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Pros: good value, runs fast with SSD. looks solid.
Cons: Overheating disease even on such 17w CPU
it does come with serious design flaw with the heat sink, let me explain why:
there are two metal screw stands on the bottom of the CPU heat sink allowing 2 screws to pass through from the back of mobo. however, the stands are too high/tall/long that barely make the contact between the heat sink and the CPU die. How do I know? well, initially I had same overheating problem as people described in advance. then I tried to apply new thermal paste on the CPU only to lower the temperature, and install heat sink back as normal. result: overheat and shut down. I took off the heat sink and GUESS WHAT? There is barely any thermal paste on the cleaned CPU heat sink ! that means the CPU is kinda fanless and heatsinkless,no wonder ppl have overheating problem.
in order to keep this mobo (I don’t want to waste time and $ to ship it back),I have to pull off a position adjustable north bridge heat sink from my i7 3770k gaming PC to install on this little CPU, this thing makes direct contact with the CPU Die together with a Enermax 120mm temperature controlled LED fan.
The result is instant and significant: load at 40C and idle at 35C which is completely useable now.
Other Thoughts: Foxconn makes good products OEM, but they really should do some basic testing on their house brand products.READ FULL REVIEW
looks cool (from outside), piano finish, orange lighted ring has breathing effect when sleeping,
it has Atom 330 and Nvidia 9400M, dual Ram slot using DDR3 So-dimm, very easy to assembly.
Has HDMI,plays some HD video, built-in wifi, card reader, esata and some ports you might not use for your life time - -!
Cons: Chose it because I have spare 4G DDR3 so-dimm ram and 500GB HDD but~
as what I was worried, the cooling of this small box.
There is only one fan sitting on a thin heat sink that covers the CPU and GPU...
the temperature of CPU easily reaches 55C without heavy duty. you feel hot when touch the box. but in fact the parts in side are untouchable: Ram extremely hot, , even the Hitachi 2.5" 500GB SATA 5400RPM HDD is 55C! it is the hottest hard drive I've ever touched. maybe I should use a SSD.
I will never mount it to the back of my monitor, the ventilation holes will be blocked by the mounting bracket/ back of monitor!
the mini PCI-E wifi is mounted on the back of the mobo, which makes it virtually impossible to swap/replace with your favorite one (the warranty sticker will be broken if you do so, and if you're not sure you can put it back as it was without break any hidden wire or parts, you'd better leave it as is)
I decide to used it as a backup PC, and a decoration on TV
Other Thoughts: Mushkin DDR3 1066 So-Dimm 2x2GB kit
Hitachi 2.5" 500GB SATA 5400RPM HDD (pull out from brand new 17" Macbook Pro i7 (upgraded to SSD ;-) )
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (Driver CD has no driver for it, download it!)
Display Name: SHAOFENG H.
Date Joined: 09/30/09
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