HDPLEX Fanless PC Case

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Fanless HTPC HDPLEX H5.S Ubuntu Finland Passiivinen ja hifi-mittainen

Original Review Link

Projekti on nyt edennyt siihen pisteeseen että jotain kehtaa jo laittaa näytillekin. Lopullinen kokoonpano oli siis seuraava:

Prosessori: AMD A10-5700
Emolevy: Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H
Muistit: Corsair Vengeance LP 1866 MHz CL9 2×4 GB
Kovalevy: Samsung 840 120 GB
Kotelo: HDPLEX fanless HTPC case H5.S, 150 W virtalähteellä ja IR-vastaanottimella
Windows 8 Pro + Xubuntu 12.04
HTPC kotelo auki:

HDPLEX fanless computer case H5.S silent mini PC

Kuva on pienennetty, alkuperäinen koko on 800×530. Klikkaa avataksesi uudessa ikkunassa.

HTPC asennettuna paikoilleen:

HDPLEX fanless computer case H5.S silent mini PC
Kuva on pienennetty, alkuperäinen koko on 800×530. Klikkaa avataksesi uudessa ikkunassa.

Ja sitten hieman testituloksia, ensin Windows Experience Index:

HDPLEX fanless computer case H5.S silent mini PC

Kuva on pienennetty, alkuperäinen koko on 1200×675. Klikkaa avataksesi uudessa ikkunassa.

HDPLEX fanless computer case H5.S silent mini PC

Seuraavaksi 3DMark11:

HDPLEX fanless computer case H5.S silent mini PC

Kuva on pienennetty, alkuperäinen koko on 776×1079. Klikkaa avataksesi uudessa ikkunassa.

Ja lopuksi AS-SSD:

Jonkinlaisia kokemuksia on myös karttunut sekä laitteistosta että ohjelmistosta:

+ Kotelo on todellakin äänetön, erittäin tukeva ja tuntuu myös siirtävän lämpöä hyvin kotelon ulkopuolelle.
+ Linux asentui Hyper-V:n kautta Winkkariin heittämällä.
+ Pelitehoa on selvästi enemmän kuin verrokissa i5-3570k+HD4000. Peliotanta on tosin toistaiseksi varsin pieni (X-COM Enemy Unknown).
+ Idlenä kone ottaa seinästä 20-30 W ja täydessä rasituksessa noin 120 W.
+ Logitech Harmony 525 toimi saman tien IR-silmän kanssa.

– Emolevyn BIOS tuntuu olevan vielä lapsenkengissä, alivoltittaa ei voi ja esim. BIOS-ruudussa kone käy täydellä höyryllä ja ottaa pahimmillaan seinästä 120 W. Ilmeisesti ainakin jotkut AsRockin FM2-emolevyt ovat polttaneet VRM:n samassa tilanteessa, sormella kokeillen oman emolevyt MOSFETit eivät olleet polttavan kuumia.
– Windows 8 on monessa asiassa yksi askel sivuun ja yksi askel taakse, joitain asetuksia puuttuu kokonaan verrattuna seiskaan ja esimerkiksi Microsoftin oma Hyper-V asennettuna estää videoiden toiston Netflixin

Vanha Asuksen EeeBox EB1012 on sinällään palvellut HTPC-käytössä hyvin, mutta nyt on aika päivittää laitteisto 2010-luvulle.

Kantavana ideana on, että uusi HTPC sulautuu AV-kamoihin ja on lisäksi täysin passiivinen. Lisäksi ajattelin perehtyä hieman virtualisoinnin saloihin, joten koneeseen olisi tarkoitus asentaa VMWare, jonka päällä sitten pyörisi Windows 8 ja jokin Linux-variantti (luultavasti Mint tai Ubuntu).

Koteloksi suunnitteli alunperin Streacomin FC5 Evoa, mutta virtalähteen kera se menee hieman kalliiksi ja lisäksi netin perusteella siinä on jonkin verran vielä parantamisen varaa. Sattumalta törmäsin netissä sitten HDPLEX-nimiseen firmaan, jolla on hyvin vastaava kotelo mutta ilmeisesti hieman viimeistellympänä ja kaiken lisäksi halvempana.

Eli tässä suunnitelma tällä hetkellä:

Kotelo: HDPLEX H5.S, 150W virtalähteellä ja IR-vastaanottimella. H5.TODD tukisi myös BD-asemaa, mutta siihen hommaan löytyy jo PS3 ja lisäksi se äänettömyys katoaisi samalla.

