Atom energy efficiency champ: Intel D945GSEJT w/ Morex T1610 fanless case

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The Morex case is made of cast aluminum and finished with a glossy paint that seems resistant to wear and tear. Compared to something like the Asus Eee PC, the main weakness is the lack of any front panel ports. The board itself has headers for four USB ports, not used on the T1610 case (although Intel's documentaion is careful to point out that they can power only one USB flash drive). There are only three USB ports on the back panel, and two of these will be used for the keyboard and mouse... although USB expansion hubs are a dime a dozen.

Opening up the case reveals a vibration-damped mounting bay for a 2.5" drive and a thermal interface pad designed to go beneath the CPU/Chipset area.

We've seen these types of elastomer vibration dampeners before. They are fairly effective but don't elminate vibration entirely.

The TIM pad is soft and thermally conductive. A protective plastic skin is peeled off before installing the motherboard. The pad presses against the underside of the CPU/chipset, and helps to transfer the heat into the aluminum chassis, which enhances cooling via convection.

The biggest challenge was to close the case. A shorter SATA cable and elimination of the legacy 4-pin Molex plug on the power cable would have been helpful.

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