The Habey EMC-800
aluminum Mini-ITX cases are classy, sturdy, and relatively inexpensive when you consider the included PSU. They seem just about perfect for an Intel Atom or AMD Fusion system. The problem with them is that there is precious little provision for cooling.
I've been looking at heat output of the Asus AT5IONT-I
and the new Asus E35M1-I
. It seems that in a small box, you just can't keep these systems at a reasonable temperature without active cooling.
Since space is so tight in the Habey cases, cooling quietly looks hard. So far, I can think of three ways to go.
First, Habey makes provision for one 50x10mm fan. I see there are models from Evercool
and Link Depot
, but I've no idea how effective and quiet they would be.
Second, what about heatpipes? The whole case is a giant heatsink, so why not make use of that? Pipes to the case wall could cool the CPU, but what about the rest of the board? It seems we would still need forced air.
Third, get an EMC-800, remove the DVD bracket, and use that extra 1.5cm headspace to mount a large fan horizontally, with an airduct to the DVD opening for a vent.
Any opinions on these or other ideas to add?
Edit: Someone has put up a nice photo album for the EMC-800S