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The Compulab IPC3 is a fanless PC with a Core i7

The IPC3 is a ruggedized mini-PC with a passive cooling system. (Source: Fit PC)
The IPC3 is a ruggedized mini-PC with a passive cooling system. (Source: Fit PC)
The mini-PC sports either a Kaby Lake Core i5 or Core i7 and is passively cooled.

Fanless computers are nothing new, and optimizations in Intel’s latest CPU lines have made them much more common. However, most fanless devices sport low-powered CPUs due to heat management concerns. Compulab pushes this thought to the limit with its new IPC3 mini-PC.

The IPC3 can be equipped with either an Intel Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U. While still low-voltage dual-core processors, the 25 W chips are a far cry from CPUs normally found in small passively cooled devices that typically have TDPs in the 4-10 W range. The IPC3 has an aluminum chassis designed with a fin array to act as a large heat sink for the system. Compulab states that this design also allows for rugged use, as the IPC3 can withstand temperatures from -40° to 70° C (-40° to 158° Fahrenheit).

The IPC3 can also support up to 32 GB of DDR3L RAM, an internal 2.5” SATA drive, two mSATA drives, and an M.2 drive. Connectivity is fairly good given the size:

  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • HDMI 1.4a
  • S/PDIF 7.1 channel audio
  • Two Gigabit LAN ports
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Four USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • Two USB 2.0 ports

The IPC3 also supports Function And Connectivity Extension (FACE) modules, which allow for additional connection options and features like power-over-ethernet.

The IPC3 is available for preorder from Compulab starting at $693 USD.


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Sam Medley, 2017-01-19 (Update: 2017-01-19)