You've NEVER Heard of this AMAZING Computer – Compulab Airtop 3 Review

  • Published: 18 June 2019
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    The Compulab Airtop 3 is completely passively cooled while sporting an Intel i9-9900K and an Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000... sounds toasty. Have Compulab actually managed to keep it cool?

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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips   1 months back

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    • King Andrew
      King Andrew  1 months back

      You guys have amazingly skilled editors and you shouldn't be using Premiere. The edits look like crap. Have you ever tried Vegas? It's so much better and has GPU accelerated exporting. Premiere is a joke. Literally doesn't even have proper clip-to-clip fades, it looks terrible.

    • Notzach
      Notzach  1 months back

      I really wish i could meet you some day Linus because i have learned soo many different things from you videos such as SLI, and you really did motivate me in learning soo much more about computers, i even helped my friend pick out parts for his next desktop. Btw, i Think you are hilarious when you are building a pc with a guest.

    • MrD3rpGaming
      MrD3rpGaming  1 months back


    • nigling
      nigling  1 months back

      can i still pick up the old 1060 Airtop2 for reduced price?

  • The Won
    The Won  9 hours back

    "Let's see if lighting can strike twice"
    Actual lightning begins irl here

    • Hulkeq2
      Hulkeq2  2 days back


      • Goreface69
        Goreface69  4 days back

        Huh. Do canadians say "lower" like "power"??

        • mp3talon
          mp3talon  4 days back

          i fucking love fanless it's the future

          • Leslie Savege
            Leslie Savege  5 days back

            I do like that Compulab will install Linux, if you want.
            You are right, I can get better gaming computer for the price. The choices are limited, like I would want a larger hard drive than they offer.

            • Jeremiah Cone
              Jeremiah Cone  5 days back

              Can i use my minifridge to cool my desktop

              • A G
                A G  7 days back

                What was the ambient temperature in your testing environment?

                • Tsuge Tune
                  Tsuge Tune  7 days back

                  atleast i have trident 3

                  • 72Yonatan
                    72Yonatan  7 days back

                    How much would that same unit cost without the game cards?

                    • Andrew Bedford
                      Andrew Bedford  1 weeks back

                      That is astounding, thats all I can say really.

                      • Bender the Offender
                        Bender the Offender  2 weeks back

                        This compulab should be the standard for cooling and upgrade-ability for desktops.

                        • ajbfwb
                          ajbfwb  2 weeks back

                          2:49 I thought maybe you were expressing solidarity with Matt Lauer, the disgraced NBC dipshit they canned a coupla years back.

                          • John Kon
                            John Kon  2 weeks back

                            I have a 3k budget for a new work/game station but, I would do 3500 for this. Hope there's a Ryzen 3rd gen model coming though. Even at the same price, should have 64gb memory included!

                            • Brett Schmitz Stream
                              Brett Schmitz Stream  2 weeks back

                              Make a video explaining main differences between rtx 4000 and rtx 2080 and generally what an rtx 4000 is used for

                              • IKO Ledvina
                                IKO Ledvina  2 weeks back

                                Where's thunderbolt? :<

                                • leo myers
                                  leo myers  2 weeks back

                                  HE WAS WATCHING TROPHY TRUCK RACE 2.28

                                  • CalculatinGenius
                                    CalculatinGenius  2 weeks back

                                    If i saw this thing and didnt know what it was, i would have thought it was a low power server or something, not a core i9 and quadro capable of pumping hundreds of frames

                                    • Andrew Stearns
                                      Andrew Stearns  2 weeks back

                                      Any idea how this would perform on data science type workflow? This thing looks pretty slick.

                                      • Francisco Viper Díaz
                                        Francisco Viper Díaz  3 weeks back


                                        • Friedrich Lee
                                          Friedrich Lee  3 weeks back

                                          Compulab: exists

                                          Beefy air cooler: aM I A jOKe To yOu?

                                          • Michael Fisher
                                            Michael Fisher  3 weeks back

                                            designed by a cat

                                            • btje vtje
                                              btje vtje  3 weeks back

                                              Why does he keep saying 'lauwer'🤣 thats dutch for lukewarm

                                              • Andy Jones
                                                Andy Jones  3 weeks back

                                                It's a super cool pc no doubt, but honestly I'm more interested in the engineering behind it. To have designed and made such a small form factor pc and yet still keep the main components easily accessible, I can't even begin to imagine how many hours of work was put into the design.

                                                To the engineers at Compulab who worked on this beautiful machine, seriously well done!

                                                • Compulab
                                                  Compulab  3 weeks back

                                                  Thank you for your kind words. It took about 3 years of research and development to make Airtop1. Then another year of optimization for Airtop2 (squeezing more DDR slots and improving the HDD cartridge mechanism and create a dedicated thermal zone for storage devices). Airtop3 took another year - improving power delivery to support Core-i9 and researching advanced thermal interface materials to increase thermal headroom.

