Pics as promised! I have to say that I am disappointed that my HD video camera takes worse stills than my 2.5 year old original Galaxy Note phone, but as I said I am having some issues getting pics off of it via USB. Maybe I'll test out the on board BlueTooth with some file transfers.
The I/O bracket is too big. It does have something I haven't seen before, which is a foam pad stuck on. I'll either use that or just use it to pattern a plastic I/O panel.
Some good news: The PCI-E riser gives the video card plenty of clearance. I could definitely fit a Galaxy 750 ti LP (which are finally in stock again, yay!)
The wifi antenna is bigger than the one that came with the ASRock z77e-ITX that I used in the Falcon. I'll either get a smaller antenna or leave it external.
SATA power cable? Molex connector? Don't need those. Fortunately, this PicoPSU is technically modular.
The Intel stock cooler is pretty short, but not as short as the Dynatron K199 and every millimeter counts. Oh well, into the pile of unused stock CPU coolers.
Ok, time to put this stuff together and see if the system actually works!
The cooler comes with a pair of metal brackets with sticky backing. They pop right in and don't fall off when you flip the motherboard to mount the cooler.
Just gotta clean off the inexplicable grid patterned thermal paste that came on the heat sink.
Four pins screw into those metal backing pieces and with help from some pretty stiff springs hold the cooler down quite solidly.
This thing is shorter than the audio ports. That's what I call low profile. Again, every millimeter counts.
If you've never installed an mSATA drive, there's some tension in the slot that would hold it up at an angle. I strongly recommend putting the tiny tiny screw in the hole on the drive, then pressing it down into place to screw in. Trying to hold those screws and drive them in requires even smaller hands than mine.
I'm borrowing the Samsung low profile memory from the Falcon. I can't find it anywhere anymore (pretty sure they just sell their silicon to other vendors) but I like it for the fact that it is bare. Even the Crucial Ballistix low profile memory has a heat spreader that makes it almost as tall as normal memory. Observe that these sticks are not as tall as the brackets that hold them in. Full height RAM would really would impede airflow in this build.
The PicoPSU connector matches the audio ports for Tallest Thing. I'll need to use something to tack down the wires for the 4-pin power connector.
Here it is, ready to go as a bare system. I've got an external DVD drive to install Windows and wifi drivers, but everything else I can download. The big question now is: Will it boot?
I don't have a still but I took a little video that I might post. Everything runs smoothly so far, but I'm not going to bother stress testing it until it is in the PlayStation.
I've got a bunch more Dremel work to do to get everything to fit. One surprise is that the PCI-E riser is longer than expected and sticks out past the video card and the edge of the motherboard. Fortunately the only thing making it that long are a couple mounting holes so I'll just trim it up. I also have a clever plan to add more ventilation. There's some slots in the bottom below where the video card intakes, but I'm going to mount a fan filter on the bottom and cut more out.