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Goodbye to Hulking PCs: Athlon Mini-PCs Set The Trend

Quiet Operation With The Heat Pipe System, Continued

The radiator of the heat pipe, which is responsible for heat dissipation. The fan is tuned to the system and circulates the air.

In practice, the Shuttle system proves comfortable to work with. In the lab, we put the mini-PC through rigorous tests, including a CPU stress-test that consisted of 40 hours of continuous operation under a full load. Furthermore, we used the PC for one week of video editing with Adobe Premiere. The mini-PC passed these tests without any problems, although with a moderate temperature increase: the internal temperature reached 45 to 50 degrees Celsius. The actual heat dissipation is handled by the effective heat pipe, which is attached to a fan with a regulated rotation speed. On the power supply is a second fan, which hardly makes any noise. Shuttle does not include other fans, since components such as graphics, sound, network and FireWire chips are integrated on the motherboard.

The fans of the heat pipe.

Rear view: the mini-PC with the heat pipe and fan.