Aleutia H3-R Fanless Core i5 Media PC

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Aleutia H3-R Fanless Core i5 Media PC

September 5, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product Aleutia H3-R
Fanless Mini-ITX System
Manufacturer Aleutia
Retail Price £699 (base configuration)
£1223 (sample configuration)

Aleutia is a British company based in London which began operation by providing low cost PCs to internet cafes in Africa. Since those humble beginnings they have branched out to many countries across the globe. Their systems are underpowered by modern standards but Aleutia believes that horsepower found in typical desktop PCs outstrips the needs the majority of users. Rather than pumping their computers with more GB's and GHz's than the average lay person would ever require, they instead focus on giving their desktops solid industrial designs with an emphasis on low power consumption and low noise — in fact many of their machines are completely fanless like the H3-R, which they tout as a "Fanless Rugged Media PC."


The H3-R ships in a plain brown box, bulging from the padding protecting the system inside.


Unboxed.

If the case looks familiar, you may recall it housed Logic Supply's SolidLogic Montevina which we reviewed almost a year ago. Logic Supply calls the enclosure the Serener GS-L10 and it's available for purchase on their website. It features heatpipes that pull heat away from the processor, piping it to a set of external aluminum heatsinks lining the sides and top of the enclosure. The Montevina had a socket P motherboard, a mobile Celeron processor, and GMA 4500MHD graphics (three generations old), so it wasn't exactly a powerhouse. It was fairly energy efficient though, with a maximum power draw of less than 50W measured from the wall. The H3-R has similar power requirements but is equipped with more up-to-date hardware.


Package contents: system, power brick, WiFi adapter, DVI to VGA adapter.

The H3-R is offered with a low power desktop dual core Sandy Bridge CPU, either a 2.5 GHz Core i3-2100T or a 2.7 GHz Core i5-2390T. Both chips have integrated HD 2000 graphics, Quick Sync video encoding technology, and Hyper-threading, but the i5 also has TurboBoost (boosting the clock speed up to 3.5 GHz in single-threaded operation) and enhanced virtualization and security features. Our sample shipped with a i5-2390T, an Intel H67 mini-ITX motherboard, Intel 510 120GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a 60W AC/DC power brick. A DVI to VGA dongle and a USB wireless network adapter was also included (no WiFi onboard) though we're not sure if either accessory ships with the product in retail.

Aleutia H3-R Configuration Options
Model
Base Model
Sample Configuration
Top Configuration
Processor
Core i3-2100T 2.5 GHz
Core i5-2390T 2.7 GHz
Core i5-2390T 2.7 GHz
RAM
4GB DDR3
8GB DDR3
16GB DDR3
Storage
250GB 7200RPM HDD
120GB Intel 510 SSD
120GB Intel 510 SSD
Operating System
None
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Ultimate
Price
£699
£1223
£1591
Warranty
1 Year
N/A
3 Years (+£199)

Of course the cost of a fanless system comes at a significant premium. The base model with a i3-2100T, 4GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and no operating system costs £699, while our sample configuration comes in £1223. Note that there's a £35 delivery fee for shipping to North America and there's no option to buy it in US/CAD currency.

Specifications: Aleutia H3
(from the product web page)
Size and Weight
Weight: 3197g
Size: 224 x 195 x 79 mm Width x Depth x Height. Feet add 4mm.
Processor and Memory
Processor: Dual Core (2 x 2.5GHz) Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3-2100T CPU with 1333 MHz FSB and 3MB Cache. 64-Bit CPU, 2 Cores, 4 Threads. 35W TDP (base model)
Chipset: Intel H67 Express Chipset
Memory:. 2 x 2GB DDR3 240-pin SDRAM (1333MHz) or 2 x 4GB DDR3 240-pin SDRAM (1333MHz) or 2 x 8GB DDR3 240-pin SDRAM (1333MHz) Dual Channel RAM. Dual RAM Slots and BIOS Supports maximum of 16GB RAM. We always use Kingston or Corsair RAM, never generic
Connections
USB 2.0 Ports: 4 in rear
USB 3.0 Ports: 2 in rear
Rear I/O: Audio In/Out, Gb LAN, 4 x USB 2.0 Ports, 2 x USB 3.0 Ports, DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort, DC Input, eSATA, S/PDIF TOSLink Optical Audio
Graphics and Audio
Graphics: Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator HD2000
Display: Dual independent displays supported, each with a maximum resolution of 1920x 1200. (There are three display ports but only two can be active at once.)
Audio: Intel HD Audio
Motherboard:
Intel DH67CF Clear Fork
Connectivity
LAN: Intel 82579V: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Controller
LAN Features: PXE Boot and Wake-on-LAN supported
Storage
* Solid State Drive (MLC, 2.5", SATA-II):
* Intel 320 40GB SSD (200 MB/s read speed, 45MB/s write speed)
* Intel 320 80GB SSD (270MB/s read speed, 90MB/s write speed)
* Intel 320 160GB SSD (270MB/s read speed, 165MB/s write speed)
* Solid State Drive (MLC, 2.5", SATA-6 Gbps):
* Intel 510 120GB SSD (450MB/s read speed, 210MB/s write speed)
* Hard Disk Drive (2.5", SATA-II): Western Digital Scorpio Black Hard Drives (250GB/500GB), 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
Power Consumption and Details
Power Consumption Standby: 2.8W (Tested on AC Mains with system in sleep mode and headless).
Power Consumption Idle: 17.0W (Tested on AC Mains with Monitor Connected and USB Mouse and Keyboard Connected, Windows 7 on mechanical Hard Drive Booted).
Power Consumption Peak: 50.0W (Tested on AC Mains with CPU, Chipset, RAM, and Drive maxed at 100% using Futuremark 2010 software).
Power Supply: Onboard 12V DC PSU (11.5 to 12.5 V Range). Requires 12V regulator to run on 12V Battery.
AC Adapter: 12V 5A (60W) External Fanless AC Adapter with IEC Cable Connector. UK, EU, US, Australia Plug selected automatically based on delivery address.
Operating System
Linux: Ubuntu Linux 10.10 Maverick Meerkat 64 Bit, OEM Installation (user selects language, keyboard locality, username and password)
Windows: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit, Windows 7 Professional Edition 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-Bit.
Operating Conditions
Operating Temperature Range:
-10° to 30° C (15° to 86° F).
Warranty

All Aleutia PCs and Servers include an International 1 Year Return to Base Warranty. Customer Pays Return Shipping to UK. Aleutia fixes or supplies replacement PC and Aleutia pays shipping to send to customer.

2 Year and 3 Year RTB Warranties are available at an extra price. Add the warranty to the shopping cart and we will contact you to collect payment via Google Checkout or bank transfer

Advanced Swap Out warranty is available for business and institutional customers in the UK. Contact sales [at] aleutia.com or call 0844-ALEUTIA for more information.



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