                                              • DSM DALLAS 2
                                                DSM DALLAS 2  3 weeks back

                                                This would be stupid cool in an RV or VAN rigs etc. WOW

                                                • DSM DALLAS 2
                                                  DSM DALLAS 2  3 weeks back

                                                  WOW! Nice

                                                  • VPXM
                                                    VPXM  3 weeks back

                                                    $3500?!... and you only get one graphics card, and no expandability?
                                                    I hate commercials.
                                                    Another fun fact. Most "scientists" I know, are some of the poorest people on this planet.

                                                    • VPXM
                                                      VPXM  3 weeks back

                                                      Cool idea. Fun fact. In ten years, your big rig will probably still run fine. The other, will turn into a pancake, from constant daily "80c" heat. But hey, some people can afford switching their PCs every couple of years.

                                                      • 송J1N洪
                                                        송J1N洪  3 weeks back

                                                        Once I finish Senior High school and finish college and once I get my first decent paycheck in the point that I can sustain myself decently, I am legit buying this machine straight up, and I bet by that time (Around 2025-2027) the specs are gonna be even more-amazing, if I could I would buy this, it's fanless, it's engineered well and built well, and it outpaces it's weight class by so much, and I was blown away by the fact that it was ONLY $3500, like seriously, I could buy a new Mac Pro and get half the performance and worse cooling and less ports and less upgradability at around that cost.

                                                        I can see this machine powering loads of offices around the world.

                                                        • Ian Oliver
                                                          Ian Oliver  3 weeks back

                                                          I have heard of it, if you count the previous version. It was actually exactly what I expected this video to be about from the title!

                                                          • Hi Neil of 'Cidi Al-Masry' Sidi Al-Masri Sandage

                                                            5:00 ~ I hope to be wrong. But that will be future cutting edge for decades. #NTSM, #ISO anyone, anyone?

                                                            • hateeternalmaver
                                                              hateeternalmaver  3 weeks back

                                                              Just when it started to sound interesting you mentioned the price... x_x
                                                              Of course... why wouldn't it... xD

                                                              • fellpower
                                                                fellpower  4 weeks back

                                                                Why this passive stupidity is there anymore? The Fans are soo cheap and quiet this time. And IF u break something, u have to pay for special boards and so on, soooo muuuuch money.

                                                                Yeah, if u earn millions a year, like Linus - its nothing.....

                                                                • Silverbreaker
                                                                  Silverbreaker  4 weeks back

                                                                  ...and i thought that you have in canada plenty of space available

                                                                  • Tim
                                                                    Tim  4 weeks back

                                                                    Put a fan on it and overclock lol

                                                                    • Adam Zawadzki
                                                                      Adam Zawadzki  4 weeks back

                                                                      THE PRICE IS JUST CRAZY, why pay that much better off building just a normal gaming pc

                                                                      • CamoAssassin00
                                                                        CamoAssassin00  4 weeks back

                                                                        Smaller is not better, end of

                                                                        • Classic Faz
                                                                          Classic Faz  4 weeks back

                                                                          Just wait till the Chinese get their hands on this!

                                                                          • MultiWirth
                                                                            MultiWirth  4 weeks back

                                                                            That looks like an Thinclient but it isn´t lol

                                                                            • Flufflebut
                                                                              Flufflebut  4 weeks back

                                                                              Man I love fanless design. No worrying about dust, no fan noise, and one less moving part (fan) to have to worry about. Plus it helps when you live North of the Wall.

                                                                            • Yeatzee Guitar
                                                                              Yeatzee Guitar  4 weeks back

                                                                              How the heck do they not have more than two graphic card options?!? 1660ti and RTX4000 does not cover much.

                                                                              • J.D. Abbey
                                                                                J.D. Abbey  4 weeks back

                                                                                Banana for scale? Really?

                                                                                • Denver Donate
                                                                                  Denver Donate  4 weeks back

                                                                                  For many years I used to upgrade my PC regularly but the value of everything I purchased seemed to drop like a brick the minute I made my purchase. I don't ever upgrade anymore unless I really require it.

                                                                                  • DerpyDumpling601
                                                                                    DerpyDumpling601  4 weeks back

                                                                                    It's magic...

                                                                                    • Zackary Bennett
                                                                                      Zackary Bennett  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Something neat I saw- apples to apples cheaper than their Airtop 2 builds.

                                                                                      • Rafael Coleto
                                                                                        Rafael Coleto  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Damn expensive, but very impressive!

                                                                                        • Jarod Skaff
                                                                                          Jarod Skaff  4 weeks back

                                                                                          I would've liked this PC if the Graphics card had Dual Link DVI-D instead of display ports barfing up the alley.

                                                                                          • donny dutchmen
                                                                                            donny dutchmen  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Why do they make these PC's so unrealistically expensive? If they want me to not build a PC myself, then give me a good financial reason for it. Maybe it's cooler, so what? And its on my desk.. so what difference does it make that it's smaller? I have no intentions of carrying it around. I know that maybe my complains are personally. But this thing has nothing better for me to offer than i could build myself, besides the temperature and size maybe. But that is absolutely not making me want to buy one. If they could do this in a laptop, yes!! That would be a big reason to buy one for me. I think they should have chosen the laptop market instead. Because that's the place where we really do need massive heat solutions!
                                                                                            Indeed very impressive but a solution to a problem that does not exist.