HDPLEX Fanless PC Case

HDPlex Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi, i3-4130

Original review from HDPLEX Fanless PC Forum

This is not my system , I just helped one of my friends with the installation.

Specifications:

CPU: Intel i3-4130, 3.4 GHz, TDP 54W, HD 4400
MoBo: Gigabyte H87N-Wifi
RAM: HP 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Case: Hdplex H1.S + 120W Internal AC-DC + 150W DC-ATX
SSD: Kingston Ssdnow V300 120GB

After the installation we had very bad results with the CPU temp – 78°C immediately after starting Prime95 (Small FFT).
So we had to check again the copper plate.
The problem was that the rack mounted on the copper plate was pushing against the capacitors next to the cpu socket, that’s why the contact between the copper plate and the cpu was not perfect.

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

So we had to mount the rack but on the other sides of the copper plate, unfortunately the screws were too long. On the other sides – the screw’s hole is shorter because it’s right behind the heatpipe groove. Fortunately we found shorter screws.
@Larry: please provide 4 shorter screws (in case somebody else is using this kind of motherboard).

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

And the result after the change:

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

Some pictures with the system:

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

The CPU temp is 43°C in idle and went up to 87°C after 30 minutes of full load with Prime95. I am not sure about the ambient temp, but I would say it was around 24°C.

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC case with Gigabyte H87N-Wifi ITX

Compared to my H3.S system, the temps are higher, but I was already expecting this due to the size of the case. I would say the final result is great and the H1.S definitely looks better.

HDPlex H1.S with ASRock H81M-ITX, I3-4130T Hardware.Fr

HDPLEX H1.S fanless chassis review from www.hardware.fr forum
English version could be found on HDPLEX Forum

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock H81M-ITX
H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock H81M-ITX

Composants:

•Boîtier: HDPlex H1.S •CM : ASRock H81M-ITX
•CPU : Intel I3-4130T
•RAM : Kingston ValueRAM 4 Go DDR3 1600 MHz CL11 SR X8
•SSD : SanDisk SSD ReadyCache 32 Go
•OS: Windows 7 64bit

Montage:
Le boîtier est livré en pièces détachées avec une notice de montage (qu’on peut retrouver en version web ici), le tout est très bien emballé et est arrivé dans un état vraiment nickel.
Les pièces s’agencent bien, les découpes sont nettes, pas de mauvaise surprise. Aucune difficulté liée au montage si vous avez déjà monté un PC dans votre vie (après si vous ne savez pas ce qu’est une entretoise, comment appliquer de la pâte thermique ou monter un meuble ikea, le montage risque d’être plus long).
Tout rentre bien dans le boîtier (évitez quand même la RAM de kikoo avec des ailettes), et faites attention au choix de votre carte mère : le chemin doit être dégagé pour laisser passer les caloducs (une liste non exhaustive de CM compatibles est disponible ici).
Je ne me suis pas planté en branchant les pins du bouton power, la LED de mise sous tension, ou la broche pour les ports USB latéraux ; tout est fonctionnel dès le premier boot :)
Une clé USB avec votre OS préféré et c’est parti !

Remarques:

•Ce matin quand j’ai commencé à rédiger ce post j’avais prévu de mettre Seul bémol, on se retrouve avec ~50 vis de différents modèles (mais chaque modèle a son sachet) et aucune indication sur le modèle à utiliser pour fixer telle ou telle pièce donc il faut parfois tester les vis pour voir laquelle va bien (et si comme moi vous égarez les vis du boîtier je vous raconte pas le petit moment de panique “Argh, il me manque au moins 10 vis ?!” )., mais dans la journée l’admin de hdplex nous a fait un joli post sur ce sujet, donc cette critique n’a plus lieu d’être (à noter que Larry est très réactifs concernant les problèmes/questions de ses clients)
•La CM choisie n’a pas de connecteurs USB 3 en interne, les ports latéraux sont donc en USB 2 (mais le câble USB 3 et l’adaptateur USB2=>3 est fourni avec le boîtier).
•Pensez à copier dès le début les différents drivers de la CM sur votre clé USB.

