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  • MichelMerlin - Monday, August 02, 2004 - link

    What I like in this SFF is its size and according ability to receive more changes than the Shuttle models, for instance big silent GC cooling systems.

    However the article (excellent otherwise) should tell IMO if the system, as delivered, is silent enough during regular activities (excluding leading edge games but including some ordinary games)

    Paris, Mon 2 Aug 2004 09:28:35 +0200
  • Bonesdad - Saturday, July 31, 2004 - link

    Who is the little guy inside the case? Does he make the wheels go round? Reply
  • bupkus - Saturday, July 31, 2004 - link

    I like the hybrid approach between the traditional microATX and SFF as it should allow mainboard options unavailable with the SFF.
    Unfortunately, they only allow the microATX PS which usually comes with a much lower wattage.
    Just a broader comment here:
    With so much being put on the mainboard I would think fewer people really need all those PCI slots. I for one don't see my ever needing an ATX mainboard when the microATX boards provide all the slots I will need. Smart move by Monarch. I'll be looking for when the prices come down.
  • Spacecomber - Saturday, July 31, 2004 - link

    Oops, I guess you can't edit these notes. I meant to say 10,000 rpm "drives" not fans.

    While I'm at it, did you notice that this chassis has a removable motherboard tray?
  • skunkbuster - Saturday, July 31, 2004 - link

    to me it just looks kind of generic. i wish they spent some time 'revamping' the exterrior..
    can't really compare to a shuttle in that aspect..
  • Spacecomber - Saturday, July 31, 2004 - link

    Looks like this motherboard requires a custom I/O shield, which Intel didn't supply?

    Yeah, I know, I'm being pretty picky.

    Thanks for bring these barebones to my attention.

    By the way, how did the system hold up with temperatures after running some programs that would heat up the processor, video card, and hard drives? Some idle vs load temp comparisons would have been interesting. If I followed the case description properly, there are two 40mm fans in the back and an 80 mm intake fan in the front (and the P/S, of course) for cooling this system. Do the dual 10,000 rpm fans have enough room to breath? I couldn't quite picture where they are in the case from the photos.

  • Zepper - Saturday, July 31, 2004 - link

    Monarch is a sharp company - just wanted to be the first to post a comment.
    . Well written article! this type of system is not my cup of tea but monarch has plenty of others to ease that plastic out of your wallet...

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