HighSpeedPC Standard HSPC Tech Station v2.0

Written by Michael Larabel in Enclosures on 1 September 2005 at 01:00 PM EDT. Page 3 of 3. Add A Comment.


Although we're not putting a twist on things like those that we had in the original HSPC Tech Station review when we implemented some light water cooling, the components used are as follows:

Hardware Components
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 530 (3.0GHz)
Motherboard: ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe
Memory: Kingmax Mars DDR2-667
Graphics Card: Leadtek PX6600GT 128MB
Hard Drives: Seagate 7200.8 200GB SATA
Optical Drives: Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM
Cooling: 3 x 120mm fans; Ultra Products HSF
Power Supply: ThermalTake PurePower 460W
Software Components
Operating System: Ubuntu 5.10 Colony 3

The standard ATX motherboard had absolutely no problems sitting atop the new HSPC rubber standoffs and the expansion PCI Express/PCI cards had absolutely no problems fitting in the system and having the top rest against the thick plastic brace. There are nylon thumbscrews included for use with the AGP/PCI brace, however, we didn't use them due to the rate at which we swap out the different components. One item we found worth mentioning is that the moving of the 120mm fan does allow more room for CPU heatsinks and fans; however, even if the HSF doesn't require braces under the PCB it's a wise choice to install the heatsink before placing the motherboard on the HSPC workbench due to a lack of workroom. Underneath the second bench is the hard drive rail and although we only used one hard drive in the setup, a second IDE or SATA hard drive could easily fit snugly in place. On top of the Tech Station, we fit the power supply and DVD-ROM. We hadn't used the neoprene mat as we felt it wasn't among best quality so rather we opted for cutting some thick blocks of foam and using those to keep the components in place. We felt our method kept the components up even higher while offering a greater coefficient of friction with the bench. Overall, everything fit in the standard Tech Station kit perfectly and the large version allows even greater workroom.


Although the Standard HSPC Tech Station v2.0 wasn't re-designed from the ground up, it offers a host of new and beneficial features. These updates make the computer installation easier, make items installations more secure, and allows additional workroom among other upgrades. One item HighSpeedPC set out to improve, the ATX Control Kit, we felt even the revised version still felt relatively cheap quality but the switches and LEDs should be sufficient for most enthusiasts and hobbyists. Finally, another one of the terrific improvements for the Tech Station v2.0 was the revamped documentation that should undoubtedly help those who have never experienced the HighSpeedPC product firsthand. Although this wouldn't be the ideal product for users who aren't continually changing out products on a daily or near daily basis those of us who do, however, the HighSpeedPC (HSPC) Tech Station v2.0 is the perfect product as it’s much easier than running the components on top of motherboard boxes.

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