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Despite the fact that the IONITX has a PWM fan header, it does not provide
any sort of fan control. Fans plugged into the board run at 12V. SpeedFan also
does not support fan control on the IONITX.
SpeedFan main screen.
The fan Zotac included with the IONITX is a bit loud and produces a lot of
bearing noise. It is very quiet at 9V or 7V, but it cannot be controlled
by the board via the BIOS or software.
An interesting twist to the IONITX is its ability to overclock its Atom processor
something we're sure Intel never intended. With a fan sitting on top
of the board's heatsink (to rule out overheating as the cause of any instability
encountered), we managed to overclock the Atom N330 to 2.0 GHz. 2.1 GHz was
unstable and 2.2GHz resulted in almost instantaneous blue screen of death.
We used the board's WiFi module to download 100 MB or so of Vista updates and
it gave us a consistent 4 bars of signal strength throughout at a distance of
about 25 feet from our lab's wireless 802.11g router. We did not notice any
disconnections or other abnormalities during the brief time we tested the wireless
functionality. The module's power consumption was very low, adding only
1W to the system's idle power when it was enabled and connected
to the wireless network.
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