Thanks for the review, great looking system.
Any idea how efficient that PSU is compared to the Pico-PSU? Shame about that large bungle of cables, shame they didn't get shorter and sheathed cable-sets.
The pics on their website
show the drive bays underneath the optical drive, but they don't appear to be rubber-mounted, unlike the Coolermaster case
. It looks as though there's room and mountings for a third drive, but that might be where the board for the front panel connector and IR goes... any way you can confirm this?
I too would like to see a version with a PCI slot, either half-height or full-height over the motherboard.
The H3 uses the same rubber mountings as the H10 -- those 6-point star shapes visible on the underside of the case are rubber grommets.
As for efficiency, I just added this to the article:
It is not possible to get a precise assessment of power supply efficiency without pulling it from the case and loading it up our power supply test rig. However, our AC test measurements can give us a pretty good idea. The Asus P8H67-I Deluxe mini-ITX motherboard used in this sample was just tested and reviewed by Lawrence last week. Although the processor used in that review was the high end Intel Core i5-2500K, we know from previous testing that all the standard TDP socket 1155 chips have the same idle power. Another difference is that two 2-GB sticks of SO-DIMM were used in Larry's testing, while the H3.SODD system used just one, but this should not impact idle power at all. It should be well under 1W difference.
The estimated idle state DC power for the tested Asus P8H67-I Deluxe with i5-2500K and 4 GB RAM was 20W. The H3 sample system pulled 25W AC at idle, which suggests ~80% efficiency. This load is very low, and likely below the power level at which maximum efficiency is reached by the power supply. This means efficiency should be higher with any kind of load. You could expect 85% or better efficiency at ~60W.