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by leem
Mon Dec 21, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: HDPLEX fanless H3.SODD for sale: unused, boxed as new
Replies: 0
Views: 10893

HDPLEX fanless H3.SODD for sale: unused, boxed as new

I have one of the superb quality HDPLEX fanless cases for sale, location in VIC Australia. The H3 is no longer made, it is low-profile, very compact but still takes two 2.5" drives plus slot-loading DVD drive. Same case as reviewed by SPCR here , but without the power supply, IR or remote. http://ww...
by leem
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell Low Power Builds
Replies: 20
Views: 17709

Re: Haswell Low Power Builds

...there are not many reviews for H, B and Q series motherboards...
and practically none for Thin Mini-ITX boards :(

An opportunity for SPCR to fill the gap...?
by leem
Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell Low Power Builds
Replies: 20
Views: 17709

Re: Haswell Low Power Builds

Thanks Vicotnik, yes I've seen your builds on your thread, and one of my options is using AsRock Z87E-ITX as the power efficiency is also very good... but I am concerned about the mSATA on the underside overheating.
by leem
Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell Low Power Builds
Replies: 20
Views: 17709

Re: Haswell Low Power Builds

Thanks bbalex. The Q87T is a Thin Mini-ITX board with the DC-DC power supply built in...
by leem
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:33 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Haswell Low Power Builds
Replies: 20
Views: 17709

Re: Haswell Low Power Builds

Thanks for the info FrankL.

Asus Q87T : 16W idle.

Is this average for a Haswell build, using a mini-ITX board?
by leem
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: HDPLEX H1-S and ASRock mini-ITX
Replies: 14
Views: 23619

Re: HDPLEX H1-S and ASRock mini-ITX

Thanks for the info, the AsRock boards do seem to be energy efficient (for instance see Anandtech ) and get good reviews. Does anyone have any experience with the AsRock Z87E-ITX as in the Anadtech review? This board features an mSATA on the underside, and my main concern is that this may get too ho...
by leem
Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Haswell Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 12
Views: 9170

Re: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Haswell Mini-ITX Motherboard

Nearly twice the run time over IVB for similarly specc'd devices.
Indeed, but you'd expect a mini-itx board to achieve at least some efficiency gains.

I'd be interested to see how the Gigabyte board compares with the Asrock, MSI etc.
by leem
Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Haswell Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 12
Views: 9170

Re: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Haswell Mini-ITX Motherboard

the Z87N-WIFI uses very little power under light load. It was more frugal than previously tested Sandy and Ivy Bridge combinations According to your data, Haswell offers a negligible improvement in power consumption. The Ivybridge H77 board has the same power consumption at idle and on basic tasks,...
by leem
Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case
Replies: 49
Views: 22074

Re: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case

HD-Plex are developing some new more compact models which may be of interest, including for Thin Mini-ITX.

More info here: http://www.hd-plex.com/forum/showthread.php?t=841
by leem
Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:03 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Idle power comparison on Intel B75 Mini-ITX boards
Replies: 2
Views: 4129

Re: Idle power comparison on Intel B75 Mini-ITX boards

HFat you are correct! I found this recent review on a Polish site comparing the three B75 ITX boards. MSI has the most power efficient design and lowest temperatures. The temps (measured by probes on the VRMs) are quite high on the Gigabyte board. Although the Asrock board performs slightly better a...
by leem
Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Idle power comparison on Intel B75 Mini-ITX boards
Replies: 2
Views: 4129

Idle power comparison on Intel B75 Mini-ITX boards

Does anyone have any info on the power draw for the Mini-ITX Intel B75 boards, particularly idle power? The ones I'm looking at are the ASRock B75M-ITX, Gigabyte GA-B75N and MSI B75IA-E33. The Gigabyte board is reviewed here and shows very good energy efficiency with low idle power, but sadly the au...
by leem
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case
Replies: 49
Views: 22074

Re: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case

The 21W cited is estimated DC power. AC power draw during the board test with our standard old 400W Seasonic was more like 30W. OK so we need to compare 25W (HDPlex PSU) with 30W (Seasonic PSU in SPCR test rig)? So the open-frame PSU in the HDPlex is pretty good. But I'd still appreciate a comparis...
by leem
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case
Replies: 49
Views: 22074

Re: HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX Media Case

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. Th...
by leem
Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis
Replies: 18
Views: 28993

Re: Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis

Thanks for that MikeC, that's exactly the info I needed. I'd also looked at the bends in those heatpipes and wondered about the quality overall. Given this, why wasn't the article more critical? I'd also just looked at the ATech 2800HP as it's the only fanless system out there that fits my spec... b...
by leem
Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:58 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Ivybridge low noise/power system
Replies: 10
Views: 6227

Re: Ivybridge low noise/power system

Have you tried using Asus' undervolting utility?
Any more info on this utility?

