HDPLEX H10.ODD Fanless microATX Case

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HDPLEX H10.ODD Fanless microATX Case

February 24, 2011 by Lawrence Lee with Mike Chin

Product
HDPLEX H10.ODD
Fanless MicroATX Case
Manufacturer
MSRP
US$258

HDPLEX is a new company offering a series of interesting fanless PC cases. They recently sent us a sample of their H10 case, a microATX model with support for Intel LGA775/1155/1156 and AMD AM2/AM3 boards (see the compatibility list), a full-sized optical drive and two hard drives. They offer two different power supplies for the unit, a 150W power adapter or an 80W "open frame" power supply, both fanless but sold separately. The other case models, H5 and H3, are both mini-ITX and considerably smaller, especially the H3, which excludes any type of internal optical drive.

Interestingly, HDPLEX actually posted information about their case concepts in the SPCR forum, seeking feedback nearly two years ago. Active long time members of the SPCR community can rightly feel that they've played a small part in shaping the design of this case.

Like every other passively cooled case, the H10 accomplishes fanless operation by using long heatpipes to carry the heat away from the processor to the sides of the enclosure that act like a giant heatsink array. It's effective as the case exterior has so much surface area at its disposal that convection to ambient air on all sides is enough to cool the system down.


The HDPLEX H10.

Being a rackmount style case, it is impressively thin, measuring only 6 cm tall (7.2 cm including the feet). However, what it lacks in thickness it makes up for in footprint, being 45.0 x 43.8 cm or 17.7 x 17.2 inches, not including the front panel. If you stack it with many other home theater gear, the depth in particular will stand out; most AV (audio video) gear tends to be shallower. The faceplate comes in both silver and black.

The case is meant to be sold directly to the DIY end-user, or to a system integrator who will configure systems as they deem appropriate for their customers. For the convenience of SPCR reviewers, HDPLEX kindly shipped our H10 sample case with a fully assembled system that includes a Core i3-530, H55 motherboard, Blu-ray drive, SSD, 1.5TB hard drive, and a 150W adapter. It's a configuration suggested for use as a home theater PC.


The power button.

The power button is unobtrusively mounted on the front left corner of the top panel, next to a tiny hole that hides an LED which lights up to show when power is on. The location of the power switch could be problematic if some other AV component is placed atop the H10.



Accessories.

The retail version of the H10 case ships with a power cable, a hexagonal screw driver and a cooling kit consisting of a tube of Arctic Silver Ceramique thermal interface material, 6 x 6 mm copper heatpipes, the two CPU heatsink sections that sandwich them, along with mounting hardware for Intel LGA775/1155/1156 and AMD AM2/AM3 sockets. There is a nicely illustrated installation guide that is easy to follow. In addition, we received a PCI-E riser card and a standard Windows Media Center remote control, both of which are sold separately on their site.

Specifications: HDPLEX H10
(from the product web page)
Type Super Low Profile Full Length Fanless Chassis
Chassis Material 6063T Aluminum
H10.ODD Body Internal 450mmx370mmx55mm (L x W x H)
H10.ODD Body External 450mmx438mmx60mm (L x W x H)
Aluminum Feet Ø29mmx8mm
Faceplate 460mmx68mmx20mm (L x W x H)
Weight 12 lbs
Body Color Black
Aluminum feet Color Black
Faceplate Color Black or Silver
Motherboard Compatibility Mini-ITX / microATX
Cooling System HDPLEX Six heatpipe passive fanless heatsink System for LGA775/LGA1156/AM2/AM3 Socket CPU*
*Utilize Four heatpipe for AM2/AM3 socket.
Power Supply
With Power Supply No
150W Fanless Adapter+DC-ATX Converter Supported, Internal or External Mounted
80W Fanless Open Frame Fanless Power Supply Supported, Internal Mounted
Expansion
Internal 5.25" Drive Bays 1 Center Mounted with Aluminum faceplate.
Internal HDD Drive Bays One 2.5"/3.5" HDD/SSD bay+one 2.5" SSD bay (both bottom-mounted)
Expansion Slots 1 Full Height Card Single Slot Card (Riser Required)
Internal MCE IR Reciever Supported
Front Ports NONE
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited


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