Prosessori: AMD A10-5700
Emolevy: Asus F2A85-M, microATX
Muistit: 2×4 GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2133 MHz CL11
Kovalevy: Kingston SSDNow V300 120 GB
Laitteesta ei ole tarkoitusta tehdä parasta millään osa-alueella (paitsi äänettömyydessä), vaan riittävän hyvä kevyeen pelailuun ja HTPC-käyttöön. Kone tulee kiinni 60″ plasmatelkkariin ja Onkyon TX-SR875-vahvariin, jonka perässä on 5.1-äänentoisto. Koko paketille tulee hintaa noin 700 euroa Windows-lisensseineen.

Prossu ja emo on valkattu sillä perusteella, että niiden pitäisi tukea VMWaren tier1-hypervisoria.

Osat ajattelin hankkia Systemastoresta, mutta jos jollakulla on vielä hyviä perusteluja miksi jotain pitäisi muuttaa, niin kuuntelen mielellään.

Osat ovat nyt tilauksessa, Systemastore eteni niin hitaasti että toimittajaksi vaihtui Amazon.

Tällaiset kamat siis menossa sisään:

Emolevy: Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H
Prosessori: AMD A10 5700
Muisti: 2×4 GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1866 MHz CL9
Kovalevy: 120GB OCZ Vertex 3

Tuo VMWare-osuus on vielä hieman auki kun saattaapi olla että VGA passthrough ei toimi integroidulla näyttiksellä. Jos näin käy niin sitten pitää tyytyä perinteisempään malliin, jossa toinen käyttis pyörii virtuaalikoneessa toisen sisällä.

My HDPLEX H5.TODD Silent super low profile HTPC case – ASRock H77 Pro4-M & i3-3225

Original review link

My H5 TODD – ASRock H77 Pro4-M & i3-3225
Hi all,

I’ve just built my HTPC as follows:

Case : HD-PLEX H5.TODD Super Low profile Silent fanless HTPC computer case
PSU : 80W open-frame internal
Mobo: ASRock H77 Pro4-M (Micro-ATX)
CPU : Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge – i3-3225
SSD : OCZ VTX3-25SAT3-120G
RAM : Kingston HyperX 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (2x4GB)
Optical Drive : Sony Optiarc BD-5750H-01 Slim
Remote : IR Receiver with White MCE Remote

The case has fantastic build quality, and the resulting HTPC is great, making no sound whatsoever, except when using the Blu-Ray drive of course (but that is almost zero and inaudible when actually watching a movie).
I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), and it boots directly into XBMC on start-up, as that’s what I normally use to play my media. It also automatically starts my VPN so I get a UK IP-address which allows me to use BBC iPlayer whenever I need to (I live in Belgium so iPlayer is blocked for me without a VPN).

The remote works very well, and the temps are well within limits (the CPU temp stays around 45C, and the outside of the case is mildly warm, but never hot).
The i3-3225 with built-in HD400 graphics does a great job with 1080p playback.

The build went really well, although I did miss a 3-pin connection back into the PSU somehow, which meant it obviously didn’t start up when I hit the button for the first time. I emailed Larry (I assumed the PSU was shafted, surely it couldn’t have been me…), and he replied within 15 mins (on a Saturday) and promised to send a new one out on Monday.
Luckily I realized my mistake before he had sent it out.

If anyone out there plans to use the same motherboard, take note that I couldn’t use the internal USB 3.0 header on the motherboard, as it was too tight under the optical drive (and I can’t seem to find a 90 degree 3.0 cable).
No worries for me, I was OK with a USB 2.0 at the front, and the USB 3.0 ports are available at the back if really needed.

Thanks Larry for a wonderful product. It’s a shame the rest of my gear doesn’t match up to the quality of the HTPC !

HDPLEX Fanless HTPC case H5.TODD

HDPLEX Fanless HTPC case H5.TODD

HDPLEX Fanless HTPC case H5.TODD

HDPLEX Fanless HTPC case H5.TODD

HDPLEX Fanless HTPC case H5.TODD

HDPLEX fanless HTPC case H5.TODD running XBMCBuntu

Original Review Link

Hd-plex h5.todd
I just wanted to share the result of my first HTPC build.

Computer Case : HDPLEX H5.TODD fanless HTPC case silent mini PC case
PSU : 80W internal
Remote : IR Receiver with White MCE Remote
MB : ASRock H77 Pro4-M
Processor : Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge – i3-3225
SSD : OCZ VTX3-25SAT3-120G
Memory : Kingston HyperX 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit
Optical Drive : Sony Optiarc AD-7763H Slim

I’m very please with the result of my first HTPC.
All components fitted easily on the case and it just took me a couple of hours to put it all together. Even for someone that never has build a PC before.

