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Hiper Media Slimline HTPC With AMD Heart

Slim, Quiet, and not exactly Cheap

Hiper HMC-2K53A-A3

The youngest member of Hiper’s slimline series of HTPCs now comes with a pre-installed micro-ATX motherboard. While buyers of previous models had to find their own motherboard and install it into the case, the HMC-2K53A-A3, as it is officially called, already ships with a Socket AM2 board made by MSI. What sets it apart from other offerings is that it sports an HDMI connector on the ATX shield. Hiper is also planning to create an Intel version.

Hiper HMC-2K53A-A3

The case itself is only 5 cm high, and from the outside, looks almost identical to its predecessor. The front has gained a display that shows information on a wide range of functions. The unit is controlled using an IR remote that ships with the case, as does a 200 watt power supply.

Hiper HMC-2K53A-A3

To turn the barebone into a fully functional HTPC, you’ll still need to buy and install a CPU with a cooler, some RAM, a hard drive, and an optical drive. The board’s graphics capabilities, which it owes to an ATI graphics chip integrated in the chipset, can not be upgraded. While there is an appropriate PCI Express slot, it is unusable due to the case’s form factor.

The PCI slots are a different story, though. Thanks to a so-called riser card, one of the PCI slots can be used for add-in cards such as a TV tuner. However, some limitations regarding the card’s size still apply, since the inside of the case is very cramped. Luckily, installing a TV tuner card is possible, even if it’s not exactly easy. We’ll talk more about this in the test setup section.

  • nukemaster
    I like....
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  • othercents
    What were the dimensions of the TV tuner card, or maybe the dimensions that you think will fit? Did you try the AVerMedia PCIe card and maybe getting a PCIe extender from orbitmicro.com? My current setup has a dual tuner card in it, so there isn't a way for me switch without having a dual tuner in it.

    I don't see why a manufacturer would design a HTPC without the ability to use the majority of the Tuner Card manufacturers. I think this is the best looking slim HTPC available, but it isn't really user friendly.

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  • daglesj
    Made a good impression?? Sounds to me like they started off designing and building this thing by making some pretty big assumptions, found out 75% of the way in some major shortfalls and just had to carry on rather then scrap it.
    Once again yest another HTPC concept falls flat.
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  • BKD
    If you?re seriously considering this product, I think you should spend a litte more and get a staight jacket.

    I don?t see the value in first limiting yourself to a small box and then adding to that with the commitment to this mobo. All I can say is WTF, get the straight jacket dude, you?ll thank yourself in the end.

    To the man that wants to avoid accountability and responsibility, freedom is the ultimate tyranny and love/god is a terrorist. LIve responsibily and please don't drink and breathe.
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