CompuLab adds Ivy Bridge option to tiny fanless Intense PC

first_imgBack in March CompuLab unveiled the Core i7 Intense PC that was both tiny and fanless. It sounded impossible due to the heat such a processor produces, but CompuLab got around that issue by making the case a giant heatsink.Measuring just 7.5 x 6.3 x 1.57 inches and only using 8 watts when idle, it certainly won’t cost you much to run. Add to that the fact you can fit up to 16GB RAM and Turbo Boost the Core i7 to 2.4GHz, and you have a very capable machine.The Intense PC was promised for release in the second quarter of this year, and CompuLab just announced availability. However, Intel released its third-generation Ivy Bridge Core processors in the interim, so now the Intense PC has the option of using an Ivy Bridge Core i7.The benefits of choosing the 22nm Ivy Bridge chip include a speed bump to 1.7GHz and Turbo Boost to 2.8GHz. You also get to take advantage of the HD Graphics 4000 GPU, which should drastically increase gaming performance beyond what the Sandy Bridge Core chips could serve up. The Ivy Bridge chips are meant to run hotter than Sandy Bridge, but that’s only ever going to be an issue if you overclock. For the Intense PC it won’t cause any problems.The Intense PC is configurable, but CompuLab do offer up a few pre-configured units to give you some idea of price. An Ivy Bridge Core i7 unit coupled with 4GB DDR3 and a 500GB hard drive will set you back $1,156 plus shipping. If that’s more than you can afford the tiny PC can still be had for as little as $399 if you can cope with a Celeron processor and provide your own memory and hard drive.Read more at CompuLab (PDF)last_img read more