Thank you! No anti-static bag used during installation this time btw.
Thank you Vicotnik for the answers.
More and more im starting to like AsRock, from their very good prices to their new PWM bios fan control and lately i seen builds with very good consumption, thinking that Intel legendary consumption motherboards will be discontinued for the future, i see AsRock as their sub, for all the reasons above, hope they continue their trend of maintaining all this things that makes them very appealing.
I tried to build on MSI, as i seen also good comments on them about consumption, but at least their Haswell line isn't as efficient, my Download station lowest i was able to reach was 13W, while with my old Intel Sandy Bridge, im hitting 10W (i can swear i saw a 9.9 at some point but might be my mind playing tricks on me), while the difference isnt big, comparing between both its like 30% increment.... totally unacceptable for me since this is a build that maintains itself in idle or very low power tasks most of the time. So from now on i'll give a shot to AsRock at least for the low power builds when they need replacement.
Thanks again for the answer Vicotnik, really appreciate it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Abula.
Moving from Intel DH77DF and i3-3225 to ASRock B85M-ITX and i3-4330, idle power consumption went from 13.5W to 13.9W AC. Would have loved a mini ITX board from Intel this generation, but alas.. ASRock seems like the next best thing as you say.
My plan was first to keep the hardware unchanged and just replace the case. I really like the esthetics of the HDPLEX H1-S and also wanted front USB 3.0 ports. But the DH77DF didn't fit very well and since I was happy with the H81M-ITX I've just used in the HTPC I decided to get another ASRock board.
I like the Intel DH77DF so much I don't want to part with it. I will keep the Intel DH77DF and i3-3225 in the Streacom FC-8 as a spare system. I prefer Intel NICs, for no rational reason, and the PCIe mini port is nice to have on a board this size.