Yesterday I received the brand new Akasa Newton S6T, delivered by caseking.de. I am quite happy with the product, so I want to share more details on it.
The case basics are described here: http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fanless%20Chassis&type_sub=Fanless%20NUC&model=A-NUC30-A1B
My key learnings about the case:
The Akasa kit does not contain WLAN antenna, only antenna fitting holes.
The case itself does not provide SD Card slot.
The front panel only shows a weak blue light, when the NUC is running.
Before disassembling the NUC, I recommend disabling SD Card as well as cooling fan in BIOS, as these parts will not be available later. The missing fan even can generate a blue screen as your Driver will not be able to manage it and suspect a HW failure.
Devices/Onboard Devices: WLAN
Devices/Onboard Devices: SD Card
Cooling/CPU Fan Header: Fan Control Mode
Akasa’s installation guide provides good pictures for the Akasa case, but there is no picture/guideline how to disassemble the NUC. It is somehow obvious to remove the current cooling and fan solution, but for unexperienced people like me, I was unsure if I removed the right screws and cables.
My learnings here are:
WLAN cables to the antenna are removed from the board. They are not soldered, but clipped.
There is no cooling paste, Akasa delivers a Thermal pad instead. Adhesive is on both sides of the patch, remove the protective foil.
The NUC contains 2 PCH besides the CPU. Ensure to use the Thermal gap filler for the PCH.
The rest of the assembling is straight forward as described in Akasa’s installation guide.
The case very effectively transports the CPU heat to the case:
~CPU Package Temp
~Outside Case Temp
<10% (Basic Office Tasks)
>90% (Number Crunching)
Even during 2h 100% CPU load number crunching with Prime95, there was no Current, Power or Thermal throttling.
A great product for fanless enthusiasts J