The front of the concept AMD DTX PC also featured USB and memory card facilities, as well as a cooling vent, with more vents located at the rear and top panel above the CPU fan. Our system also had a notebook-style DVD drive, due to the case being only 10cm thick, but it employed a 3.5in, 7200rpm, desktop hard drive so as not to sacrifice performance.
The system itself only had two fans. One was located in the tiny power supply, which was rated at 250W, and the other was located on the CPU. Coupled with the motherboard's fan management capability, it ran extremely quietly, which is an advantage for office workers and for users who want a lounge-dwelling media centre PC.
For the moment, AMD DTX is still in its infancy and vendors are yet to release any products based on this standard. However, motherboards should become available in early 2008, from the likes of Albatron, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI, while cases, ranging from tiny desktop units to elegant home-theatre components, should become available from Cooler Master, SilverStone and Thermaltake, to name a few.
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