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Written by Emily Ladouceur   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media Center
Closer Look: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC
Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Details
Features and Specifications
HTPC Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Arctic MC001-BD Features

The Arctic MC001-BD is full of features. I've summarized a few below:

Passive-Cooling System for Complete Silence

The Arctic MC001-BD is passively cooled without the use of fans. This makes the MC001-BD silent, which is ideal when listening to your favorite music or watching a movie. Who wants the buzz of fans to compete with Nine Inch Nails or the gunshots, explosions, and action of your favorite movie?

Optional TV Tuner Integrated

The Arctic MC001-BD can come equipped with an optional integrated TV tuner. This allows you to record and watch your favorite shows. It also allows you to pause and watch anytime with Windows Media Center. You are able to gain access to all major TV stations online as well, so you can catch up on your daytime dramas or your evening comedies.

Full HD Cinema at Home Arctic-MC001-BD-HTPC-Accessories.jpg

If you are looking for a true cinema experience at home, the Arctic MC001-BD supports 1080p HD video with 7.1 channel surround sound. With a little popcorn and candy you can make your home your theater while streaming your movies or watching your personal DVDs or Blue-rays.

Remote Control Application

Arctic provides a free remote application - Remote MC - for iOS and Android devices that will turn your phone or tablet into a remote control. No searching for the remote anymore. Now you just need your smartphone.

Multi-Room Entertainment

With the Arctic MC001-BD you can consolidate your music with Windows Media Center into one library. With Arctic's Audio Relay (which they so generously provided, and can be purchased for an additional $132.60), you can listen and have access to your music from any room in your home, even while a movie is playing or others are listening to music in another room.

Wide Compatibility

The Arctic MC001-BD is compatible with most multimedia formats. The following are just a taste: MP3, M4A, WMA, WMV, AVI, MKV and H264.

Out-of-Box Experience with Windows 7

Windows 7 Home Premium comes fully configured on the Arctic MC001-BD so it's ready to play with right out of the box. It is already set up for multimedia use so it's less hassle for the average user.

Performance at Low Power Consumption

All of the hardware used in the Arctic MC001-BD is geared toward using the least amount of power possible while having exactly the right amount of power for your applications and programs to perform optimally.

Living Room Design

The Arctic MC001-BD is 4 cm thick so it can fit just about anywhere in your living room. With its sleek narrow chassis it will look stylish in any home.

Multi-Port Interface

The Arctic MC001-BD is equipped with two USB 3.0 and five USB 2.0 ports, as well as a 4-in-1 memory card reader. It also comes with all the standard audio/visual jacks necessary for connection to your TV/sound system.

Arctic MC001-BD Specifications

Below is a table provided by Arctic listing the specifications of the Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center.


Dual Core Intel Atom D525 (1.8GHz)


ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430, 512MB GDDR3


Intel NM10


4GB DDR3 1333MHz


7200RPM 16MB cache HDD


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit


English, German, Spanish, French, Czech
Portuguese(Brasil), Portuguese(Portugal), Hungarian, Italian
Swedish, Polish, Slovak, Russian, Dutch

Language (Continued)

Bulgarian, Danish, Romanian, Ukrainian, Norwegian
Arabic, Hebrew, Croatian, Japanese
Chinese(simplified), Chinese(traditional Hong-Kong)
Chinese (traditional Taiwan)


Blu-ray 4x

Additional Software

CyberLink PowerDVD 10


10/100/1000 Ethernet

Wireless LAN

IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

Front I/O Ports

IR receiver x 1
USB 3.0 port x 2
3.5mm stereo I/O jack x 2 (Headphone, Mic)
4-in-1 memory card reader x 1

Rear I/O Ports

3.5mm audio I/O jack x 6 (7.1 OUT x 4, LINE IN x 1, Mic x 1)
SPDIF port/optical x 1
VGA port x 1
HDTV interface x 1 (HDTV cable included)
Ethernet RJ45 port x 1
USB 2.0 port x 5
DC power jack x 1


Onboard analog stereo high-definition audio (ALC892)
7.1- Dolby True HD or DTS HD Master Audio (HDMI)
Optical Digital S/PDIF audio output



TV Tuner

DVB-T (optional)

Power Supply

19V DC 60W


1.5 L

Dimensions (Product)

w/o stand: 143 L x 40 W x 266 H mm
w/ stand: 161 L x 65 W x 275 H mm

Dimensions (Packaging)

205 L x 130 W x 329 H mm

Limited Warranty

2 years


EU Plug: 0872767004405
UK Plug: 0872767004337
US Plug: 0872767004269

Item number




Gross Weight

2.65 kg



# RE: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media CenterAthlonite 2012-03-20 21:30
perhaps 1 or two SSD's instead of a 500GB 7200RPM 16MB cache HDD for less heat
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# RE: RE: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media CenterOlin Coles 2012-03-20 21:45
The hard drive on this device is not much of a heat producer, but the dual-core Atom processor is. Being passively cooled, the thermal output nearly matches the threshold for the integrated cooling system. It handles most tasks just fine, but operating at 50%+ CPU for more than a few minutes will cause heat concerns.
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# RE: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media CenterSun Down 2012-03-20 23:15
There's an app for iOS and Android, but no Windows Phone? And this is using a Windows OS...
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# mrMichael 2012-05-31 11:05
For that amount of money i can build me a much better micro pc.
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# RE: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media CenterMoe 2012-09-06 03:00
With the same footprint? I highly doubt it. But live your dream and dream your life :)
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