13 Barebones Reviewed Are Anything But Square

ASUS Terminator 2 T2 Offers An Arnold Double Team

ASUS blazes its own trail in the case design of the Terminator 2 series. Both models are identical from the inside and outside. The difference lies in the radio and card reader, which are only found in the Terminator 2-R. The case is more reminiscent of a mini tower than a barebone in the classical sense.

Due to the large dimensions (310 x 185 x 320 mm), the Terminator 2 can be easily expanded. Two 5.25" slots are accessible from the front, as well as two 3.5" slots. One of them is equipped with a diskette drive. In the T2-R version, there is a card reader and the radio with an additional display in the second 3.5" slot. Otherwise, both barebones are identical. There is also no difference in the interfaces.

Twins: radio and clock are only offered in the R version

One with and one without a card reader or radio respectively

The motherboard used in both T2 computers is based on the ATI IGP9100 chipset, which is also responsible for the onboard graphics. For expansions, there is an AGP 8x slot and a PCI slot on the motherboard. The AGP slot for the graphics card is mounted like a regular motherboard, which means it is the first possible slot after the CPU, so that even larger and wider cards will fit in the case. The CPU fan is identical in the two T2 barebones and it is temperature controlled. When the CPU is fully loaded, the fan rotates considerably faster and reaches a noise level of up to 60 dB(A), which is really loud. One of the greatest flaws is the upgrade with 3.5" hard disks. ASUS only planned one bay for this, independent of the fact that you then have to live without the floppy drive and/or the card reader. In addition, no serial ATA hard disks can be used, because none of the ASUS barebones have this interface.

Summary
  1. Searching For The Quiet Barebone
  2. The Way It Should Be
  3. The Way It Should Be, Continued
  4. Test Candidates With AGP Graphics Slot
  5. AOpen XC Cube AV (EA65): The Multi-talent
  6. Under The Hood
  7. Pros And Cons
  8. AOpen XC Cube EX65: Design Is A Matter Of Taste
  9. Under The Hood
  10. AOpen XC Cube EY65: A Lot Of Intel Platforms
  11. Under The Hood
  12. ASUS Terminator 2 T2 Offers An Arnold Double Team
  13. Under The Hood
  14. Pros And Cons
  15. MSI MEGA Barebones: Two Unequal Brothers
  16. PC Alert 4: Monitoring of the temperature and fan speed
  17. MSI MEGA180: The AMD Version
  18. Pros And Cons
  19. MSI MEGA865: Suitable For Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
  20. Pros And Cons
  21. Jetway MiniQ Twin: Two Users Simultaneously
  22. Under The Hood
  23. Pros And Cons
  24. Soltek QBic EQ3801A: AMD64 Power Barebone
  25. Under The Hood
  26. Pros And Cons
  27. Test Candidates Without An AGP Graphics Slot
  28. Under The Hood
  29. Pros And Cons
  30. Shuttle XPC ZEN: Smallest Barebone With External Power Supply
  31. Under The Hood
  32. Pros And Cons
  33. Test Candidates With A PCI Express Slot
  34. Under The Hood
  35. Pros And Cons
  36. Shuttle XPC SB83G5: VW Meets Barebone
  37. Under The Hood
  38. Pros And Cons
  39. Noise Measurements: All Candidates At A Glance
  40. Configuration Table
  41. Configuration Table, Continued
  42. Configuration Table, Continued
  43. Test Equipment, Continued
  44. Accessories: Useful, Useless And Comical
  45. Shuttles TFT In An XPC Design
  46. Shuttle XP17, Specifications
  47. Shuttle PC40: Upgrade To Quiet Power Supply
  48. Lights Go On In The Peripheral Connectors
  49. Molex Connector: Let There Be Color
  50. RAM Freezer From Revoltec
  51. Area 51 Is Everywhere: The Aliens Have Landed
  52. Conclusion
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