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AOpen Fixes XC Cube EX915 Fan Noise Problem Noted in THG Review

Conclusion

The upgrade was definitely worthwhile - with the new hardware, the XC Cube EX915-T now shows its quiet side. In the new revision, we can give our unqualified recommendation for this SFF PC as a system for the study and the living room alike. The Cube is no longer plagued by the loud fan noise of its predecessor, and even the short "howling" of the fans when the Cube is powered up is much less pronounced than before.

That leaves us with only one question: Why didn't they do it like this the first time?

And what does your future hold? Hazardous waste disposal or rare eBay item?

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer/ModelAOpen XC Cube EX915-T
Dimensions12.6 x 7.9 x 7.3"(320 x 200 x 185mm)
Price$370
Connectors & Functions
Front
Audio1x mic, 1x headphones, 1x SPDIF-out
USB2x USB 2.0 Type A
Firewire IEEE 1394a1x 6-pin
ButtonsPower On, Eject
Back
PS/22x for mouse & keyboard
Monitor-out1x VGA
USB2x USB 2.0 Type A
Firewire IEEE 13941x 6-pin
Serial/ Parallel port1x / 1x
Sound3x (usable as 5.1)
S/P-DIF1 x in
LAN10/100/1000
Fans
CPU1 x 2.36"60mm
Power supply1 x 3.15"80mm
System/Chassisno
Chipsetpassive
Motherboard
CPUs supportedIntel Pentium 4 (incl. Prescott)
SocketLGA775
FSB clock533, 800 MHz
NorthbridgeIntel 915G/Grantsdale
SouthbridgeIntel ICH6
Memory
TypeDDR SDRAM
ClassificationDDR333, DDR400
ModeSingle Channel
No. of slots2
Max. memory2 GB
On-board Graphics
Manufacturer/ ChipsetIntel 915G/Grantsdale
Memory in MBFrame buffer 1, 4, 8, 16, 32
Internal I/O components
Mass storage controllerICH6
Storage Ports, IDE1x UltraATA/100
Storage Ports, Serial ATA4x S-ATA 150
RAID Supportno
Floppy Controlleryes
Network controllerBroadcom
Expansion slots
PCI 32 bit1x
PCI Express 16x1x
On-Board Audio
TypeAC97 2.2
Surround Support5.1 Channel
Accessories
User manualin English
CableIDE cable
Softwaredriver
CPU coolerCPU heatsink