HFX micro M2 & MSI IM-GM45 (mini-itx,q9000,idle 30watt)

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HFX micro M2 & MSI IM-GM45 (mini-itx,q9000,idle 30watt)

Post by user » Mon May 11, 2009 8:48 am

new slave received.

HFX micro M2 - Bundle ( EF14 external power supply )
INTEL Core2Quad Q9000 FSB 1066 6M
2x2048MB SO-DIMM Corsair PC2-6400 CL5 KIT
FUJITSU MJA2500BH M250 500GB HDD 5400rpm 2,5Z SATA
Coolermaster EPN-41FCS-01-GP (plus custom heatpipe)

Idle ~29WATT (headless linux, no cpu cooling)
Max ~77WATT (# mprime -t -b4)


More images here http://sys-and.blogspot.com/2009/05/new ... le-m2.html

Any questions or wishes?

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Post by Kristian » Mon May 11, 2009 1:47 pm

What is the reason that have made you choose not to use the mCubed mounting system for the CPU heatpipes?

Judging from looks alone my guess is that you will get a better result cooling wise with two heatpipes mounted firmly in a block on the CPU rather than relying on the heat transfer from a single heatpipe randomly squeesed between two fins on a regular heatsink.

The 77W might still be too much to handle for the case without a fan, but you should be able to run with the fan turned off most of the time at least with the heatpipes installed "by the book".

Seems to defeat the purpose of a heatsink case somewhat not to utilize it cooling capability better.

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Post by Moogles » Mon May 11, 2009 3:20 pm

^ truth. I don't understand why you would pay the premium for an mCubed case and then not utilize its passive cooling system. That's the whole appeal of the case. :)

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Post by user » Tue May 12, 2009 11:22 am

I have tried with BorgFX micro, one heatpipe to the right and one to the left.
The CPU heatmount was poor non-copper black steal.
It is designed for max 35W CPU and that was right.
The intel q9000 (max TDP 45W) getting >100°C in less than 3 minutes after CPU burn.

The new copper cpu cooler with heatpipe works and
the fan is turned off at normal cpu work.
The fan is for safety if os going bad.

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Re: HFX micro M2 & MSI IM-GM45 (mini-itx,q9000,idle 30wa

Post by rodrigosg » Mon May 25, 2009 3:53 am

user wrote:
Any questions or wishes?
i have some questions.
I have read your blogspot and observe the posted images and i'm not seeing a dvd drive. Can you tell if you remove the fan and insert an borgFX micro Cpu cooler you still be able to insert a dvd drive?
and the card reader?

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Post by greenfrank » Mon May 25, 2009 8:16 am

very interesting rig, unbeliavable low idle power consumption.

But how can picopsu provide enough power to a Quad?!

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Post by Monkeh16 » Mon May 25, 2009 10:11 am

greenfrank wrote:But how can picopsu provide enough power to a Quad?!
Easily, it's a mobile quad.

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Post by ryboto » Wed May 27, 2009 7:36 am

greenfrank wrote:very interesting rig, unbeliavable low idle power consumption.

But how can picopsu provide enough power to a Quad?!
the Pico is enough for my Q9400, it's when I add a video card that I needed to splice the wires directly from the power brick.

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Post by Penryn » Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:40 pm

I feel lucky that I found your post on this site as well as your linked blog. Coincidentally, I recently bought the same MSI IM-GM45 motherboard and Core 2 Quad Q9000 CPU. They make a great combination in every way except for heat dissipation.

After discovering that the stock CPU cooler was inadequate for this 45 Watt CPU, I bought the upgraded Cooler Master product mentioned in your post. Now I can run this system on idle (30 Watts with Ubuntu Linux) without any heat problems. However, when I stress test all four cores simultaneously, the heatsink/fan combination can't keep up. Because I cannot find any larger passive heatsinks for the Socket P (478-pin Micro FCPGA socket), I'm desperate to try your custom heat pipe solution. Can you point me the right direction e.g., where to find the copper tubing products etc?

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Re: HFX micro M2 & MSI IM-GM45 (mini-itx,q9000,idle 30watt)

Post by extremen » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:51 pm

I refresh thread.
Hi guys, very nice solution you have :wink:

I thinking about home made cooler for quad mobile cpu.I have lot of heatsink and lot of coolers.
Do you think its possible? Because EPN-41FCS-01-GP its still enough for TDP 44w ( 35w designed).

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