HDPLEX Fanless PC Case

Monthly Archives: July 2013

Perfect fanless HTPC build (H3.SODD),AsRock H77M-ITX,IR Receiver: Inteset Remote: Logitech Harmony 650

Original review link

Perfect fanless HTPC build (H3.SODD)
Build Experience

Here’s my summary on my first noiseless HTPC build. My first attempt to build an HTPC unit a few months back was based on a conventional case (not on a noiseless platform). I had used a Streacom F1C Evo case along with Gelid Solutions Slim Silence iPlus Low Profile Intel CPU heatsink. The setup had been working without any issues but wasn’t quite enough.

Finally I decided to take the plunge and splurge something on the fanless case. Going by all the reviews and the compatibility issues, I opted for the HDPlex H3.SODD. Though personally I liked the earlier Silver faceplace (powder coated) but unfortunately as per Larry’s confirmation, he has stopped doing that. I had to settle for the black one.

I immediately took apart the current setup to start building the new setup. A couple of minor bumps… A couple of screws missing. Larry came to my rescue … He immediately dispatched them. Started building it again. Followed the instructions (both online and manual).. Then realised the heat pipes were too long for my motherboard. They covered the USB and CIR headers. Thought of doing DIY. Cut the heat pipes to size and fixed them and started the machine. The CPU temperature shot up to 83C within 3 mins. Larry to rescue again and sent me the correct size. Back to my case. Finally completed it. The HTPC was in service. Temperatures now seem to be in control.

It is a brilliant case build-wise with a very thought out layout and looks pretty slick. It has really lived up to my high expectations. Kudos to Larry. Customer service is second to none.

Idle: 40C – 44C
Prime95 (30 mins): 71C


Mobo: AsRock H77M-ITX
CPU: Intel i3 3225
SSD: Samsung 830 60GB
HDD: Seagate Momentus 2.5″ 1TB
ODD: Hitachi-LG slotload 6x Bluray combo
RAM: Kingston HyperX Genesis 4GB (plan to bump it to 8GB)
IR Receiver: Inteset
Remote: Logitech Harmony 650
TV Tuner: Elgato EyeTV DTT (already had this one)
S/w: XBMC on Win 7 64bit platform

and finally (most importantly) –
Case: HDPlex H3.SODD (black)
Power: 150W picoPSU

A couple of suggestions for the case:
1. Option of ‘with or without’ front USB port (face plate)
2. A small window with plexiglass instead of the small hole for IR receiver. This will give some room to position any kind of receiver.

Now both my Streacom case and the Gelid fan are up for sale.

A Few Pics of the setup (allowed me to upload only 5)






ATX Linear Power Supply for Computer Audio Fanless HDPLEX PC has been tested successful


I have two sample ATX linear power supply.
The sample is using high quality 80VA R-Core transformer, Panasonic Cap (9×3300u), LT1083 and two PIN aviation plug.

The sample atx linear Power supply output 12V DC and accept 110V or 220V ( manual switch)
I use 150XT PicoPSU as DC-ATX converter.

The test is running on a ASRock H77M microATX motherboard with Intel core i3 3225 CPU, 1 x SSD and 1x Toshiba 1TB 2.5 HDD.

Also there is a cooling fan inside the linear PSU, I unplugged this fan and system has been running for straight 72 hours without any problem.

I even tried COD9 game for one hour. No problem.

The final product will use a 2 or 4 LT1083 solution with 100VA R-Core and will be completely passive.





I expect the MSRP for the 19V output 100W linear PSU to be around 245USD with free shipping worldwide and 195USD if purchase with any of my chassis.

Fanless HDPLEX H5.S Music server with Asus Xonar STX Sound Card, Asus P8H67-I Motherboard. 80W PSU

Original review link

Hello guys,

I built a fanless PC audio media server/player, and I am very impressed of the result, so I thought I’ll share it with you.

I used the following components:

HD-Plex H5S fanless pc case
Magic Power 80W Fanless Open Frame Power Supply
Asus P8H67-I Motherboard
Intel Pentium G850 CPU
4GB DDR3 Kingston Memory
Asus Xonar STX Sound Card
Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB hard drive.

The hard drive will be replaced soon by a 3TB Caviar Green and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD.

