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Arctic Cooling Shows Off Fanless Media PC

By , Andrea Ferrario, Tom's Hardware Italy - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Arctic Cooling makes a silent PC.

Arctic Cooling, known mostly for its cooling products, introduced at Computex this year a small form factor media center PC it calls the MC001 that packs an Intel Atom D525, ATI 5430 512 MB graphics card and 4 GB of RAM.

Helping its claims as a media PC is that the MC001 is completely passively cooled, meaning that you'll never hear any fan noise at all while watching a video.

The other specifications include 7.1-channel audio output, two USB 3.0 ports located on the front, IR receiver, 4 in 1 card reader, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, and 5 additional USB ports at the rear panel. As an option, you can install a DVB-T/DVB-C.

There are four different versions of the MC001 which are differentiated by storage options:

•          500 GB HDD and DVD-RW 24X

•          500 GB HDD and Blu-Ray 4x

•          SSD 120 GB SATA II and DVD-RW 24X

•          SSD 120 GB SATA II and Blu-Ray 4x

All models come with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. Addition accessories are an IR remote and IR keyboard, but thankfully each one comes with an HDMI cable.

Prices start from $249 and can head north of the $600 mark with the SSD and Blu-ray options. Look for it in the coming weeks.

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    mayne92 , June 1, 2011 4:45 PM
    @ the authors
    I like the last throw-in pic ;)  haha
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    zak_mckraken , June 1, 2011 4:12 PM
    Very interesting! I wonder how hot it runs during 1080p playback.
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    burnley14 , June 1, 2011 4:15 PM
    They shouldn't even offer disk drives if the idea is silence. My old platter drives make more noise than the case fans when spinning up.
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    rebel1280 , June 1, 2011 4:25 PM
    This is the way to go! Just connect this and i can also do Netflix!! No wireless but with rear usb, i can suffice. But i do wonder at using win 7 32 as its OS... not a bad OS by any means but still. Well at least we will know the support will be there for sure. I wonder what player it will use, not a big fan of media player :(  . +1 for the extra pic of the chicks at end of article, ;)  way to go toms Thumbs Up!
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    sliem , June 1, 2011 4:25 PM
    4GB of RAM and only 32bit of Win7? Cmon, make it 64bit.
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    rebel1280 , June 1, 2011 4:33 PM
    sliem4GB of RAM and only 32bit of Win7? Cmon, make it 64bit.

    I agree as well, but i think it would lead to more heat and in something that small (ps2 slimish by the looks) less heat always helps.
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    rebel1280 , June 1, 2011 4:34 PM
    Also looking at pictures, (at actual product ;)  , i see there is an antenna, does that mean there is built in wireless, just no included in specs?
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2011 4:35 PM
    Are the two girls included with the purchase? Instant customer right here
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    mayne92 , June 1, 2011 4:45 PM
    @ the authors
    I like the last throw-in pic ;)  haha
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2011 5:40 PM
    read the headline, arctic cooling, saw the pix, in sudden need of cooling too, shirtless pop into my mind, and everything went downhill from there....
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    therandomuser , June 1, 2011 6:33 PM
    Well, as long as those HDDs are quiet enough (thinking it may be a Cav Green class), that would be a nice HTPC.

    Arctic Cooling is really pushing the whole cool theme, even their models are sporting clothes to sport the blazing heat.
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    clonazepam , June 1, 2011 6:46 PM
    I wonder what kind of savings you might see getting one of these and adding your own external usb bd-player.
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    Soul_keeper , June 1, 2011 6:49 PM
    The only thing that mattered in this article were the booth babes.
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    kilo_17 , June 1, 2011 9:57 PM
    So, it comes with 4GB of RAM, but they use Windows 7 32-bit?
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    dgingeri , June 1, 2011 10:33 PM
    Soul_keeperThe only thing that mattered in this article were the booth babes.

    The taller one is really, really cute, but the shorter one is even cuter. :)  I'd love to meet them.
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    hp79 , June 2, 2011 12:11 AM
    Yup, who cares about the media pc?
    The picture sizes in this article even speaks for itself. Taller one is cute.
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    ithurtswhenipee , June 2, 2011 1:00 AM
    jacekringScrew the hardware, I want that software (girl in the first pic) how much for her?

    No thanks. I would rather screw the girl.
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    ithurtswhenipee , June 2, 2011 1:03 AM
    Soul_keeperThe only thing that mattered in this article were the booth babes.

    Yep. The Arctic Cooling girls are giving the Samsung girls a run for the money.
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2011 6:10 AM
    yep, sex sells. girls do.
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    molo9000 , June 2, 2011 10:50 AM
    "Prices start from $249"
    eh?
    On their website they list $308.79 (might be because I'm accessing the site from Europe) but the price is for a barebone system without HDD, RAM or OS (which is fine. Linux apparently makes for a great home theatre system)
    The cheapest complete system is $585.15.

    Wonder how hot it runs if the graphics card is decoding high-bitrate H.264 video while the CPU is doing other stuff.
    Fanless design is nice, but I don't see what's wrong with adding a fan.
    My core2duo HTPC has one fan but it's completely inaudible from more than 20cm away even while decoding H.264 and running a Minecraft server in the background.

    The real noise problem for HTPCs are external hard drives. Best solution might be NAS.
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