Friday, July 19th 2013

Intel Issues PCN to Improve NUC Cooling

Intel issued a product change notification (PCN), marked 112432-00, which attempts to improve the reliability of the system under heavy wireless network stress. A design flaw in Intel's reference NUC boxes equipped with wireless LAN and Thunderbolt came to light late last year, when a reviewer at TechReport discovered that when under stress, the mPCIe WLAN card can overheat, causing the neighboring mSATA SSD to malfunction. In its latest PCN, Intel included a 9.5 mm-thick flexible thermal pad on the top panel, which draws heat from the SSD, and conducts it to the chassis.

Source: FanlessTech
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8 Comments on Intel Issues PCN to Improve NUC Cooling

#1
TheinsanegamerN
why not a single, silent, slow 120mm fan? or a fan that would fit, if that is too large. that would fix a lot of problems...
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#2
Jorge
Another day, another product defect from Intel. No wonder their sales continue to drop.
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#3
Fourstaff
by: Jorge
Another day, another product defect from Intel. No wonder their sales continue to drop.
Even if that product is completely wiped out Intel's sales will barely register a blip. When you introduce new products teething problems are bound to happen, especially with miniaturisation.
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1c3d0g
by: TheinsanegamerN
why not a single, silent, slow 120mm fan? or a fan that would fit, if that is too large. that would fix a lot of problems...
Nobody wants a failure-prone fan if the NUC is destined to be a "Media Center" type hub. Passive cooling > active cooling for these purposes.
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#5
tigger
I'm the only one
wonder if they have had any mSATA SSD failures because of this? or does malfunction mean the mSATA SSD failed.
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#6
james888
If I were to get one of these I would not want a fan if it could be cooled passive. Although a slightly bigger passive body I would not mind.
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#7
Tarkhein
by: 1c3d0g
Nobody wants a failure-prone fan if the NUC is destined to be a "Media Center" type hub. Passive cooling > active cooling for these purposes.
What are you talking about? The reference design already uses a fan.
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#8
Static~Charge
So, rather than directly address the heat output from the WLAN card, Intel decided to drain the heat from the mSATA SSD that was being cooked. Nice.... :shadedshu
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