Tiny Green PC Intense PC Pro review

TinyGreen PC Intense PC Pro review

At £791 the CompuLab/Tiny Green PC Intense PC Pro is well over double what many would be expecting to pay for such a device. But it does have some unique features combined with industrial-strength (literally) build-quality.

It also majors on being an entirely fanless design. See Group test: What's the mid-range desktop PC?

The system is based on a dual-core Intel Core i7-3517UE processor which runs between 1.7GHz and 2.8GHz depending on load. It delivers a useful level of performance, as revealed by a PCMark 7 score of 2628 points, while still retaining low power consumption.

Power draw was pushed up somewhat by the use of a spinning hard drive rather than an SSD, but the passive cooling system is so well engineered that even under full load the processor temperature never exceeded 73 degrees C. See all mid-range PCs.

The Intense PC’s ridged body is designed to radiate heat away without the need for an internal fan. However the system isn’t completely silent as, if you listen hard, you can hear the 500GB 2.5in hard disk whirring away inside. But when under stress, no competing fan-cooled system is as quiet as the Tiny Green PC Intense PC.

An impressive range of connection ports is provided, including two gigabit ethernet ports, S/PDIF in and out, HDMI, DisplayPort, two eSATA and a total of six USB ports – two of which are USB 3.0. There’s also built-in Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi with external antennae.

A unique feature of the Intense PC is its support for interchangeable FACE modules. These front panels can replace the standard four USB 2.0 ports with enhanced options.

Options include a module with four ethernet ports plus four USB 2.0 ports, and another featuring two full-size mini-PCIe sockets for expansion. You can also have bespoke FACE modules built to your own specification for specialist industrial uses.

Naming confusion explained

Anders Electronics has asked us to clarify that neither it nor Tiny Green PC are the original designer or manufacturer of the Tiny Green PC Intense PC reviewed above.

At the prior request of UK distributor Anders Electronics, trading as Tiny Green PC, we had published our review of the Intense PC Pro with the Tiny Green PC website listed as the sole contact URL.

The Intense PC was designed and built by Israel company CompuLab Ltd, the same company behind the Fit PC 2 and Fit PC 3 we reviewed previously.

Anders Electronics has the exclusive distribution rights to sell the Fit PC and Intense PC mini computers in the UK, and is now doing so under the brand name Tiny Green PC.

Tiny Green PC Intense PC Pro: Specs

  • 1.7-2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE (dual-core with Hyperthreading)
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • passive heatsink cooling
  • 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • 500GB 2.5in SATA HDD, 5400rpm
  • external 19V PSU
  • Intel QM77 chipset
  • 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 2x gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n
  • S/PDIF audio input and output, HDMI audio, DisplayPort audio, line-out
  • HDMI, DisplayPort
  • ultra-mini RS232, 2x eSATA
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 190 x 160 x 40 mm
  • 750g
  • 1.7-2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE (dual-core with Hyperthreading)
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • passive heatsink cooling
  • 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • 500GB 2.5in SATA HDD, 5400rpm
  • external 19V PSU
  • Intel QM77 chipset
  • 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 2x gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n
  • S/PDIF audio input and output, HDMI audio, DisplayPort audio, line-out
  • HDMI, DisplayPort
  • ultra-mini RS232, 2x eSATA
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 190 x 160 x 40 mm
  • 750g

OUR VERDICT

The Intense PC is expensive, but built to a very high standard suitable for industrial uses and capable of enhanced connectivity options via customisable front panels. Its fanless design ensures very quiet operation even under full load. It also performs very well, thanks to a dual-core Intel Core i7 processor.

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