- Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core)
- NVIDIA ION
- Mini ITX
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Perfect for HTPC 03/01/2011
So far this board has run extremely cool. I don't have a heat-sink fan and my one case fan is on the lowest setting.
It streams from Hulu, Netflix, and ESPN 3 great, as well as any other sites I throw at it without a hiccup.
The wireless isn't the greatest, but updating all of the drivers does improve it a lot (still not great though).
I get a little lag when navigating through WMC, but I haven't tried tweaking anything yet to get rid of it.
I don't DVR, I just stream online content, and this board shines at the task. I built it with an Intel SSD so it boots Windows 7 in under 5 seconds. I'm in the browser before my DVD player can even finish loading.
I've had the board running since mid-December of 2010. And since then have used it almost every day for about 2.5 hours per day.
I usually don't shut the PC down, just let it go into sleep mode on its own, and I haven't had any trouble so far.
My case is an Antec ISK 300-65 which is solid steel and has really good airflow, not to mention an external power supply. I could probably go completely fan-less if I set up the box in "tower" mode, as convection would provide sufficient cooling.
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