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New fan-less home for my Atom AT3IONT-I

September 21, 2010 2 comments

Introduction

Asus AT3IONT-I Heatsink

Asus AT3IONT-I Heatsink

After initially installing my Asus AT3IONT-I in my Lian Li PC-Q07 case, the motherboard had to be moved to a different case, as my Core i3 / gigabte miniITX motherboard also arrived.

I moved the Asus AT3IONT-I in an Antec ISK 310 150 case. It’s a much smaller case than the Lian Li PC-Q07, and I thought it would be interesting to see if it could also run fan-less here.

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ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Review

August 30, 2010 7 comments

Introduction

Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe box

Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe box

Most custom HTCP builds are probably based on the Intel Atom/Nvidia Ion combo. The fact that it’s a cheap solution , widely available and supported allows it to act as a key enabler for such Atom/Ion based HTCP custom builds. However, in order to achieve the full HTCP experience, where you can enjoy key additional benefits such as :

  • Hooking up a remote control
  • Have low power consumption
  • Emit low or even no noise
  • Wireless LAN & Bluetooth

takes some additional effort to put into place. It’s easy to start with off with an Atom/ION board, but in addition to that there are a lot of other pieces of the HTCP puzzle that we need to fill in. Thus people end up buying additional components to hook up to their Atom board, adding to the cost, and the potential issue of having components that don’t work all that well together.

Asus has tried to address this issue with the Asus AT3IonT-I Deluxe. It’s a complete package, not only offering the Intel Atom/Nvidia Ion motherboard, but additional features like remote control, onboard DC/DC converter (eliminating the need for a PSU), WiFi , Bluetooth and perhaps most importantly, a complete passively cooled system. For completing your build, all you need is a case, some memory and storage, and your good to go.

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