- Created on 25 August 2008
Tsunami have met the demands of media center enthusiasts with it's new fanless media center enclosure capable of supporting the newest quad core processors from Intel.
The MJR2 home theatre case is capable fo housing ith mini and micro ATX motherboards, and is optimised and approved for use with Intel based systems (having looked at installing an AM2 based system in the enclosure, it is clear that they won't fit the case without a few minor modifications to the top cover due to the positioning of the AM2 processor heat sink and fan).
The case itself is only 9cm thick with overall dimensions of 412(W) x 290(D) x 96(H)mm, which is a worlds first for a case capable of supoorting multi-core processors. This gives it dimensions similar to that of a standard A/V component. The looks of the enclosure would complement any A/V setup with a well designed aluminium structure encasing a shiny black gloss front panel with LEDs for monitoring of the system (HDD, Power etc). The only thing that might possible make the media center case stand out from other A/V components is the chimney for dissapating heat directly from the processor cooling fan. If you feel the need for something different the case can also be mounted vertically.
Inside the case, the finish is equally excellent, with no sharp edges to cut hands on. The case is segregated into two distinct zones for cooling: The lower zone houses the slimline (laptop) optical drive and the 3.5" hard drive. Both drives are securely mounted via connection plates to the main backbone of the chassis ad their is plenty of room for cables. Attachment and fitting of the IDE laptop drive is possible via a special adapter/riser interface card which is included with the case.
The upper zone of the case houses the motherboard and all screws and mounts were included with the case making installation a breeze. Also included in the kit are riser cards for PCI-E (in order to install a standalone graphics card) and PCI (for installation of a TV tuner card to make a fully fledged media center).
The included fanless power supply runs through both zones of the case providing cabling and adaptors for the motherboard, SATA HDD and optical drives. Connections for the front interfaces (USB, Firewire and eSATA) and switches (reset and power) were all clearly labelled, making them easy to install.
Each panel of the case is perforated specifically in places where most cooling is required (over the hard disk drive etc) and to allow maximum cooling with minimum noise (Tsunami claim that due to the optimised design of the case, temperature should rarely exceed 50C, even with multi-core processors). When powered on the only noise is from the processor cooling and there was no audible rattling from the hard drive or optical drive.
We found the MJR2 home theatre PC case surpisingly easy to install, and were amazed at how compact it was in comparison to other media center cases available. Since the only fan is that of the processor cooling fan, a system built in this case runs very quietly and coolly for what is effectively a fully fledged PC system which is essential if the media center PC is to be installed in a living room.