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17-11-2014


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ASUS VivoPC VM62N nettop: review and testing

The Asus lineup includes a variety of devices: motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, laptops, smartphones and other. In this case, the distinguishing feature of all of its products is a recognizable design and high qualitative components.

This material will be devoted to an unusual miniature computer ASUS VivoPC VM62N, which has much more possibilities than it might seem at first glance. Such class of devices can be used in various fields: as a multimedia PC, educational system or office needs. In recent years, the performance of the internal components of nettop has increased significantly, so some items may play undemanding games. The capabilities of ASUS VivoPC VM62N will be described in today’s review.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

The specs:

Producer

ASUS

Model

VivoPC VM62N

CPU

Intel Core i3-4030U: 2 cores (4 streams), base frequency - 1900 Mhz, L3 cache – 3 МB, TDP – 15 W

Memory support

2 x DDR3L SO-DIMM-slots 1333/1600 MHz with memory support up to 16 GB

Installed memory

1 x Samsung M471B1G73DB0-YK0 with capacity of 8 GB

Graphic adapters

Intel HD Graphics 4400: core frequency – 200 MHz (max up to 1000 MHz); video memory capacity is dynamically extended due to RAM

NVIDIA GeForce 820M: core frequency – 625 MHz (max up to 955 MHz); DDR3 capacity− 1 GB

Disk subsystem

2 х SATA 6 Gb/s

Installer drive

Toshiba DT01ACA100 (1 ТB, 3,5", SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 rpm)

Compartement foe drives

1 х 3,5" (internal with support of drives with capacity up to 1 TB)

Optical drive

-

Card-reader

Integrated (with SD, SDHC, SDXC и MMC memory cards)

Expansions slots

1 х mini-PCIe (installed combined module Wi-Fi/Bluetooth)

Interfaces

4 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

1 x HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45)

1 х lock Kensington

1 x power socket

1 х optical S/PDIF output

2 x audio jacks

1 х DisplayPort

Multimedia

Speakers

SonicMaster (2 x 2 W)

Audio codec

Realtek ALC277

Communication

Network adapters

10/100/1000 Мb/s (Realtek RTL8111GR)

Wi-Fi/Bluetooth

mini-PCIe Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-module

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0

HSPA

-

PSU

Output parameters: 19 V DC at 4,7 А, 90 W

Intput parameters: 100~240 V AC 50/60 Hz, 1,5 А

Other

Wall or monitor mounting using VESA fastenings

Case dimensions

190 x 190 x 56,2 mm

Weight

1,2 kg

Color

Gray

OS

Windows 8.1

Warranty

-

Producer website

Product page

ASUS

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Hardware platform

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

The heart of ASUS VivoPC VM62N is a dual-core processor Intel Core i3-4030U, the base frequency is 1900 MHz. It can perform calculations in four-stream mode and does not support technology Intel Turbo Boost 2.0. At maximum load its multiplier was "x19", and the voltage at the level of 0.754 V.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

In idle mode the core frequency was dropped to 800 MHz at multiplier value “x8”. The voltage was 0.667 V.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Processor cache memory is distributed as follows: 32 KB of L1 cache per core with 8 channels of associativity to cache data and 32 KB of L1 cache per core with 8 channels of associativity for cache instructions. Also here are 256 KB of L2 cache per core with 8 channels of associativity and 3 MB of shared L3 cache with 12 channels of associativity.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Built-in memory controller supports low-voltage modules DDR3L 1333 and 1600 MHz. Can they operate in dual channel mode, and the maximum capacity of memory should not exceed 16 GB.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Processor Intel Core i3-4030U has integrated graphics core Intel HD Graphics 4400. It includes 20 unified shader pipelines, 8 texture units and 4 rasterization blocks, and has the support of instructions OpenCL and DirectCompute 5.0. Basic GPU frequency is 200 MHz, and dynamic 1000 MHz.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

To perform the tasks for graphics processing and running games, an additional graphics accelerator NVIDIA GeForce 820M is provided. It has a much better performance and consists of 96 unified shader pipelines, 16 texture units and 8 ROP units. In rated operation GPU’s frequency is 625 MHz, and in the dynamic accelerating it is 955 MHz. Also, this graphics accelerator has 1 GB of video memory of type DDR3L. According to values of utility GPU-Z, the clock speed of the memory chips is 900 MHz (effective value is 1800 MHz), and the carrying capacity of a 64-bit bus reaches 14.4 GB/s.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

The of motherboard supports 4 different self-supported ports USB 3.0, 4 interfaces SATA 6 Gb/s, and 12 lines of PCI Express 2.0.