I’m running XBMCBuntu on it and all is running fine.

The remote works very well and the CPU temperature stays very low.

Result, very pleased and for sure a recommendation.

Only disadvantage with this specific motherboard is that you can’t use the front USB3.0 in combination with an optical drive. The connection conflicts with the optical drive. This is not a big issue since you still have 2 USB 3.0 in the back.

HDPLEX H5.TODD fanless HTPC case

HDPLEX H5.TODD fanless HTPC case

HDPLEX H5.TODD fanless HTPC case

HDPLEX H5.TODD fanless HTPC case

HDPLEX H5.TODD fanless HTPC case

HDPLEX Fanless H3.S HTPC case built from Ukraine

Original Review link

HD Plex H3.S Fanless mini computer case for ITX
Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz/3MB/NoTurbo (BX80637I33225)
ASRock H77M-ITX (s1155, Intel H77, PCI-Ex16)
Team DDR3-1600 8192MB PC3-12800 (Kit of 2×4096) Xtreem Series (TDD38G1600HC9DC01)
Kingston SSDNow V+200 90GB 2.5″ SATAIII MLC (SSD Only) (SVP200S37A/90G)

I wanted to Intel platform, like HD4000 graphics. And it was the most accessible and compatible with the H3 motherboard.

The temperature values are monitored using Open Hardware Monitor app.

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fanless mini silent htpc pc case hdplex h3.S

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fanless mini silent htpc pc case hdplex h3.S

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Here is the review in Russia

Мой новый, тихий НТРС

Нужно было устройство воспроизведения фильмов, музыки и т.д. и т.п. Долго смотрел на всякие медиатанки но т.к. НТРС с Медиапорталом живет уже очень давно (примерно с самой первой версии). То решил что таки надо собирать НТРС.
Долго искал корпус, и в итоге остановился на HDPlex H3.S там же был заказан БП и пульт. Заказал и начал подбирать комплектующие. Остановился на платформе Intel Ivy Bridge. И в итоге получил вот такой набор запчастей:

Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz/3MB/NoTurbo (BX80637I33225)
ASRock H77M-ITX (s1155, Intel H77, PCI-Ex16)
Team DDR3-1600 8192MB PC3-12800 (Kit of 2×4096) Xtreem Series (TDD38G1600HC9DC01)
Kingston SSDNow V+200 90GB 2.5″ SATAIII MLC (SSD Only) (SVP200S37A/90G)
Кабель Lautsenn HDMI 1.4 Smart 1m (S-HDMI-1.0)

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fanless mini silent htpc pc case hdplex h3.S

fanless mini silent htpc pc case hdplex h3.S

fanless mini silent htpc pc case hdplex h3.S

fanless mini silent htpc pc case hdplex h3.S

Fanless HDPLEX H5.TODD silent PC case thread

Original review from AVS Forum.

I’ve been using HTPCs for over 10 years now. Most of my builds have been mid-sized towers (Antec P150s, etc.) with a mix of passively and actively cooled components and particular care paid to near silent operation. I have always been tempted by better looking cases but couldn’t find any which suited my needs and tastes while remaining reasonably priced, until the release of the HD-Plex H5.TODD.
I’ll be relating my experience and view of this case below.

FEATURES
Despite its fairly compact dimensions (2.7″ height, 13.4″ depth, and full HiFi width of 18.1″), it accommodates a Micro-ATX motherboard, a Blu Ray/DVD/CD drive, a full height PCI or PCIe card (which requires raisers sold separately), a couple of hard disks (laptop or full sized) and, if so desired, a power supply up to 150W (moving the transformer outside frees up room for a 3.5″ HD). All of which without needing a single fan although, when adding a video card such as the Asus HD6670 I tried, a fan is recommended. The font of the case has a recessed USB 2.0 or 3.0 connector which is quite handy. There is an optional IR remote receiver which I recommend getting (it is also possibly to order a generic but good quality standard Windows Media remote). All in all, this is a one-box full HTPC solution. The only things which -may- be missing for some are front ports for audio and a memory card slot.

