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Intel Compute Stick "2" STK1AW32SC 2GB Windows 10 Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 10, 2016 5:40 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Intel

Temperature and Power Consumption

 

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The new Compute Stick draws slightly more power than its predecessor; this isn't a surprise considering the provided AC to DC adapter provides 3A versus 2A the original Compute Stick's adapter could provide.

 

The increase in power consumption is due to many factors, the extra USB port being one of them.

 

 

Thermal Testing

 

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Intel told us during the briefing that the new Compute Sticks temperature wouldn't exceed 60C (I am assuming 25C ambient), and it didn't, even when the ambient temperature was hovering around 30C. What is important isn't much the surface temperature but the noise the fan makes to keep the Compute Stick cool.

 

I am happy to report that Intel has improved the noise levels of the Compute Stick through multiple mechanisms I will discuss on the next page.

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