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ASUS DIGIMATRIX Intel Socket 478 SiS 651 2 x 184Pin DIMM SiS 301C 3D Graphics Mini / Booksize Barebone System

  • Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron
  • SiS 301C 3D Graphics
  • 2 x 184Pin DIMM DDR 333/266
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General

Brand
ASUS
Model
DIGIMATRIX

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron
CPU Socket
Intel Socket 478
FSB
533/400MHz

Chipset

North Bridge
SiS 651
South Bridge
SiS 962

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 184Pin DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR 333/266
Max Memory Supported
2GB

Expansion Slots

PCI
2

Storage

IDE ATA
2 x ATA100 4 Dev. Max

Graphics

Onboard Video
SiS 301C 3D Graphics

Audio

Onboard Audio
ADI AD 1980
Channel
6 Channel

Communications

Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps + 10/100Mbps
Wireless LAN
802.11b

Extension Bays

3.5" Internal Bays
1

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
4
Front IEEE 1394
2 x IEEE 1394 (6pin/4pin)
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Front S/PDIF Out
Yes
Card Reader
7 in 1
Other Front Ports
1 x Slim

Back Panel Ports

PS/2
2
VGA
1 x DVI & 1 x D-sub
TV-Out
1 x HDTV/S-Video
Rear USB
4
RJ45
2
Rear Audio Ports
3 jacks

Power Supply

Power Supply
120W

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
11.2" x 2.1" x 11.4"

Features

Remote Control
Yes
Features
Enjoy and record FM Radio, High quality TV output, Support CD/CD-R/VCD/DVD/MP3/Karaoke/Picture-CD Playback

Packaging

Packaging
Remote controller, Radio antenna, 5 Cables, User Guide, Screws

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year
Labor
1 year

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 4/30/2006 2:26:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsbad experience with an otherwise good product

Pros: Good aesthetics - This unit is very low profile, and will apear right at home in any home theater set up, many people probably won't even know it is a complete computer.
good design - this unit is fairly well thought out with only a few snags. The dual fan heatpipe solution is a good quiet solution.
Decent onboard features - The onboard wireless and dual ethernet (one gigabit, other is 10/100) makes set up and network managment a snap.
Good hard drive mounting system - this is a very simple and effective solution they use, only requires a few screws and helps reduce vibration.

Cons: Poor support - The onboard video is not compatable with windows MCE 2005, nor is the TV tuner detected by MCE 2005. With some tweaks it is possible to get it to work, but most will not enjoy the experience. The added cost of an external USB 2.0 TV tuner will set you back another 200 bucks in some cases, cheaper versions are out there but you get what you pay for.
Poor internal managment - You have very limited upgradability and it is not the easiest case to work inside.

Other Thoughts: We had this unit less than 10 months before it died, and due to some mix up Asus would not allow us to return it, thankfully newegg stepped right in and refunded our money without question. Newegg is definately the leader in product support and exchange.
I enjoyed having this unit while it worked, but once it died I had no reason to want an exchange. With the money newegg rufunded us, we purchased all new components and built a new one from the ground up.
Decent product but not up to Asus usual standards.
Newegg was top notch

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  • Kenneth B.
  • 3/20/2006 12:22:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat HTPC Box

Pros: Very compact
Silent
Runs cool
High quality video output
Fast enough for HTPC chores

Cons: No expansion
Built-in Wi-Fi too slow for media streaming

Other Thoughts: Very pleased overall. Quiter than I thought it would be. Running Media Portal HTPC front-end - works great with the Digimatrix. Great price from Newegg, and delivered, by regular ground shipping, less than 24 hours after placing order. Way to go Newegg!

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  • Eric W.
  • 2/20/2006 1:11:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLittle and packs a large punch

Pros: Small and compact
Extremely quiet operation
Excellent connectivity
Good quality TV output
Good response from remote control and RF(IR) receiver
Uses less than 100 watts of energy
More than enough power for tv & video watching, music listening, web surfing, email grabbing

Cons: Home Theater software lacks playback of third party video and audio (i.e. .mp4, .divx., .avi., etc.)
Accessing the second mini-pci card (on the underside of the motherboard) can be troublesome
No coaxial digital SPDIF output, only optical digital SPDIF output, plus the connection is on the front and not the rear of the computer

Other Thoughts: Had third party codecs been allowed in the Home Theater software this would have been an absolute alternative to Windows MCE 2005 machine. Some say it runs hot, maybe I agree, but since everything is running within specified tolerence limits (plus all components are warrantied), it does concern me much. Noise-wise, the fans will make some noise when the computer gets hotter. Once cooled they return to being quiet. The computer was much smaller than I expected (this was a plus for me). Probably the size of a large textbook. Hopefully, someone will make a Digital TV mini-pci tuner when DTV goes into effect.

