ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Reviewajmatson - August 17, 2010
Category: Motherboards, CPU's
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When it comes to media center PCs you want to have hardware that uses low energy and produces low heat but that is powerful enough to run all your media with no hiccups. Sure, that i7 powerhouse and the beast of a GTX480 series card can play your HD video files with no issues but, the heat and the power consumption will drive you over the edge. When it comes to picking the right hardware then your best bet is to go with something a bit less extreme. Even low power desktop chips produce enough heat that they need to be surrounded by fans and an active CPU cooler. Today, we are going to take a look at a compact, low power, motherboard, CPU and video combo platform designed to give you the best media experience possible with the least amount of drawbacks.
The ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe is one such combo that places an Intel Atom 330 Dual Core processor on the same board as an nVidia ION graphics processor and packs it with all the features you could ever need. This combination is designed to be the basis of your ultimate media computer in an all-in-one design. This way, you limit your power consumption by not having to add on power hungry peripherals such as massive video cards or high-end quad core processors which would be wasted on media playback.
The packaging gives off a media style theater look to it. There is not much going on at the front of the box but the back has a picture of the board and accessories as well as highlights of some of the features. The big features include integrated wireless access, media gate features, full HD video playback and a quiet, fanless design. When you open the package you first see the cables and the user guide. The main hardware is well protected in the first sub-layer which we will look at next.
When you remove the upper layer of the box you get to the first layer of the packaging. This is where the motherboard combo is protected and it makes sure that your precious components are not damaged. Under the hardware layer is where the rest of the accessories are kept. The ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe comes with a wealth of accessories to get you on your HTPC path. With the motherboard and CPU combo you get the manual, driver CD, I/O back plate, two SATA cables, the laptop style power brick, the SATA power adapter, a Wi-Fi Antenna, the media remote and the remote IR receiver.
Now that everything is out of the box we can get a close up look at the hardware.