I checked the Sandy Bridge CPU's and the mini-ITX boards that take them, and the bill for just those two components is about €200 for a Intel Core i3 2100 + ASRock H67M-ITX.
Im not too sure, but i read somewhere that the Asrock didnt allow voltage control, so they werent recommending it (if i find the link ill post it), there were going more for Asus/Zotac. I personally just went with intel out of not OCing, and there some people that believe that intel boards are the best in power consumption.... this is my first intel board and ill be building on the weekend, so cant say much here.
Alternatively, to have an idea of their performance, I'd be curious if someone could tell me how long it takes to compile a Linux kernel on a...
- Sapphire PURE White Fusion
, which uses the AMD E350 processor
- ZOTAC NF610I-K-E
or ZOTAC G43ITX-A-E
, and either the Intel Celeron Dual-Core E3400
or the Intel Pentium E5400
Idk Kernel, or if it would fully use hyperthreading, but on the review that i posted, the i3 2100T is 3x to 4x faster than dual core atom. The AMD350 imo is a great combo for htpc, their strength is their built in GPU, their cpu imo is meh, it might be slightly faster than atom, but in the same ballpark, i would go with at least intel 2100T or 2500T if you want a quad core, their idle consumptions are on par or lower than atom, on load the might be higher, but also 4x more... so imo is good setup.
Did you end up coming to a conclusion on this? The Sycthe Kouzuti is only 40mm high. If it can't fit, nothing can.
Well my personal guess, by those pics is it does, if you see the side pic it just slightly higher than the sound card, and the sound card still not at the top ioshield so there is some space there + the space from the edge of the case, so my guess is yes, but i dont own the case nor the kouzuti to really say so. But one thing is certain, the kozouti wont allow for the 2.5hdd brackets to be mounted, so there will be a need to go external or with a mini sata like the ones posted above, without knowing for sure if you can boot from that port or if its really an msata compabtible wit intels 310 series.
Do you know how high the stock Sandy Bridge cooler is. I read one place that it is only 20mm high... but I wonder if that was an error...
I read somewhere that the stock cooler was 45mm (the none T), i yet to see any info on the T versions, i did read and seen there are smaller, but how much mm idk, but ill be able to let you know on the weekend, as all my parts for my build are on guatemala, just on route to me, so ill probably get them today or tomorrow, but wont be building until saturday, ill try to get you some pics of the 2100T cooler.
In the mean time here is pic comparing both from vrzone,
Guessing by that pic, it might allow hdd bracket placement on the M350 with its reduced height (with a more centered CPU socket), although not 100% sure since i don't own a M350.