And this review found the Asus boards the worst in terms of energy efficiency. Any advice on the most energy efficient Mini-ITX H77 board?
by leem
Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Fans page
Replies: 146
Views: 144025

Re: Recommended Fans page

With Thin Mini-ITX systems coming to the fore, any recommendations on quiet off-the-shelf blower fans, the sort you normally see in laptops?

:)
by leem
Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Intel 7-series mITX boards w/DC in?
Replies: 17
Views: 14170

Re: Any Intel 7-series mITX boards w/DC in?

Thanks HFat, good advice :)
by leem
Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Intel 7-series mITX boards w/DC in?
Replies: 17
Views: 14170

Re: Any Intel 7-series mITX boards w/DC in?

Damn... thanks aurania, indeed I misread 22nm-Capable AA#s and 22nm-Ready AA#s

So that Sandybridge chip I bought last night will be going straight back on eBay

:(
by leem
Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Any Intel 7-series mITX boards w/DC in?
Replies: 17
Views: 14170

Re: Any Intel 7-series mITX boards w/DC in?

Regarding Intel's DH61AG, I noticed that the latest BIOS (ver 0039, from April 10 2012) notes the following in the release notes: Intel wrote: BIOS version 0039 includes support for future 22nm processors. So, it seems it's already "ready" for Ivy Bridge. I should have looked for this before asking...
by leem
Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo
Replies: 41
Views: 32318

Re: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo

This UK vendor stocks a power adaptor for the DH61AG, and says:
Most UK sites only sell 19.5V Laptop AC adapters and a 19.5V adapter can damage the components.
Any truth in that? It would mean the Dell PA-3E 19.5V is not the best choice...

:?
by leem
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs
Replies: 48
Views: 23766

Re: Intel Core i3-2100T & Core i5-2400S Low Power CPUs

These Sandy Bridge processors have HD 2000 graphics, but there are CPU variants that have the better HD 3000 graphics: the i3 2105 and the i5 2405S.

Does HD 3000 consume more power than their HD 2000 equivalents, at idle and under load?

:)
by leem
Wed May 16, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Jetway NF9C-2600 Atom N2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 22
Views: 10047

Re: Jetway NF9C-2600 Atom N2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard

For those seeking a new energy "Thin-ITX" champ, the Intel DN2800MT I mentioned in an earlier post is a much more likely candidate @ MikeC, are you likely to do a review comparing the Jetway with the Intel board, or indeed any of the other Thin ITX boards? The Intel DH61AG board is also very energy...
by leem
Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Audioengine A5+ Speakers and Wireless Audio Adapter
Replies: 26
Views: 13218

Re: Audioengine A5+ Speakers and Wireless Audio Adapter

Thanks for the review :)

I wondered why the A5+ did not include SPDIF input as part of the upgrade? Is this because SPDIF would require expensive DACs on-board, and few people use SPDIF?
by leem
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New ECS H61H2-TI Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 4
Views: 2720

Re: New ECS H61H2-TI Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard

Would be interested in how efficient these boards are compared to the Intel, such as the DN2800MT . Would it be possible for SPCR to add the ECS board to their recent review ? In fact, given that more of these thin ITX boards are appearing now (a few listed in this thread ), it would be good to see ...
by leem
Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Jetway NF9C-2600 Atom N2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Replies: 22
Views: 10047

Re: Jetway NF9C-2600 Atom N2600 Mini-ITX Motherboard

HFat, you mean this thread?

Be very interested to see comparison with some of the other Thin Mini-ITX boards, quite a few of them now, listed in this thread.

Shame about no XP support :(
by leem
Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DN2800MT hands on...Single digit world?
Replies: 123
Views: 84526

Re: Intel DN2800MT hands on...Single digit world?

Will Intel develop XP drivers for this board?
by leem
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo
Replies: 41
Views: 32318

Re: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo

I had D945GSEJT with Broadcom HD decoder (newer version) and it was pathetic... Me too, so mine was swiftly relegated to a fileserver, but I expect the N2800 should feel snappier as it is dual-core, will be ok for a light-use office PC. DH61AG is very energy efficient, especially at idle, I wonder ...
by leem
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:42 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo
Replies: 41
Views: 32318

Re: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo

Oh and another here from Jetway, NF9C-2600 1.6 GHz dual core Intel Atom N2600 (Cedar Trail) fanless

Love to see SPCR or someone getting some of these Thin ITX boards and comparing them for power efficiency and other features :)
by leem
Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:03 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo
Replies: 41
Views: 32318

Re: Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX mobo

Me again :) (surely I'm not the only one interested in these boards...?)

Intel DN2800MT info now up, seen on one retail site avail end Dec 2011, around $115
by leem
Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Amec Thermasol Flat Cool Pipes
Replies: 39
Views: 28012

Re: Amec Thermasol Flat Cool Pipes

I'm interested :) ...although I am in UK so may be easier to go direct, I've dealt with them before as they also do rubber vibration mounts

as you say, heatsinks are easy to pick up on eBay etc., I think it's the fixings that may present more of a challenge