HDPLEX Fanless PC Case

HDPLex H5 Gen2 Silent Fanless PC Build from SPCR Forum Part One – Unboxing

Original review from SPCR Forum

Hi,

Unboxing, and build of new HD-Plex H5 Silent PC

Overall the build is very straightforward if you follow the instructions in the Guide.
Everything lined up perfectly and nothing needed to be bashed or fettled to get it to fit.
Machining quality is really superb.

All parts were present and correct in neat little bags and trays for easy identification.

I of course had to modify the design slightly so I made myself some extra work, but I got an even better unit for my needs/wants.

Final Parts List

HD-Plex H5 Gen2 Silent PC Case
ASRock Z97 Extreme6/3.1 (Amazon)
Intel i5 5675c Broadwell (Overclockers UK)
HD-PLex AC-DC 160W + DC-ATX 250W Power Supply (Direct)
Corsair Vengence Pro 16GB 1866 (SCAN)
Samsung 950 Pro SSD 500GB (OC UK)
KingWin 2.5 + 3.5 + USB3.0 Drive Bay (5.25) (Amazon USA)
LG GS40N DVD (Ultra Slim Slot Loading Writer) (Kikatek)
Windows 8.1 Pro (eBay from Latvia)

Additions to Standard Kit
10x M3x10mm Cup head screw
4x slim M3 nut
2x Aluminium plate 16 Guage 170mm x 80mm

Background . . .

I have been looking to build a silent PC for quite a while and kept looking at Streacom passive cases but last time I searched for ideas I came across the HD-Plex site and found that these cases were much better and about the same price. More options for internals with a passive GPU option up to say Nvidea 950, a TDP of 95W for both CPU and GPU plus amazing design and build quality.

I was initially going to build around an i5 6600K Skylake but then MS decided to stop support for Skylake going forward with Win 8.1, so I went back to the drawing board and discovered that the i5 5675C was the same power consumption with better onboard graphics. I was starting with no GPU as I probably don’t need one at the moment.

Part One – Unboxing.

Case arrives from German distribution hub.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Contents (without packing foam sheets)

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

DC-ATX 250W PSU Box

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

AC-DC 160W PSU Box

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

GPU Passive Cooler Box (Future Option)

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Main Case Box : Printed Manual – Front Panel – Parts Tray – Case Parts

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Main Parts Tray

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Front Panel Parts Tray

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Closer look – Main Parts Tray

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Case Bottom Panel – Inner side

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Top Panel

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Sides and Rear Panel

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Case Boxed weighs 8Kg

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Glossy Instructions

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Solid Copper CPU Heatsink

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Heatpipes

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

CPU Cooler Plate and side panel heat-pipe plates

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

GPU Cooler

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Solid Copper

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Front Panel Illuminated Touch Switch parts tray

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Next – The Build . . .

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HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Silent Music Player Build using Supermicro X11SAE-M Xeon E3-1275 Samsung 950 Pro 5 and PPA v2 USB card

Original Review from Computer Audiophile Forum

Here is my just-completed build of a fanless silent music player.

Components:
HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless chassis
– HDPLEX HiFi 250W DC-ATX (nanoATX series) power converter
– HDPLEX 160W AC-DC w/PFC (nanoATX series) PSU
– Supermicro X11SAE-M uATX motherboard
– Intel Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU
– 16GB DDR4-2133 memory
– Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
– PPA v2 USB card

This box will be used to run HQPlayer. Target OS is Windows 10. The M.2 SSD is a placeholder which will eventually be removed to make the box diskless, booting from a mounted iSCSI drive served by a silent NUC box acting as NAS and containing my music library.

I’m also waiting for an HDPLEX 300W ATX linear PSU to arrive, and will be able to compare the sound between the above PSU setup and the HDPLEX 300W ATX linear PSU.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 with Supermicro,Xeon,NVMe PCIe,PPA USB

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 with Supermicro,Xeon,NVMe PCIe,PPA USB

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 with Supermicro,Xeon,NVMe PCIe,PPA USB

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 with Supermicro,Xeon,NVMe PCIe,PPA USB

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 with Supermicro,Xeon,NVMe PCIe,PPA USB

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 with Supermicro,Xeon,NVMe PCIe,PPA USB

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 with Supermicro,Xeon,NVMe PCIe,PPA USB

Details about new version of HDPLEX H1 series Fanless PC case coming April 2016

New version of HDPLEX H1 series Fanless PC case has the following changes.

