Asus squeezes Skylake CPUs, passive cooling into new mini-PCs

Everyone's getting in on the mini-PC game, including Asus, which unveiled a stack of new systems at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. One of the most intriguing is the VivoPC VC65, which is based on Intel's next-gen Skylake processor.

Unlike mini-PCs paired with external power bricks, the VC65 integrates the power circuitry into the chassis. The press release also mentions RAID support, suggesting the presence of dual 2.5" bays. There's no word on the dimensions, but the chassis looks a fair bit larger than smaller mini-PCs like Intel's NUC.

If you're looking for something more compact, the VivoMini UN65H and UN45 squeeze unnamed Intel Core processors into smaller enclosures. The UN65H is equipped with Iris Pro graphics and support for both M.2 and 2.5" storage. It relies on active cooling, while the UN45 pictured below takes the passive approach.

Asus doesn't provide details on the UN45's processor, but my money's on a Core M variant. The tablet-oriented chip is designed for fanless operation, making it ideal for silent mini-PCs. In fact, Zotac has already announced a passive system based on the Broadwell-based Core M-5Y10c.

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