Quiet PC Launches Stylish Fanless Intel NUC-Based PC

Subject: Systems | May 25, 2016 - 02:26 AM |
Tagged: UK, SFF, quiet pc, nuc, iris, Intel Skylake, hd graphics

Quiet PC (a UK-based retailer for PCs and components) recently launched a small form factor fanless PC based on Intel’s Skylake NUC platform. The new PC is aptly named the Ultra NUC Pro 6 and combines an Intel Skylake-based Core i5 processor with a fanless chassis from Aleutia (the R50) that results in a quiet and stylish PC.

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The understated case is built from a single block of aluminum using a CNC machine and 5-axis drill. It is primarily black although the center of the case reveals bare copper plates (that direct contact the CPU) used help facilitate cooling the 15W TDP Core i5-6260U CPU. The front panel hosts two USB 3.0 ports, an analog audio port, and IR receiver while the rear I/O includes two more USB 3.0 ports, one Wi-Fi antenna connector, Kensington lock, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45), AC power, and mini DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4b video outputs.

Internally, you are able to configure this particular fanless NUC with either a Core i3 clocked at 2.3 GHz or a Core i5 clocked at 1.8 GHz base and up to 2.9 GHz Turbo Boost. Both 14nm chips have a 15W TDP and are dual cores with HyperThreading (2 core / 4 thread), but they differ in the GPU portion. The Core i3 hosts Intel HD Graphics 520 while the Core i5 has Intel’s Iris Graphics 540. Beyond the processor, users can configure the PC with up to 32GB of dual channel DDR4, a single M.2 form factor SSD (up to a 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD), and a pre-installed Wi-Fi module (Intel Wireless-AC 8260).

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This new NUC measures 160 x 37 x 110mm and comes with a 2 year warranty. Quiet PC currently offers the base model at £575.83 (~$841.33) sans OS. The model with Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and Windows 10 Pro is £776.76 which translates to about $1135.23.

That is the major drawback of this nearly half liter PC: the price. Despite it’s neat industrial design, this PC is essentially priced out of the home market perhaps save for certain fanless enthusiasts like our friends at FanlessTech (hehe). Industrial customers that need a decently powerful PC without moving parts and an internal case that can gather dust, metals, wood, and whatever other factory and workshop conditions it might be subjected to would be interested in this however. Quiet PC further indicates that this fanless PC is aimed at marine and healthcare customers. Aleutia claims that at ambient temperatures of 21°C (69.8°F) the PC maxed out at 51°C (123.8°F) under 100% CPU load and the PC can be used in environments with ambient temperatures up to 50°C (122°F).

Do you think our friends on the other side of the pond have a nice quiet PC option or is the price of silence too much?

Also watch: Intel NUC5i5RYK SFF System Review - Broadwell NUC

Source: Quiet PC

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May 25, 2016 | 03:15 AM - Posted by Annonymous (not verified)

Another problem is that Pc case is blcoking the sd card slot that comes installed on that skylake board. also no 2.5" hdd bay. I would much rather get the Intel Nuc and tolerate the fan.

May 25, 2016 | 03:22 AM - Posted by taisserrootseasyaccount (not verified)

This and a Dyson blade less fan in the summer would be pretty good

May 25, 2016 | 05:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

we picked up one of the fancy humidifier dyson fans there for our rats nest of an office about a month ago. worth 4 times over every dam penny. i never realized how much bad air fucks you up. totally eye opening.

as for these machiens they are gorgeous!! maybe if we could get a model with a new polaris APU.. mmmm yummy, insta buy 4 of them for work and default htpc device.

May 25, 2016 | 01:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

WHOA! Passive cooling AND operates in conditions up to 50c(120f) I'M sure there are more than a few use cases for this.

May 25, 2016 | 01:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"Despite it’s neat industrial design", it looks like a steam heater from on Old style tenement building, but I guess it does its cooling job! The worst part about it is that it runs Intel's crappy graphics, but maybe there will be some Zen/Polaris based APUs in early 2017 for similar types of systems with much better graphics!

Really a U series i5, probably dual core and very overpriced it is!

May 25, 2016 | 01:50 PM - Posted by Mad_Dane

Very nice until I saw the prices lol!

May 25, 2016 | 01:52 PM - Posted by Jann5s

loving these type of devices, until I read the price. But hey, this market is just too small right now, maybe it will grow and prices will.... grow too?

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