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AOpen miniPC MP915-B Super Multi System Review
AOpen miniPC MP915-B Super Multi System Review - PCSTATS
AOpen mini PC MP915-B (Super Multi) system is based on the Intel 915GM chipset and supports Socket 479 Pentium M 400/533 MHz processors.
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External Mfg. Website: AOpen May 30 2006   C. Sun  
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Alternative SFF media PC?

Small form factor computers have come along way since the genre first broke onto the scene.

AOpen's latest foray into compact task-specific computers is the cute little Mini PC MP915B, and it certainly is a very interesting alternative to the conventional desktop and SFF PC.

The AOpen Mini PC MP-915B (Super Multi) PC is essentially a laptop in a desktop form factor. This allows the Mini PC to maintain a small footprint, use less energy than a desktop PC and stay nearly silent without generating much heat.

Based around the Socket 479 Pentium M form factor, the AOpen Mini PC MP-915B (Super Multi) is a very versatile little machine able to act as a desktop replacement or entertainment machine. The model we tested came equipped with a DVD writer, 60GB hard drive, 512MB of DDR-2 and a 1.73GHz Intel Pentium M 740 processor. Despite its small size, the little computer does come with a decent feature set which include a dual layer DVD writer, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 1394a and a 5.1 channel audio controller as standard for the barebones versions.

In terms of performance, the AOpen Mini PC MP-915B (Super Multi) was slightly slower than the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Pentium M SFF PC, but the differences in the office tests are too small for users to notice. In multimedia situations, the slower 2.5" notebook hard drive is what really played a role in the performance differences.

The AOpen Mini PC is not a gaming system, and just so we're clear on that its integrated Intel GMA900 videocard simply cannot handle modern 3D games. Older games at lower resolutions are okay, but that's not where the strengths of this computer reside. With network connectivity and a full array of component output, s-Video, and composite outputs, this little box is just begging to be hooked up to a big screen TV. The only thing missing to make this a killer HTPC is perhaps an HDMI port. A couple extra USB jacks would have also been nice, or at the very least a bundled-in USB hub. Aside from these points of criticism, the AOpen Mini PC was a pure pleasure to work with and exceptionally quiet running.

With a retail price of $388 CDN ($333 USD/£190 GBP) for the barebones version (no CPU, memory or HDD included) of the AOpen Mini PC MP-915B (Super Multi), it's safe to say this is an awesome little PC. It's tiny size and clean lines allow the AOpen Mini PC to be used in many situations where a regular SFF PC would look out of place.

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Contents of Article: AOpen miniPC MP915-B
 Pg 1.  AOpen miniPC MP915-B Super Multi System Review
 Pg 2.  Exterior Features
 Pg 3.  Inside the AOpen mniPC
 Pg 4.  Photo Walk through - Disassembly
 Pg 5.  Photo Walkthrough - Memory / Processor
 Pg 6.  Photo Walkthrough - CPU Heatsink
 Pg 7.  Photo Walkthrough - MiniPCI
 Pg 8.  The Mini PC BIOS
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi, PCMark04
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003, UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  — Alternative SFF media PC?

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