Silent PC aficionados may be interested to learn that Newegg is now stocking a silent small form factor computer from Foxconn. The aptly named NanoPC, measuring just 7.5-inches x 5.3-inches x 1.5-inches, has a TDP rating of just 9W which explains how Foxconn was able to ship it without active cooling.
The book-sized barebones PC is powered by an AMD dual-core C70 APU clocked at 1.0GHz, a component that is based on Ontario silicon (think netbooks), so it’s not exactly a powerhouse. Alongside the CPU is an AMD Radeon HD 7290 GPU, support for up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, a single SATA 3.0Gb/sec port and a Gigabit Ethernet port.
I/O support includes four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a memory card reader, two audio jacks, a DVI connector and an HDMI connector. Strangely enough, there’s no internal Wi-Fi so you’ll need to rely on a wired connection or go with a USB dongle to connect to the net. Foxconn does, however, throw in a VESA-compatible mounting bracket as well as a vertical stand to provide a couple of different mounting options.
If the $250 asking price seems a bit steep, The Tech Report recommends this slightly older (yet more powerful) version for $175. It comes with an AMD E-350 dual-core APU clocked at 1.6GHz, AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The chassis isn’t as refined looking but the $75 savings could go a long way towards memory, a hard drive or even a speedy solid state drive.