Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX
Temperature & Noise
So earlier we mentioned that the E35M1 comes bundled with a fan. But does it really need it?
The short answer seems to be no. The 80mm fan may bring idle and load temperatures down significantly however we found the embedded cpu/motherboard configuration to operate passively without any fuss. However depending on the environment your system finds itself, it may be wise to mount it anyway. An example of this could be 24/7 usage in a small chassis, that's mounted inside an AV rack.
We then took note of the system's power consumption. The figures were definitely not on a level that we were used to..!
All in all we found our entire testbed system to consume less than a single halogen downlighter under full load. It may seem a little high for a "net-top" however one should also bear in mind that an optical drive and a mechanical hard disk drive was also connected.
Good news all around thus far. But how well does it really perform in our benchmarks? Well there's only one way to find out.