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- Intel H61
- 2 x 204Pin DDR3 1066/1333/1600
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Size - It's small. Barely bigger than a Wii which makes it perfect for an HTPC.
Build - Really good quality build, especially the power button. The button does have a large blue light in the middle, but it's tolerable. The internals are also solidly built. The only part I was on the fence about is the heatsink part of the cpu cooler. It's not 100% flat and mine was pretty rough. I smashed some extra thermal compound into the gaps just to make sure there was a good bond with the thermal I put on the CPU.
Heatpipe - I like the heatpipe design and the two small fans that cool the system really are completly silent.
Case - The case itself is well designed. It's solidly built and the removeable trays that hold the DVD and HD are well designed and lock in securely.
USB3.0 - It has good USB3.0 support and can boot from 3.0 devices.
Media Center - Since this is what I use it for I might as well tell how it functions. The hardware worked perfectly with Win7 using a few drivers from the CD. I had to switch out the Intel GFX driver tho as the standard MS one doesn't support DTS-HD/MA. Once I did that was I able to play back 4k video and videos with DTS-MA easily using software decoding or hardware acceleration. I have switched tho to running Openelec for my HTPC tho as it runs fast from a USB thumb drive without an HD installed and does DTS-MA out of the box.
RAM - It worked perfectly the first time. It uses laptop ram to save space but it's just as cheap as the desktop stuff. I put in 8GB for ~$60.
RS232 - ??? I guess they aren't really a con since they are pretty much useless and I just disabled them in BIOS. They don't get in the way but I'd have preferred more USB ports.
Specs - This can't really be considered a con against the product so much as Newegg. No where on the Newegg page does it say that this case/machine has a 65 watt TDP limit but it supposedly does. The sticker on the box lists that. However, I installed a 77 watt i5-3570K CPU without issue. The power supply is only rated to 90 watts. To be fair, the CPU can hit 88 C I stress the system for a while with the Intel burn-in test but that's not normal use. Normal use is low power and silent.
Great little system. It has a lot more power than the older Core 2 system that it replaced which couldn't handle 4k videos or videos with DTS-MA streams. This machine would also be perfect to sit on a desktop. It'd need to sit flat tho since it only has vents on the sides and you wouldn't want to block air-flow.
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