Description

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

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 10 points

Akasa, now there's a name I don't see often on this site. With all the high-powered gaming rigs floating about, it's refreshing to see a quiet, fanless system with no pretensions. +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice PC! A black I/O plate would look much better with the case.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt you can find a Thin Mini-ITX motherboard with a black I/O.......

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

You would have to paint it, it's a good idea.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

True but you can Diy if you care about the looks.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you won't be seeing the back IO in normal use anyhow so whatever colour the back I/O shield is won't matter much.

Too bad retailers charge a premium on the lower powered and lower TDP chips. The pentium G4600 is 200MHz faster with the same integrated GPU and almost $30 less in cost but with a 51w TDP instead of 35w. I see why you went that route because of the passive cooling and less TDP makes it easier. I am not sure how well it would work with a 51w TDP chip but you are close to 80c on the 35w.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done on the feature mate!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

This is great! I love seeing little builds like this. Not too much, not too little!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

wow!!! I'm impressed, this thing is silent, passive cooling and the case is the final heatsink. very clever

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is godly, well done!

+1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the passive cooler. Very cool build.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run Minecraft?

I'm being serious, can it?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, Intel's modern integrated graphics is good for simpler games like that.

  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

But can it run 4K Minecraft? XD

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

you don't see "T" sku processors here very often

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish i hadn't seen this... Now I'm going to rethink my NAS-like system I've got in mind. This solution is brilliant and the Akasa is just the perfect choice. Beautifully simple build +1 !

Link to AC adapter by chance? I'm curious as to how the mobo gets it's power? It has a power socket as opposed to traditional pin connectors?

Great job, love the simplicity.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's what I used: https://m.ebay.com/itm/90W-AC-Adapter-Power-Charger-for-HP-Compaq-nx9420-2510p-2530p-2710p-2730p-6510b-/130708965702

It uses the same kind of power adapter that a laptop uses, with a 7.4 mm connector on the I/O.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It's that simple... wonderful!

Thanks for the response and good luck with your small business! (checked out your website)

Silent builds are definitely intriguing!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run Crysis ;)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. If you are talking about the original then this could run it since intel igpu is more powerful then anything from that time.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a pc that is about as big as a tablet and congrats on the feuture

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

so cool +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

this is pretty neat! perfect case for a console killer PC :D

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

This would work great for pfsense cause of the dual Ethernet NICs.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Stop ! More things I wanna buy ! ;p

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely awesome! Great build. I have been thinking a lot about exactly this kind of build lately. I have a custom built high power gaming rig that I love. However, it is extremely not silent and very large. I love this idea for a tiny silent computer that is powerful. I have heard rumors that soon PC's will be the size of a smart phone. This is definitely a move in the right direction. Nice job.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

With this case, you pay a big premium for case and motherboard so I think the extra expense on a good processor would be justified.

This is my current build, from several years old: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/niteshpatel/saved/#view=BkFTHx

The other thing is, this is the most beautiful case you can buy (that doesn't support a GPU). It doesn't get advertised because non-gaming builds are not sexy, but I have this and keep it placed vertically, it takes up no space.

This is also the absolute smallest fanless case you can buy that can take an i7.

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