Températures:

•Montée en charge

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock H81M-ITX

(le pic de conso et la baisse de température entre 8:00 et 7:00 sont dus à la mise en veille qui a fait n’imp avec les capteurs)
Températures stabilisées à 70°C pour le CPU et 56°C pour la CM, conso à 26W (stabilisation après 2h à pleine charge)
Je n’ai pas de quoi mesurer ou évaluer la température du boîtier, il est chaud (sans blague ! :p ) mais pas brûlant, aucun problème pour garder ma main dessus (et pour info Temp ailettes > Temp capot > Temp face avant).

•Redescente en température

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock H81M-ITX

Températures à vide : 36°C pour le CPU et 40°C pour la CM, conso à 5.5W

PassMark:
CPU: 4247
2D: 764
3D: 505

[张罗新机] 追求性能和宁静的平衡–来自HDPLEX的H1.S

[张罗新机] 追求性能和宁静的平衡–来自HDPLEX的H1.S (来自Chiphell论坛的评测)

前言家里已经有一台戴尔D630和V4300,但是每次在宁静的夜晚上完网,关掉灯漆黑一片的时候,耳边依然萦绕着嗡嗡的风扇声音着实让人很不爽。本人虽非金耳,但无奈对噪音异常敏感和痛恨,于是就有了下面的文章。

前期考察
最先中意Intel的NUC,真是极其mini,性能对于我这种非游戏人士来说绰绰有余。当时国内还没有测评,**看了一些墙外的测评文章,居然有个风扇,而且噪音还不低,果断放弃。最终看到chhfxn1983兄的
Simple,is,The Best。只为聆听而来-極静音AV盒子HDPLEX H1装机…http://www.chiphell.com/thread-970980-1-1.html
(出处: Chiphell – 分享与交流用户体验的最佳平台)
感觉这就是我想要的,去万能的淘宝搜了一下,果然有卖,下单付款。快递很给力,第二天就到了。晚上赶回去把儿子婆娘哄睡已经十点了,自己也是困意十足。不过对于数码党来说,这点困实在不算什么。果断爬起开包装机,由于夜深人静,不想动静太大吵醒婆娘发飙把我货给扔了,所以当时没有拍照。所有照片都是事后拍摄,大家就当一片装机心得来看待吧。

开始装机
装机清单
机箱: HDPLEX H1.S
CPU:I5 4570T QS正显版,TDP35W
主板:GiGABYTE GA-H87TN
内存:KingStone 8G DDR3-1600
固态硬盘:Crucial M500 120G
机械硬盘:HITACH 7200RPM 1T
键盘:Logitech K360 键鼠套装

虽说箱子以空,但作为一个资深的数码党,怎能忍受一片没有箱子的帖子呢

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

开启箱子,机箱的部件都是散件,包括底板,顶板,侧板散热器,前面板,后挡板,铝垫脚。需要拼装,有兴趣可以去HDPLEX的官网,上面有详细的安装步骤。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

两个电源,一个是AC-DC,另一个是DC-ATX,这个机箱可以兼容Thin mini-ITX和mini-ITX两种规格主板,Thin mini-ITX主板主需要AC-DC电源,mini-ITX则两个电源都需要。我的是Thin mini-ITX,但两个都安装上了,这电源个头比较小,单独放着怕丢了,还是装在机箱里保险一点。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

这个包包不错,很厚实。里面一堆螺丝配件。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

空箱子秀完了,接下来采用倒叙方式来看看成果吧。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

揭开头盖来个瞧瞧

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

电源按钮局部特写,大家请注意固定电路板的螺丝,这是个尼龙螺丝,不是官方标配的,原配是金属螺丝。这个电源按钮电路板上还集成了一个电源指示灯,电路板的螺丝开孔敷了铜并和指示灯的地连接起来了,如果用金属螺丝会导致指示灯的地通过铜柱和机箱外壳连接在了一起。于是导致电源指示灯无论开不开机都是亮着的,这个问题折腾了我很久,机箱都拆装了好几遍,最后只有祭出万用表此等大杀器才找出了原因。这是这个箱子设计唯一不足之处。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

侧边USB3接口特写

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

电源模块局部特写,右边有铝合金外壳的是AC-DC,左边黑乎乎的一块是DC-ATX。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

纯铜散热器局部特写。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

菊花特写。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

下面是一些温度测试图
CPU验明正身,请忽视规格这栏的I3标示,货真价实的I5带睿频的。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

