Musicbox v2.0 rocks your world.

Posted by Anthony on 3 replies


01. Sep 1, 2003 at 2:44am by andy:


that is small on a mind-blowing level to say the least... where does  the cpu fan exhaust go?  looks like the fan is sitting in there but it’s solid metal on top... ?

02. Sep 1, 2003 at 2:50am by andy:

nevermind, now that i looked at those photos what i saw was the hard drive.  which makes it even more ridiculous.  how did this crap get so small all of a sudden?!  (brain explodes due to technology)

03. Sep 1, 2003 at 3:56pm by Anthony:

Unstoppable, no?

The processor is actually a fanless processor; it’s passively cooled with only a heat sink.  I just posted 2 more photos that show the ventilation above the ’sink

As it turns out, in such a low-volume case without any power-supply or case fans, it gets pretty darn hot in there.  There’s the CPU, then the northbridge chip which is also heatsinked, and the southbridge which isn’t heatsinked, but still gets hot.  So after running for about a half an hour (at about 30% load), the entire metal chassis is almost too hot to touch.  So I did end up putting a tiny little fan (40mm square and 10mm tall) on top of the CPU, and putting a resistor on its power line so it spins slowly and quietly, and now it stays nice and cool in there.

But check out mini-itx.com to see tons of projects built around this motherboard’s form factor.

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