Lighting Fast And Stays Fast
A Better Standard PC
- i3-12100, 8GB RAM, 500GB NVMe SSD = $1000
- i3-12100, 16GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD = $1175
- i3-12100, 16GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD = $1383
- i5-12600, 16GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD = $1367
- i5-12600, 16GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD = $1,575
- i5-12600, 32GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD = $1,708
- i5-12600, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD = $1,942
- i7-12700, 32GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD = $1,892
- i7-12700, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD = $2,145
- i9-12900, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD = $2,458
The Unified-PC comes in a heavy-duty (nearly solid) 1.25" x 7.68" x 8.88" aluminum fanless case. Units are currently shipping within two to five weeks.
Why Buy a Silver Bullet PC?
How To Choose The Right Configuration
The highest-value configurations for a multitude of standard uses are B through G. If you plan on using your PC for a lot of different things, where some of the software is relatively demanding, then these PC's are the best value.
If you need even more CPU speed, then H through J are considered the best in the world (both for business and gaming). These will work exceptionally well in high-end CAD projects requiring more than 50 objects per drawing (though we have seen 80 object drawings work just fine in configuration B, so it also depends on details), the more demanding games, and relatively busy servers. Alder Lake is the best of the best in raw core speed, and comes with excellent hyper threading.
Important Shifts In Thinking
CPU: 3.3(4.3) / 3.3(4.8) / 2.1(4.9) / 2.4(5.1) GHz Intel Alder Lake i3-12100 / i5-12600 / i7-12700 / i9-12900 CPU
Platform: Alder Lake (12th gen)
OS: Any PC Operating System
PC Type: Thin Mini-ITX Form Factor, Fanless Unified-PC
Size: 1.25" high x 7.675" wide x 8.875" long
RAM: 8/16/32/64GB DDR4-3200 RAM
Storage: 500GB/1/2TB NVMe SSD (this is your ultra high-speed drive C:, other drives may be added externally using a USB3)
GPU: integrated 700 series UHD iGPU
PSU Type: External 180w
Audio: 8-channel High Definition Audio
USB: 4x USB 3.0 (aka USB 3.1 gen 1), 2x USB 2
LAN: 1 Gigabit Realtek
Fans: 0 (it's fanless)
Our patent pending fanless case inverts the paradigm by putting on the outside all the features normally associated with a market segment, including both objective and subjective arbitrary features, so that the PC itself may remain universal in nature. Marketers have pushed market segmentation for so long that it seems familiar and right, when it really isn't. Reversing market segmentation results in better products for the consumer.
This is our flag-ship PC in support of a unified PC standard for all markets. It is strategically optimized for a wide range of software requirements and uses, ordinary home and office environments, gaming, harsh industrial and moist environments, machine control, remote operation, servers, security, portability, education, entertainment, and scientific. It includes both a BIOS and UEFI, to maximize compatibility with alternative PC operating systems, and of course Windows and Linux.
It is what a PC should be: one standard for all purposes.
It includes Intel's UHD 700 series integrated graphics, which displays 4K video/graphics at a full 60Hz over HDMI and DisplayPort. It includes Intel's Quicksync, which is the highest-value API allowing video encoding / decoding all the way up to a 10-bit color depth. It includes 4x USB3, 2x USB2, Gigabit LAN, 8-Channel Surround Sound, a DisplayPort, HDMI, keyboard and mouse connectors.
Think space savings and flexibility. This PC can function as a desktop, as a mini-tower, as a server (even a tightly packed stack of servers), can mount on the wall, can mount behind your monitor, on or under a book shelf, or even inside a closet with poor air flow. It can be packed into a large travel case along with a 27" 4K monitor, plus full-sized keyboard and mouse.
We also have a small travel case that's just right to hold up to two Unified-PC's, one full sized KB, mouse, a thermal accessory, and a 15" or 17" monitor (imagine taking your high-powered desktop to the coffee shop in a small 9" x 19" case).
What if you worked several months on a project on your desktop PC, then wanted to take that project with you on a trip? Two thumb screws hold the Unified-PC to a thermal accessory. Simply unscrew those and place it inside a travel case.
Or better yet, we now have a modular laptop. Up to two Unified-PC's may operate simultaneously within one modular laptop, with a standard flatscreen and full sized keyboard and mouse. If you're looking for real productivity on-the-go, then there's no equal to this setup. And, there's no need to rely on the cloud to move all that work into a portable solution, because you can now very easily take it with you! It works just like a laptop without a battery: flip open the lid, plug the power cord into an AC outlet, turn it on with one button.
Here's how to select the right CPU.
