I am building a HTPC system built around Ivy Bridge, my goal was to be very power efficient since this box will be on 24/7 to serve as a TV Server. I was hoping for low watts, but It has ended up being even lower than I imagined!
Case: Streacom FC5
I went with Intel because they are known to be more power efficient.
This motherboard also allows for mini PCIe SSDs to be installed as storage, should save some watts.
PSU (temporary): GS600 Corsair
This will be replaced with a PicoPSU once it arrives.
Intel Ivy Bridge I5-3750K
I actually was waiting for a dual core version with HD 4000 graphics, but I finally got impatient and just ordered the quad core with HD 4000 Graphics. Power consumption is usually very close at idle between the dual cores and quads (if Sandy Bridge can be compared here)
A Sandisk SDSA4DH 32GB SSD (mini pcie size) This is from a EP121 notebook, should be low power.
RAM: OCZ Gold 1333mhz 1.65v 2x2GB
I will be swapping this out for some low voltage RAM once I have it.
Here is the test build setup:
Here is an up close shot of SSD setup:
So I decided to Install windows and see how power consumption is... keep in mind this is a complete system!
Here is my power consumption during windows installation:
It fluctuated between 19-24 watts! Pretty dang good!
The only thing I did in the bios was change it from standard to low power savings mode
There are more things I want to try to get power even further down:
low voltage ram
picopsu (remember this is using a 600 watt psu (total overkill))
Adjust BIOS settings and disable unused devices on motherboard.
Anyone else using the DH77EB? Seems to be really good in terms of power consumption!