Introduction and Setup Impressions

Passively cooled computing systems carry many advantages. Most of these turn out to be very important for industrial and embedded applications. The low power nature of the Intel NUCs make them the ideal candidate for passive industrial computing platforms. We have already reviewed a number of industrial PCs from vendors such as Aleutia, Habey USA and Logic Supply. Logic Supply was one of the first vendors to come out with an off-the-shelf passively cooled NUC. We reviewed their Haswell NUC last year and came away impressed. Today, we have their recently launched ML100G-30 passively cooled Broadwell vPro PC in for review.

The characteristics of the Broadwell i5 NUC (based on the Core i5-5250U) are well known to AnandTech readers, but the ML100G-30 we are reviewing today comes with the vPro variant of the Broadwell-U i5, namely, the Core i5-5300U.

The full specifications of our Logic Supply ML100G-30 review configuration are summarized in the table below.

Logic Supply ML100G-30 Specifications
Processor Intel Broadwell Core i5-5300U
(2C/4T @ 2.3GHz (Turbo 2.90 GHz), 14nm, 3 MB L2, 15W)
Memory 1x 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5500
300 MHz / 900 MHz (Turbo)
Disk Drive(s) 128 GB Transcend M.2 SSD
Networking 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x2 802.11ac
Audio Capable of 5.1/7.1 digital output with HD audio bitstreaming (mini-DP)
Operating System Retail unit is barebones, but we installed Windows 8.1 Pro x64
Pricing (As configured) $919
Full Specifications ML100G-30 Specifications

The Logic Supply ML100G-30 kit doesn't come with any pre-installed OS. The drivers and supporting software are available on their product support page. In addition to the main unit, the other components of the package include a 65 W (19V @ 3.42A) adapter, a US power cord, two 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz antennae for the Wi-Fi feature, adhesive rubber feet for the unit's base and a cable management tie along with some screws (probably for the wall mount / VESA mount - which is supported, but not included in our review package)

The gallery below takes us around the hardware in the unit.

In the table below, we have an overview of the various systems that we are comparing the Logic Supply ML100G-30 against. Note that they may not belong to the same market segment. Of particular interest are the Logic Supply Core ML320 and the Zotac ZBOX CI540 - both of them are passively cooled U-series UCFF PCs. The relevant configuration details of the machines are provided so that readers have an understanding of why some benchmark numbers are skewed for or against the Logic Supply ML100G-30 when we come to those sections.

Comparative PC Configurations
Aspect Logic Supply ML100G-30
CPU Intel Core i5-5300U Intel Core i5-5300U
GPU Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Broadwell-U GT2) Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Broadwell-U GT2)
RAM Transcend TS1GSK64WSH
11-11-11-28 @ 1600 MHz
1x8 GB
Transcend TS1GSK64WSH
11-11-11-28 @ 1600 MHz
1x8 GB
Storage Transcend TS128GMTS800
(128 GB; M.2 Type 2280 SATA 6 Gb/s; 20nm; MLC)
Transcend TS128GMTS800
(128 GB; M.2 Type 2280 SATA 6 Gb/s; 20nm; MLC)
Wi-Fi Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
(2x2 802.11ac - 867 Mbps)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
(2x2 802.11ac - 867 Mbps)
Price (in USD, when built) $914 $914


ML100G-30 BIOS and vPro Features
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  • Beaver M. - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - link

    Yeah well, I have an i7 in that same M350. You were saying?
  • meacupla - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    Industrial PC, must continue to work in a pile of dust and metal shavings.

    But this model is lacking VGA and serial, so IDK how industrial it is...
  • eBob - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    I might be able to use this as an OIT or a small SCADA system, but you are correct. Right now, I am selling our existing customers a whitebox computer with our software loaded on it. I need a minimum of two serial ports and PS/2 ports (the keyboard and trackpad are integrated into the machine cabinet).
  • Morawka - Friday, May 8, 2015 - link

    Just buy a couple USB to Serial adapters since you wont be needing the ports for mouse and keyboard. Even if you needed them, you could get small and compact un-powered usb hub
  • DarekLogic - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    Darek here from Logic Supply. The ML100G-30 features an optional COM port punch-out on the front of the system and is available as a drop-down during configuration. Due to its size, VGA is not currently available on the NUC form factor from our motherboard manufacturers.
  • Sivar - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    I've worked with Logic Supply to buy high-reliability systems and have found that most of their models are very flexible and can accommodate serial ports, VGA, DVI, etc. by using their system builder form.
    I keep wanting to buy something like this for an HTPC, but with 4K HEVC support being unknown and the price being rather higher than fan-cooled models, it is hard to justify yet. :/
  • joex4444 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    DP -> VGA adapters exist and should be OK. In many industrial settings, these run headless anyways.
  • Michael Bay - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    >current AMD smoking anything ever

    Try again.
  • Pissedoffyouth - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    Uh its graphics are top notch
  • Ammaross - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    We'll have to keep that in mind when the SCADA system has to play World of Warcraft between jobs...

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