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  • Marten M.
  • 2/15/2006 11:32:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggshmmm

Pros: Small, feature rich, (if you have a non-wide screen).

Cons: Mine had the little "ASUS" emblem (below the pwr button)missing completely I searched the box thoroughly, this leaves two little holes visible (ugly). The unit had clearly been handled (outside of the box) a lot, several visible finger/hand prints all over it, plastic protective film was half peeled off, and a few cables had no bags while all others were bagged. No indication that a factory seal ever existed, so could have been in and out of the box many times, This must be typical quality stuff, 'cause newegg would never sell open box stock as new? Integrated Video does no support ANY wide screen format aspect ratio for PC monitor, so not great on my 24" wide monitor.

Other Thoughts: A few settings in the BIOS are ambiguous (not the usual stuff) and if set wrong, will not display on the monitor after reboot, which would be fine, if the PC didn't have to be disassembled (remove hard drive and optical drive tray) to get to the "clear CMOS" jumper (very frustrating).

Barely enough cable length to connect the IDE cable to the hard drive.

The built in IR for the remote is not usable, You must use the seperate receiver that plugs between the keyboard & PS2 plug. I knew that when I bought it though, so no big deal there.

I bought this mainly to be a PVR, and MP3 player for my Home theater, it does that fine so 3 eggs it is.

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  • Bradley T.
  • 1/4/2006 12:26:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsShould buy one for every (HD)TV

Pros: The size and look of the machine are excellent. Boot is quick, runs quiet.

I've used this via component out to a 50" Sony HD and it is stellar. Do not plug this into a non-HD TV or you will be disappointed.

Cons: Will crash if it gets hot, which it easily can if you don't have good ventilation. Be sure to install the software that monitors internal temp.

I've found myself turning off the machine by accident when what I really wanted to do was open the CD tray. Set the power button to Standby for safety.

The flip-down face is cool until you want to plug in some headphones, and then it's just in the way. I removed mine altogether.

Other Thoughts: I originally loaded media center on it, but uninstalled and installed XP Pro. The reason was not so much that the MC console wouldn't work; MC2005 won't let you join a domain!

Power completely died, returned to Asus, and got a replacement back in about 10 days.

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  • Miles E.
  • 11/27/2005 9:45:17 AM
  • Tech Level:
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5 out of 5 eggsWonderful

Comments: It wouldn't make for a great gaming box, but that's not the point. For a great start building your own PVR, MP3 jukebox, web kiosk, etc., you could do a lot worse than the DigiMatrix. Linux installed with no problems except that I had to download a couple of drivers (only the 10/100 NIC worked at first).

The only real problem is the processor. Newegg doesn't sell Northwood processors anymore, and they're a little hard to find these days. To their credit, when I ordered a Celeron D with it -- which doesn't work in the DigiMatrix -- an RMA and refund were as painless as could be. (Thanks Newegg!)

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/24/2005 12:13:54 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Windows MCE machine

Comments: This is the way a media center PC should look - not some geeky box. By increasing the BIOS setting for video memory to the max, a two line tweak to the video driver and an *MCE compatible* USB TV tuner you can run Windows MCE. With a Samsung quiet drive, you'll have difficulty telling if its on - the fans are very quiet. It does run hot, so ensure plenty of ventilation and perhaps add a laptop cooler. It supports surround sound off the card. It has connection up the wazoo - three kinds of LAN built in, two firewire, 8 USB, SPDIF.
Although it isn't quite there, its the shape of Media Center machines to come. Why buy a noisy ugly clunker when you can get this?

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  • Josh L.
  • 10/5/2005 2:11:58 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsNice Multimedia box.

Comments: Works great. Looks great. What more can you ask for? Oh! Linux Compatilbity. Yeah, it has that too. With some help from a website I found I was able to this baby to act as a fully functional Linux multimedia system and file server (music and whatnot).

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/5/2005 3:57:13 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsYes, it *can* run Windows MCE 2005

Comments: This is a great box. Runs hot. Supplied Home Theater app is cr*p. You can use Windows MCE 2005 by tweaking the video driver and adding a compatible USB TV tuner.

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  • Todd B.
  • 7/27/2005 2:25:01 PM
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4 out of 5 eggsBuy it for looks

Comments: Looking for a cool alternative for an extended-function desktop? Look no further. Looking for a unique machine to run XP MCE? Keep looking. If you buy this, get a gig of RAM, a Northwood 2.66 P4, and a cool-runing HDD. Then, lock yourself in a room for a week, download and configure MediaPortal and Girder, and live with the conclusion that pc-based entertainment systems are years from being as slick and remote-controllable as you'd like them to be. I just like how mine looks. That's why I bought it.

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