Small Form Factor Thread for the thin mini ITX builds

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

  1. davvy76

    davvy76 Member

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    Cheers mate, I looked on hwmonitor earlier and saw all was fine, just the uefi reading crazy high.
     
  2. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude Flying Dutchman

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    Those voltages that it is reading, especially for the CPU, is the PLL voltage. Nothing to worry about. It's 1.8v at stock, but can run perfectly fine on 1.6v and can sometimes actually improve 24/7 ambient clocking abilities.

    Look at your VID, that's the voltage it is running. Also, those temps would not be possible if it were at 1.7v ... trust me. :D

    As far as your RAM goes, I would just think it's misreading from somewhere.

    If you want to further reduce volts without being able to do it in the UEFI, download a program called ThrottleStop and play with that. I can get my Ultrabook down another 0.085v on the CPU whilst leaving it 100% stable. It produces far less heat because of it, key when you have a fan-less design. :)

    On to the subject of cases... can anyone recommend me a possible suitable case that I can install an mITX board into, a full-size PSU and a few drives (two, at max) whilst sticking below or very close to the size of an original XBOX One? It also has to cost less than a fortune... trying to do that whole DVR project on the cheap, but not so cheap that I can't stand the look of it. I am a hardware enthusiast and a snob after all... :D

    Edit: If a full-size PSU (TX 650 Modular, I have nothing smaller!) is an issue... I will grab an SFX unit to keep it in the size limitations. I have no issues with that.

    One final thing: it has to have the ability to put a PCI-E expansion card into it... I need it for the TV Tuner card.
     
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  3. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    The Lian Li that Nikumba just posted in marketplace looks like a great candidate!
     
  4. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

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    Bit big for a htpc / stb setup
     
  5. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude Flying Dutchman

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    Shipping it across the pond is going to pose an issue as well. :(

    Either way, it’s just a tad larger than an Xbox... xD
     
  6. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

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    Tmd, why not a usb tuner?
     
  7. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude Flying Dutchman

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    I’ll need to find out if they do them, because it needs to take a TV Card which I’ll get from our provider for $1.99 a month instead of $8.50. And I thought it was a rip at $5 a month, then I saw it was actually $8.50. Damn!
     
  8. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude Flying Dutchman

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  9. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea The Double Insulates Super Moderator

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    @TheMadDutchDude I've still got that ML02 you asked about ages ago - no longer keen? I found it again t'other day! It's got a PSU built in, will take full size expansion, is small and quiet, and it's IN MY WAY haha
     
  10. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

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    Benched my main rig and got the following:

    Image Editing
    103,061
    Time:51.6974

    Encoding
    17,219
    Time:309.408

    OpenCL
    71,422

    KSamples/sec: 13150

    Heavy Multitasking
    14,991
    Time:509.094

    System Score
    51,673

    Final Spec:
    i5-6400T
    16GB DDR3L
    Asus H170i-D3
    Samsung NVMe 512GB SSD
    Nocturna H/S Fan
    Blower reference style 980GTX

    Something feels a little off that I will need to fiddle with at somepoint.
     
  11. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude Flying Dutchman

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    It's still too big for what I need, Sam. It's also going to cost a fortune to get it over to me, which negates the point of sending it in the first place. :(
     
  12. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

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    TED out of curiosity where are you in the US? I ship back and forth between NY and London, might be able to help?
     
  13. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude Flying Dutchman

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    I’m in Ohio, near Cleveland. Thank you for the offer, but that chassis simply won’t fit. :(
     
  14. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

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    Yeah was thinking about it after I posted. We mainly ship laptops between the offices, so something that would fit inside the box would have been ok, but anything bigger is complicated.
     
  15. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Proud to present my new build in the NFC Skyreach 4 Mini

    Specs are:
    • i5 8400 (6 core, 65W)
    • Noctua NH-L9i
    • 32GB of HyperX 2666Mhz
    • Asus Strix Z370
    • Gigabyte GTX 1070 'ITX'
    • 1tb Toshiba NVME SSD
    • HDPlex 300W PSU & Dell 330w brick

    CPU gets pretty toasty at times (75-85c) - I've got Asus Multi Core Enchancement switched on which means all cores hit 4Ghz at boost. GPU stays nice and cool (73c) though as draws air directly from the outside.

    Footprint is absolutely tiny and its also nearly completely silent at idle (GPU fan stops, Noctua fan is, needless to say, very quiet indeed). Its also SUPER fast - boot up from power on is less than 14 seconds, and I get nearly 100 frames per second in PUBG.

    Design is by NFC and manufacturing by Lian Li.

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  16. sonicgroove

    sonicgroove Radical Atheist

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    Lovely build Parge, and great product photography too!
     
  17. lancer778544

    lancer778544 isnt really an ultramodder...

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    What this guy said ^^
     
  18. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

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    Loving the build, but dunno about Tom's attempt to sneak in a crotch shot....
     
  19. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

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  20. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea The Double Insulates Super Moderator

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    So my little Euler box is going to be my main PC! Woo for SFF. I'll reinstall Windaz on it, and will bench it.
     

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