Mini "Giant" PC: AOpen MP965 (Part 1)

Mini “Giant” PC: AOpen MP965 (Part 1)

Mini “Giant” PC: AOpen MP965 (Part 1)

Mini “Giant” PC: AOpen MP965 (Part 1)

AOpen MP965_D

My first blog entry, and I am proud to present the fastest platform I’ve seen of the Mini-ITX family: AOpen MP965-DR. AOpen calls it the MiniPC Duo, which makes sense if you look at its size. Other than that, there is nothing small about it…

This “Mini Power Plant” is driven by one of the newest Intel Mobile Chipsets, the GM965. Intel is also the manufacturer of its brain, the mainboard supports a Core 2 Duo Mobile (Merom) processor, Socket P. For the review purposes, I used the Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile 1.8 GHz T7100 processor, with 4MB of L2 cache. Memory: two slots, up to 4GB of SO-DIMM DDR2 667 with Dual Channel support. There is massive amount of I/O capabilities: HDMI, DVI, S-Video, USB, FireWire and so on. All that and more packaged in a super-compact 6.5″ x 1.97″ x 6.5″ box.

All that high-end hardware functionality is greatly supported by a good amount of accessories shipped with the box: cables, adapters, manual and drivers.

//www.logicsupply.com/mp965-dr/

It is not only fast, but most important, energy efficient and quiet. The CPU is using 35W peak and the whole PC is being powered by 90W power supply—four times less power than your standard desktop. It is so quiet (25dB) that every now and then, I caught myself checking to see if it was actually turned on.

Overall, the MP965-DR is everything and more than your regular PC. We, Logic Supply, started to use this as a replacement for the desktop power hogs. Some of our customers use it as a digital signage appliance, others as a home media center, many others use it in their conference rooms.

How about you? How would you use the Mini PC? Please let us know.

You can find more product specifications as well as pricing and available system options at:

//www.logicsupply.com/mp965_dr

Comments (7)

  1. Amish Crusader
    October 9, 2007

    Looks like an awesome foundation for a media centre to me. When I get a chance and the money I’ll try to pick one up!

  2. October 11, 2007

    I like those Aopen Mini-ITX systems. Their not cheap, but it’s a solid foundation. I’m running a Aopen i945GTt-VFA with 2GB RAM and a T5600. Very sweet system.

  3. October 11, 2007

    I currently use my Mini PC mounted in my glove box as my Car PC. However, I’ll be picking a second unit up to act as a front end to my LinuxMCE server. I’m currently using modded xboxes as front ends to my MythTV server, but with the added functions of LinuxMCE I’ll need the extra power provided by units like the MP965-DR in order to handle HD content.

    I look forward to picking up one of my own!

  4. Dave
    April 29, 2008

    Hi,

    Would the MP965-DR work with a Penryn T8300?

  5. Kristina Bond
    Kristina
    May 1, 2008

    Hi Dave,
    The MP965-DR will work with a Penryn T8300 as long as the latest BIOS is installed. If the MP965-DR has BIOS version 1.02 (which most of our stock still has), then you will have to update the BIOS to 1.06 or later for it to be compatible with the new Penryn chips.
    We updated the BIOS, and the system worked fine.
    You can download the latest BIOS from the AOpen Web site: http://usa.aopen.com/download.aspx

  6. Antoine
    July 10, 2008

    But let’s say I only have a T8300 cpu and a MP965-DR with rev 1.02 will I still be able to boot the computer and upgrade ?

    Or will I need to install a T7100 cpu and do the upgrade with that?

  7. Kristina Bond
    Kristina
    July 14, 2008

    Hi Antoine,
    You will need to install the T7100 CPU (or any Socket P CPU that is still a Merom core) first, upgrade your BIOS to the version that supports the Penryn CPU, turn off the computer, install the T8300, then reboot.
    If this seems costly, you can always buy the Celeron Mobile 540 processor (CM540) for cheaper than the T7100 and do the upgrade that way.

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