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Intel Core i3-3220T Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 2.8GHz LGA 1155 35W Desktop Processor                                                                                   Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220T
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Low wattage
Great graphics support

Cons: Too hot for a completely passive solution

Other Thoughts: Built a near-silent HTPC running two of three stock 120mm Silverstone case fans running at 640 and 490 RPM and a Silverstone NT01-E passive cooler. Plays everything (haven't tested any 4K video). Average wattage while playing video under Media Center 7 is 33W at 42 C.

From temperature/wattage tests:
With *no* case fans: I aborted a Prime95 test in 4 minutes at 78 C -- temperature was still climbing.

With closest 120mm Silverstone case fan at 490 RPM: the max core temp stabilized at 65 C under Prime95 after 4 minutes until I aborted at 15 minutes.

BTW, the NT01-E cooler was a pain to install -- perhaps doesn't support socket 1155. That would explain it.

Components: 35W Ivy Bridge CPU, OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, 2TB Caviar Green HDD, *no optical drive*, 4GB HyperX Blue DDR3, Silverstone NT01-E CPU cooler, Seasonic SS-400FL 400W fanless PSU, Silverstone GD05-USB3.0 case.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 3 Fan headers
USB 3.0 header for front case USB ports
Very good efficiency
No compatibility headaches

Cons: Only two SATA-3 ports
3D BIOS was fun for 15 seconds -- sticking to 2D view

Other Thoughts: My total system draw is 31W at idle, 42W playing video off HDD and 38W playing off network.

35W Ivy Bridge CPU, OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, 2TB Caviar Green, *no optical drive*, passive CPU cooler, Seasonic 400W fanless PSU, Silverstone GD05-USB3.0 case.

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TL-LINK TL-PA210KIT HomePlug AV 200Mbps Mini Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Simple

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Plug both adapters into wall outlets, run supplied Ethernet cable from one adapter to your computer, the other to your router. Doesn't get any simpler.
Such a device may not work on all outlets in a house due to the way that 240V comes into a house and is split into two banks of 110V and powerline adapters cannot communicate from one bank to another. My X10 system has a bridgethat plugs into my dryer's 240V outlet -- it was unplugged while using the device and I had no problems. The X10 bridge will not work for bridging powerline adapters -- I had no problems so I don't care.
I brought it to Brazil to see if it would work. It worked fine. 200Mbps is way fast enough for streaming HD video.

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Stan M.'s Profile

Display Name: Stan M.

Date Joined: 07/26/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 05/08/11
  • Last Review: 09/25/12
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