Originally Posted by AMv8(1day)
Agreed, I've been building with mATX and mini-ITX boards for about 3 years now and love the aesthetic and efficient design.
To answer your question, yeah, I'm using an A8-5500 quad core in his build, and an A10 5800K in my own mATX build. I've been able to really bring the power consumption down, even without any access to the clocks with the 5500. Unfortunately, I am using the ASRock FM2A85X-ITX. It's a decent board with tons of functionality, but it has overheating issues and has above average power consumption. So even with an extensive amount of undervolting the CPU, the Northbridge, and the RAM, I'm still idling around 22W. ASRock released a BIOS update last week, but I've had the machine off the network in a box the last few days. Once I pull it back out and get it up tonight, I'll update the BIOS and check for other driver updates. Then I'll go back to tweaking the voltage settings, see if I can't get it a little lower before I mount the Gelid Silence.
Speaking of which, I got it last night! Once I am satisfied I can't get the voltage any lower and keep reliability, I'll pull the NT07 for the Gelid and we'll see if the 3.5" will fit. I anticipate maybe having to remove the hard drive hanger plate to gain a couple more mm's. Hopefully not, as like I said, this is a friends build and I don't want to leave him with a taped together machine if I can help it.
Another thought was picking up a pair of the new 1TB 2.5" Seagate SSHDs and run them in RAID 0, but then I would be increasing noise, complexity with RAID, power consumption, and losing speed... Not ideal.
It's just so fun to build something powerful that is so small. My first experience with the Mini ITX form factor was an HTPC I built with a Pentium E2140, Zotac nForce 630i-ITX LGA775 mobo, and Rosewill RS-MI-01 ITX case.
Recently I've just come upon Intel's Thin Mini ITX form factor and love the possibilities it creates. I haven't yet built anything with it but the cool thing is that it make's custom built all-in-one systems a reality (to an extent as you are at the mercy of the companies making monitor cases). Now all-in-one systems are not super popular on OCN because of their limited upgrade-ability and previously not being very customizable. These barebones monitor cases somewhat change that but they are still limited by cooling, space, and are a bit on the expensive side. One particular monitor case the Loop LP-2150 is really slick looking and kind of reminds me of an iMac. The downside of the LP-2150 is that it uses a TN panel but it does have 21.5" 1920x1080 display. Maybe when I can find a reason to build one (hasn't stopped me in the past
) and there is a nice looking monitor case with an IPS panel then I might give it a try. I'd also like to see an AMD based Thin Mini ITX board since the space constraints rarely allow discrete graphics cards (at least if Intel doesn't put large licensing expenses on their internal connectors which they might).
I haven't yet worked with a Trinity based APU but from what I read they are very efficient, low power, and have impressive graphics. Best of luck with the motherboard troubles and hard drive space difficulties.
Originally Posted by AMv8(1day)
Also thinking about building a Proxy Caching Server with an EMC-600. Haven't decided yet how I want to handle the storage situation though. I'm thinking a 32nm Atom processor, dual NIC mini-ITX, 1.25/1.35v stick of RAM, mSATA SSD for the OS, and either a 1TB Seagate SSHD, or a 120GB Kingston HyperX 3k SSD for the storage. Haven't decided yet whether the storage or raw access speed will be more useful.
I've worked with the EMC-600 as well, and the black one I got was very slick looking. For a long time I used the EMC-600B for my server and the EMC-800S for my HTPC. Then I built a bigger HTPC, so I used the EMC-800S for my server (I had a 3.5" HDD so I didn't have to leave the top off as I did with the EMC-600), and the used the EMC-600B to build an HTPC streaming box for my brother.