The Morex T-1610 case is slim. It measures 178 x 38 x 178 millimeters (7″ x 1.5″ x 7″)—just 1.2 liters—and is designed to house the Intel D945GSEJT “Johnstown” Mini-ITX motherboard. The case is stretched so tautly around this low-profile board that it barely extends beyond the board’s edges and is 0.25” shorter than a standard Mini-ITX I/O shield. It’s fanless, solid aluminum (don’t be fooled by the pictures, it’s not plastic!), and minimalist, taking full advantage of the Johnstown board’s low profile, onboard power, and low TDP. However, this is not a compromised solution; the case can still accommodate a 2.5” notebook HDD and wireless networking via a Mini PCIe card.

Johnstown Case

Johnstown Case

The case and the Johnstown board have no internal active cooling, which makes this pairing a great low-cost fanless system without having to mess with somewhat messy heat paste and complex heat pipes. There is a simple thermal pad that is positioned directly below the processor and chipset and then sandwiched between the board and the case to help disperse heat. Even though the Johnstown board has a combined processor-chipset TDP of only 11 watts, it runs a little hot, even outside of an enclosure. Because of this tendency, we conducted in-depth thermal testing to make sure the T-1610 didn’t get too hot. Even after we ran the CPU at 100 percent for an hour, the processor core temperature readings were all well within range, same for the hard drive. However, because we don’t know what our customers will ultimately do with this system, as a precaution we are recommending having sufficient airflow in the room where the system will be placed.

For storage, there’s space for a 2.5″ HDD or SSD (SATA only). You could install an IDE flash module in there, but you’ll have to sacrifice the use of the power LED. The cable to the power LED is positioned right over the IDE slot making it next to impossible to squeeze any sort of IDE device or cable into the slot without first removing the power LED cable.

For I/O, you get exactly what the Johnstown has to offer: DVI-D, VGA, 3 USB ports, LAN, audio, and 12-volt DC power. There is a hole for a wireless antenna and you can put a wireless card in the PCIe Mini card slot.

The T-1610 comes standard with a VESA mounting bracket, AC adapter, and vertical mounting stand. A system is available with up to 2 GB memory, a 2.5″ notebook HDD or SSD, wireless card, and operating system (Windows XP, Windows Embedded Standard, or Ubuntu Linux).