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Arctic Cooling Shows Off Fanless Media 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.

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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.

  • zak_mckraken
    Very interesting! I wonder how hot it runs during 1080p playback.
  • burnley14
    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.
  • rebel1280
    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!
  • sliem
    4GB of RAM and only 32bit of Win7? Cmon, make it 64bit.
  • rebel1280
    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.
  • rebel1280
    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?
  • Are the two girls included with the purchase? Instant customer right here
  • mayne92
    @ the authors
    I like the last throw-in pic ;) haha
  • 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....
  • amabhy
    I go to the effort of logging in just to thumbs down people who comment on the girls and not the tech.