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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    • adisor19
    • 4 years ago

    This is nice. Looks like I have a proper replacement for the CerryTree Zotac boxes.

    Adi

      • Terra_Nocuus
      • 4 years ago

      yeah, my ID80 (i think) kicks out [i<]a lot[/i<] of heat.

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    Who wants my money first? Asus’ UN45 or Zotac CI521.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    So basically Skylake is already more available than practically any other Intel part but they won’t sell it to you because… uh…. there’s no need since the sheer number of pre-launch products is so great that nobody needs to buy Skylake [i<]after[/i<] it launches?

      • Concupiscence
      • 4 years ago

      I’m confused, too. Is this the behavior of a company that’s just desperate to make money off the Broadwell parts they funneled R&D into first?

        • JJAP
        • 4 years ago

        This is the behavior of a company without competition.

          • chuckula
          • 4 years ago

          Nonsense, AMD is doing pretty much the same thing with the Radeon 3-series GPU lineup.
          Unless… AMD HAS NO COMPETITION!

            • ImSpartacus
            • 4 years ago

            Yeah, Nvidia is trying with the 980 Ti, but it’s obvious that they can’t keep up. I’m not sure how much longer they will survive. Hopefully Nvidia will get bought by a good company.

            • ultima_trev
            • 4 years ago

            Nice one. But on a serious note, I’m pretty sure Fury X will compete favorably against its direct competitor, GTX 980… vanilla. Unless it’s priced at something crazy like 850 dollars. Oh, wait!

            • w76
            • 4 years ago

            There’s a difference between not upgrading the full product range because you don’t have the resources to do so, and not upgrading your full product range entirely by choice driven by your competitive position.

            • JJAP
            • 4 years ago

            Oh, you like logic? Socrates is a human, but not all humans are Socrates. That is, this is the behavior of a company without competition, but not all companies that act this way are without competition. Some are just dying,

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      My guess is that the know the motherboard, RAM, and TDP requirements of Skylake so they’re just announcing this as a Skylake part for extra excitement.

      They don’t actually have skylake stuff yet, but not releasing Skylake-ready stuff makes them look slow compared the competition.

      Hell, my new washer/dryer is Skylake-ready too and I haven’t even taken delivery yet!

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