HDPLEX Fanless PC Case

H1.S AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

Original review could be found in HDPLEX fanless PC case forum.

Hi, this is my first passive cooling case, i wanted a compromise between design, cpu-gpu power, dimensions, loudness and… money

Now i can say that hdplex h1.s has benn the right choice for me.
I was impressed by hdplex assistance (almost real time answers) and hardware quality, you will find everything you need for your build in the package of a h1.s.

This is my configuration:

– Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI (The right choise for an AMD APU)

– AMD A10-7800 (Impressive GPU capabilities and possibility to choice 45W or 65W TDP)

– Crucial Ballistix Sport BLS2C8G3D1609ES2LX0CEU (Very low profile and low voltage)

– Samsung MZ-75E500B/EU

– 250W HiFI DC-ATX

– DELL PA-9E (I prefer an external power adapter for reducing internal heat)

I didn’t find really great problems building this case, i reccomend this review for everyone who wants to make something like this configuration https://www.hd-plex.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1671

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

H1.S Fanless Case with AMD FM2+ Build from Italy

HDPLEX H1.S fanless PC Haswell build from Olso

Original Review could be found on author’s blog.

Last winter I finally had enough of fan noise from my desktop computer and started to plan a fanless desktop build. I wanted a small form factor, Haswell architecture and the best possible integrated GPU.

In a fanless build the crucial component is the case. I narrowed my list down to Streacom FC8EVO (MiniITX, max. TDP 95 W), Akasa Euler (ThinITX, max. TDP 35 W) and the HDPLEX H1.S (ThinITX or MiniITX, max. TDP 65 W).

The Akasa would have been the cheapest and also the smallest. But the combination of a ThinITX motherboard and a low maximum TDP limits the choice of possible components, which in turn can push the price up. The Streacom is the opposite; factoring in the price of the power supply it would have been around 20% more expensive than the Akasa and the largest of the three. In the end I chose the HDPLEX H1.S, in part because of promising early reviews and in part because a MiniITX motherboard I had on my list of compatible motherboards suddenly dropped substantially in price on Amazon.

I recycled two SSDs and memory from a previous build. All that was left was to pick a CPU. To the get the best GPU available with Haswell I would have had to choose an i5 or an i7, but I chose an i3-4330 as a balance between price and the optimal GPU.

The build took about four hours and, as expected, required patience and some creative cable management. I would not recommend this as a first-time build as you have to plan ahead and figure out exactly how to squeeze all the components in, and the instructions leave some important steps out. Photographs of the motherboard you plan to use are crucial. Keep an eye out in particular for conflicts between the heat pipes, power connectors and vertically mounted batteries. With my chosen motherboard the heat pipes leave only two of the SATA connectors in the clear and block the vertical mini-PCIe slot for the included Wifi and Bluetooth card.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Haswell build

There a plenty of pieces to keep track of.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Haswell build

The thick black cable is a double USB cable that had to be gently bent out of the way when the lid came on.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Haswell build

The mini-PCIe slot is obscured by the heat pipes on the left, as are the remaining SATA slots.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Haswell build

The fanless PSU is attached to the front panel.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Haswell build

The green coil had to be nudged a bit in order to plug the connector next to it.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Haswell build

The vertical plate holds the heat pipes in place, but the external power cable connector conflicts with one of the screws that attach it to the case and it cannot be moved further right without interfering with the heat pipes.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Haswell build

The complete build fills almost all available space.

The results are excellent. I have now had this system for almost a year and have been surprised by its stability and performance. Under light load the temperature hovers in the 35°C-40°C range. As I am writing this, the ambient temperature is 19°C and sensors reports the following:

Physical id 0: +36.0°C (high = +80.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 0: +36.0°C (high = +80.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 1: +35.0°C (high = +80.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
After a period of slightly heavier load, such as after a longer coding session where I swap between editing, compiling, running tests and so on, the temperature will fluctuate around 55°C, spiking to 60°C under full load.

I have not subjected the system to a stress test like Prime95 but I would not be surprised if the temperature approached the danger zone under such conditions. But the load that a stress test puts the system under is unlike anything it will experience with my usage pattern and it is not what I built the system for.

The only issue I have had is interference with mobile phones. If I place a mobile close to the case, the screen will go blank or fill with random noise. Something here is not shielded the way it should be. I have not looked into this and it may simply be caused by something like a cheap HDMI cable.

Component list:

HDPLEX H1.S fanless case with 120W Internal AC-DC and 160W DC-ATX Fanless Power Supply
ASRock H97M-ITX/ac motherboard
Intel Core i3-4330
2 x Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333MHz C9
Crucial BX100 250GB SATA SSD
Corsair Force 3 SSD 120GB SATA SSD
Sep 21, 2015

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

Since the cat is out of the bag, let me post some pictures with bad lighting and without heatsink system as a place holder.

Few key details from these pictures:

1: 2nd gen H5 has three expansion card slot. One full height single slot, one half height single slot(no riser needed), one dual slot for the video card.

2: Passive Video card fanless heatsink system is facing upwards.This is important.

3: Pivot Door

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX H1.S fanless case modded to H1.VFD fanless PC by Mrbobb from SPCR!