So the story is like this: I tried about 8-10 “silent” PC-HTPC cases. I was never really satisfied with the results, I was too cheap to buy a fanless case to start with, so I ended up spending more money changing various cases, coolers and fans, than I would have if I would have just bought a fanless case from the start.
I got fairly decent results with an Antec Fusion Remote and a Scythe Ninja Mini, with 2 Noctua Fans. The case was, however, too deep and pretty tall. I replaced it with a Silverstone GD05. Better cooling, as silent as the Antec, and a depth of only 32cm. But still not silent enough…
Than I tried going smaller, with a mITX motherboard, and various cases/coolers combinations. I think the worst case was the Thermaltake Element Q. Impossible to turn into a silent case!
I finally decided to buy a fanless case. I checked out the offers, and the best ones I could find and suited my taste/needs were the HDPlex H5S and the Streacom FC5 WS. The Streacom is a copy of the HD-Plex case, is only offered with a PicoPSU power supply, while the HD-Plex is offered either with a PicoPSU, or an internal fanless PSU. The cooling also seems better on the HD-Plex case. Plus the HD-Plex case, with the fanless PSU, IR sensor and remote, a PCI-Ex X1 flexible riser and shipping, costs a bit less than the Streacom “naked”. And the Streacom has thinner panels, and a thinner faceplate (10mm vs 15mm, and the HD-Plex weights as much as a Streacom and a half). So HD-Plex it was.
I placed the order, and the case arrived in pristine condition. Delivery took a bit longer than expected, because I asked for longer heatpipes, to suit my motherboard better (on the mITX motherboards, the CPU socket is closer to the PCI-Ex slot -so farther away from the case walls- than on a regular mATX motherboard). The case was double boxed, very well packed, with accesories in separate small boxes. The package contained every screw I could possibly need, an Allen Wrench, Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste, and a “tool” to apply the thermal paste with.
The assembly took longer than expected (about 3 hours!), because it’s a bit different than a standard PC case. I needed to use a file on the 3 pin plug of the PSU, since it wouldn’t get into the socket, but beside that small issue, everything was fairly easy.
I must say the case looks and feels as a very high quality product. It’s built completely out of aluminium, the front panel is a solid lump, 15mm thick, the side radiators seem to be built from a single piece of aluminium (vs 2 on the Streacom), and the top, bottom, and rear panels are BY FAR the thickest panels I have ever seen in a computer case. The CPU cooler base is a really solid, hefty lump of cooper, very well machined, with an aluminium top with fins. 6 6mm heatpipes go from the CPU block to the side panel, in unpainted grooves.
The open frame fanless PSU just oozes quality! It was designed to power medical equipment, and has a 130.000 hours MTBF!
I started the PC and I couldn’t believe how silent it is. I can barely hear my noisy HDD, while in other cases, sometimes it was louder than the fans! I guess the solid bottom panel and the excelent silicone grommets really do their job!
The CPU goes to 62 Celsius after 2-3 hours of Prime, the side panel on which the PSU is mounted barely gets warm, and the CPU side panel gets pretty hot. In regular use, the CPU stays about 20-25 degrees above the ambient (I usually get 42-45 Celsius). The PC is really stable, I have never experienced any crash. So the PSU is up to the task, altough my Xonar STX needs quite a bit of power, especially at the start.
A couple of assembly tips: start the assembly with the front USB port mounting (it’s difficult to mount it after you put the motherboard in), and make sure you tight the cpu cooler screws evenly, for optimal contact.
Anyway, I am really satisfied with the case and the PSU, and I really recommend them. I am placing some phone pictures, but they really don’t do the case justice. You can find better pictures on their website:

Compatible microATX Intel Haswell LGA1150 motherboard for HDPLEX fanless computer case has been updated

Here is the compatible Haswell motherboard for HDPLEX Fanless computer case H10 series and H5.S series.

For details please visit http://hdplex.com/compatible-motherboard-for-hdplex-fanless-htpc-case.html

ASRock B85M-HDS LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock B85M LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Q87M vPro LGA 1150 Intel Q87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS B85M-G LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Q87M-E LGA 1150 Intel Q87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS B85M-E/CSM LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS H87M-E LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS H87M-PLUS/CSM LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Z87M-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85S3+ Ver. 6.x LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ECS B85H3-M3(1.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ECS H87H3-M3(1.0) LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z87MX-D3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-H87M-D3H LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-D3H 1.0 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDH87RL LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDB85FL LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI B85M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Entry DVI Business Intel Motherboard
MSI B85M-E33 LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Entry HDMI Business Intel Motherboard

HD-PLEX H5.TODD Silver,AMD A6-5400K,Passive Cooling, Win8 shell with XBMC Launcher MSI FM2-A75MA-E35

Original Review from XBMC.org


I just finished building my first HTPC last weekend. Here’s the specs and couple thoughts with some pics.

CPU: AMD A6-5400K
RAM: G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) Ripjaws X DDR3 1866 Mhz
HDD: Kingston 60GB SSDNow V300
KB: Logitech wireless K400
IR RECEIVER: HP Media Center

REMOTE: Logitech harmony 555

Windows 8

The motherboard was supposed to be able to boot from complete off state with USB device but it didn’t work. So I ordered a Simerec universal IR remote switch so I could control everything with a remote. The chassis was easy to assemble with supplied instructions and the e-mail support was fast when I didn’t realize to connect a wire back to the PSU from ATX connector. The passive cooling seems to be working fine ( and silent )

The boot time is great, about 15sec to log in screen. Windows 8 works great with XBMC Launcher configured as a shell. I had no problems configuring the XBMC and the remote with the tutorials found in these forums. Everything worked the first time. HD-Audio sound great and picture quality is good.

Everything’s in place and ready for the first boot.




HDPLEX silent computer HTPC H3.S fanless PC case with 45W TDP Ivy Bridge i7-3770T and Gigabyte GA-H77-WIFI

Mini-ITX Specification

Component Description Remark
Case HD-Plex H3.S Fanless Case
Power supply 150W (external) EDAC Adapter
w/ DC-DC ATX PicoPSU 150-XT – AC-DC 12V, 12.5A

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H77-WIFI
CPU Intel Core Ivy Bridge i7-3770T, ES, 2.5GHz, 45W, Socket 1155
Hard drive Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB SATA 6 GB/s
RAM Kingston HyperX Black DDR3-1600 4GBx2 Synchronous, CL9
Hard drive holder (for 2) Orico PCI 25-2S-BK chassis affixed using double sides adhesive tape
SATA III cable Orico CPD-7PL6G-BA60 sata3.0 cable thin & easy to bend
H77 Chipset heatsink Zalman ZM-NB32K Northbridge heaksink replaced original
Fan Noctua NF-A6x25 FLX SS0 60x60x25 mm, almost completely silent when adjusted to minimal speed (around 1200 rpm)
Fan speed controller PC Cooler variable speed controller

For the CPU cores temperature, they are rather low, <43C most of the time, hence the passive heatsink works well with 45W CPU. The temperapture of the H77 chipset is higher even with the bigger heatsink and fan (sys temp.), at around 45C, with room temperature at 23C. Another really satisfied customer