[mythtv-users] ION boards, 230 vs 330, fans?

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 04:50:24 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM, Bill Williamson <bill at bbqninja.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM, Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com> wrote:
>> On 11/29/2009 22:53, Bill Williamson wrote:
>>> Do ALL of the 330 (dual core) based IONs have fans, or is it just an
>>> indicator that they might?
>>> The one I'm specifically interested in is this one:
>>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856173001&cm_re=ion_nvidia-_-56-173-001-_-Product
>> The only way an ION system could be fanless is if it were built into a case
>> that functions as a large external heatsink.  You're simply not going to get
>> sufficient airflow through passive convection to cool them to a stable
>> temperature otherwise.  It's got nothing to do with single or dual core, as
>> the system will be running at several times the power consumption of either
>> chip on its own.
> As far as I know ALL of the atom 230 based ION systems (fully prebuilt
> or barebones) are fanless, hence the question about this 330 based
> one.

AFAIK the zotac bare boards are supplied with a fan for the 330 and no
fan for the 230. Whether you fit the fan to the 330 is up to you.
Whether you need to may very well depend on your case, ariflow,
heatsink etc.

Once you put one in a tiny case like the revo or the zotac mag, the
airflow would, I imagine, be quite difficult to maintain. There are
several threads here indicating the revo has a fan, but I can't say
whether thats just in the 330's or whether the 230's have one too.

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