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Intel Compute Card CD1M3128MK + DK132EPJ Dock SFF PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Intel

Packaging and System




Simple brown cardboard boxes contain both the card and dock. While they are sold separately, you have to have both a card and a dock for the system to work. Packaging is done well and protects the contents of the box.





You get a VESA mounting bracket, four different regional plug adapters, AC/DC power supply, and some screws and manuals. The FPS outputs 19v at 3.43A for a total of roughly 65W.




The top and bottom of the compute card are simple. An aluminum enclosure protects everything, but doubles as a heat transfer medium for the hardware inside the card. The front of the unit is rubberized and is visible when the unit is docked. We also see some regulatory information for the WIFI card, but also find that the card is rated for 12v @ 1.67A, which is odd since I would think voltage reduction for the parts would be done outside the card, but it seems that voltage regulation (for CPU, RAM, etc.) is being done on the card to reduce pin count.




The card has an interesting mounting mechanism. It actually will lock into the cartridge slot when inserted into the dock. There isn't much to see, but judging by some of the controllers on the dock's motherboard, it's based on type-C port technology.




The top of the dock has clear labels for the rear ports. The bottom of the dock has a vent as well as four rubber legs, and VESA mounting holes.




The front of the unit is where you put in the card, and there is also a USB 3.0 port at the front for easy access. The rear of the unit has two more USB 3.0 ports, DC input jack, HDMI 1.4, mini DisplayPort 1.2, 1Gbit LAN, and a Kensington lock slot. The right and left sides of the unit have vents; the left side is an intake while the right is an exhaust vent.




Once the card is inserted into the dock, it's almost impossible to remove without ejecting the card with the digital button that only appears when the unit is one, or by opening the dock itself. The good news is that Intel has thought about physical security, and if you use a Kensington lock, ejection will not work.

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