1:SSD installation position is being moved to the bottom plate below the motherboard. There is a “bathtub” being carved on the bottom plate for one SSD position or maybe two if it is super slim SSD (<7mm). This change enable H1.SODD to support regular SSD and to allow better heat dissipation since nothing will block the aluminum top plate. Old H1.SODD only supports mSATA/M.2 SSD.

HDPLEX H1 fanless pc case new version design change details

HDPLEX H1 fanless pc case new version design change details

2: CPU aluminum top plate will have teeth. Increase the heat dissipation area and thus efficiency.

HDPLEX H1 fanless pc case new version design change details

3: Improve the backplate for Thin mini ITX PCI Expansion card installation. Due to the decrease of thin ITX mobo options, I might make this thin ITX blackplate an option instead of include it by default. There is no thin ITX board for Intel Boardwell nor for Skylake CPU. Did they give up on Thin ITX??

HDPLEX H1 fanless pc case new version design change details

4: Side I/O board will be improved. One side I/O board with soft silicon based USB 3.0 cable and power button will replace the original two side I/O boards. So only one side will have side I/O. Silicon USB 3.0 head is very low profile as well.

5: New H1 faceplate will have new mounting pattern for power supply.
The mounting for 250W HiFi DC-ATX is unchanged.
In sum:

New H1.S will support:
1: HDPLEX 160W AC-DC+HDPLEX Direct Plug Style 160W DC-ATX (like PicoPSU). This direct plug style 160W DC-ATX is not released yet.

2: HDPLEX 80W AC-DC+HDPLEX 160W DC-ATX

3: HDPLEX 250W HiFi DC-ATX

New H1.SODD will support mini-ITX (with 24PIN on the side only) in addition to thin-ITX.

1: HDPLEX 160W AC-DC+HDPLEX Direct Plug Style 160W DC-ATX (like PicoPSU) if the motherboard 24PIN ATX plug is on the side instead of being on the front.

H1.S will have an updated SSD rack which support two SSD. So H1.S will support max 3 SSD, two via this rack and one on the bottom bathtub.

HDPLEX H1.S new SSD HDD rack

New version of H1.SODD and H1.S will be avaiable for sale around 2016 April

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC Case with PPA Studio AUDIO GRADE USB 3.0 PCIE CARD V3 and HDPLEX 100W Linear PSU+250W HiFi DC-ATX Combo

Original Review could be found at Computer Audiophile Forum

Case: HD-PLEX H5 Gen 2
MB: ASUS MAXIMUS VII GENE
CPU: Intel i7-4785T
Memory: 16 GB G.Skill TridentX PC3-21300
Disk – OS: Plextor M6e Series 256GB M.2 PCIe
Disk – Music: Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
USB: PPA Studio 3.0 V3
Power Sources: HDPLEX 100W LPS with 250W ATX Converter, 2 – TeraDAK X1 LPS (1 for PPA USB Card, 1 for Music disk)
Cables: ModDIY Red sleeved Silver Plated Copper for MB, Light Harmonic Lightspeed 10G USB
Software: OS – Win 10 Pro, Fidelizer (Free version), Roon, JPLAY

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless pc case with PPA Sutio Audio Grade USB 3.0

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless pc case with PPA Sutio Audio Grade USB 3.0

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless pc case with PPA Sutio Audio Grade USB 3.0

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless pc case with PPA Sutio Audio Grade USB 3.0

Fanless PC build HD-PLEX 2nd Gen H5 Intel I5 5675C and Asus Z97-P

Original Review from SPCR Forum

Hello i would like to share ,with my poor English, my first fanless pc build.

A little time ago i have decided to change my eight years old ,but still effective, PC with something new and different from traditional one.

I wanted a general purpose pc (personal productivity, internet surfing – youtube, HD video playing, lo-res gaming, programming) built with fewest possible internal component, with low power consumption, fanless and with a compact case.

Searching the internet (in sites like SPCR) i’he found the components that match my desidered build:

– Case: Hd-Plex 5 second generation fanless case.
This case is stated to support up to 95 TDW CPU whit eight copper heat pipe cooling.
It is not the smallest case but can accept atx motherboard and has a lot of space to support
upgrades / new internal component.
It can accept a low power discrete card that can be passively cooled with
additional pipes.

– CPU: Intel I5 5675C.
It suits my needs because is a desktop class (not underpowered laptop) 65W TDP I5 and it
has an integrate Iris Pro 6200 gpu adeguate for my usage (at this time i don’t want a discre
gpu).

– PSU: Hd-Plex 160W AC-DC fanless and 250W DC-DC fanless atx.
Power is adeguate for the build.

