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Small Form Factor Thread for the thin mini ITX builds

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sonicgroove, 13 Jan 2018.

  1. lancer778544

    lancer778544 isnt really an ultramodder...

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    Board and CPU arrived today gents so a pic of it all installed:

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    The Akasa cooler is a smidge too tall, but you can still fit the bottom panel. A Silverstone NT07 would probably fit perfectly. The SATA power cable that comes with the board has the SATA power connectors facing the usual way so you can't really use a 2.5" drive with this case and board unless I can find a suitable cable or mod it. I've borrowed an mSATA drive from work just to test it and it flies along nicely and temps and noise from the Akasa cooler are very good. My idea of punching two holes in the IO shield for the WIFI antennas may work but its gonna be tight with the two large 3R3 chokes(?) at the back of the board.

    I will say that the BIOS is a bit basic on the ECS boards, no real control over the fans or anything and there doesn't seem to be a Windows key embedded in the UEFI (no real surprise there) but mine came with pretty much all the accessories I would expect from a new board rather than a bare OEM one.
     
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  2. lancer778544

    lancer778544 isnt really an ultramodder...

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    So benchmark scores in Realbench:

    Image Editing
    120,546
    Time:44.1986


    Encoding
    16,677
    Time:319.466


    OpenCL
    7,462
    KSamples/sec: 1412


    Heavy Multitasking
    12,200
    Time:625.548


    System Score
    39,221

    Final spec:

    Intel Core i5 4670T - quad core 2.3GHz base, 3.3 turbo, 45w TDP
    8GB Samsung DDR3-1600 SODIMM
    ECS H81H3-TI2 V1.0
    250GB Samsung 840 Pro
    Intel Wireless-AC 7260 - not installed yet, need to add the WIFI aerial holes
    Phoenix Technologies Phnx Toem case
    Akasa AK-CC7118HP01 K25 CPU cooler

    Total cost, £117 not including OS. Max temps were about 75 degrees and the cooler was noticeable but not bad considering its only a tenner. The Silverstone NT07 and an mSATA drive to help with airflow would probably do better. The case does get pretty warm on top too though I've only removed the protective plastic around the sides at the moment until I've finished faffing.
     
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  3. Byron C

    Byron C *psst!* This guy is a loser!

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    Damn, Realbench is Windows-only! I've gone Full Penguin on my H81 board - was about damn time I made the switch full-time... (really missing the middle-click-to-scroll thing though)
     
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    It is. We designed it for workstation/gaming rigs really. The intention was to add a 3D benchmark but it was never realized because it was made with near-zero budget.
     
  5. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    On the subject of the wifi card. Mine works without antennae. It's fairly slow but quite stable. I think, with the addition of laptop style antennae running round the inside of the case, and terminating with the metal ends touching the case, it should provide a fairly decent signal strength, providing you aren't three rooms away from the router. I'll try it and report back next week. Might save butchering the I/O plate
     
  6. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    Just for reference....My realbench score on my main rig, It really highlights just how useful these little boxes are! (P8Z68, i7 2600k @4.5GHz, 16gb ram, 256gb SSD)


    Image Editing
    142,392
    Time:37.4178


    Encoding
    55,520
    Time:95.964


    OpenCL
    15,990
    KSamples/sec: 3007


    Heavy Multitasking
    66,183
    Time:115.316


    System Score
    70,021
     
  7. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    Okay... I’ve seen enough. I’m getting in on the action. :)

    They have the board locally (less than 30 mins from my place) for $48 which is the same as if I bought it from the UK and had it shipped.
     
  8. Guest-16

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    What do you guys use it for? I have a Q09 with mini ITX board (albeit not thin) doing nothing and no real use for it..?
     
  9. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    It's good enough to for pretty much anything but gaming over 1650. According to real bench, the decoding is a bit weak too. I'd happily edit images on it though.
     
  10. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    Would you be so kind as to bench it for comparison?
     
  11. Byron C

    Byron C *psst!* This guy is a loser!

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    For me it's my only desktop PC right now. I had to sell up most of my gaming kit in order to help pay for some insurance costs, so my PCs currently consist of a ThinkPad X240 and this H81/G3220T-based system. It's good enough for most day-to-day purposes TBH.
     
  12. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea The Double Insulates Super Moderator

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    It's running Ubuntu, but of course. What do you want me to run?
     
  13. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    I’ll most likely turn it into a DVR as I am tired of paying $5 a month to rent a box to show my cable on TV as well as another $5 on top for recording features. It’ll pay for itself eventually and it will also be able to record shows, remove adverts and just be a better solution overall.

    Anyone got any recommendations for a really slim chassis that I can purchase here? That Phoenix Tech one comes to the same price as a Silverstone unit here. :(

    Edit:

    I totally forgot that I have an FM2 ITX board that I need to test. It was one of the best produced by GB... I should probably do that first. Now, to hunt down a cheap CPU! :D
     
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  14. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    And just like that, there’s an A4-5300 on the way. It was ending soon and I won for $7.99 plus post. :)
     
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    nimbu Well-Known Member

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    Noice, loving the ITX and bargains on this thread
     
  16. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    Ah, same issue as Byron then. Although I'm not sure why it would be Windows only when all the apps real bench uses are open source. Must be an easy fix no?
     
  17. davvy76

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    Has anybody else noticed on these ecs boards the vcore is ludicrously high? Both my pentiums (g3258 and g3240) sit around 1.7v and also the ddr3l is at 1.5v. Unless I'm blind I can't see a way to change it either. I'm hoping the bios is falsely reporting it because it's far from toasty even using the stock cooler.
     
  18. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    How are you checking the voltage? Within the UEFI?
     
  19. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea The Double Insulates Super Moderator

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    I can probably stuff Windaz on it some time soon!
     
  20. lancer778544

    lancer778544 isnt really an ultramodder...

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    Same voltages in the UEFI here too, 1.72v on the CPU and 1.55v on the RAM. Here it is in Windows while running the CPU-Z stress test:

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    Edit: Two holes in the IO shield later:

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