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Acer AspireRevo R3610

In styling the Acer AspireRevo is rhomboid in shape. As shown in the photo above it also carries connections on three of its sides: Top/front corner 2 x USB; Front: Card reader/Audio/eSATA; Rear: 4 x USB/Ethernet/HDMI/VGA/power.

Background

The Acer AspireRevo was not actually marketed as a thin client but as a 'nettop' computer. However the form factor of the hardware and its power consumption is very much in line with many thin clients and so I decided to include it on the site. (It caught my eye in the first place as the eBay vendor had labelled it as a Thin Client).

Being nettop computers the various AspireRevos are fitted with hard drives rather than SSDs.

The first iteration of the Acer AspireRevo was released at the end of April 2009. This was the R1600 which was fitted with an Intel Atom 230 processor (1.6 GHz), 1GB of RAM and the NVIDIA ION graphics motherboard with Windows XP.

This was followed by the R3600 model which featured a single core Intel Atom 230, 1 GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Home Premium edition.

Finally we have the higher-end R3610 model which featured a dual core Intel Atom 330, 2GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Windows 7 Home Premium. (FYI The Tadpole Pulsar also uses the Atom 330 and NVIDA ION.)

According to Wikipedia:

The combination of low power, relatively low price and support for hardware accelerated video make it suitable for many uses, including as a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) or Media Center - for example, running Kodi (formerly Xbox Media Center).

What I have is the R3610 model fitted with a 160GB hard drive and that is what is documented here. It was manufactured in July 2010.

Specifications

I haven't been able to track down any datasheet on the R3610 or the nVidia ION chipset. As a result the potential screen resolution entry is blank.

Processor
   Type
   Speed
   Chipset
Atom 330 (dual core)
1.6GHz
nVidia MCP7A-ION
Memory
   Disk
   RAM
160GB
2GB/4GB (Max 4GB)
Video
   Chip
   Max resolution
GF9400
???? x ????
Ports
   Network
   USB
   Serial
   Parallel
   PS/2
   Video
10/100/1000
6 x USB2.0
0
0
0
VGA & HDMI
Power
   Power
   Plug
   Off
   Idle
   Running
19V 3.42A (label)
Coax 5.5mm/1.7mm
1W
~20W
~25W
Dimensions
H x W x D (mm)190 x 36 x 210 (Excluding Stand)

Note: Depth dimension takes into account the overhang of the front panel thanks to the unit's rhomboid shape.

The embedded operating system is one of:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium X64
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium X32 (by request)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (by request)
  • Linpus Linux X-windows version
  • Free DOS

depending on the exact model.

My R3610 had been wiped by the supplier. According to the Acer support website my particular example had been running Linux. (This information was provided once I'd typed in the serial number).

Power Supply

The R3610 carries a label rating the PSU at 19V 3.42A. The connector is a conventional coax socket with a barrel/pin diameters of 5.5mm/1.7mm. My R3610 came without a PSU but I was easily able to source one from eBay.

CPU

The Atom 330 is a dual core processor with Hyper Threading and so appears as four processors to the operating system. The processor TDP is 8W and it is fitted with a (silent) cooling fan.

From /proc/cpuinfo:

vendor_id :GenuineIntel
cpu family :6
model :28
model name :Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU 330 @ 1.60GHz
stepping :2
flags :fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts cpuid aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm movbe lahf_lm dtherm

PCI

00:00.0 Host bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 Host Bridge (rev b1)
00:00.1 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.0 ISA bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 LPC Bridge (rev b3)
00:03.1 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.2 SMBus: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 SMBus (rev b1)
00:03.3 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.5 Co-processor: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 Co-processor (rev b1)
00:04.0 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b1)
00:04.1 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev b1)
00:08.0 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 High Definition Audio (rev b1)
00:09.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 PCI Bridge (rev b1)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 Ethernet (rev b1)
00:0b.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 SATA Controller (rev b1)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:10.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:15.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:16.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:17.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:18.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation ION VGA (rev b1)
05:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe

Expansion

R3610 motherboard There is little to no space within the housing for adding additional hardware.

Flash: The internal mass storage interface is a standard SATA 15+7 connector mounted on the motherboard. There is also an external eSATA connector for a second drive. The SATA interface is a SATA 2.0 interface (3GB/s).

Being a 'nettop' the R3610 comes fitted with a 160GB a Hitachi 5400rpm drive (HTS546016B9A300) rather than a Flash module. The 2.5" drive is mounted on the motherboard. You have to remove the motherboard to change the drive as the mounting screws pass through the motherboard.

RAM: There are two SO-DIMM sockets that take DDRII-800 SODIMMS. The maximum memory supported is 4GB (2 x 2GB). The SODIMM fitted in my unit was a Kingston part ACR256X64D2S800C6. If a pair of SODIMMs are fitted the memory controller works in dual channel mode.

I did find this snippet in the FAQ section on Acer's website:

If you have 4GB of Random Access Memory (RAM) installed in your Aspire Revo R3600 or R3610, the operating system recognizes it as only 3GB. This is not due to any software limitations, but to the architecture of the Atom processor.

Due to its design, the Atom processor can address up to 4GB of RAM. Parts of the memory will be assigned to hardware resources during the start-up of the system, making this memory invisible for the Operating System.

The System missing memory is used in the following way:

  1. 256MB is assigned as video memory.
  2. A total of 512MB is used for PCI hardware resources.
  3. 256MB is dedicated to PCI Express hardware resources.

USB: There are 6 external USB sockets.

Mini PCIe: There is a Mini-PCIe connector to which is fitted a Ralink RT3090 Wireless LAN card.

Card Reader: There is a 4 in 1 card reader on the front panel which accepts XD/SD/MMC/MS cards.

Other

The CMOS backup battery is a sleeved CR2032 that is connected to a socket on the board. There is also an on-board CLR CMOS jumper that is located on the corner of the board by the fan.

Click here for a larger photo of the motherboard.

 


Any comments? email me. Added December 2018