– RAM: Trident X DDR3 2400 16GB
For higher bandwith to the integrated gpu.

– HD: Samsung SSD EVO 850 500GB in M.2 format (sata,ahci)
I like the compact form M.2. The sata,ahci version is the “slower” type of M.2 but costs
less for GB then pcie,nvmi and is more than adequate for general purpose usage.

-MB: Asus Z97-P.
It as a Z97 chipset, M.2 socket and support 4K HDMI.

– OTHER : no need for other internal component (DVD , Hard Disk) because if needed i use
external usb version.

So i built the PC.

Below some pictures of the internals and external of the finished PC.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC build with 5675C

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC build with 5675C

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC build with 5675C

My impression of the main fanless components from HD-PLEX (case, cpu cooling and PSU) is good, they seems quality built.

I’ve put the pc on test for stability and temperature, below some results and measurements.
I5 cpu standard 3.1 Ghz – DDR3 on 2133 Mhz – room temperature 19.5 C.

After 1:45 hour of prime 95 4 thread blend test , average CPU package temperature 75 C

After 11 hours of mixed used (idle, office, internet, video playing, 3D gaming). Average CPU temp 45 C. MAX 76 C.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC Temperature Graph

Two pictures of case temperature measurement after some hours of 3D Gaming at CPU package temp of 75 C. Below temperature on top of CPU aluminium fins. 54 C room temperature 19.5 C.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC Temperature Graph

Below temperature on the fins on aluminium case side with CPU cooling pipes. 49 C room temperature 19.5 C

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC Temperature Graph

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 with Xeon 1265Lv3 and Supermicro Mobo,PPA USB Card (Aktives-hoeren Forum)

Original Review could be found here.

This system contains HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless HTPC case, Xeon 1265LV3 TDP 45W CPU and Supermicro motherboard.
It is powered by HDPLEX 100W Linear Power Supply plus 250W HiFi DC-ATX combo.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 case Xeon CPU, Supermicro motherboard

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 case Xeon CPU, Supermicro motherboard

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 case Xeon CPU, Supermicro motherboard

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 review from Computeraudiophile Forum

Original review could be found here.

New Plex H5 gen 2 server HTPC
I post here a fully silent HTPC assembled in the just released fantastic Plex H5 gen 2 case. It features: AS Rock Extreme 3 Mobo, 256 GO M.2 Gen 3 SSD, 16Go DDR4 3GHz RAM, i7-6700, ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 AMP! Edition, 100W external linear PSU, USB Audio card V2 from PPA, Win 10 (with AO when it is ready, I might install as a double boot a Win Server 2012 R2JRiver MC21, Roon might come, as of now I find the price tag quite high for a non finished yet software), and a Synology DS1813+. It is dedicated to a 50m2 movie and audio theater room: Sony 4K projector, Request II Martin Logan speakers powered by an YBA power amplifier, YBA pre-amplifier, YBA CD reader, a Rel subwoofer. Center and back speakers are Martin Logan too. As for the DAC, I have a Micromega MYdac, and I am in the process of selecting either the Exasound gear or the Yggdrasil one. I’m in the process of the replacement of the receiver that will be Emotiva XMC-1.

The OS is installed on the M2 drive indeed. I haven’t made any test on SSD prior to that, I won’t enter into that kind of debate. The unit is not connected yet, it will take some time before it is done, hopefully during spring. So I’ll have to wait quite a bit to test it. It will be interesting to make A/B tests with my legacy high end CD player and the Goldmund T3. The 100W LPSU HDPLEX Fanless Linear Power Supply for PC Audio and CE device feeds an internal power supply and feeds as well the USB audio card. I could have used the 300W PSU in order to achieve a full linear PSU , this is a higher price tag though, I may go this route in the future. This company makes smaller case, you may have a look.

Indeed the 950 is cooled by two fans that have been removed. I did not have the opportunity yet to stress the 950.
As for the internal PSU: HDPLEX-250W-Hi-Fi-DC-ATX-Power-Supply (16V-24V Wide Range Voltage Input). This internal PSU is feed by HDPLEX Fanless Linear Power Supply for PC Audio and CE device. This 100W PSU feeds directly the USB PPA card as well

As a side information, the GPU temperature when playing a HD file is between 45/50°C

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 case with GTX950 and 100W Linear PSU

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 case with GTX950 and 100W Linear PSU

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 case with GTX950 and 100W Linear PSU

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 case with GTX950 and 100W Linear PSU

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 case with GTX950 and 100W Linear PSU

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

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