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 Post subject: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:48 pm 
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hi,
of the main MB left - asus msi GB (so many have withered away soyo soltek aopen)
if i want to build a haswell fanless pc Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 the best for say $100?

msi hi-c caps are too expensive at $300 and asus also sells $300. many GB UD5 can be had around $100 though.

2 oz copper. it's engineered for extreme oc'ing, but for silent pc why not run it fanless along with fanless psu and undervolted haswell and large heat pipe


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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:16 pm 
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Probably not. High end motherboards like this tend to have gimmicky things like this and features that most buyers won't need but buy anyway to give them bragging rights to people they're never even going to meet. Amazing marketing strategy. As a result the power consumption of the motherboard itself will be much higher and higher power consumption is bad for fanless operation.

Go for a standard level MicroATX or even MiniITX motherboard and consider H77 versus Z77. This will all give you lower power consumption so will get things close to fanless operation.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:38 pm 
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Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte all make decent boards. I like the heavier copper in the Gigabyte boards and opted to use one with this old build. In general, the more stuff on the board, the more power it'll use. So, if you go for a board marketed for overclocking, those extra VRM phases help to add more power consumed vs one with less VRM phases. Same thing with extra USB controllers, the second LAN NIC, etc. Take a look at the variance in power used in this mobo roundup.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:05 pm 
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As far as i have noticed, Haswell isn't widely spread right now. Nor have been mainboards with Haswell-Chipsets. There are no tests whatsoever i'm aware about.

So my question is: How are we (or anyone without the power to see into the future) supposed to know what will be "the best" board?


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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:03 pm 
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GB claim up to 60C cooler with UD3-4-5

yeah haswell not yet out. soon though.

i do think full atx is overkill. AFAIK though GB doesn't offer UD in mini-ITX


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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:58 pm 
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Heh - I completely missed that he was talking about Haswell. It won't be introduced until Computex in early June and I wouldn't touch a build until at least two-three months later.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:43 pm 
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dan wrote:
GB claim up to 60C cooler with UD3-4-5

yeah haswell not yet out. soon though.

i do think full atx is overkill. AFAIK though GB doesn't offer UD in mini-ITX


We all know what to think about claims made bye the manufacturer. If we had believed, we all had Sabertooth and thermal take stuff and would have to use hearing protection to enjoy the advertised 'silence'. No test, no truth. Marketing is about lying to customers without being caught.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
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CA_Steve wrote:
Heh - I completely missed that he was talking about Haswell. It won't be introduced until Computex in early June and I wouldn't touch a build until at least two-three months later.


haswell might allow a fanless since some models are allegedly 10 watt and include graphics.

mini-itx is fine but i wonder about hard drive size 3.5".


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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:32 pm 
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mobile version is supposed to get down to 10W from 17W today...but don't expect that for desktop. In fact, the quad core variants are upped to 88W TDP - as they doubled the graphics processing units on the upper end. I'd guess the dual core desktops will come in at 60-66W. Where desktop Haswell will gain in energy efficiency is in idle power and the ability to pop in and out of deeper idle states faster.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:24 am 
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CA_Steve wrote:
mobile version is supposed to get down to 10W from 17W today...but don't expect that for desktop. In fact, the quad core variants are upped to 88W TDP - as they doubled the graphics processing units on the upper end. I'd guess the dual core desktops will come in at 60-66W. Where desktop Haswell will gain in energy efficiency is in idle power and the ability to pop in and out of deeper idle states faster.


i'm sure intel will offer a low power desktop version perhaps 15 watts? apple for one would want it.

for my needs micro-atx or even mini-itx is fine


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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:41 am 
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The lowest power IVB desktop i3 is the 2.8GHz i3-3220T @ 35W. The only way a desktop model will approach 15W is if you underclock it to maybe 1.5GHz and undervolt it, too. Which is what Intel did in the mobile space with the 1.4GHz i3-3229Y.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
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CA_Steve wrote:
The lowest power IVB desktop i3 is the 2.8GHz i3-3220T @ 35W. The only way a desktop model will approach 15W is if you underclock it to maybe 1.5GHz and undervolt it, too. Which is what Intel did in the mobile space with the 1.4GHz i3-3229Y.


hi thanks for replying

do you know if UEFI GB ASUS MSI allow for underclocking/undervolting?

correct me if i'm wrong but aren't apple mac desktops fanless?


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All the desktop macs are fanned.

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CA_Steve wrote:
All the desktop macs are fanned.

ok


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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
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I've tried boards from the big three. I'm finding Asus boards to be the best for fan management. Q-Fan is very good, and they work fine passively cooled, too.

MSI would be a close second.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
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HellDiverUK wrote:
I've tried boards from the big three. I'm finding Asus boards to be the best for fan management. Q-Fan is very good, and they work fine passively cooled, too.

MSI would be a close second.


um so why is gb 3rd? gb w/ud claims up to 60c cooler components

not a pressing issue since my current pc is fine and haswell sounds good


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:49 pm 
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If you want fanless silence then low power stuff is important. Intel has been king in that department in the past, but now they will discontinue desktop motherboards. The Haswell boards will sadly be the last.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
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dan wrote:
um so why is gb 3rd? gb w/ud claims up to 60c cooler components

If this stuff was really that important then all of the workstation and server boards would have it. They don't.

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 Post subject: Re: Is Gigabyte ultradurable 5 best for fanless silence?
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dan wrote:
mini-itx is fine but i wonder about hard drive size 3.5".


Why would you use 3.5" on a mITX? I'd go with an mSATA SSD and a 2.5" 1TB if you needed bulk storage. Whole point of mITX (IMO) is to make things crazy small.


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