用TMT6播放BD原盘30分钟后温度值。

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

满负载30分钟后温度值

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

题外篇
其实在H1之前,还入过Streacom的FC2。再入H1的一个很重要的原因就是FC2太不给力了,BD原盘播放30分钟后CPU温度已经达到70度以上,号称支持最高TDP45W,仅是35W的CPU却已经让其如此不堪。而且就价格来说FC2还比H1贵上少许,但是无论是做工还是配件质量都比H1逊色不少,Streacom的诚意如此可见。下面是一些FC2和H1的外观对比图,供大家参考

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

H1.S with Gigabyte GA-H87TN

小结
H1的机箱铝材非常厚实,并且都做了阳极氧化处理,增加硬度。
机箱配件丰富,质量也好。
唯一的缺点,就是电源按钮电路板的电气设计有问题,可以称之为是一个BUG,希望厂家能在后续产品积极改进

HDPLEX H1.S with ASRock B85M ITX review from Hardware.fr

Original Review from Hardware.fr

Hello tout le monde,

ça fait un petit moment que je suis ce topic avec attention parce que je souhaite monter une config fanless compacte. A la base, je comptais attendre la sortie des cartes mères à base de J2900 & co, mais au vu des benchmarks, je me suis dit que ça ne conviendrait peut-être pas à mon usage (bureautique intensive) et je suis donc parti sur un Core-i3 (TDP de 54 W) puisqu’il dispose d’un bon rapport perf/prix (peut-être qu’un Pentium G3430 aurait pu suffire). En fait, j’ai déjà un peu d’expérience dans le domaine puisque j’avais monté une config fanless à base d’AMD A8-3820 et de Streacom FC8 il y a quelques temps :p . Cette fois-ci, j’ai décidé de changé de crèmerie et ai opté pour un H1.S de chez HDPLEX. Je me suis dit que je partagerai, vu qu’il n’y a pas énormément de retours sur ce boitier et que ça pourrai en aider certains dans ce topic. Voilà donc la config complète :

Boîtier : HDPLEX H1.S
Alim : interne (AC/DC + DC/ATX), en option, 120W
CM : Asrock B85M-ITX
Proco : Intel Core i3-4130
RAM : 8 Go DDR3 1333
SSD : Crucial M500 240 Go

Total : autour de 550 €

Pourquoi ne pas avoir opté pour un NUC avec un boitier fanless ?
Parce qu’au final, cela reviendrait plus cher pour une puissance moindre (même avec l’i5-4250U), tout en étant moins évolutif.

Pourquoi ne pas avoir opté pour un boitier fanless du genre Akasa Euler ?
Parce que les cartes mères thin mini-itx en 1150 sont très rares, que la compatibilité n’est pas assurée et qu’il faut un transfo externe. Mais ça reste une solution équivalente à mon avis.

Quelques petites remarques concernant le montage et plus particulièrement le boitier :

- la finition et l’emballage des pièces sont irréprochables, je les mettrai au moins au niveau du FC8, sinon au-dessus (basé sur mes souvenirs)

- le boitier arrive en kit, il faut le monter de A à Z

- le manuel d’instruction n’est pas très détaillé, il faudra passer par le site internet pour savoir quelles vis utiliser

- en parlant des vis, ils ont eu la bonne idée d’en utiliser certaines à six pans creux (plus faciles à serrer, se déforment moins) et de fournir le tournevis adéquat, mais ces vis sont une minorité et c’est regrettable

- les vis servant à fixer le PCB du switch ON/OFF dépassent (1-2 mm environ) du côté et empêchent la bonne fixation du fond et couvercle, il faut les limer pour que tout s’imbrique parfaitement (cf photos) :o

- le câble servant à relier le connecteur interne USB3 aux deux prises latérales du boitier est trop court (du moins pour ma carte mère) d’un ou deux cm (dépend du layout de la carte mère)

- le support 2.5″ est fixé directement sur la plaque en alu dans laquelle passent les heatpipes, ce qui chauffe le support et indirectement le ou les disques. Heureusement, il y a deux “étages” sur le support et le problème est moindre si l’on ne
met qu’un seul disque en haut

- l’agencement interne du boitier est vraiment bien (trop ?) optimisé, il n’y a quasiment pas de place inutile

