CompuLab Launches Haswell-Powered SFF Intense PC 2

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2014 - 07:22 PM |
Tagged: windows 8, SFF, mintbox, linux, ipc2, haswell, compulab

CompuLab, the company behind the MintBox, launched its small form factor Intense PC 2 last month in four SKUs using Intel's latest Haswell processors. The systems are now available for purchase starting at $388 for the base model. The Intense PC 2 shares a similar form factor to the existing Intense PC and MintBox systems (resembling a consumer router), but features new hardware and IO options.

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The Intense PC 2 measures 6.3” x 7.4”x 1.57” and has an aluminum chassis that acts as a passive heatsink for the internal components. The case is dark gray with a finned top surface. The front of the system can be customized with FACE modules that offer different IO options. However, by default the Intense PC 2 has two USB 3.0 ports and three indicator LEDs on the front and the following IO ports on the rear:

  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel NICs)
  • 2 x HDMI video outputs
  • 1 x DisplayPort video output
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 3 x RS232
  • 3 x (2 x analog, 1 x digital S/PDIF)
  • 1 x SIM card slot
  • 2 x antenna connectors

The FACE modules can expand connectivity to include VGA ouptuts, video capture inputs, additional networking, and additional USB ports (among other options).

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Internally, the Intense PC 2 has a small motherboard that comes with an Intel Celeron, i3, i5, or i7 Haswell processor, up to 16GB of DDR3L 1600 MHz memory (two slots), a single mSATA port, and a single mPCIE port (the mSATA port is a combo mSATA/mPCIe port). An 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4.0 radio is included as part of the package. The 15W TDP CPU can be passively cooled, and at the high end you can get up to an Intel Core i7 4600U with HD 4400 graphics. The dual core (plus hyperthreading) chip can turbo up to 3.3 GHz. The table below from the CompuLab specification sheet (PDF) details the hardware layouts of the various IPC2 SKUs.

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The Intense PC 2 is aimed at desktop users as well as the industrial sector. The passively cooled mini PC can be easily used as a desktop, home server, router+802.11ac access point, HTPC, or Steambox (streaming endpoint mainly), for example. It is also capable of driving signage and large 4K displays for adversiting and other tasks.

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The Intense PC is available in four base SKUs ranging in price from $388 to $902. Adding an SSD and/or pre-installed OS add to that base price. CompuLab offers a 5 year warranty on the SFF system.

Source: CompuLab
February 24, 2014 | 10:28 PM - Posted by Jim cherry (not verified)

I wonder what temps look like on the i7 model.

February 24, 2014 | 11:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If they like current Intel nuc units 60-70 Celsius prob.

February 25, 2014 | 06:02 AM - Posted by cyberwire

pfsense box anyone?

February 25, 2014 | 06:06 AM - Posted by collie (not verified)

is the celeron haswell or is that a silvermont part? either way that is a sweet little system for the price. Pop in a ssd and we got the ultimate bedroom pc with NAS away from where you sleep. I like it

February 26, 2014 | 04:29 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

It is a haswell part :).

February 25, 2014 | 07:46 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

WTH $900?!?! LOL

March 18, 2014 | 08:53 AM - Posted by Nikil (not verified)

Does any of the model come with Windows 8.1 pre-installed? Do they support Windows8.1?

March 18, 2014 | 08:55 AM - Posted by Nikil (not verified)

Does any of the model come with Windows8.1 pre-installed?
If not, Do they support windows 8.1?

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