Arbor Solution's industrial fanless PCs are built tough


— 8:37 AM on September 18, 2015

Everybody likes fanless PCs—either out of our own desire for a quiet room or out of necessity in, say, an industrial setting. Arbor Solution's FPC-7800 family definitely sits in the latter camp, with a full-metal jacket enclosure, finned panels, and a port configuration straight outta the '90s.

Arbor's industrial PCs come with desktop-class Haswell Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, though the company doesn't say exactly which models it uses. Given the use case and passively-cooled nature, we'd expect the processors to be lower-TDP variants. The FPC-7800 systems come in four flavors:  one with dual PCI slots, another with twin PCI Express slots, one with one of both types of slot, and one without internal expansion. All of the variants have a pair of SO-DIMM slots for up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory.

The industrial natures of the FPC-7800 is evident in the port clusters. These PCs have DVI-I and DisplayPort outputs, four 9-pin serial ports, and a 25-pin "optional" port that can switch between DIO and old-school parallel printer modes. The throwback stops there, though, as the other side is graced with a trio of Ethernet ports backed by Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers, along with six USB 3.0 Type-A ports. 

The FPC-7800 family is available now with starting prices between $832 and $865, depending on the slot configuration. 

 
   
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