Oh, yes please. I'll be looking forward to see those numbers.
(Maybe a few benchmarks too?
I actually typed it up a few days ago, but a thunderstorm restarted my computer before I could post it
Anyhow this is my configuration:
2x80mm Thermaltake Orange Case fans @ 5v (These are different than what they sell - it came with an old case. They're much quieter than the HDD/HSF and they start everytime @5v, so no complaints :p)
Intel e5200 R0 stepping
Stock Intel AL Heatsink @ 1175 rpm
Corsair CM2X2048-6400C5 @ 5-4-4/1.8v
Samsung SN-S083A DVD Writer
Seagate 5400.3 160GB SATA HDD (Pulled from a HP notebook.)
Windows XP MCE
I used Speedfan to read temps and a blueplanet energy meter to take power consumption readings at the outlet. Ambient temps are ~21-24C.
Temps were taken with the case standing up (i.e taller than it is wide)
, I managed to achieve 27-30w idle
@ Windows and 47-50w with Orthos
running for 40 mins. With both Orthos and rthdribl (full screen), I read 60w on my meter, which is excellent. Temps ranged from 36C-50C
. However, you absolutely HAVE to undervolt! My e5200 is running 1.1v from 1.25ghz to 2.5 ghz.
At stock voltages
, I idled at the same wattage as Windows automatically undervolts to 1.1v and downclocks to 1.25ghz. However, with Orthos running, power consumption fluctuated around 63w
. Temps ranged from 36C-61C
. Once I fired up rthdribl, it reached 75w
. If the DVD drive was spinning up and you have more USB accessories attached, 80+ watts is very much possible and scary to think about...considering the power adapter is rated for only 65w.
I used RMClock to undervolt since no options were available in the BIOS. However, an option for higher RAM voltages (1.8v+) is available with a BIOS update.
I'm kind of lazy with the benchmarks right now, but Super Pi to 1M took 23.609s, which seems a touch slower than what I see online with the same CPU. But given the size, I'm happy
As for the noise, the loudest things in the ISK right now are the stock hsf and the HDD. It's definitely audible over ambient noise in my room but it's still be pretty quiet for most folks.
On a side note, my temps seem kind of low compared to others, but what I read in speedfan and the BIOS seems to correspond. Maybe I'm just lucky...
In the end, it's feasible to build a Core 2 Duo system around the ISK, even if you consider worst-case power consumption, but you'll need to keep a close eye on whats eating electricity and undervolt! I'd actually recommend a powered USB hub for your most hungry accessories - They could eat 5w+ together.