Akasa Euler Fanless Thin ITX Case

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Akasa has come up with a practical, no-moving-parts mini case in the Euler. It was obviously intended for applications where silence, dust-resistance, zero maintenance or no airflow to disturb the environment are important, and it fulfills this role well with the recommended components, specifically, a lower TDP CPU mated with one of the Intel Thin-ITX boards. The cooling capability of the Euler is good enough for a Pentium G2120's 55W TDP, so anything in that range or lower would be perfectly good. Unless you're going to be pushing the system consistently hard in high ambient operating temperatures, even a 65W TDP processor might not pose much risk.

The combination of a cool Sandy or Ivy Bridge CPU, Intel DQ77KB mini-ITX board, lots of fast RAM and an SSD is a persuasive argument for small, silent, low power computing. Hung on the back of a good monitor with a wireless keyboard and mouse with perhaps a USB 3.0 hub on your desk, you'd never know a Euler-based system was even there. As a media PC with access to a home server, a Euler-based HTPC system could sit idle just about anywhere near your big panel TV and never make a sound except that which comes through the speakers when you're playing something.

If Thin Mini-ITX succeeds in becoming widely accepted as a mini computing platform as Intel obviously hopes, the Euler is surely only the first of at least a few more fanless cooling case solutions to come. Akasa's own comments suggest that they are looking at the possibility of similar passively cooled, more consumer-friendly Thin-ITX cases. For now, the Euler appears to be the only passive cooling case dedicated for Thin-ITX and available to the retail buyer.

At the anticipated $99 selling price with an efficient 120W adapter, the Akasa Euler represents good value. The total market price of the hardware assembled for the test system is around $500, hardly any more than a mATX with similarly spec'd components in a case that would have to be at least four times bigger. If you're OK with the integrated graphics, this is a great small computer solution that still provides some degree of options for the DIY enthusiast, unlike most complete mini PCs, which offer much less choice and rarely zero noise. A recommendation is without question.

Our thanks to Akasa UK for the Euler case sample.

Much thanks also to Kingston for their generous support with the HyperX 3K 120GB SSD and SODIMM memory, and to Intel for the DQ77KB board and Pentium G2120 samples.

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Akasa Euler is Recommended by SPCR

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