Hiper Media Center PC HMC-2K53A-A3

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SYSTEM ASSEMBLY

  • CPU: AMD BE-2350 45W TDP 2.1GHz / 1MB L2 cache - This is AMD's high efficiency desktop dual-core processor.
  • Heatsink: a 1U Copper Heatsink/fan, provided by Hiper
  • Memory: 1 x 1024mb Corsair XMS2 DDR2 (CM2X1024-6400)
  • HDD: Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB 2.5" notebook drive
  • Optical Drive: Panasonic UJ-85J-B slim, slot-loading DVD writer
  • OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit

As far as the installation goes, most of it has been covered already in the HMC H2 review. We took a little time this around with the hard drive mounting since we also had an optical drive to contend with as well. A 2.5" notebook drive can be easily suspended in a clothing elastic harness rigged up in the 3.5" bay. This eliminates HDD vibration as a source of noise. The provided mounting holes and vents on the drive cage were used to create a 3-line suspension system.


Notebook drive suspended.



The internals, ready to go. The optical drive fits snugly above the HDD.


BIOS

Aside from memory settings, there isn't a whole lot to see or do in the BIOS. The Hardware Monitor section was the exception as there were some customizable Smart Fan options not available in the previous version of the HMC. There is now a "Tolerance" setting that gives the target CPU temperature a buffer before the fan spins up/down dramatically. You can also now select a minimum fan speed in 12.5% intervals from 0% all the way to 87.5%. Just as on the MSI K9NGM2, both 3-pin and 4-pin fans are controllable.


The only advanced settings that can be changed are the memory speed and timings.



Smart Fan settings.



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