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

JEDIDIAH jedi at mishnet.org
Mon Nov 30 14:50:53 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 05:50:24PM +1300, Nick Rout wrote:
> 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.

    The Atom 230 version of the Revo (US) does infact have a fan.

    Whether or not the fan in the Revo or other 330 based systems is
an issue is a matter of personal preference and how you deploy the unit.

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