Original Review from SPCR Forum

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

It makes me feel better to see the health of my boxes at a glance, plus the IR sensor can now be mounted inside.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

What the six bar graphs are currently programmed to display

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

No.Blink is a home-made circuit replacing the power button’s PCB, its special job is to UNBLINK the sleep LED that Mobo vendors love to do these days. Is HERE if you want to build it.

The absence of a USB3 header on my Mobo had me replace the stock jacks with my own USB2 and more manageable cable.

The Kingston Hyper were the only DDR3 SoDimm that I found with heat spreader. Thermal table follows below.

M.Sata for OS boot and Apps only, my media libraries are on NAS.

Spec: Single task bedroom HTPC, Dual core Haswell G3220, H81 Thin Mobo, 64G m.Sata, 4G Ram, no HD, no ODD, no gaming.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

The temp of the Chipset+mSata were about 10c hotter before I installed the additional heatpipes. The “flat” heatpipes are available from Newark.com or uk.farnell.com, and in a way easier to install because they require no copper blocks and as long as there is a flat surface. VRMs received some enzotech and the DRAM built-in heat spreader will have to make do.

HDPLEX Linear Power Supply showing in Israel

Original review from Hifimusic forum from Israel

HDPLEX 100W linear Power Supply from Israel

HDPLEX 100W linear Power Supply from Israel

HDPLEX 100W linear Power Supply from Israel

HDPLEX 250W DC-ATX Power Supply in NES 3.0 -HTPC NES build

Original Build log from Overclock Forum
Build details could also be located at linustechtips Forum

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($255.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Travelstar 1TB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($148.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: 1985 Nintendo (Purchased For $0.00)
Other: HDPlex 250W DC-ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $85.00)

NES 3.0.HTPC.Build.with.HDPLEX.250W.DC-ATX

NES 3.0.HTPC.Build.with.HDPLEX.250W.0.DC-ATX

NES 3.0.HTPC.Build.with.HDPLEX.250W.1.DC-ATX

NES 3.0.HTPC.Build.with.HDPLEX.250W.3.DC-ATX

HDPLEX H1.S fanless pc case Hackintosh dual boot OS X and Win8.1 and HDPLEX linear PSU

Orignal Review from HDPLEX Fanless PC Case Forum.

This is my new music PC replacing the old Mac Mini . This is a Hackintosh PC with dual boot OS X and Win8.1 . The motherboard is a Gigabyte Z97-wifi . CPU is i3-4160 with 16G RAM and 256G SSD . The machine ‘s power is supplied by HDPLEX ‘s Linear Power Supply through its 250W DC-ATX unit .

As this machine is mainly used as a music PC on OS X platform , the workload is not heavy at all . At all times both the PC and the Linear Power Supply unit is just warm .

I am very satisfied with HDPLEX products and look forward to the coming H5 chassis for my another music PC .

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC build Hackintosh dual boot OS X and Win8.1

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC build Hackintosh dual boot OS X and Win8.1

HDPLEX Fanless H1.S PC build Hackintosh dual boot OS X and Win8.1

HDPLEX Linear PSU noise floor undetectable by oscilloscope!

Original Review from Audioaficionado Forum

Since replacing the capacitors and DAC chip on the main board, my MS300 has been running flawlessly (except for that damn Component Video problem). In fact, it’s running so well, I decided not to leave “good enough” alone and I upgrade the switching power supply or “brick” to a linear power supply.

The reason? A linear power supply is much MUCH less noisy than a switching power supply. Although I think the Pico PS & brick solution is a nice upgrade from the stock switching power supply, the brick still pipes in noise whereas the linear supply is super clean and quiet – in theory anyway.

I decided on the HDPLEX 100W Linear Power Supply. It a fanless design and has 4 outputs; 5VDC, 9VDC, 12VDC and 19VDC that will easily power my 12-25VDC Pico.

When I got it today, the first thing I noticed is how heavy the box was. I am really impressed at the build quality and I definitely won’t be hiding this thing behind my rack. Before I connected it to the server, I decided to power it up and look at the output on my oscilloscope. The noise was literally undetectable (lower than the noise floor on my scope)! That basically translates to zero noise getting into the MS300! Very impressive.

I connected the 19VDC output to the MS300 and as a really nice bonus, was able to simultaneously connect the 12VDC output to power my PC music server, basically eliminating yet another switcher! They provide the necessary cables – XLR to barrel connectors that plugs right into the pico’s connector and my PC.

For those looking to tweak their MS300/750 just a little more, I highly recommend the HDPLEX 100W linear power supply and the Pico. You won’t be disappointed with the clean power it supplies.

I’m playing Led Zeppelin II SHM-CD as I write this and I can’t tell you how amazing it sounds now! I think I’m done tweaking. Lol

HDPLEX 100W Linear Power Supply with Shunyata USB Cable/iFi USB iPower/Hydra Triton

From Audio Asylum Forum
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HDPLEX 100W linear power supply with iusb ifi ipower

“iFi USB iPower / HDPlex Linear Power Supply plugged into a Shunyata Hydra Triton
Amazing!”

Based on this review from Audiostream for Shunyata Venom USB Cable

Quote“Using the Venom USB with the iFi Audio micro iUSBPower driven with an HDPlex linear power supply resulted in a larger soundstage, a deeper more quiet background, and a more relaxed natural midrange.”

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