Akasa has announced the launch of a new case, designed specifically for NUC mini-PCs based on Intel Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake processors, the Akasa Newton S7 with its Newton AC variant, with passive cooling (fanless, fanless and Therefore completely silent) in both cases.
The new Akasa Newton S7 and Newton AC are designed to provide all the cooling needed by the Intel Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake processor’s built-in NUC format motherboards (15 watts TDP) passively. So, now you can create a completely silent environment given the lack of fans, the main source of noise in any equipment.
The new Akasa Newton S7 and Newton AC
According to the manufacturer, these new passive cooling cases are fully compatible with the Intel NUC7i3BNK, NUC7i3BNH, NUC7i5BNK, and NUC7i5BNH models, equipped with Kaby Lake’s Core i3 and Core i5 processors in the case of Newton S7. While, the Newton AC model is specially designed for the models equipped with Pentium and Celeron processor of Apollo Lake architecture like Intel NUC NUC6CAYH and NUC6CAYS.
With dimensions of 176.5 x 200 x 53.5, these new components of Akasa are manufactured with an aluminum body with fins that acts as a heatsink for the SoC inside. It offers some space to install a 2.5 inch hard drive, and its front panel offers two USB 3.0 ports with the usual Type-A connector, as well as minijacks for HD audio. Additionally, they have a hole to incorporate an infrared receiver, and in the back it incorporates two holes to install a pair of antennas to maximize the WiFi coverage of the device.
The Newton AC model is smaller, with dimensions of 140 x 111 x 51 mm, but still has space for a 2.5-inch hard drive, infrared receiver holes and USB 3.0 front.
Price and availability
According to the manufacturer these new passive cases for Intel NUC devices are already available, although we have not found them yet in any store (you know for the manufacturer it is already available at the time they send them to their distributors, but then after delay of couple of weeks its usually on sale). There is nothing said about the price as of yet, but they have reported that there will be variants of both models with options to install the external power supply inside the box itself.