We've seen a few NUC-alike releases from Gigabyte and MSI of late, though none of them are fanless. Passive cooling is a desirable feature for these tiny PCs, since their equally tiny fans aren't the best-sounding things in the world. ASRock may have a fanless mini-PC in the works, though. Hungarian site iPon got ahold of some leaked slides detailing a new NUC-alike called the BeeBox.
According to the slide deck, the BeeBox features a Celeron N3000 based on Intel's Braswell silicon. This Atom-class duallie has a 1.04GHz base clock with a 2.08GHz Turbo Boost peak, and the onboard HD graphics run at 320MHz base and 600MHz burst—all in a 4W thermal envelope. The chip can be paired with up to 8GB of RAM, and the chassis accommodates both mSATA and 2.5" storage.
Connectivity options appear abundant. There's a reversible USB 3.0 Type-C port on the front, plus one USB 3.0 Type-A. Around back, there are two more standard SuperSpeed ports, twin HDMI outs, and a full-sized DisplayPort out. Network connectivity is handled by a single Ethernet port, along with built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The slides suggest ASRock will release the BeeBox in three different configurations. One is a barebones setup with no OS, memory, or storage, while two more-fleshed-out versions will ship with 2GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 128GB mSATA SSDs, respectively. The less-ritzy complete system will come with Windows 8.1 with Bing, but there's no OS listed for the other one. If the leaked info is accurate, the BeeBox may hit store shelves as soon as late June or early July.
Hat tip to FanlessTech for this report.