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Performance

I launched the system and found that MSI’s “specific smart fan control” technology worked right. There is no noise, at least no audible noise, if you run typical office applications. Yes, I could hear some slight noise at night, when everything became silent outside, but such noise was not disturbing or irritating at all.

My assumptions about this barebone’s capabilities proved to be true. Its cooling system cannot cope with top-end central processors. I tried to start it up with a well-known “heater” Pentium 4 560 (3.6GHz), but the computer hung up even before booting up the OS. Well, this CPU is a challenge even for serious coolers on heat pipes, so what else could we expect from a small copper-aluminum cooler? The system should do well with colder processors like Celeron and junior Pentium 4 models, at least I had no problems with a Pentium 4 2.8GHz. The temperature of this processor was 64°C under load, so the Hetis 915 is likely to handle even a Pentium 4 3.0GHz (if it’s not too hot in your room; the room temperature during my tests was 20°C).

Of course, I won’t call it a defect that a system costing about $200 in total cannot provide proper thermal conditions for a processor more than three times its cost. I guess no reasonable person will ever try to put such a processor into a Hetis 915.

Conclusion

Considering its price, the MSI Hetis 915 barebone system seems to be a very appealing offer in the market of SOHO and corporate computers. I want to congratulate MSI on the successful continuation of the Hetis series and I hope the new series won’t be limited to two models only.

 
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