating more then 200W.
    Ahah, Dare to touch it while its running.

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    The PSU dispensing (wasting) 200W?
    For a 80% efficient PSU that would only happen when the parts are drawing 800W. A 80% PSU would then pull 1000W from the wall, deliver 800W and waste 200W as heat.
    Obviously this machine will draw nowhere near 800W, more like 200W at absolute maximum.
    Anyway, this design uses an external DC supply so the heat of the PSU is not a factor.

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    200W sound nice, but I don't see (or listen for the matter) why to spent that much money when you can get a normal desktop with quite fans and do the job. It will also give more space to make something stronger hardware wise.

    (as for the studio mentioned above, you don't have the system in the recording room, so what's the point to have a completely silent system that cost a lot and perform lower?)

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    This is nothing new, I've worked with many cases that have naf cooling.

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    QUOTE spacein_vader This is nothing new, I've worked with many cases that have naf cooling.

    I've had a NAF case for a while now - Cooler Master NAF-X, although not quite what you would call fanless, with 4x 200mm, 5x 140mm, 1x 120mm and 1x 90mm fans (excluded the 1350w power supply), it isn't exactly silent. :-)
    Just thought I would add a little silliness.

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    interesting, when they are on their second generation and if they are still in business by then (2017) im in for two.

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    Cool idea. Restricted to being stood upright though.

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    Re: Compulab Airtop is a fanless, compact, yet powerful desktop PC

    This is good but i think it won't work in tropical places

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