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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# 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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