Impact Display Solutions sells a number of fanless computers designed for industrial use. But the new IMP-3654-B1-R is one of the smallest, most powerful fanless systems to date.
It’s a passively cooled computer that measures 7.5″ x 6″ x 3″ and which is available with up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i9-9900T Coffee Lake-R processor featuring 8 cores, 16 threads, and Intel UHD 630 graphics.
While that’s a 35 watt chip that scores lower than the 65 watt Core i9-9900 in benchmarks, the size constraints of this mini PC make the lower-power processor a better fit.
The computer features dual Ethernet ports, DisplayPort and HDMI ports, 8 USB ports, support for up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, up to 2TB of solid state storage, and optional support for WiFi and Bluetooth.
Impact Display’s mini PC features a Fujitsu-made motherboard, which is also compatible with the even-smaller Fujitsu SmartCase S520 chassis — but that mini PC case requires a cooling fan.
While the IMP-3654-B1-R isn’t designed specifically for consumers, its small size and simple design make it look a bit like an oversized Intel NUC, and I doubt it would look all that out of place in a home theater setup… if you can afford it. Pricing information hasn’t been released.
The Passmark on the 35 watt CPU is over 15K — better than any computer in my house. If the very large heat sink can keep it cool at full power this would be an excellent computer and since it is a mainline Intel CPU (non-Atom) the computer should run a mainline Linux distro fine assuming it has at least 4GB of RAM (8GB would be better). I bet it is expensive, though — $2500 wouldn’t surprise me considering its unique design more intended for factories than homes.
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