ASUS Debuts Quietest, Coolest Compact PC Of All Time - HotHardware
ASUS Debuts Quietest, Coolest Compact PC Of All Time

ASUS Debuts Quietest, Coolest Compact PC Of All Time

ASUS is boasting that it’s achieved an industry milestone by developing a PC that requires essentially no cooling and emits zero noise. It’s also remarkably compact, measuring just a couple of inches square.

There’s an Intel Core i7 chip inside that ASUS has paired with one of its own ASUS DirectCU II GPUs. There’s just a single stick of RAM, but it’s a more-than-capable Kingston HyperX DDR3 DIMM, and Kingston also contributed a 512GB SSD Now V for ample storage and snappy performance.

ASUS toy PC

ASUS custom-built the motherboard to fit this hyper-compact form factor, and although you’d think the PSU would also present a size problem, ASUS managed to shrink that down to a commensurate size, too.

The chassis isn’t particular flashy, although one entire side panel is clear so you can view all those killer components.

ASUS toy PC

ASUS actually sent us a unit to test ahead of the official release; although the full review is forthcoming, we feel the need to mention a few key performance metrics to give readers a sense of what to expect from this triumph of compactness.

First, in terms of the feat of engineering ASUS pulled off with this tiny machine, the company deserves recognition. Convincing its component partners to do the same with their own products is perhaps an even greater feat.

ASUS toy PC

As to the zero-cooling and zero-noise claim, we can affirm that ASUS nailed it. The thing is simply the quietest PC we’ve ever seen, and it never heated up by a single degree when in operation.

ASUS toy PC

However, performance is abysmal. In every benchmark we attempted, this system coughed up a hairball and couldn’t complete a single one. Worse, no matter how much troubleshooting we attempted, we could not connect the system to our network. It’s as if there’s no networking hardware on this system at all.

Honestly, it wouldn’t even boot.
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lol now.. if they could make one that small.... would be hard swapping parts with tweezers!

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Omg. You had me to the end and I remembered the date...

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I like the cpu socket when you see all of the pats. lol.

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Yeah, I'm not so sure of the value of a 16-pin CPU. ;)

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holy cow, that is small. im a real big fan of small computers :D

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I wonder how much horsepower a machine like this can endeavor

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Gaming pc of the year right there! It looks like lego made a pc lol

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It does look like its made from lego and don't take this the wrong way but I think something odd about this Pc it looks very cheap

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nice\

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@Jeffrey its tiny.. and plastic.. so its not you :)

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Yup, had me going for a bit. I'd love to get something quieter than my jet-engine H80 cooler now.

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Haha, nice one. Ugly as sin too

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it's so cute.

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I like the concept and stuff, it's just the the front panel..not my taste.

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Hahaha... good one! Had me going all the way to the end, at which point I said "Whaaaaaat?" :D

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Obviously, it's that time of year again !....

Henri

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Obviously, it's that time of year again !... Wink

Henri

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@Static FX Haha okay glad I wasn't the only one!

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They should sell this just as a toy. I would buy one.

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Plus the pictures don't show any wiring how is this thing powering on o.O?

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LOL. Almost fall for this. When i saw ..."of all time"...

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"Can't afford a PC? Just buy a fake, plastic, toy one for only $20! Includes guide on how to get back on track with your money and actually buy one!"

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