This PC was designed as a simple computer for average home use - not for advanced gaming or video editing. With web browsing and programs like Microsoft Office in mind, an Intel i3 processor and 4GB of RAM are a great value for the performance required. Of course, like with all of my builds, silence is key. The 35W i3-7100T is quite easy to cool passively, and the Akasa Galileo does a great job. The case is just 12.1 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches (W x D x H). With fanless PC builds, the sound from a hard drive can be very annoying, so only Solid State Drives are used.
The Akasa Galileo is compatible with Thin Mini-ITX motherboards, including the Asus Q170T. These motherboards include a DC input on the rear, so fanless AC-DC adapters can be used. With a 35W processor, an inexpensive 90W AC-DC adapter will provide more than enough power. The Asus Q170T has two M.2 slots, one for an 80mm SSD, and one for a wireless network card. The SSD M.2 slot is compatible with SATA or PCIe interface SSDs, but unfortunately the Q170 chipset is located just below the M.2 slot and will heat a PCIe SSD to unacceptable temperatures in a fanless system. It also has two SODIMM slots for DDR4 memory, compatible with up to 32GB.
Idle processor temperatures are about 38 °C, and after half an hour of prime95's CPU Stress Test and FurMark's GPU Stress Test, the processor reached a maximum temperature of 78 °C. Below are the results of a PassMark Performance Test:
- PassMark Rating: 2,613 - 3.5/5
- CPU Mark: 4,967 - 2.5/5
- 2D Graphics Mark: 765 - 4.0/5
- 3D Graphics Mark: 920 - 2.0/5
- Memory Mark: 1,769 - 3.5/5
- Disk Mark: 2,471 - 4.0/5
The Akasa Galileo was very easy to work with. Two heatpipes connect a plate on top of the CPU to a built in heatsink on the left side of the case. It took about half an hour to put together. A video of the build can be found here: YouTube.
This and other fully silent pcs are available at Fully Silent PCs