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Arctic MC101-A10 Home Entertainment Centre Review

Rating: 7.5.

Home entertainment continues to be a fast growing trend in the computer usage market. Smaller, faster and quieter are all characteristics that users demand from their HTPC, but not ones that naturally go hand-in-hand. Arctic aim to care for the needs of home entertainment enthusiasts with their slim and elegant MC101.

On paper, the MC101 is a powerful home entertainment system. It packs an AMD Trinity A10 – 4600M, HD 7660G, 8GB of memory and 1TB hard drive into a chassis which is no thicker than a SD card. Built to operate silently with a low power usage, Arctic’s intelligent fan speed settings should allow media-lovers to enjoy their films and TV shows without disturbance. A DVB-T (HD)/ ATSC TV tuner and front panel infra-red receiver outline the system’s HTPC intentions.

Arctic’s passive MC001-BD earned our KitGuru ‘Worth Buying’ award. Can its more powerful, $749.00 sibling impress us as much?


Processor: AMD Trinity A10 – 4600M (2.3GHz)

Chipset: A70M (Hudson M3)

Memory: 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz

Graphics: AMD HD 7660G (512MB)

Hard Disk Drive: 1TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue (2.5″)

Optical Drive: None

TV Tuner: DVB-T / ATSC

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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  • Stewart

    excellent looking media center, great styling. bit costly as you say though.

  • Brian

    You pay for the chassis design really, but Id rather build my own media center with the latest silverstone chassis. Better airflow, even if is a bit bigger.

    Still nice idea from ARCTIC, although ive concerns over their pricing lately, their GPU coolers are very expensive too.

  • Sven

    No bluray optical drive for this pricing? Are they kidding. wow thats well over the price I would expect for that hardware specification.

  • datsun

    Bluray can be added with usb based external Bluray drive.

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