FanlessTech found quite a few models of small form factor PCs on Amazon and, while it's not listed in the specifications, some of the manufacturer Q&A responses state that they are fanless designs. Each of these devices are built around the Broadwell Core i7-5500U, but that might not even be the best part. Each PC has 4x USB 3.0, 2x HDMI, and 2x Gigabit Lan. Dual LAN and Dual HDMI opens up quite a few possibilities for a cheap, silent PC, especially since it has a relatively high-performance processor.
Prices range from $360 to $444 for 2GB of RAM and 8GB up to 256GB of SSD storage (with several models between). A single 8GB RAM model, with a 256 GB SSD, is also available for $483. They also found one with an i3 processor, but you need to bring your own RAM, SSD, and WiFi. It does have the same port layout, four USB 3.0, two HDMI, and two gigabit LAN, but might make more sense to grab the Core i7 versions unless you already have DDR3L RAM and an SSD hanging around (or 2GB is insufficient and the 8GB model is out of your price range). At $221 USD plus these components, you probably will not be saving much to compensate for the drop in performance. You can also find some Core i5 models, too.
Quite a bit to consider, but I think that many would benefit from the thought.
Earlier this year back from a
Earlier this year back from a trip to China, I bought home a very similar fanless PC with 1037u celeron with two 1 gigabit LAN, 4 USB 3.0, microSD and SD card reader, two HDMI ports with wifi included all for 89 USD! They even included a 2 meters long HDMI cable. We all know how much those can cost in retail stores. *cough* monster cables *cough*
Right now this little box resides in my garage as a pfsense router. Draws 15 watts and up to 25 watts. Pretty happy with it.
Looks similar to the Shuttle
Looks similar to the Shuttle DS57u:
Difference seems to be that the Shuttle supports double the amount of RAM (2x RAM slots) and has Displayport. I’ve seen several other makes with similar motherboards and the Broadwell ULV chips.
I’ve got the cheapest DS57u with the Celeron, it was about $230 including taxes as a bare bone. These things should be cheaper with more players.
EDIT: Looks like this thing might have another RAM slot on the backside of the motherboard, interesting 🙂