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Hiper lists the motherboard as being the MSI K9AGM2, but no such model
appears on the MSI website. It appears to be slightly modified MSI
with a customized back panel. The board's layout
is fairly good, but with only a single expansion slot available in the
case (via a riser card), a mATX board is a bit of a waste.
New to the A3 is a strange looking device plugged into one of the two
memory banks. The schematics indicate that an IR blaster and the IR
receiver's sensor and LED are connected directly to this odd piece of
circuitry. From there, it is patched into a USB header; we surmise it
only uses the memory slot to receive power. So you face a tough choice
here either be limited to one memory slot, or forfeit using the
built-in IR receiver and remote.
Hanging over the southbridge heatsink is a blower fan, previously an
optional accessory. It is attached with a stiff metal wire arm screwed
directly to the case.
It's a 50mm ball bearing fan of unknown specifications.
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