Many of our customers will be receiving the long-awaited ARTiGO builder kits this week. The kits arrived in house yesterday, then were quickly packed up and shipped out to satisfy a slew of back orders. The next ARTiGO shipment is expected to be in our warehouse sometime in February.

We were able to get our hands on one, build it, and take some notes. Technovoyance has a pretty informative video available on YouTube that shows step by step how to assemble the ARTiGO.

We have some pictures below, along with some observations. One thing we tried to do was install the USB wireless module that VIA said (long ago) would be compatible with the ARTiGO. Unfortunately, this was not possible for many reasons.

  1. The USB wireless module cable has a 2.54 mm pitch pin header making it incompatible with the PX10000G (requires 2 mm pitch pin header cables).
  2. The pin header adapter that would make the USB cable compatible with the board doesn’t fit in the case.
  3. Even if the pin header adapter did fit in the case, the onboard USB pin headers are being utilized by the 4 USB 2.0 ports that can be accessed on the front of the case. So, there wouldn’t be a spot for the wireless USB module to connect to the board anyway.
  4. Even if all of the above weren’t true, and the USB wireless module was completely compatible, VIA didn’t include any hardware to install it.

So, you might be wondering why in the world were we operating under the illusion that the USB wireless module was a feasible option. We really had a legitimate reason, even though upon further investigation we quickly discovered we shouldn’t have. Perhaps this is why VIA hasn’t been advertising this feature on the ARTiGO Web site. We dug up this information on a VIA presentation that showed where the USB module would be placed. We installed the USB wireless module, it fit perfectly.

But enough about this failed attempt. I am not sure if wireless will be made available or if there is a large demand for it.

First Look

ARTiGO Barebone SystemThe ARTiGO case is absolutely tiny and very lightweight. The sides and top are plastic, which is hard to determine in the photographs. The case comes with a bunch of additional cables that no one will probably use, but they are included anyway.

ARTiGO AccessoriesThe picture here shows the accessories that are needed for system assembly. You have the modified PX10000G with the heat sink changed to blow sideways out the side ventilation holes, the DC power board, the IDE adapter, power cord, assembly guide, and hardware.

ARTiGO Inside After you assemble the system (I’m not including the assembly steps because the YouTube video does a pretty good job showing the process), you might want to work on some cable management to keep everything nice and snug. Zip ties are always a good solution for this.

We plan on turning it on and testing it for heat, performance, etc. We’ll keep you posted when we get detailed results.

Update 12/26/2008: The ARTiGO now comes with a SATA power connector. These systems can now support 2.5″ SATA hard drives.

Comments (8)

  1. January 23, 2008

    Overall it looks like a good kit, definitely a good deal if you are looking to get into Pico-ITX building. I got my Pico way early and there were no cases or anything- I wish VIA had just released the kit from the very start. I was really impressed with the dev kit I saw at CES 07, but then they never released the reference design.

  2. January 31, 2008

    Maybe Via should release other kits for their other motherboard formats? When I have the financial space for the ARTiGO, I have a box to put it in so I can collect data with it. To help with this it would be nice to have some PCI slot covers with the right holes and grommeted for the power and network cables to go through. Ok, if you must, then you can also setup the video/monitor cable as well. I expect that I’ll just use remote desktop/VNC/SSH/PuTty to get in and check out the data.

  3. Jason Havelock
    February 4, 2008

    Great update, thank you.

    Really interested in how noisy that fan is. There are mixed reports on the web. If its quiet I’ll be buying one to run a slimserver on with a 250gb drive.

    Looking forward to the next update.

  4. Kristina
    February 4, 2008

    Hi Jason,
    Thanks for the feedback.

    We had the ARTiGO system turned on all day and I never noticed the noise of the fan. And, it was sitting next to the GS-L08 Pico-ITX fanless system. So, one would think that a noisy fan would be really obvious next to computer with no fans.

    The fan on the Pico-ITX board is rated at a maximum of 20 dB. So, yes, you can certainly hear it humming if you stick your ear up to the holes on the side of the case, but it isn’t an offensive sound. I guess it depends on how quiet you really need it to be.

    I hope this helps…

  5. January 21, 2009

    Is this the wireless module you guys are referring to?

    I remember reading somewhere that you had to disconnect one of the USB ports to plug this adapter in.

  6. Kristina
    January 22, 2009

    Hi Adam,
    Yes, that is the wireless module. Thanks for the link. When VIA first came out with the ARTiGO A1000, they didn’t offer any real solution to make wireless happen. They had wireless capability advertised on some of their internal documents, but over here, we all looked at the system and said, “How is VIA going to make that work?” It looks like VIA came up with a way.

    According to the document, one of the USB ports becomes non-functional after plugging in the wireless device.

  7. Rick
    March 3, 2009


    I’ve got an Artigo, I find the fan noise to be annoying. It’s not that it’s extremely loud, but the high frequency whine is hard to ignore, especially if there is no other noise in the room. I wanted to use this for a low end home server, but I can’t stand keeping the thing on all night. My desktop machine is much less disturbing.

  8. fake
    March 5, 2009

    the fan noise is definitely annoying. breaks the deal for me, had i known this beforehand i wouldn’t have bought it. the 150 $ extra for the fanless casing are a ripoff.

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