Resurrecting an old thread here... I'd like to put together a low power consumption machine like the ones mentioned above (15W-ish) as my next main PC + HTPC (one machine has to do double duty). I'm tempted to just recreate what was done above, but it's now 2 years later... surely there are better choices with current-generation parts? Anyone know the successors to these boards?
There are no Intel mini itx haswell motherboards, as they are getting out of the consumer motherboard business. There a a few in ATX and micro atx, if you still want to build on those factors look into,Intel Boxed Desktop Board DB85FL Micro ATX DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 MotherboardIntel Boxed Desktop Board DH87RL Micro ATX DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard
That said there are some that have move on to AsRock as good alternative option, cant first hand as i don't own one, but you should check the links on the thread, and since you going into HTPC, maybe you like Vicotnik HDPLEX H1-S and ASRock mini-ITX
, has two setups below 15W idle on Asrock Haswell motherboards.
Personally i didn't have such good results with MSI, my haswell setup was like 3W higher than Sandy Bridge intel mobo, but apparently MSI is going to be releasing a new ECO line, oriented into low power consumption, weather its just marketing... idk, but in case you want to dig more check MSI introduces new ECO Series Motherboards Doing more with less
. I don't see any mini itx though, but might happen later on.
But if you don't need a super powerful CPU, then also consider the NUC route, it comes with intel motherboard, so if all the builds that have achieved those low idle voltages has been more commonly intels, i think this would be the best bet. There are some options like Intel BOXD54250WYK1
just add the missing components like memory, msata ssd, and power, if you need more storage, you can even go with Intel NUC BOXD54250WYKH1
add an msata ssd for os/programs and 2.5 laptop hdd for storage. There are even fanless aftermarket cases like Akasa Tesla H Fanless Solid Aluminum NUC Case - VESA Mountable (A-NUC05-A1B)