Intel x86 n100/n200/n300 mini device recommendations

PCIe riser, and put it on top of the metal "case" ?

Drawback is, the heat coming from the heat sink will get picked up by the card.

Now I am looking at those 3D printing model for ext. GPU, so that it can sit next to the mini PC with a PCIE x4 extension cable

Hey everyone. Sorry if this is a noob question but would this be a good idea?

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/firebat-t8-plus-mini-pc-intel-n100-16gb512gb-windows-11-3x-4k-display-2x-glan-3xusb3-wifi-5-bt-42-wcode-at-cutesliving-store-4316722

It's under £100. It does seem like alot of these Mini PCs come with malware though so... not exactly ideal.

If you don't mind it's only GbE but not 2.5GbE it's OK.
For malware issue, if you don't use the bundled OS, I don't think it's a problem?

Apparently some units are hiding stuff in the actual BIOS. With the device being under £100 it makes me quite skeptical.

It looks exactly like the Acemagician T8 Pro/Plus.

If you don't need the CPU power of the Intel CPU, you can get a Cyberoam CR15 or CR25 for less than 30£ on eBay.

seems ok for the price. Sunny with a little shade:

A German IT magazine had it analyzed and disassembled recently:
https://www.golem.de/news/mini-pc-mit-intel-n100-im-test-eine-wundertuete-von-aliexpress-fuer-130-euro-2311-179481.html

Rough outline:

  • 2x 1gbit
  • soldered RAM
  • the included SSD looked suspicious, could have been an anonymized used SSD (it had the labels of the vendor laser-removed)
  • shitty PSU quality
  • if you raise the power limit in BIOS from default 6W to 10W, you get twice the performance, but then the fan goes on occasionally (but was kind of quiet)

the recent ones, I read about, had the malware preinstalled on their SSD, so at least not a BIO(S)hazard

would be interesting to know, if Ace BIOS downloads would work here too

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Youtube video here that attempts to dig into who Topton and CWWK actually are and if they can be trusted.

I just went to the CWWK support site where they deliver their BIOS updates and noticed their cert expired on 3/25/24. :thinking:

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now contenter: Latte Panda

Latte Panda seem to have a description for older modules of how to upload firmware updates, but I do not see where to download those. But on the other hand this module was just introduced on newstickers about 4h ago.

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