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  1. cadaveca

    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    I did not use a backplate.

    I used some plastic washers, some threaded bolts, some nuts, and a spring or two....

    and then...


    TAA-DAA!!!

    :laugh:

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    These are adorable but I can't help but wonder why there haven't been takers on the mini ITX Llano front yet? One of these with a 65W variant seems like the peanut butter and chocolate of a very tasty HTPC Reese's peanut butter cup. Probably someone, somewhere is cooking up such a design. E-350 is a little under-powered for some truly awesome real-time image clean-up, but Llano should be just right.
     
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    Hm. Let's put LN2 on CPU and throw GTX580 classified with LN2 container to it. :D

    I'm serious! :D
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Sure. Send the pot and vga to me; I'll do it, no problem.;)


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    Heatpipe

    Thank you for that wonderful statement.
    Can you tell me if the heat pipe is bonded to two radiators because I want to make a change. Thank you
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Yes, the heatpipe does appear to be thermally bonded to each heatsink.
     
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    Heatpipe

    Ok, thank you Cadaveca. Excuse my English. I will use a case mCubed, I need to change the radiator ZOTAC marked as it hinders the passage of the tubes (heatpipe) to cool the CPU.
    My motherboard ZOTAC Z68ITX-A-E is in order.
    Thank you.
     
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    What card was used on the test bench?
     
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    A sexy and small board.
     
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    This might seem like a strange question, but I am interested in this board because of the dual LAN. Now the only other thing I need to know is the capability for the board to underclock and undervolt the CPU.

    I've been searching for a while for a board that has a dual LAN and potential to change clock speed and voltage, because I want a system that has a reasonably low power consumption, without sacrificing too much performance, and I see this as being the ideal way to achieve this - my question is, so much attention is paid to the overclocking ability .. but does the board actually have the ability to underclock and undervolt?

    If the answer to the above is no .. I'd also be interested to know of any mini-ITX, LGA1155 boards with dual LAN that can undervolt and underclock.

    Cheers,

    Yax
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Hi yaxattax!

    Unfortunately, no this board doesn't NOT allow for much in the way of underclocking.

    AS to my side of your question, at the beginning of the BIOS section of every board I review I put a table of critical votlages, and thier ranges, as well as possible bus speeds. if you check this table, you'll see that this board, with the BIOS that was current when I tested the board, did not allow setting exact voltages, but rather allowed setting offsets, so undervolting is not possible, except on DRAM, which itself doesn't allow for much flexibility downwards.

    I haven't had the opportunity yet to test other mITX products, but hopefully in the future I'l lbe able to procure samples of the other products in this form factor.
     
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    Hi Cadaveca,

    Thanks for the prompt response. I also see the table you mention, I should have looked a little more carefully!

    I think its a real shame that all the manufacturers are putting out products capable of overclocking, but not underclocking .. particularly in the mITX format where you're just as likely to want low power as high performance ... there is the Atom but it just doesn't put out the same kind of performance as say, a Sandybridge 2500T.

    I hope something comes along soon that can fill this apparently niche requirement of mine :(
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Thanks very much for the feedback. I will be re-doing my review format in the near future, looking at things fro ma completely different perspective that may give a bit more info to readers, and I think I'll be separating Intel and AMD products, too.

    Like you, I am very much interested in smaller form-factor builds, although I do prefer higher-performance products personally, because, really, I'm a gamer at heart, and I like to enjoy most games the day they come out, so my systems need to be up to the task.

    I'll keep your perspective in mind when developing the new review format, for sure, as I do not think you belong to a that small of a niche, really, based on other feedback I've received.
     
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