- l’assemblage est long, notamment la partie où il faut mettre de la pâte thermique (DeepCool Z5, quantité fournie suffisante) sur toutes les parties en contact avec les caloducs (la petite spatule est néanmoins pratique)

- les températures semblent raisonnables (CPU : 70-75°C après 30 min d’OCCT, ce qui n’est pas représentatif d’un usage courant) et la chaleur semble dissipée de manière homogène au toucher

Et voici quelques photos.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas, je passe ici assez régulièrement ;)

Edit : 54W et non pas 65W de TDP

Photo Gallery of H1.S installation process:

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

H1.S fanless PC case with ASRock B85M ITX From Hardware.fr

Simple,is,The Best。只为聆听而来-極静音AV盒子HDPLEX H1.S装机

[张罗新机] Simple,is,The Best。只为聆听而来-極静音AV盒子HDPLEX H1装机 (来自Chiphell的评测)

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

如果这都不算静

还有什么可依赖

……
从大学时代用的第一台富士通笔记本开始,至此用过的PC已经有数十台
最初的开始追求的都是性能。
快,更快,飞快…
慢慢的性能就过剩了
之后就是对外观的执着
年岁渐长,现在,对于诸如性能,扩展等等,都早已不再执拗
最后,只剩下一个念想
能够安安静静的,听听,看看
在各处寻寻觅觅,兜兜转转
想找一个真正安静的系统,难呐
用塔式静音散热器的,体积太大
用DC-ATX电源的
要么,就是很山寨
要么,就是很地主
一路从天朝的论坛搜寻到岛国的论坛,未果
最后磕磕碰碰辗转到了米国,终于找到了组织,Computer Audiophile
在这儿耳朵跟我同样有烦恼的兄弟真多啊,呵呵
淘得一只小箱,迫不及待动手开工了

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

系统基本SPEC:
OS:WIN7 64BIT
APP:JRIVER
HTPC CASE: HDPLEX H1.S
MB: INTEL DQ77KB THIN-MITX
PSU:HDPLEX NANO INTERNAL AC-DC 120W
CPU:i3 3220T
RAM: SAMSUNG DDR3 1333 4G
HDD:LITEON MSATA 128G
Network Adapter: Intel Wireless-N 1030
等等等等。。。

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

一切都已就绪,GO!

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

全静音被动散热的大杀器,要倍儿爽,就靠它

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

核心战力:镜面滚压纯铜散热底座

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

2.5寸硬盘架,我没用上,装的是MSATA的SSD
如果以后要加存储的话,这里面可以塞2块SSD或HDD

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

从头至尾装机就这一把,官方原配

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

先装上脚垫

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

电源开关和USB3.0分别都在机箱两侧

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

主板就位

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

热管嵌入

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

插入前均匀涂上硅脂

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

6管合璧

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

关上后门

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

终于可以入住机箱内部的AC-DC电源

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

AC-DC电源植入,厚达10mm的床,太凉爽啦…

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

电源通过4PIN接线插在主板的这个位置

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

机箱外边再也不用拖个黑盒了

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

面板合拢

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

封顶

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

俯瞰一下,真的很小

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

清净,干净,宁静
就是如此简单

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

夜已深
没有什么人

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

现在运行中,原生的耳朵听不到任何的噪音

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

关于温度…
其实,大量的音乐和电影都在这里面

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

至此,聆听,2014,念願達成!

谢谢HDPLEX!
谢谢Computer AudioPhile!
谢谢CHH!

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Computer case review from Chiphell.com

My HDPLEX H10.S Fanless Case built

Review from HDPLEX Fanless PC Case Forum

Hi all!

This is my first post here!
I wont to share my first audio PC build.

Parts:
Case
HDPLEX H10.S Fanless Computer Case
Intel i5 4670T
Asus H81M A
SDD Crucial M5 120 GB for OS (WIN Server 2012 R2)
SDD Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB for storage
Paul Pang USB v2 USB 3.0 card
Pico psu wide input
RAM Crucial 8GB 1333-7 BX Tactical

Everything went just find I’ve no problems at all whit this build, the installation guide is very clear and thanks to Larry when I’ve got, one doubt, I got an answer whit in a hour (on a weekend!)
I remember this was my fist build of a PC and I’not an IT expert, far from that!

It sound, and looks, very well!