The Unified-PC makes use of Intel's Alder Lake CPU's that have model numbers without the trailing "T" (normally included for fanless cases). This produces more value, and breaks availability bottlenecks. The correct "T" settings are emulated by selecting our pre-programmed "profile 2 - normal", the CPU drops to about half its rated wattage, just like those "T" CPU's.
In choosing the right amount of RAM, it is very important to error on the high side. DDR4 RAM is very reliable, quite cheap, and quite fast. Plus it is a part of our solution to the #1 PC Bottleneck. Getting this right helps to prevent the PC from getting slower over time.
Every part inside a Unified-PC was sourced from the most reliable parts in the world. The motherboard is trusted in a variety of extreme industrial conditions, and with an ultra low return rate. It includes special treatments, coatings, redundant circuitries, and special technologies, all focused on making it last. And to prove their point, the manufacturer of this motherboard supplies a free license to access the most advanced motherboard technical support program in the world: CSM.
Special software is included, that manages devices, fans, drivers, remote support, security, and BIOS upgrades. If security is important to you, then this software gives you control. It gets into the logging, meta-data and firmware updates for each device. And this is especially important if you have decided to not make use of Windows Update. The software can be used to manage just the one PC, or to remotely manage the devices to many PC's. It includes its own technical support hotline.
We make strict use of premium grade DDR4 memory modules from Crucial (40 years experience in computer memory). DDR4 memory is way faster than DDR3. This super speed memory is faster yet if you select at least 16GB during checkout, because we will then put two modules in parallel.
The Unified-PC comes with two USB3 (double speed Gen 2) ports in the rear, and two USB3 (Gen 1) ports in the front. USB3 is the de facto standard to connect your devices, and can easily convert to nearly every additional standard in existence by adding a low-cost adaptor. A simple adaptor provides Type-C. This is the standard you want in a practical PC. And you can split these ports up to 30 times for up to 30 more USB3 ports.
Intel's iGPU now produces up to 4K resolution graphics over HDMI, and 8K resolution over DisplayPort. Even though previous iGPU improvements were minor, Alder Lake switched things up with substantially improved lighting, reflection and graphical performance. Shrinking all this capability down into a corner of the CPU means the entire PC can be made much smaller, taking less power, and producing less heat.
The Unified-PC comes equipped with a 4-lane PCIe Express 4.0 type 2280 M.2 port. This is a very special port that handles the next generation high-speed NVMe devices. This is one technology of tremendous practical importance, because it means files are found, read, and written to/from disk far faster.
However, most sellers pushing their SSD won't tell you that the extra speed that they advertise is only available until the cache fills up, which could be almost immediately in most products. We instead will tell you that only the sustained sequential and random speeds matter in real-world tests. And that a high performing SSD cache is just a hype feature. Very high sequential transfer burst speeds look great on a glossy brochure yet rarely do anything of value in the real world. A Silver Bullet PC is all about sustainable high performance in a PC that lasts, not hype. This is why our SSD will not perform as well in some metrics that are often compared, yet will cruise right past 95% of them in real world tests.
Some people may be looking for a PC that works with their very old monitor. If this is the case, first check to see that it has either an HDMI connector or DisplayPort connector, because The Unified-PC requires one of these two connectors. It does not include the very old 15-pin VGA connector. For this connector you'll have to buy Standard-PC instead.
This computer is NOT designed to overclock. XMP is turned off. If you are looking for true value then you should think twice before deciding to overclock your PC. You may inadvertently void up to 4 warranties. A very large percentage of computer ads are focused on making overclocking look cool to gamers. Think that through a bit.
Here's an analogy: think of an overclocked PC like you would a speed boat on nitrous. It will go faster, and it will burn out sooner. Now ask yourself, what if you bought a speed boat with the next larger engine and didn't use nitrous? Hmmm... You'd get the added speed, but it would last longer! I'm sure you're getting this by now. We think it's smarter to go with a high end CPU, and to underclock it.
During checkout you may choose to have no OS ("none"), Win7, or Win10 for us to preload and test. You may license the OS at any time.
A PC Server?
Alder Lake is a terrific platform for servers. It so easily breaks all three PC bottlenecks. A correctly equipped Alder Lake server will out perform most of the rest at the same price level. Plus it is generally the more reliable choice. Keep in mind, if your server is exceedingly busy then you should go with a larger NVMe drive, to get a higher write limit and performance level.
But what about that indecision as to whether to keep beefing up existing servers, versus adding more servers? With our Unified-PC it might make sense to divide up your demand into multiple identical (and therefore interchangeable) PC's. Just imagine how much simpler and easier to add the exact same optimally designed PC, than to fight with upgrades and parts that are always different?