Quick Sync has been tuned up, so if your encoder supports it, that could be useful.
For h.264 encoding check Intel Quick Sync
. It's about 5-8 times as fast on a Sandy Bridge system than other encoders. You need to buy proprietary software, there's no freeware solution at the moment.
From what I've read and seen, the quality of QuickSync encodings don't come close to x264. I had high hopes for it, but for this generation and the next, it seems more like a gimmick.
Regarding Ivy in general, I'd like the reduced TDP and native USB 3.0, but I don't think that's enough for me at the moment. Besides, April 29th is too late! I'm taking April off from work, and would really like to play around with a new build
ASUS can control 3-pin fans. The voltage range is 5-12 V, but you would have yo use ASUS FanXpert which is a part of ASUS AI Suite. But it works great, and there's no need to run the program every time you use the computer. FanXpert will control the fan even when it's turned off. You can also control the PWM fan of the CPU here. It can be run as low as 10-20 %!
So you say it's run once, set settings and no looking back? No need to rerun FanExpert? I could live with that
Why don't you like the HDD mount in the Solo II?
It's seems way too cumbersome. You have to open the side door, open the front, open filter and THEN slide the drive in/out.
In my Sonata II, it's open the side door and slide the drive in/out. The 550D seems simple like the Sonata II.
I notice that the Noctua NH-C14 uses 3-pin fans with starting voltages at ~7 V. There are probably quieter alternatives if you choose to run the fans at that voltage.
You mean that the lowest setting could be quieter? Would it make sense to replace the fans, maybe with 4 pin fans? Or should I look around for another HSF, maybe one of the other Noctua?