Thank’s

Miguel

Some pictures:

HDPLEX H10.S Build

HDPLEX H10.S Build

HDPLEX H10.S Build

HDPLEX H10.S Build

HDPLEX H10.S Build

My HDPLEX H1.S fanless case with Intel Pentium G3420

Original user review from HDPLEX Fanless PC Forum

Hello!

Specifications:
CPU: Intel® Pentium® Processor G3420 (3.20 GHz) – Max TDP 53W
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-H87TN
RAM: Corsair 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
Case: Hdplex H1.S + 120W Internal AC-DC
SSD: micron RealSSD c400 msata MTFDDAT128MAM-1J2 + SSD adapter

I can say that the installation was not a heavy but not very easy :) . I went for the manual to the end and the result you see in the picture.
Package comes h1 is very complete. Amazing how many details were put together by people from hd-plex. Congratulations!

For now I’ve got a Pentium Haswell which are currently satisfied.
Full load temperatures do not exceed 68 Celsius.
Below you can find images from the implementation of h1 with H87TN and G3420.

Now I am looking for a video card that does not consume much. I’m open to suggestions.

H1.S fanless PC case with Haswell Pentium G3420

H1.S fanless PC case with Haswell Pentium G3420

H1.S fanless PC case with Haswell Pentium G3420

H1.S fanless PC case with Haswell Pentium G3420

H1.S fanless PC case with Haswell Pentium G3420

H1.S fanless PC case with Haswell Pentium G3420

H1.S fanless PC case with Haswell Pentium G3420

H1.S fanless PC case with Haswell Pentium G3420

HDPLEX H1.S with Core i3 4130t, Asus H87I-Plus, Kingston HyperX

Original Review from HDPLEX Fanless PC case Forum

Hi Everybody,

just built my H1.S with the following components:

HD-Plex H1.S (black)
Asus H87I-Plus Mainboard Sockel 1150 (mini-ITX)
Intel BX80646I34130T Core i3-4130T Prozessor (35 Watt)
Kingston HyperX PC3-12800 – 8GB
Samsung MZ-7TE120BW Serie 840 EVO Basic – SSD 120GB
PicoPSU-150-XT 150W 12V DC-DC

If your gonna use the Asus MB don’t forget to order the long USB 3.0 Kabel and short heatpipes (only needed one).

It turned out a real beauty (but the assembly takes awhile) :-) I use it as an HTPC running OpenElec 4.0 Beta 2 at the moment. Don’t really want Microsoft on it.

Temps are great: idle 40-45 degrees Celsius (depending on which Skin XBMC is running), playing a 30GB remux I had 45 degrees Celsius … after 10 hours of playing non stop the temp only went up by 1 degrees Celsius.

Cons:

- The USB 3.0 kabel (long version) is still kinda short and not flexibal enough. I ended up having to mount it running under the SSD. This would’nt be a problem if it were more flexibal. But longer would still be better ;-)

Thanks to Larry for sending me the longer USB 3 kabel and 2 short heatpipes weeks before I even received my H1.S.

H1.S fanless PC case with Intel core i3 4130T

H1.S fanless PC case with Intel core i3 4130T

H1.S fanless PC case with Intel core i3 4130T

H1.S fanless PC case with Intel core i3 4130T

H1.S fanless PC case with Intel core i3 4130T

HDPLEX fanless H1.S chassis with ASRock Z87E ITX Core i3 4130

Original Review from SPCR Forum (Silent PC Review)

The following is a short review and summary of my experiences building a silent Media Centre PC based around a HD-Plex H1.S case.

Equipment List
HD-Plex H1.S case with internal AC-DC and DC-ATX power supplies• ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard
• Patriot Viper 3 Black Mamba 2x4GB 1.5V DDR3-1600 RAM
• Intel Core i3-4130 CPU
• Crucial M500 960GB SSD
• Windows 7 Professional x64

HD-Plex H1.S Case
The H1.S parts kit is comprehensive, with everything individually bagged and logically grouped, and the packaging is excellent. Unfortunately, the packer had placed the (heavy) main box on top of the optional items (PSU’s, etc) which had then become badly crushed in transit. However, the components inside survived without harm.

