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Cirrus7 Nimbus Ubuntu PC Delayed – But Finally Gets Priced

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We wondered whether it was the ‘coolest Ubuntu PC ever built’. Not wanting to downplay such a reputation, the Cirrus7 Nimbus will be fashionably late to market. 

But only just.

The German company behind the device, Cirrus7, have said that they ‘can not keep [to] the planned release date’ of late May. Instead, the Nimbus will be launched a month late, seeing release in late June,.

Unlike other small form-factor PCs on sale the Nimbus is fanless. It cools the CPU ‘passively’ by way of laser-cut aluminium layers stacked on top of one another to form a case that double up as a heatsink. No other form of cooling is used – or even needed, say the company.

Pricing, Performance & Power Use

Alongside a revised release date for the metal marvel comes the first indication of how much you can expect to pay for it.

Pricing starts at €499 for a dual-core Intel Celeron* G1610T clocked at 2.3Ghz, rising to €758 for a quad-core Intel i7-3770T clocked at 2.5 GHz. Several intermediary options, such as i3 and i5 choices, are also available.

Is this good value? For a bit of context the Intel i3-powered Lenovo Q190 retails for €400+ – a lower price, but with a far weaker processor than that offered by the cheapest Nimbus.

Price/performance ratios aside, the choice of CPU will also dictate the power on offer from the integrated graphics. The i5 and i7 options offer Intel HD 4000 (as used by Apple in the MacBook Pro); but the lower-end models are paired with far less capable offerings.

Not that super-stellar graphic performance is going to be top of the want list for anyone shopping for a low-power, small-profile PC to start with. Anyone hoping to do hardcore gaming or HD video editing on a PC like this should have a quiet word with themselves…

Later in the year the company say we can look forward to options featuring Intel’s new super performant and super power-friendly Haswell CPUs.

For more details on the specifications of the Nimbus see our previous post.

Pre-Orders

Intrigued? Cirrus7 are advising anyone interested in purchasing a Nimbus to get in touch via preorder@cirrus7.com.

Mailing, they say, does not constitute an obligation to buy but will offer up early notifications about release dates and availability.

*They may be Celeron by name, but not in performance

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Is This The Coolest Ubuntu PC Ever Built?

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German hardware company Cirrus7 are gearing up to release a new Ubuntu-powered PC.

The aluminium-cased Cirrus7 Nimbus is tiny, measuring just 22cm x 22cm with a height a smidge over 5cm.

But since “mini-PCs” aren’t exactly hard to find Cirrus7 have made sure the Nimbus will stand out by making it fanless. From what we can discern the aluminium case is also a passive cooler, able to tame the heat from an Intel Core i7-3770T with a max TDP of 45W.

Specifications

The Cirrus7 Nimbus will be available to customise online before buying, with a choice of three CPUs:

  • Intel i3-3220T @ 2.8Ghz (Dual Core)
  • Intel i5-3570T @ 2.2Ghz (Quad Core)
  • Intel i7-3770T @ 2.5 GHz (Quad Core)

Graphics wise this will offer Intel HD Graphics 2500 for the i3, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 for the i5 and i7.

One of three pre-installed operating systems can be housed on its own mSATA SSD inside the NImbus:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Windows 8

Two additional 2.5″ SATA HDDS will be available with extra storage. No word on RAM, or any internal extras like Bluetooth or WiFi, but those are pretty much a given.

Cirrus7 Nimbus Ports

Image credit: Cirrus7

Based on a prototype image shared by the company earlier in the year the following ports will be available:

  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • HDMI Out
  • Display Port
  • Digital Audio Out
  • 2 x Ethernet
  • Mic in/Audio out

Starting price will be €699 with an expected release date of ‘late May’.

For more information on the device, and see a few extra images, head over the Cirrus7 Website (In German):

Nimbus PC on Cirrus7 Blog

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