TEST CONFIGURATION
My first built with this case is mostly for music replay (currently Windows 8 w/MCE, with some possible transition to Fedora configured for a Vortexbox) and uses fairly old components which will be replaced once Haswell processors and motherboards become available:

– Fanless HDPLEX H5.TODD HTPC case
– Asrock G31M-GS R2.0
– Intel Core Duo E2180 (2.00GHz, 65W TDP)… but running comfortably in this case with 20% overclock (Windows 8 scores of 5.7,5.7,3.4,3.4 and 5.9)
– 4GB of DDR2 memory
– TV tuner card (WinTV Nova-T PCI), with a optional HDPLEX supplied PCI riser
– LG CT30F Blu ray / DVD writer model (chosen for its very low price given the features)
– WD Scorpio Blue WD5000lpvt hard disk (said to be one of the quietest mechanical drives around)
– 150W FSP transformer and 160XT Pico-PSU (as sold by HDPLEX)
– Optional HDPLEX remote receiver

(For pictures of the inside of the case, I suggest visiting www.hd-plex.com, as my system is nothing special… I’ll post some if people insist rolleyes.gif)

There is room left in the case, as configured to add a second 2.5″ hard drive or SSD drive (and possibly more if one is creative).

H5.TODD computer case

H5.TODD computer case

BUILD EXPERIENCE
The build itself was slightly more involved than for a traditional HTPC, as the heat pipes are a tight fit (a good thing for head conductivity), and spreading a thin layer of thermal paste on the CPU cooler and in the case grooves, an optional step, requires some care and can be a messy process. The tube of Arctic Silver 5 supplied with the case has just enough paste to do the job properly.
Attaching the optical media unit to its carrier and sticking the front plate also requires a bit of dexterity.
I would also suggest dry fitting the heat pipes as some motherboards, such as mine, require shorter pipes than the ones supplied by default (Larry at HDPLEX sent me the replacement pipes very quickly and free of charge… which is excellent service!).
Attention to detail is obvious, staring with the packaging the case comes in. The required hardware is included, with rubber washers for hard disk mounting and special screw/washer combinations for the top cover. This is not a tool-less case and Phillips screwdrivers (PH1 and 2) will be required be the Allen key for the top plate is included.
As the case is not very deep, access is fairly good.
The case comes with a luxurious full colour installation manual, although I had to look at the HDPLEX website (http://hdplex.com) for additional instructions specific to my case. Finding this information wasn’t always straightforward as it’s spread out between FAQs, compatibility information and the forum section… but it’s all there.
In terms of improvement suggestions, I would like to see more flexibility for hard disk mounting: there is only one ‘slot’ for a 3.5″ drive with a MATX card, and it is in a bit of an odd position with only 3 screws to attach it. I also wish there were an easy way to remove the aluminium plate which covers the DVD tray instead of the double sided tape provided. As it stands, this makes it difficult to replace the optical media drive or even to remove it to access what’s underneath.

LOOKS, FEEL
There is a degree of subjectivity involved here, and I’ll let the above pictures speak for themselves

The materials used are first rate (thick aluminium front plate, good quality steel for cover and back, no plastic parts in sight even for the power switch) and the case is very sturdy (the bottom plate being the only part with some flex). It is on par with high-end US built audio hardware (My case stands next to some Audio Research and Theta components of similar quality and finish), but probably a bit behind what some Japanese brands can deliver (Say Accuphase).
The sliver front plate finish is a little bit shinier than the more commonly found anodised aluminium, as it has a brushed look, which I don’t care too much for… but the difference is small.
The power switch is on top of the case as is the power LED (which is very discrete compared to most, and thus not distracting when in a dark environment). In practice this isn’t an issue as nothing should be put immediately on top of this passively cooled case. As is most laptops, there is no reset button.
The only substandard part in the overall package is the optical media tray which is a standard laptop drive (desktop versions are marginally better and have a powered tray). This is not an issue with the case itself if one excludes the aluminium cover plate that one has to stick with double sided tape to the front of the tray, and which seems wider than necessary by about 1″ or the right side).
While it may be overkill, I think that adding a couple more screws to attach the top plate to the rest of the case would be a good idea (on the rear left and right corners), as this would reduce the risk of vibration.

PERFORMANCE
The case is very quiet, as it should be (no audible transformer hum, etc.), with the exception of my already fairly quiet hard disk. With a SSD drive, it would be as quiet as a church mouse. With noisier drives (I tested a standard 3.5″ 7200rpm model), the rubber pads helped, but there is more noise/resonance than in a padded case + rubber band combination as found in Antec Solos/P150s). If this is an issue, it might be worth looking at encasing HDs.
Heat dispersion is really good, as my overclocked CPU with a TDP of 65W stayed below 62C in all my testing (Max was reached after 1 hour stress test with Prime95, but temps are significanlty below this in normal use). The hottest point was the Northbridge heat sink on the motherboard which was a bit too hot to touch although the motherboard temperature reading never exceeded 50C. Excluding with Prime95, the heat sink feels barely lukewarm, as does the case overall. The whole case feels a bit warm (slightly above body temperature) but never hot and, thanks to good conductivity, the whole case acts as a heat sink.

