the processor with a rather large copper heatsink and the main intake fan is a
40x40x20mm Sunon (KDE1204PKV1 ) which spins at
7200 RPM pushing about 8.3 CFM of air.
An air duct is used to direct
the exhaust from the heatsink outside the case and two small 40x40x10mm
Sunon fans (5400 RPM, 4.9 CFM) offer assistance. I was
a bit surprised to see the processor
cooled this way; expecting the opposite to be true. Instead fresh
cooler air from the outside is pulled in at the rear of the case
and exhausted to the side. The system is fairly quiet.
One of the Hermes greatest features is probably one you'll never notice and that's the
amount of noise it produces. MSI engineered the Hermes to be as quiet as
possible and they claim the Hermes will only generate 28.6dB of noise when
idling and 35dB while under load!
Perfect as a
home theatre PC system or bookshelf multimedia system, the Hermes is ideal for
situations where noise is a factor.
Unlike MSI's Metis system which is basically based on a Micro ATX
form factor motherboard, the Hermes is actually quite proprietary. It uses a
custom size motherboard as well as a non standard power supply. While the PSU looks
like an ATX, if you look closely to the main power connector you'll notice that
one wire is missing. If something were to die in the Hermes (when out of
warranty), it would be probably be difficult to replace.
Ease of Use:
As mentioned earlier, the
Hermes's exterior is well designed and quite straight forward. All front panel
I/O controls are labelled and easy to read. The rear of the computer is not
quite as user friendly but even a novice computer user should be able to
decipher the images. Because the system can be mounted on it's left hand side
(via a foot stand), I was a bit surprised to see MSI did not include a warning
about blocking the air vents.