Inside you can see the spare memory slot and the Tuner card. The wiring is very neat and tidy, so be very careful not to put too much pressure on this. You can also make out the TranCool device over the processor.
One thing to be careful of is the little push button that sits on the front of the ixL for the optical drive. It just sits in the hole and in my case it fell out and I had to crawl around looking for it before the cats got to it! But you just put it back in and keep the unit level!
Just take your time and you will be fine. I have taken it apart several times over the last day or so and it is not difficult.
If you want to add a 3.5” SATA drive, it actually goes UNDER the tray that holds the 2.5” SATA drive and the optical drive.
USING THE IXL
Depending on what you are going to use your ixL for you can either connect it up to a monitor or to a TV (I did both for the purposes of the review, but it will be left connected to my TV as my main media center).
Pressing the power button starts up the ixL and the first thing you notice, or rather don’t notice is the noise. It is VERY quiet – in fact, the only noise I could hear was the slight hum of the Scorpio Blue hard drive.
The ixL booted into Windows very quickly and a check on the System showed that Performance Rating was a 4.1.
This is brought down because of the Windows Aero performance, which if you are not bothered about (like me) it isn’t something that it going to worry you much.
Using PassMark, I ran the full suite of tests and got the following results:
The overall rating was 964.1.
Even running all the stress tests, the machine was still very quiet (which it should be).