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Friday, September 17, 2004
AOpen XCcube EZ65-II Mini Barebone System

1. Introduction

AOpen XCcube EZ65-II Mini Barebone System - Page 1

AOpen is known for it's wide variety of products, including DVD/CD drives, servers, barebone systems, motherboards, graphics cards and other hardware. Following the growing demand over the last year trend for small form factor (SFF) PC, AOpen has also started a product line of mini barebone systems. The term barebone system usually refers to a system that already has pre-assembled, the basic, minimum required components. For example, it can include a case, PSU, motherboard, vga card, and other accessories that are already assembled or built in.

Now some of you may think that mini systems are just not worth the effort, considering the sacrifices you need to be make in terms of performance, expandability, stability, and last but not least, comparative prices. While that may be true, great steps have been made by manufacturers to close this gap between mini pc's and their full sized "siblings". Let's not forget that nowadays, PCs do not only serve enthusiasts or gamers. A large number of PCs today are used as office or home computers for document and spreadsheet processing, surfing the Internet, listening to music, watching videos, and so on. For this category of applications, it may be that systems offering a smaller size and good looks, while maintaining the ability to connect extra peripherals, may be more preferable than full sized PCs.

This review examines one of AOpen's products from their mini barebone systems series, namely the AOpen XCcube EZ65-II Mini Barebone System. It is a system designed around the Intel family of processors, including the latest Prescotts. As we will see in the course of this review, while small in size, it packs quite a lot of features in that small space, and with style as well.

Let's start with the specifications:

- Specifications

Model
EZ65-II

SIZE WDH(mm)  

320(W)x200(D)x185(H)mm

WEIGHT(Kgr)

approx 5.5

CHIP

Intel865G/ICH5

MEMORY

TYPE

DDRx2 (DUAL CH) (2GB max)

DDR

266/333/400

CPU

TYPE

Socket 478 (Northwood & Prescott)

FSB

400/533/800

VGA

CHIP

OnDie (8x AGP)

Port

x1

S.Video

None

PCI

x1

AGP

x1

SOUND

CHIP

AC97 5.1CH (SPDIF +COAX outputs)

LAN

SPEED

10/100/1000

ATA Connector

ATA100x2

SATA Connector

SATAx2

USB 2.0

2(Rear) / 2(Front)

IEEE1394

1(Rear) / 2(Front)(6/4pins)

CASE

5.25"

1

3.5"

1

HDD Bay

1

SPS

275W (w/8cmFAN)




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