mCubed HFX Micro S13 system: Atom 330, Silenced

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mCubed hFX Micro: A Fanless Atom System

December 12, 2008 by Lawrence Lee with Mike Chin

Product HFX Micro Business S13
mITX Desktop Computer
Manufacturer mCubed
Street Price 545 EUR

mCubed is an Austrian company that describes itself as "a High-Tech company focussing on home entertainment and technologies to make your daily life more convenient, more stylish and more quiet." Over the years it has introduced some notable products, such as the T-Balancer, the world's most versatile PC fan controller, and the stylish HFX line of systems and cases — fanless cases using integrated heatpipes and heatsinks to dissipate heat.

The last mCubed product we reviewed was the HFX Mini, which was aimed at the HTPC market and powered by an mATX Aopen 945G board and a mobile Intel Core Duo processor. It came complete with TV tuner, sound card, slot-loading DVD drive, remote control, and interestingly enough, its own external power supply.


The HFX Micro is built like a small tank.

The HFX Micro line is a whole other animal. As the name suggests, it is smaller than the Mini, being based around the mini-ITX form factor. There are three basic models all using the same chassis: the Class.D which is actually an amplifier, the Business S12 based on the Intel single core Atom board (D945GCLF), and the Business S13 which uses the Intel dual core Atom board (D945GCLF2). The S13 is the model we're examining here.

It's difficult to see in the photo above, but the front and top panels are actually made of black plexiglass rather than the aluminum that the rest of the case is made of. None of the three HFX Micro models mentioned above has an optical drive, but some photos in the HFX web site show what could be a front panel opening for a slot optical drive.

Here's the CPUID summary of the Intel Atom 330 processor.


CPU-Z screenshot.

Unusually, mCubed's specifications include not only the hardware basics, but also temperature measurements under system load and power consumption as well.

mCubed HFX Micro Business S13 Details
(product web page)
Motherboard & Processor D945GCLF2 with Intel Atom Dual Core 330
(2 x 1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2x512kB Cache)
Chipset Intel® 945GC Express Chipset
Memory 1 GB RAM (up to 2GB)
Storage 80 GB HDD 2.5"
(up to 1TB with two 2.5" drives)
Power Supply picoPSU with 90W (12V/7.5A) power brick
Graphics Intel® GMA950 Graphics Controller
with VGA & S-Video output
Audio Realtek ALC662 audio codec
(5.1 channel HD audio)
LAN Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Dimensions 23 x 24 x 7.5 cm
Weight 2.8kg
Warranty 12 months
Full Load Temperatures
CPU Temperature
56°C
VGA Temperature
39°C
Bridge Temperature
42°C
Power Consumption
Off
0.5W
Standby
1.7W
BIOS
25W
Windows Idle
27W
Full Load
33W



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