The build was fairly straightforward and took me about 3 hours. The assembly guide can be vague at times and assumes liberal use of common sense, but otherwise is well laid-out and covers most of the installation permutations. The H1.S “Installation Screw Picture Guide” is a very useful supplement to the printed material. I roughly followed the assembly guide and the only correction I would make is that the user should install the back panel before screwing the top plate onto the heat pipes. It’s necessary to spread the two side plates slightly to fit the rear panel and this is impossible once the pipes are fixed down. Other than that, things were pretty easy and the H1.S is a well thought out product.

Procedure
I first of all assembled the PC on the bench to ensure the components worked and to establish a baseline operating temperature using a conventional fan cooler. After an hour of Prime95 the machine reached a stable CPU temperature of 58C. The RAM, Southbridge and VRMs were cold to the touch. I used my own heat-sink to cool the two PSU modules but a better solution is to fasten them to the H1.S faceplate using their proper mounting holes.

My previous experience with passively cooled PCs is that the VRMs and Southbridge depend on a small amount of airflow from the CPU fan to keep temperatures in check. Hence I stacked two 4mm thick blocks of Gap Pad thermal materiel (not supplied with the H1.S, but readily available online) under the VRMs, CPU and Southbridge chips before screwing the motherboard onto the baseplate. Generally, about 20% of the heat from each of these components can be conducted downwards using Gap Pad or a similar material and this helps make up for the lack of airflow. The thermal pad inside the DC-ATX power supply looked uninspiring so I also put a full sized lump of Gap Pad in there too.

After completing assembly I re-ran the same stress tests on the finished item. The resultant CPU temperature after an hour of Prime95 was 76C and the chassis became uncomfortably hot to the touch, especially the front plate. The whole interior, including RAM and SSD, were approaching the chassis temperature of around 55C. These temperatures are above the maximum rated for the CPU and are generally too high for comfort. The heat pipes and Gap Pad do a good job of getting the heat to the exterior of the case but the chassis is under-finned for dissipating such power levels to the surrounding air.

Reducing Power Consumption
I then installed the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and played around with the Dynamic Voltage Offset to under-volt the CPU. Note that I am using a standard i3-4130, not one of the low power T-series versions. The Intel utility is handy as it allows the voltage to be adjusted and tested on the fly without rebooting the machine each time. To my surprise I could reduce the Vcore by as much as 180mV and still remain stable (the machine crashed at 200mV). After an hour of Prime95 the machine settled to a steady state CPU temperature of 66C and a chassis temperature of 46C. Although not as good a result as the shoddy Intel box cooler achieved, I find these numbers much more acceptable. A side effect of this tweak was to also reduce my idle power draw by a couple of watts. Once I’d established a stable under-volt using the Intel utility I made this change permanent using the CPU Voltage Offset setting in the ASRock BIOS.

I didn’t try reducing my power consumption further by under-volting the GPU or testing maximum power consumption using FurMark, but these remain on my to-do list.

Results Comparison

Box Cooler, Stock Vcore
Idle
Vcore=0.811V, CPU=34C, System=26C, AC Power=17W
Prime95
Vcore=1.096V, CPU=58C, System=28C, AC Power=54W

H1.S, Stock Vcore
Idle
Vcore=0.811V, CPU=38C, System=27C, AC Power=17W
Prime95
Vcore=1.096V, CPU=76C, System=55C, AC Power=54W

H1.S, Under-volted
Idle
Vcore=0.638V, CPU=33C, System=25C, AC Power=14W
Prime95
Vcore=0.919V, CPU=66C, System=46C, AC Power=45W

Assembly Problems
I bought the ASRock motherboard as it was an approved item for the H1.S, but there are a couple of issues with it that HD-Plex don’t make explicit – namely the position of the USB3 header is not compatible with the very short and incredibly inflexible cable supplied and that the vertical CMOS battery fouls the heat pipes unless remedial action is taken. Neither issue is a big deal, but it would be better if the HD-Plex approval was caveated appropriately.

CMOS Battery Position
I bent the last two heat pipes around the battery, making sure they didn’t touch either the battery case or each other and taking care not to crimp them.

HDPLEX fanless H1.S with ASRock Z87E ITX

Although there’s plenty of room inside the case in this region, the bent pipes mean the SSD mounting tray can only go immediately over the CPU rather than being offset. This is undesirable as a good deal of heat is then transferred from the CPU to the disk, raising temperatures more than necessary. I read on the HD-Plex forum that shorter pipes are available but I got no response when I inquired about them.