Packaging and content

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Nettop comes in a rather large box of black color. Its surface practically has not description of the contents. Important functional element is a convenient carrying handle with the company logo ASUS.

Inside the package there are two compartments: a mini-computer and its accessories.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Package of ASUS VivoPC VM62N includes:

  • mount VESA, as well as screws and brackets;
  • power supply unit and necessary cables;
  • manual.

Mini-computer includes a mount VESA, which allows you to place the device on the back of the monitor or on the wall. This greatly expands the usability of the workplace.

Design

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Nettop has a compact housing with dimensions 190 x 190 x 56,2 mm. It looks very neat and does not contain any flashy or distracting elements.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

On the bottom there are four rubber legs that allow the computer to stay stable on the surface of the table. On the edges that connect the bottom and sides are grilles of ventilation.

Ergonomics, elements layout

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

The front side has two white LEDs: one signals about the operation of the device, and the second is designed to indicate the hard drive.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

The interface panel has quite a wide variety of connectors, especially considering the compact dimensions of nettop. Here are: the connector and the power button, card reader, lock Kensington, four USB 3.0 ports, one interface DisplayPort and one HDMI, network interface RJ45, two USB 2.0 ports, two audio sockets and optical S/PDIF output. In the bottom is located ventilation grille.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

The side faces have additional openings for intake of cold air used to cool the internal components.

Internal layout

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

After removing the top plastic cover you can immediately get access to the drive. In our case, we used a standard 3.5-inch hard drive. Also, the manufacturer has released a special adapter (it will have to be purchased separately), which allows you to set into two 2.5-inch HDD-drives.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Under it is a bay for two RAM modules of type DDR3L SO-DIMM.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

As for the other components, access to them can be obtained only after a complete disassembly of the device. In particular, we can immediately see the combined module Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, which is installed in the slot mini-PCIe.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

On the reverse side of the cover is placed a card reader for storage format SD, SDHC, SDXC, and MMC. It operates under the control of the controller Alcor Micro AU6465R. It ensures compatibility with SDXC cards of MMC version 3.0 and version 4.4.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Here are stereo speakers ASUS SonicMaster, each of which has a capacity of 2 W. When watching movies or listening to music they can provide ample volume with acceptable quality of high and medium frequencies.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

As the cooling system uses a turbine-type cooler SUNON MF75070V1-C250-S9A, which is connected to the CPU and GPU with copper heat pipe and a thin layer of thermal paste. Through this cooling system heated air is expelled outside the case through the hole on the interface panel.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the chipset and processor are located on a single chip. This greatly simplifies the wiring of the motherboard and construction of the cooling system.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Opportunities of Multi I/O are provided by NUVOTON NCT5538D, thanks to which the monitoring and fan control are implemented.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Correct functioning of the ports HDMI and DisplayPort provides controller ASMedia ASM1442K.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

To maintain network connections is a gigabit LAN-controller Realtek 8111GR. The audio subsystem ASUS VivoPC VM62N is based on HDA-codec Realtek ALC277.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Near the GPU NVIDIA GeForce 820M are two memory chips of standard DDR3L.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

On the reverse side of the printed circuit board is the second part of the video memory chips. The total volume is 1 GB, which is assembled using four chips SK Hynix H5TC2G83FFR of type DDR3L 256 MB each.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

At the bottom of the housing on the inner side is located antenna of Wi-Fi-module. This means that the mini-computer should not be covered by any screening material, because it may impair the quality of signal reception and transmission.

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

ASUS VivoPC VM62N

Our sample ASUS VivoPC VM62N is packaged with one memory module DDR3L Samsung M471B1G73DB0-YK0 with frequency 1600 MHz and capacity 8 GB. The drives is presented as 3.5-inch hard drive Toshiba DT01ACA100 with capacity 1TB and spindle rotation speed of 7200 rpm and interface SATA 6 Gb/s.


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