Lexan Mini ITX PCPosted: July 20, 2009 | Author: ilya | Filed under: Computers | Tags: mini itx, homebrew computer, nettop, lexan | Leave a comment »
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Notice how it makes almost no noise when it’s on. If you walked into the room you wouldn’t be able to tell that there is a computer there too.
The dual core Atom motherboard used to have a small fan on it that cooled the graphics processor. That was removed and a 140mm Scythe fan was placed on top of the entire motherboard. Why such a ridiculously large fan? Because it’s quiet. Rate at 10dB, it is the quietest fan that I have found for sale and it happened to be 140mm big. So I worked with it, and it turned out to do an amazing job at cooling the whole computer.
I was worried at first. While this big fan does move a lot of air, it moves it over a large area. The original 10mm fan sat directly on the chipset heat sink, providing localized cooling, which I was afraid the big fan might not match. I’m glad it worked out well in the end when I finally assembled everything and tried it out.
The 80 watt Pico power supply I used is over 95% efficient and produces almost no heat.
The front of the computer has the power button. No USB ports or sd card readers. I was satisfied with just having 4 USB ports in the back. I used this computer as a media PC. I have a projector connected to it as well as a wireless mouse and keyboard.
And finally, The stats:
- Dual core 1.6Ghz Atom processor
- Integrated video card
- 1 Gig ram
- 80 Gig hard drive
- 80 Watt Power supply
- Awesome lexan case
- Under $250