Just a little APU build, nothing special.
Images from left to right:
- In it's new home (which was by far the cleanest 15 year old computer I've ever seen)
- Back plane showing my wires and the original legend.
- SFX PSU fits in an ATX slot... But I do have a bracket in the mail.
- Specs of the original box
- This box is quite portable, can be used in bed. HHKB Pro2, CST2545-5w-rc, 2007fp (ips) ultrasharp, ergotron lx and some Plantronics 655 DSP headphones.
- In the foreground is the Pentium 3 card (with the only fan - a 50mm - in the original box) and in the background is the 120mm of the L12. I'd bet the pentium 3 runs a bit cooler even so!
8 & 9. So, is A-Tuning accurate or is Speccy? Maybe my heat problem wasn't as bad as I thought. WOW that jpg compression, in the last shot Speccy is reading 89C, A-Tuning is reading 49C with prime95 running.
L12 is barely sufficient even on the most aggressive fan settings. Not sure if this is Noctua overestimating their products or AMD's chips being hotter than advertised. Buy something made for a lot more TDP.
I originally ran it with a noctua L9 but the temps were way too high.
8gb RAM is pushing it, the APU reserves 1.1gb. I'd go with 16gb if I were rebuilding this, I do run out sometimes.
Evo had a problem earlier this year, but it's cleaned up and functioning well now.
Mobo has questionable support for APUs, haven't checked it out too much though. It also has the 4 pin on the opposite side of the board to the 24 pin, which looks unclean. The RAM is also on the top side (assuming standard inverted layout) so you may not get as much airflow as you would otherwise in a case like the one I'm using. This mobo also does not include a false-header for you to attach your power/reset/LEDs to, you have to put them straight onto the board. Asrock seem kind of low quality now.
Originally I was using an ml06b case so I needed an SFX psu, but as you can see in the pictures above I moved to a sleeper so I have a bracket on the way. The PSU itself is great, my only qualm is there's no 4-pin cable, only an 8 pin to 2x4 pin so there's a 4 pin header floating around inside my case. Not ideal...