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Problem with an A10 build would be power consumption. You *can* get the little pico adapters in ~120-160W sizes, but tracking down the "brick" part of it in those sizes may prove difficult. You may wind up spending well over $100 solving the PSU side of the problem. I'd be wary of said PSU running near maximum all the time as well.

I don't think it's a good idea to intentionally place a "mini/pico/vesa" style box with an A10 in it under 100% load folding 24/7 unless you want to replace those power bricks every 6 months and listen to the roar of a tiny CPU fan all the time.

A build large enough to support something like an AXP-100 CPU cooler and a traditional SFX or ATX PSU will have much better long term prospect for such a use.

You may be interested in the following: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127772
Makes sense, but I'm actually planning on using 2 160wt Pico's each with a 192wt power brick, giving me a peak of around 320 wts, which should be enough, my build plan is here: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Oliver/saved/3uv3
     
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Got my i7 970 up and running. Stock speeds, with Hyper Threading. On average it seems to pull 16.5 ppd (estimated)

My Xeon 6 core 1366 socket 32nm @ 4GHz with HT off, pulls around 21k ppd
     
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aha, I see.

Yea, I figured it would be a very expensive implementation of those bricks. Looks like you have a pretty good plan for it.

My only remaining concern is for the VRMs on the ITX board. The ASRock may be fine if those MOSFETS are pretty efficient with good air-flow on them, but they are "bare" so will rely on the board itself to act as a heat-sink. Figure on dissipating up to ~20-25W all the time (from the VRMs) if you fold on the CPU and GPU. The GA-F2A88XN-WIFI has a heatsink on the VRM mosfets. You'd have to "gut" the Wifi in favor of the SSD there (spare parts bin+, lol), but it *might* prove more robust for 24/7 loads.

As with any FM2+ board, make sure it is shipping with new enough BIOS for Kaveri if you're going that route.

If you want to save some cost on the PSU side of things you could plan to "scale back" the Kaveri chip to a lower TDP operating speed/voltage. These scale really nicely when adjusted to lower power settings.
     
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post #34 of 34
So, ...let me get this straight, ..."he melted and faded away before he folded", ...good choice, ...otherwise he'd be meeting the Big Black Buddah without falling back on his threads.

Isn't folding fun?
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