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Old 20th August 2007, 19:56   #1
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Default iON EC-2 Aluminum ATX Media Center/HTPC Desktop Case Review

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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$100 rebate is still on.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scription=ec-2
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The 450W edition doesn't have the rebate
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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 8C, CPU temp dropped 6C. Load temp 7600GT 70C, CPU 50C (E4400 1.38V 3.0 GHz stock alum HSF) at 23C 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.
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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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