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Old 03-02-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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Fanless mini PC with Intel CPU and Iris graphics - any good?


I have been looking for a new build PC and eventually came upon this: Eggsnow core-i5 (Amazon).

Since I use Debian, I wanted hardware which will use just the 'main' package and not have to use 'contrib' or 'non-free'.
I have found that Intel products are much more compatible with linux so decided to opt for an Intel processor as my starting point.
After seeing the Intel NUC, I decided a dual core processor running on low wattage was the way to go. It's more power efficient and most laptops seem to perform ok with graphics-intensive or cpu-intensive programs.

Intel have recently upped their game on graphics and improved their integrated gpu to the point that the Iris Pro category means you don't have to buy a seperate graphics card unless you're into heavy gaming.

Of the dual core models, the 5th gen Braswell core-i7 (i7-5557) is better than the latest Skylake as its core-i7 hasn't come out yet. And when it does, it'll probably be pricey.

So that's the best dual-core processor you can get with Iris graphics so you don't have to buy a graphics card.
Now we just need to add a fanless case so a PSU-fan and CPU-fan isn't needed.
Hook up an M.2 SSD to the motherboard for superfast loading of the linux OS and you have an amazing silent system with no moving parts!

The link for the fanless case shows a core-i5 5200u. However I've been able to find a core-i7 5557u on Alibaba but it is out of stock.
Even so, it blows the NUC out of the water for a very good price!
 
Old 03-03-2016, 01:10 AM   #2
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The customer feedback on Amazon UK is generally favourable:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revi...&sortBy=recent
 
Old 03-03-2016, 03:06 PM   #3
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Higgsboson,

The customer feedback on Amazon UK is generally favourable:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revi...&sortBy=recent
Thank you. I've finally took the plunge and gone for a fanless core i7-5557u. It's a top class Intel which hopefully will be future-proof for the next few years. It's tiny, silent, gathers no dust because it has no fan, and uses as much electricity as a laptop!
It's coming in from lovely Shenzen, China so I have no worries at all!
I'll give an update in a few weeks if there are any highs or lows.
 
Old 03-04-2016, 08:36 AM   #4
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Please keep us updated.
 
  


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