Another system to make use of the increasingly-popular and easy toadditional peripherals. maintain NLX motherboard design, this Elonex PC is a low-profile desktop unit built around the 400MHz version of Intel's Pentium II processor.
In this system, that large chip package is cooled by a heat-sink and integral fan, while alongside are three DIMM sockets, one of which is used to house a 64Mb memory module running at 100MHz.
As is becoming more and more common with corporate-oriented systems, the Elonex system's motherboard plays host to more than just the processor, memory and controller logic.
It also fulfils some of the functions usually associated with various expansion cards, since it houses an 8Mb graphics accelerator based on Intel's recently-launched i740 2D/3D chip, as well as an Intel EtherExpress Pro 10/100 network adaptor with RJ45 port at the rear. This leaves plenty of room for expansion, since all the PCI, ISA and AGP slots are vacant.
There's rather less room to add new drives, though, since all the bays are occupied.
Elonex supplies a 17in monitor of its own brand with this PC, providing pretty good image quality in an unobtrusive package. It doesn't really require the full 8Mb of the Intel graphics controller, being more suited to those lower resolutions most often used for business application software.
The back of the system case is where the majority of the connectors are located, including those for the motherboard-mounted Yamaha wavetable sound synthesiser, but somewhat unusually there are also microphone and headphone sockets at the front of the casing, along with a second USB port for the convenient connection of peripherals such as digital video cameras.
The system case itself is lockable, with a micro-switch to detect and report unauthorised access.
Compliant with the Intel Wired for Management scheme, the Elonex PC-6400/I supports remote boot, DMI reporting and so on, and is fitted with a 32-speed EIDE CD-ROM drive and a 6.4Gb EIDE hard drive.
For those users wanting to incorporate their own preferred networking solutions and/or graphics adaptors, Elonex can also supply this system, at a lower price, without either of the two relevant motherboard-mounted components.
Our review system shipped with Windows 98 pre-installed, but as is the case with all vendors in this feature, other operating systems are available.
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