Summary

Our Score

7/10

Review Price free/subscription

The EPIA platform was never going to be the basis for a fast PC and the TC10000 is no exception, but to give you an idea we installed Windows XP and ran some of our standard benchmarks on it. SYSmark 2002 was chosen over SYSmark 2004 due to the fact that we only had 256MB of memory to test the board with and that some of the applications in 2004 need a more powerful PC to run. The scores in SYSmark 2002 weren’t anything to brag about as the TC10000 only managed a meagre overall score of 45. Similarly in PCMark 2004 the scores were at the lower end of the chart and just to see if it would run, 3DMark 2001 was also installed, which produced a score similar to notebooks with integrated graphics.

Now this is all quite irrelevant to the TC10000 as it would probably never have Windows XP installed on it, or at least not be used for any office applications or games. Where the TC10000 comes into its own is as some sort of home server or Firewall/Internet sharing appliance. It’s just a shame that you can’t boot from the CompactFlash card, as this would have meant that you could have a practically silent system. Of course this wouldn’t be of much use if you want to set it up as a fileserver, but this is only one of many possibilities of the TC10000.

The advantage of the PC Card slot is that you could install a wireless network card and thus either use it as a wireless access point or a wireless server. The limit is really your imagination in this case and I would even expect a lot of people to fit the TC10000 in their cars as some sort of in-car PC due to its 12V power input.

The EPIA TC10000 is a hard product to sum up as it can be used as the basis for so many different projects. It is also the first commercially available motherboard that has onboard DC-DC power conversion. The TC10000 is not super cheap at £146.88 inc VAT but it does have a lot to offer and it is virtually silent apart from the CPU fan.

Verdict

The EPIA TC10000 is an odd product that will appeal to anyone that’s looking for a motherboard that can be powered by an external PSU or a car battery, but don’t forget the extra cost of the memory and external power brick.

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