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Stealth Computer launches fanless mini

Stealth Computer launches fanless mini

The LPC-625F is a completely fanless design capable of full 1080p HD playback - but comes with an eye-watering price tag.

If you're sick of waiting for Nvidia or Intel to finally team the Atom up with a chipset that'll give you full HD playback, perhaps you should ditch thoughts of a lower-power CPU and check out the latest build from PC maker Stealth Computer.

According to the guys over at PC Launches, the company has just announced the LPC-625F small-form factor desktop PC – which is designed to run completely fanless. Measuring a svelte 20cm² and just 6cm in height, it's a pretty dinky unit – but is capable of full 1080p playback via its on-board HDMI port.

The entire case of the unit is one giant aluminium heat sink, with cooling fins covering the surface to ensure that the 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo – upgradable to a 2.53GHz unit if you need the extra grunt – stays frosty. While the graphics chip – an Intel GMA X4500 – won't be a gamer's first choice, it does provide the power required for playback of any HD source you care to name over both HDMI and DVI.

Connectivity is provided via an on-board gigabit Ethernet port, but if you want the device to sit somewhere awkward Stealth Computer has said that a mini-PCI Atheros-based wireless card will also be available. Interestingly, the PC also offers an RS232 serial port – a possible indicator that the company is looking toward embedded applications and digital signage. Eight USB 2.0 ports offer plenty of room for peripherals, and the company has even thought to throw in an external SATA port for additional storage.

While the 90W power draw is perhaps a little on the high side – especially when compared to the competing Atom-based Habey box which draws just 13W – it's certainly an interesting device for anyone who needs a surprising amount of power in a small, quiet package.

All this neato stuff comes at a cost, however: Stealth Computer is looking for £1,104 for the base configuration with the slower CPU and just 1GB of RAM along side an 80GB drive. If you want to upgrade any of the specs – or add the optional wireless module – the price goes up from there.

Is truly silent computing worth the entry price, or is Stealth Computer hoping for a little much for its fanless box? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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jezmck 23rd March 2009, 13:33 Quote
could they not have made it wider (same as a regular under-TV DVD player) to add a Blue-ray drive?
Skiddywinks 23rd March 2009, 13:34 Quote
That thing is rediculously overpriced.
Aterius Gmork 23rd March 2009, 13:37 Quote
Zero noise is absolute overkill for a Media Center anyway. You'd watch movies on it, or listen to music. A few slow spinning 120mm fans won't be noticed.
ChaosDefinesOrder 23rd March 2009, 14:31 Quote
One 120mm or even a 140mm at low RPM settings right on top in the middle with air vents on the sides would be fine for something like this!

£1k+ is rediculous - although sods law says that they'll actually sell quite a few of them to the embedded market, thus making it commercially viable and hence considered a "success" and therefore they won't see this as "overpriced" so something that could blatantly come down in price significantly never will...
Floyd 23rd March 2009, 14:42 Quote
90watts is insane for power draw.
Heck my backup PC with a few HDDs and full ATX board + graphics card takes up 100watts max. (per kill-a-watt meter)
Nexxo 23rd March 2009, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
That thing is rediculously overpriced.

I agree --and overpowered. My completely passively cooled HFX Mini HTPC runs a 2.4Ghz Core Duo CPU, 1 Gb RAM and 1Tb of HDD and uses no more than two-thirds of the power: 60 Watts instead of 90 Watts. And it cost me about £500,-- to build.
Flibblebot 23rd March 2009, 16:38 Quote
Thirded on both the price and power usage. Complete overkill, completely overpriced.

Don't agree with the reason behind the serial port though - it's probably there for automation purposes rather than digital signage. Most AV kit is controllable through RS232 (Sky HD boxes even have serial, although it's only one-way comms) - the ability to turn all other kit when using the HTPC.
logan'srun 23rd March 2009, 17:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo

I agree --and overpowered. My completely passively cooled HFX Mini HTPC runs a 2.4Ghz Core Duo CPU, 1 Gb RAM and 1Tb of HDD and uses no more than two-thirds of the power: 60 Watts instead of 90 Watts. And it cost me about £500,-- to build.

build Log???
Turbotab 23rd March 2009, 17:30 Quote
Power consumption seems a little high for laptop parts, VeryPC offer similar, albeit fan-cooled products for less, and they are a UK company.
Otto69 23rd March 2009, 17:32 Quote
Don't complain about the 90 watts. You can heat your room while watching TV! It's GREEN!
Otto69 23rd March 2009, 17:37 Quote
Keep in mind also that modern TVs use a buttload of power: my 50" plasma uses 218-400 watts. Others including LCD use even more.
Nexxo 23rd March 2009, 20:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
build Log???

Log.

Article. :D
cebla 24th March 2009, 00:04 Quote
The other thing to keep in mind is that it probably only uses 90 Watts at peak load. At idle it probably uses less.
LordPyrinc 24th March 2009, 00:06 Quote
Why build a noiseless HD playback device anyways? When I am watching movies (or TV) on the 40" LCD I have the external speakers turned on. They do more than enough to cover the sound of any device that would have fans running. Ok, so if the movie goes completely silent for a moment, would I really notice the fans over the central air or the pump on my aquarium?? Likely not.
The_Beast 24th March 2009, 03:06 Quote
very cool looking but no where near worth it
Joeymac 24th March 2009, 08:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Otto69
Keep in mind also that modern TVs use a buttload of power: my 50" plasma uses 218-400 watts. Others including LCD use even more.

Nah they don't. I have a 40 inch LCD and it draws about 100 watts, half what the spec sheet says. The rated power draw is when the backlight is maxed out... which is just silly. In a darker room it only needs to be 20 or 30%.. in a bright room you still wouldn't have to go past 50%. I don't have a plasma so I don't know if you can cut down the power on those.
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