iON EC-2 Aluminum ATX Media Center/HTPC Desktop Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by SidneyWong @ 2007-08-20

If you have not heard of the name iON before, I am with you. iON is a brand under MGE, a manufacturer of PC products from Taiwan. This all aluminum Media Center HPTC case has an elegant look and will fit full size ATX board; it is marketed by Eagle Tech in the U.S.

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Installation Continues

Installation Continues :

Notice the two photos below; the distance from the edge of the main-board to the HDD/Optical drive tray location. You could make a good preference by judging it with the normal width of a power supply on the second photo.

The main power connector of this board is located on the left side of the north-bridge heatsink, often times it is located on the far right hand side near the memory slots.

The floppy drive connector is located at the bottom of the board, other mainboard have the floppy connector near or next to main power connector.

The locations of these components determine if this case will fit the main-board you have.

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The mainboard goes in easy without the tray which judging from the photo is not far away.

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The power supply is next. Don't forget to plug in the extension and leave the power supply switch to on position, because another on/off switch at the rear of the case together with the exhaust fan is the real McCoy.

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Connecting the LCD (VFD) display to the PCI bracket


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VFD connecting to parallel port.


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The two 60mm exhaust fans come with 3-pin connectors; if your mainboard does not provide two 3-pin headers close enough for the reach you need to purchase 3-pin to 4-pin molex. Luckily, I have plenty of them around.


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The very tight spot..... only the outer two dimm slots could be used. Worst is for boards with power main connector located next to the memory slots as many do, you are completely out of luck. This applies to floppy connector.


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Comment from Sidney @ 2007/08/20
Comment from jmke @ 2007/08/20
The 450W edition doesn't have the rebate
Comment from Sidney @ 2007/10/22
The case has absolutely no air flow going thru; finally got time over the weekend to do a minor mod by opening up 4 round holes at the right places on the cover.

Good result with no additional fan required; 7600GT dropped 8°C, CPU temp dropped 6°C. Load temp 7600GT 70°C, CPU 50°C (E4400 1.38V 3.0 GHz stock alum HSF) at 23°C ambient using SpeedFan 4.33.

Load temp from OCCT for CPU and playing UT3 for 45 minutes for GPU.

The case in reality is divided into 2 zones once a full height GPU is installed. With PSU being at the front of the case, the PSU intake will act as exhaust going thru the long tunnel routed to the rear of the case. The two holes near the top of the GPU will become intake.

On the right side, the two holes will act as intake for cooler air straight down the to memory modules and pulled by the exhaust fan at the rear. I use alum screen hot glued from the inside and "Sharpie" to blacken the the screen. The holes aren't noticeable from the front viewing angle.
Comment from jmke @ 2007/10/23
did the same mods with the first Antec HTPC case their later revisions included my extra air in/out-take paths

 

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