SimplyNUC has launched the Tiger Canyon Porcoolpine, a passively cooled mini PC with Intel processors from the Tiger Lake-U series. The four-core Core i7-1165G7 is in its maximum configuration – it is actually intended for notebooks, but due to its low thermal design power (TDP) of 15 to 28 watts, it is suitable for operation without a fan in the small case.
With up to four CPU cores and without an independent graphics card, the Tiger Canyon Porcoolpine can be used as a silent office PC – vPro processors with remote maintenance options are optionally available.
Monitors and peripherals can be connected via three USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit / s) type A, one Thunderbolt 3 and 4 (as USB type C) and two HDMI 2.0s. If the connections are not enough for you, you can use a USB or Thunderbolt docking station. The 90 watt power supply is connected externally. 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (Intel i225-LM) and Wi-Fi 6 (WLAN 802.11ax) are available for Internet connections. Input devices can be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.1.
From 520 euros
The variant with Core i7-1165G7 costs 750 euros in the cheapest configuration with 4 GB DDR4 RAM, a 128 GB PCI Express SSD, but without an operating system. The Core i5-1135G7, which is also quad-core but also has a lower clock rate, saves 150 euros. The configuration with the dual core Core i3-1115G5 costs 520 euros. The surcharges for more storage are comparatively high. More RAM (two SO-DIMMs) and larger SSDs (M.2) can also be retrofitted. Interested parties have to pay 19 percent import sales tax when importing.
As an alternative to the finished passive mini PC Akasa offers new cases with passive cooling. In the Turing TN Intel’s 11th generation NUC motherboards (Tiger Canyon) fit into the Turing A50 MKII Asus’ PN50 and PN51 boards with AMD processors (Ryzen 4000U, Ryzen 5000U). Interested parties buy the complete mini-PC and replace the housing.