Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media Center E-mail
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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 HTPC Details

If you're curious what specific technology resides inside the Arctic MC001-BD, you'll find it listed in the detailed hardware report created with AIDA64.

At the center of Arctic's MC001-BD HTPC is a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor, operating at 1.8 GHz. A custom-designed ECS TIGD-IS motherboard supports 4GB of installed DDR3-1333 system memory, while an AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430/5450 series GPU supplies ample graphics performance with high-definition HDMI output.


While the MC001-BD may have a compact profile, Arctic manages to fit in more hardware features than notebook computers of the same size. You'll have the choice of using either analog D-SUB VGA video output for older displays, or 1080p high-definition digital HDMI output for new HDTVs and monitors. There's a wired Realtek 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet connection available, which supplements the built-in IEEE 802.11 WiFi-b/g/n wireless adapter.


Realtek ALC892 7.1 HD audio delivers a choice of analog or digital output on the Arctic MC001-BD HTPC. Analog 3.5mm audio I/O jacks support most older connections, while an optical S/PDIF TOSLINK connection offers digital output directly to updated receivers or devices.


With the sides removed to expose internal components, you'll find large passive heatsinks to help cool the Arctic MC001-BD. Because this HTPC is completely silent and without the aide of a single cooling fan, it's advisable to ensure the device has adequate ventillation around all vents. Thermal transfer pads and copper heat-pipe tubes help remove heat from the CPU and GPU, while other critical componens utilize the metal side panel as a large heatsink.


Under normal circumstance the Arctic MC001-BD HTPC operates within safe temperature ranges, however it's not difficult to overheat the passively cooled Intel Atom D525 processor if multiple CPU-intensive applications are running. Although the BIOS features a thermal warning and shutdown feature, we discovered that some high-bitrate MKV video file playback would occasionally cause system alerts. Ultimately it was decided to disable these alerts and remove the auto-shutdown capability so that extended movies could be enjoyed.



# 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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