Silverstone Working On Passively Cooled Intel NUC Enclosure

Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is a small form factor computer. It has everything that you would expect from a modern computer, a handful of USB ports, HDMI output and more. It's just a desktop in a much smaller enclosure. Regardless, it still produces heat, and Intel's reference design for the NUC enclusure therefore includes a fan.

Silverstone has decided to exploit the small form factor and do away with the fans entirely. Rather than having heatsinks inside an enclosure, which would still require fans for some internal airflow, Intel's NUC form factor makes it possible to make the entire enclosure into a heatsink. This does away with the need for fans entirely as there will always be some air moving throughout the room, and even if there isn't, the heat won't get trapped in a small space.

Whilst Silverstone's NUC enclosure will be a tad larger than Intel's reference design, it will still be much smaller than the average desktop. Intel's reference design measures at just over 4 inches width and depth, so anything slightly larger than that is still very small by today's standards.

Silverstone's NUC enclosure is still in the prototype phase though, so no information is available on availability or pricing yet.

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  • quas
    Why didn't they do this with notebooks already?
  • CaedenV
    very cool!
    I have often wondered about this. My case is a CM690. It is rather large and heavy, and I have wondered a few times that if there was a way to get the heat to the case if it would simply be big enough to cool the system without the need for a fan. It is not like modern CPUs get super hot like they use to. Even with an OC I am only in the mid 70s
  • CaedenV
    quasWhy didn't they do this with notebooks already?

    too thin, and there are often times when the case is on fabric (clothes or blankets) where the housing would not be able to breathe and would cause overheating. Also laptops only have 1 real side to disapate heat. The top is covered by the keybaord and mouse (which would bother users if they got warm), and then the 4 sides are typically too small to have any useful cooling properties. Desktops typically sit on a flat surface, and have 5 exposed sides, so there is more opportunity to disparate heat.