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Pros: *silent*, no need for separate power cable, smart power-on-demand behavior, runs cool even in a compact case (36C in normal operation with just the CPU fan there and a fanless powersupply)
Cons: the design of the heating pipes sticking out could be problematic in very compact builds (but then those probably would use integrated graphics)
Other Thoughts: just what i needed: i was not looking for a gaming platform, rather just to bring up the somewhat anemic WEI of the integrated graphics on a i5-661 (4.1) to a higher standard and extend my workstation's life. the new WEI of 6.8 for graphics certainly achieves that.
it is a surprisingly high card, but fits without an issue into Silverstone Sugo SG1 and 2 cases. System power barely goes up because this card seems very smart in how it draws power. The system remains just as cool with this addition.
yes it is a double slot, but hey most graphics cards that pack some umph will be.
silent, wei of 6.8 and power efficient at around $80 means 5 stars, no doubt.
This review is from: Intel BOXDH55TC LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: to add to my pablolie review... it seems to work most of the time but gets very temperamental when changing stuff, sch as when i tried to improve graphics... (read cons)
Cons: i have never owned a board that gets so terminally sick and simply refuses to get any sign of life when it feels misconfigured, which includes stuff as basic as adding a graphics card. the i5-661 begged for a graphics card update to graduate beyond wei 4.1 graphics, but it was a death battle to get the board to accept the nvidia gt440 card, latest os and bios updates notwithstanding. i regret the day i bought this board.
Other Thoughts: worst board intel ever produced, based on my experience, and based on that the last Intel mb i will buy sorry. i have never ever experienced as many startup issues... try to overclock... pull the battery to fix it... install a video card... pull the battery to try to fix it... any bios adjustment that for no reason the board declines... pull the cmos battery... and get ready to restart repeatedly for a while... what a horrible board, i regret buying itREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NF-R8-1800 80mm Case cooler
Pros: more silent than others - however, you may not even need a case fan these days if you pick some components (see other thoughts)
Cons: if you can do without it, you will notice a marked difference in noise level nevertheless. do your research! so no, not truly silent....
Other Thoughts: The build consisted of
- LIan Li PC-Q09 mini-ITX case
- Intel DH61DL LGA1155 mini motherboard
- Inter i3-2100T processor
- Silverstone NT07-1156 CPU cooler (yes, it is 100% compatible with 1155 motherboards)
- Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3
- Samsung 470MZ 64GB SSD