Wiring Issues
If both the AC-DC and DC-ATX power supplies are used, the area immediately behind the faceplate becomes crowded, with a rats nest of wires struggling for space. It would be impossible to also fit the thick and inflexible USB3 cable from the USB3 header in this region to the external connector (shown in blue at the bottom of the picture), even if the wire was long enough (which it isn’t). It would be much better if the case were 10mm longer to give more space here.

A fourth mounting plate
The H1.S comes with three mounting plates for securing the heat pipes to the chassis sides. I turned one heat pipe around on the left side to more evenly spread heat over the side wall and would have done the same on the right if I had a fourth mounting plate.

Under heavy load there is a noticeable cooler spot on the right of the chassis, just behind the power switch/LED, which could be utilised if a fourth mounting plate was supplied. There is no such cool spot on the left side due to the third pipe being mounted forward.

Summary
Overall, I am very pleased with the result of my build. The assembly process was pretty straightforward and produced an attractive computer with excellent performance for my needs. It’s small, unobtrusive and completely silent so I had no difficulty integrating it with my other AV equipment. It consumes so little power I don’t bother switching it off when I’m not using it.

The H1.S case has been a success, though I think a slightly lower power CPU would have been a better choice for it. I think the case would be improved by more fin area and a better place for the SSDs could be found but otherwise it’s a fine piece of equipment.

This is my first ASRock motherboard and it has been a pleasant surprise. It has worked flawlessly from the start and, for me, the combination of AC WiFi, ALC1150 audio and Displayport make it a superior product to the equivalents from Asus or Gigabyte.

All I need now is for XBMC to shake out a few of their bugs and I’m ready to go…

HDPLEX fanless H1.S with ASRock Z87E ITX

HDPLEX fanless H1.S with ASRock Z87E ITX

HDPLEX H1 Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and Intel i5-4670S review

HDPLEX H1 Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and Intel i5-4670S review from HDPLEX Fanless PC Case forum

Components:
- CASE: HD PLEX H1 (black front panel)
- CPU: Intel i5-4670S
- MAINBOARD: ASUS Q87T
- HDD: Plextor 256GB PX-256M5S (msata)
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
- power supply: standard DELL 65W AC Adapter

My assuptions was to replace mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13″ with something more powerful. I spent months to make a decision.
It was hard to choose between ThinITX and MiniITX due to lack of good mobos. Finally I decided to make completly silent and powerful workstation based on Asus Q87T which is very nice mobo with 2 ethernet cards and displayport. The greatest weakness is of course lack of discrete graphics but for work I do – it is not a reason.

I live in Poland and it takes two weeks to get it. I have to say that Larry make good impresion on me. Initially I ordered case with internal power supply which is not obligatory and made payments for that. It was no problem to cancel only power supply part and make refund.

The first impression of case was really good. I have to say that it was a really solid packaging and nice accents like black bag for screws.
It’s something like DIY pack which is nice in the don’t-ever-try-to-fix-me-times. You have to assembly everything by yourself and it has something common with assembling a gun.

But there is a bitter part of this review: It is my first HDPLEX case so lack of experience means lack of confidence.
After mounting copper plate on CPU I had a problem with heatpipes. It was like the copper plate is about 5 mm too low. But after email conversation with Larry I choose to try a brutal method. It was good decision because heatpipes were very platic and after covering it with aluminium top plate everything fits perfectly.

PC started perfectly from the first try which was a small victory. Temps is very nice and case is not even warm.
My test gives max 77 degrees after 30 minutes of 100 % CPU & GPU which is awsome.

Pros:
+ quality is perfect (exept bending heatpipes)
+ customer support is awsome
+ 100% silent PC
+ low price

Cons:
- the guide could be more detailed
- heatpipes issue

HDPLEX H1.S with Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and i5-4670s

HDPLEX H1.S with Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and i5-4670s

HDPLEX H1.S with Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and i5-4670s

HDPLEX H1.S with Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and i5-4670s

HDPLEX H1.S with Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and i5-4670s

HDPLEX H1.S with Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and i5-4670s

HDPLEX H1.S with Thin ITX ASUS Q87T and i5-4670s

I’m very satisfied with final effect showed on the last picture.

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