Compulab preps crowdfunding for compact fanless Airtop 2 gaming PC
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Gone are the days when every respectable gamer was striving to build full tower gaming rigs stuffed with all the bells and whistles. Now it is all about compact cases, quiet cooling and ultimate power management. Companies like MSI, Zotac and Asus already offer some neat compact solutions, but Compulab wants to take this to the extreme. The Israeli fanless mini PC maker is preparing to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the upcoming Airtop 2 model that integrates top-tier hardware with 0 db cooling solutions.
The starting price for the Airtop 2 models is unknown for the time being, but the original Airtop launched in 2016 could serve as relevant comparison. Back then, Compulab was offering the barebones case with the power supply and the WiFi module for US$795. Users could opt for diverse CPU, GPU, memory and storage options, raising the total price to somewhere between US$1,500 and US$3,900.
Speaking of high-end components, there is the Airtop 2 Inferno variant, which is powered by an Intel i7-7700K CPU coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and can accommodate a custom version of the GTX 1080 GPU from Nvidia. On the storage side, there is room for up to two NVMe SSDs and up to four SATA3 HDDs or SSDs. Connector list includes: dual GbE jacks, multiple DisplayPort and HDMI configurations, dual audio jacks, two USB 3.1 ports and up to seven USB 3.0 ports. The non-Inferno versions only support GPUs up to GTX 1060 or Quadro P4000.
The Kickstarter campaign is set to debut on February 24 and the expected prices for the Inferno version are well over US$4,000.