USAGE
For the most part, this case is no different from a standard case. The only noticeable points are:
– There is an eject button under the disk tray. It works in Windows -including Win8- and Ubuntu using USB drivers provided by HDPLEX. Compatibility with for operating systems is unknown which means that I’ll need to investigate how to make it work if I transform this case into a Fedora based Vortexbox. It also means that one needs to boot into a compatible operating system first to open the tray before using a bootable optical disk for OS installation or hard disk recovery.
– The USB 2.0/3.0 connector on the front plate is fairly recessed. This can create compatibility issues with some oversized USB sticks or cables.
– The optional Windows MCE remote receiver is very good (good sensitivity and angle of reception). Because of the way it is wired internally, it is one of very few receivers (with the ASROCK CIR) which can be used to power a PC from full power off and to force shut down with any motherboard (It works exactly as the power button on a regular PC). No special driver is needed, as it appears like a MCE remote in Windows. It does lack a red LED to signal when a command is received and, contrary to the official MCE remote receiver, doesn’t allow T9 entry in Media Center (i.e. pressing a number key repeatedly doesn’t allow to enter letters as in old cell phones). HDPLEX provides software to customise the remote receiver, allowing to change the remote mapping and to control multiple applications. There are freeware solutions to achieve this, but it is a nice touch nonetheless.

AFTER SALES SERVICE
As indicated above, Larry at HDPLEX has proven very responsive and I understand that he allows his customers to upgrade their case as new features or options are added (rack mount font plate, etc.). The fact that he delivers quickly in North America and Europe is also much appreciated.

CONCLUSIONS
Overall, I’m very happy with this case, as it does all what I wanted and provides a very good mix of features/flexibility at a reasonable price. The only case it compares with, in my view, is the Streacom FC10-OD (which has a different look, is quite a bit taller, uses a slot drive and has what seems to me a compromised cooling design compared to the HD5.TODD)
Ultimately though, one has to recognize that these passive cases trade off good looks, compact size and silence for cost, upgradeability/flexibility and performance. Mid-sized tower or Silverstone GD 04/05 cases (which, like the HD5.TODD are not overly deep) have room for ATX power supplies (passive or fan cooled), more powerful GPUs (1 or 2 slot cards, with the ability to connect to the PSU) and can take more hard disks and extension cards (TV tuners, etc.) while still being very quiet (and possibly silent). These bigger cases are probably a better solutions for tweakers and those in search of the very best video quality (MadVR with power hungry settings, etc.), although the advent of good quality iGPUs (i3s, upcoming Haswell, etc.) allows great looking cases such as the HD5.TODD to narrow the gap from a performance point of view.

PS: I’m in no way affiliated with HDPLEX

(Edited to reflect Prime95 testing)

HDPLEX fanless H5.TODD HTPC case with Gigabyte and core i3 3225

Just sharing my HTPC setup with you (not yet finished, as you can see!). I am still lacking the PSU which is in the mail (PICO 160). I had problems with the 102W version, not enough power it seems. The guys at iTunerNetworks were kind enough to replace it with a more powerful one.

One of the heat pipe is longer than the rest, anyone had this “problem” ? I will use a card riser/extension anyway.

H5.TODD HDPLEX Fanless PC case
Gigabyte B75M-D3H mATX
Intel Core i3 3225
Crucial V4 64GB

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HDPLEX Fanless computer case for medical industry-eye care professionals

Original review link here and here

Build:
HDPLEX H5.S Fanless Computer case with silver aluminum brushed faceplate
GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M3
Intel i7 3770S
2 x G.Skill 2GB 1600MHz DDR3
Delock PCI Express 2 x Seriell
Samsung 256GB SSD 840 Pro series
Internal 80W PSU
Win 7 32-bit.

Everything is fine. The new front power-LED is fantastic.
This H5.S is connected to Phoropter machine via serial port.

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i have also build 7 x HDPLEX H3.S fanless Computers

Build:
ASRock Z77E-ITX
Intel i7 3770S
2 x ADATA 8GB 1600MHz DDR3
Samsung 256GB SSD 840 Pro series
Win 7 64-bit.

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