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MonsterLabo Updates The Beast’s Fanless PC Tower

MonsterLabo has thrown out an updated version of his signature case, The Beast. bit-tech reported on a fairly recent iteration of The Beast, back in March when it was outfitted with an AMD Ryzen 3800X and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and demonstrated running the demanding Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Passively cooled only, playing the game at 1440p on a UW display, the heavy system kept the CPU at a stable 75 °C and the GPU at a stable 65 °C.

Now MonsterLabo has released an “updated design”, which is said to accommodate an expanded range of graphics cards and offer more customization options exclusive to Indiegogo, as well as pre-built machines. Like the previous version of The Beast, the new model is based on The Heart (actually, it is now The Hearttwo) for his passive magic. This passive cooling mass occupies about half of the chassis space and is split between a front and a rear section, one dealing with the CPU and the other with the GPU.

I checked the specifications of The Hearttwo, and it appears to be the same in terms of subcomponents and cooling capabilities, so I’m not sure what changes give it the 2nd generation designation. Specifications can be found below:

  • 2 giant heat sinks (3kg each) that passively cool the electronics,
  • 20x 6mm heat pipes, 10x for each chip. Hell yeah, we know, not bad for a PC!
  • 6 copper heat drains connect heatsinks to 6mm wide aluminum front and back panels for better thermal distribution.

I think one of the most recent improvements delivered to The Beast is the collaboration with EKWB on the heat sinks; for memory, and for GPUs with TDP>220W.

Optimum Tech recently built a system based on the latest version of The Beast, equipped with an Intel i9-10900K (for a challenge) running at 89°C at 4.5GHz and 1.13V on all 10 cores, while the RTX 3080 GPU was modified in Afterburner to run at a stable speed sub 80°C under load, with a slight undervoltage (with a base clock reduction of 150-200Mhz).

To keep the build totally silent, Optimum Tech used a SilverStone NightJar power supply. It also recommends a motherboard with an ‘over-spec VRM’ section, with decent heatsinks on heat-generating components like the VRMs.

One of the novelties of this Indiegogo campaign is the offer of personalized color finishes. When you choose to support the project, you will be able to select a plugin for a custom color. “We take care of the painting,” in this exclusive crowdfunding service, says MonsterLabo. Plus, you’re adding the option for custom logo engraving, in addition to the standard unit number and serial number engravings you’ll see on the back.

Prefabricated models of The Beast from €2,850

Last but not least, going down the extra services route, MonsterLabo has some pre-built options (starting at €2850), or will even assemble for you from supplied components with some “fanless optimization”, applied by your technology people.

You can back The Beast and should expect to receive a chassis for Christmas (1 left at the time of writing) for €790. If you miss it, the next batch is targeting an Easter release (shipping April 2022) with 197 remaining. You’ll also have to wait for Easter until ‘The Beast – Brass Edition’ ships, hopefully it doesn’t get tarnished.

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