Kloss KL-I915B SFF barebones PC

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June 21, 2005 by Devon Cooke

Product
Kloss KL-I915B
Manufacturer
Trigem Computer, Inc.
Selling Price
~US$300

An excellent choice of computer for a home theater PC (HTPC) is a small form factor system. The small size and the attention paid to aesthetics of SFF systems make them more livingroom-friendly than a standard mid-tower. It's not surprising that many brands are targeting SFF systems specifically at the HTPC market.

The tagline for Trigem's Kloss line of SFF systems is "Defining Convergence", as in the convergence of SFF and HTPC systems. The flagship of the line includes a remote control panel to make the PC to livingroom integration as painless as possible, but a more conventional version without the remote is also available. Both configurations are based on the same motherboard and chassis; the remote control panel is the only difference between the two models. Although our review sample did not include the remote control panel, our noise and airflow analysis should apply to both models in the line.

Trigem's position as the largest computer manufacturer in Korea means that the company could afford to experiment a bit with the design of the Kloss. The resulting product is unusual for a SFF system, featuring a double-decker chassis and a CPU duct. Hopefully, this design can help address some of the space and heat issues that often affect systems of this size.


The box is quite large for a SFF system.


Accessories include two user's guides, a driver CD, appropriate cables, and all the necessary hardware for installation.

The Kloss is well documented in two user's guides and a quick installation sheet. The manuals are well translated and well illustrated, and provide straightforward and understandable installation instructions.

SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES

The Kloss is based on a proprietary motherboard from Trigem. Intel's 915 chipset is the standard for Intel motherboards, and the Kloss is no exception. Its feature set is comparable to other 915-based systems: Integrated graphics and sound, support for PCI-e, and only one IDE header.

The most distinctive features of the Kloss are the front panel controls (not supported on our review sample) and the SPDIF I/O ports. It also manages to fit in the parallel port that is missing on so many other SFF systems.

The layout of the Kloss limits the number of drives that it can support. There is only a single internal 3.5" bay, which is somewhat limiting if the system is used for media storage, but a second drive can be added by sacrificing the floppy bay.

Trigem Kloss KL-I915B Specifications from the Kloss web site

Processor

Intel® Pentium®4 Prescott (FSB 533 / 800) / (Intel® LGA 775)
Pentium®4 Family : 2.8GHz~4GHz
Celeron®Family : 2.53GHz~3.33GHz

Memory

Dual-channel DDR 333/400
2 DIMM slots (2GB max)

Chipset

Intel®915G + ICH6 Chipset and Integrated VGA

Audio

C-Media CMI9880 Codec with Intel®HD Audio Interface
5.1-channel support
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16
1 x PCI Slot

Integrated LAN

Gigabit-Ethernet

IDE / ATA Support

PATA 100 (1ch)
SATA (2 Ports)

Storage Bays

1 x External 5.25" Bay
1 x External 3.5" Bay
1 x Internal 3.5" Bay

Front-panel I/O

2 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x Mic-In Port
1 x Headphone Port
1 x 4-pin IEEE1394 Port (Firewire)

Rear-panel I/O

1 x Serial Port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
3 x USB 2.0/ Ports
1 x Gigabit 10/100/1000 LAN port
1 x IEEE1394 Port (Firewire)
1 x SPDIF-In Port
1 x SPDIF-Out Port
1 x Parallel Port
1 x VGA Port
1 x Speaker-Out Port
1 x Line-In Port
1 x Mic-In Port

Power Supply

250W Switching PSU (Active PFC Function)

Dimensions (W x L x H, mm)

223 x 303 x 221



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