Originally Posted by altdel
Amazon is showing EP600 again, at @$119.95; however, the description still says Realtek 1185 and no mention of Gen 2. I'm wondering if this is just not updated, or it is some old stock.
I'd also like to know if the G2 version w/1186 has a heat-sink or not.
I questioned weather the EP600 (1185 version) could control heat with such little airflow and the fact that the main board is enrobed on a plastic sled, without any heatsink on the CPU. It seemed that the aluminum case had minimal thermal effect since it had no direct contact with any components.
But the EP600 has handled it ok, because the 1185 is a pretty cool chip. The 1186 is a different mug of tea. I'm not sure the 1186 would share the same fortunes in such a tight case with little airflow and no heatsink. An aluminum case can only go so far when it can only conduct heat though the airspace inside the case, without any direct transfer.