- DDR3 1600
- Intel HD Graphics
Bought 2 - Need to revise review 12/18/2013
Small, affordable, low power consumption, quite powerful for what it is.
Responsive and Competent Tech Support.
Poor workmanship on the heatsink attachment, bios needed a revision.
I bought 2 of these. One is running as a NAS in a rather large mini Itx server case with plenty of cooling. Fan ran at over 6000 rpm. Turning on smart-fan made it quiet. All was ok with this build.
Second one was going to be an HTPC so I put it in a smallish itx case. Immediately, the temps went too high and the PC kept shutting down. Realized that smart fan function was broken, fan speed did not increase with temps. Contacted support and withing a couple of days they provided new bios with fixed smart fan functionality. Kudos for that. It turns out that now smart fan would slowly increase fan speed and eventually it would become too loud. Support suggested that I check the thermal paste. I had to remove the heatsink. The paste looked hard & brittle and it did not look like it was making contact. I replaced it with arctic silver and again the temps rose rapidly. Something was not right. The heatsink had 2 rubber posts that I thought were too tall. I removed those and now the heatsink is making perfect contact. Temps are 20 degrees lower than before. Still a bit high for my taste but at least the HTPC is not crashing anymore. I think FoxConn would do well to put a slightly bigger/better heatsink on this baby and it will be a great embedded solution.
p.s. this htpc is powerfull enough to play 1080p mkv in foreground using xbmc while in the background wmc is recording 3 tv shows off an hdhomerun prime. Very impressive for the little celeron...
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