Airtop2 Inferno: Compact Fanless Gaming PC Featuring a Core i7-7700K and GTX 1080

Subject: Systems | February 14, 2018 - 01:49 PM |
Tagged: small form factor, silent, SFF, nvidia, mini PC, Intel, Inferno, GTX 1080, gaming, fanless, core i7 7700k, compulab, Airtop2

Compulab, maker of mini systems such as the fitlet and Airtop is bringing the compact, fanless concept to a powerful gaming system - with no less than an Intel Core i7-7700K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. The catch? Is is not yet available, pending an upcoming Kickstarter campaign beginning February 24.

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The teaser image of the upcoming Airtop2 Inferno fanless gaming system

The Airtop2 is already available for purchase in a fanless workstation version, built-to-order with up to an Intel Xeon E3-1275 v6 and NVIDIA Quadro P4000 (starting at $2575 for that configuration before adding memory/storage), and this new "Inferno" version of the Airtop2 promises to be very interesting to silent computing enthusiasts.

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Front and rear views of the Inferno system

A fanless gaming system with high-end components is only going to be as effective as its cooling system, and here Compulab has a lot of experience on the industrial/embedded side of things.

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Exploded view of the standard Airtop2 design (no images of the Airtop2 Inferno interior available yet)

Compulab lists these specs for the Airtop2 Inferno (along with the teaser, "and a little more..."):

  • Unlocked Intel Core-i7 7700K
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • Up to 64 GB DDR4 2400 RAM
  • 2x NVMe + 4x 2.5″ SSD / HDD
  • 2x USB 3.1 + 7x USB 3.0 | dual LAN | front (and back) audio

Compulab has also provided some benchmark results to demonstrate how effective their fanless implementation of these components is, with results using 3DMark and Unigine Heaven available on the Inferno product page.

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The company has set up a Q&A page for the Airtop2 Inferno, but pricing/availability info will probably have to wait until February 24th when the Kickstarter campaign is active.

Source: Compulab

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February 14, 2018 | 02:16 PM - Posted by PC.Anon (not verified)

Inferno: It's really fast until it catches fire.

February 14, 2018 | 03:33 PM - Posted by elites2012

horrible idea. i7's run hot as hell being a turbo charged quad core. so why put one in a no fan case??

February 15, 2018 | 12:07 AM - Posted by Douglas W (not verified)

It's probably water cooled

February 14, 2018 | 04:20 PM - Posted by djotter

They put inferno in the name, so you have no claim to an RMA when it catches fire. They told you right on the box!

February 14, 2018 | 06:05 PM - Posted by butthurt bologna (not verified)

is there a mineral oil filled aquarium cooling option?

February 15, 2018 | 07:19 PM - Posted by ThatNotWhatIsUsedNow (not verified)

Novec from 3M is what a lot of aquarium(Processors/MB/other parts swaped in and Fish somewhere else) users will be using but be sure to keep the lid sealed. It does not have to be air tight, but just enough to keep the expensive coolent from getting away. Maybe a nice Glass lid slanted so one side is higher than the other and the drops of Novec can condense on the lid and flow/slide back into the tank.

Be sure to get the electronic cooling version of Novec as there are a lot of different use cases for Novec.

February 15, 2018 | 05:48 PM - Posted by Mark Granger (not verified)

Kickstarter? No. No. Nope. No ...

February 15, 2018 | 07:34 PM - Posted by ThatNotWhatIsUsedNow (not verified)

Looks like some sort of arrangements of flat heat pipes that touch the drive, memory and other components if you view the full size image. Those then touch other heat pipe assemblies in some places with the final set of heat pipes then touching the extruded Al-Lu-Minimum outer panels!

They really need to show another iamge that just shows the heat pipes and how that interfaces to the hot parts on the MB/Memory/Drives and hopefully the VRMs.

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