Closer Look Inside
The components inside the T2-P don’t feel like gasping for fresh air as in other mini-systems – the big dimensions of the case provide enough room for a good thermal environment. The PSU is located opposite to the CPU cooler and the mainboard; above it, at the top of the back panel, a 92-mm fan exhausts hot air from the system.
The location of the PSU makes it impossible to access the CPU cooler or mainboard when the system is already assembled, but you can easily take it off by unfastening a single screw. After we removed the PSU, we found an ordinary processor cooler from Thermaltake. Again, the big size of the T2-P allows using standard coolers for Socket 478 processors and you can replace it with another, quieter or more efficient, model:
The PSU is manufactured by Delta Electronics, known for its high-quality products. The maximum wattage of this PSU equals 200W, and the supply currents are fully compliant with the “ATX/ATX12v Power Supply Design Guide” for 200W PSUs. The power cables have only two connectors for IDE devices and one FDD connector, but an extra power splitter comes with the PSU:
Let’s continue our trip around the Terminator 2. The FM-tuner card is fastened at the back panel of the system case, while the front panel has a card reader and a card with connectors you see on the front photo of the system.
Expansion cards – an AGP graphics card and/or PCI card instead of the exclusive one from ASUS – are installed just above the very bottom of the system. You fasten them with a queer-shaped “crutch”, which is held in place by the case cover. It was a really exciting job to install a graphics card with this crutch: you have to watch for the card’s bracket to lie properly at the back panel of the case and make sure that the bracket of the neighboring card didn’t shift away. Then you must place the crutch exactly into all its grooves and rails and cover up the brackets of the expansion cards. That’s not very easy, to put it mildly. Fortunately, you usually do this just once, when assembling the system for the first time.
The removable chassis for the hard disk drive is on the inside of the front panel, so the device is situated just below the vent holes in the side of the case, but in a weird position – “lying on its side”. This is quite reasonable, though. The HDD is sure to receive enough cool air, while modern HDD models can work fine also in a vertical position.