HDPlex 400 watt Compatible GPUs

Naavjames

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Do we have a list of compatible GPUs
That will work if we get Larry’s HDPlex 400 watt AC/DC and DCDC brick ? Going for a Brickless build here.

Saw that the R9 Nano works but not ideal. Others ?
 
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Analogue Blacksheep

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I would like to know if the Quadro P2000 can be used in a brickless build. It was referenced in the HDPlex 400w Brick video recently.
 

Kmpkt

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P2000 can be used in a brickless build with the 200W AC-DC from HDPlex, it only draws 75W.
 

Sean Crees

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It's going to depend on a lot of variables. Stock speed parts or overclocked? What is the power draw of the CPU, and is it stock speed or overclocked? You need to research your parts, figure out the total power draw of them and see if its under 400w or not.
 

Tanax

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It's going to depend on a lot of variables. Stock speed parts or overclocked? What is the power draw of the CPU, and is it stock speed or overclocked? You need to research your parts, figure out the total power draw of them and see if its under 400w or not.

While this is certainly an important aspect before buying a graphics card, I think the more immediate question is whether it will fit or not while having the 400W AC-DC mounted inside the S4M.

And it's not a totally easy question to answer. Without modding anything, I don't know of ANY card that fits. You'll either have to:
a) mod the power-pin connector that is going into the GPU and remove the connector "casing"
b) mod the S4M itself if mounting the PSU in the front of the case

I would love to know if anyone else has any better and more positive information than this.
 

Sean Crees

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While this is certainly an important aspect before buying a graphics card, I think the more immediate question is whether it will fit or not while having the 400W AC-DC mounted inside the S4M.

And it's not a totally easy question to answer. Without modding anything, I don't know of ANY card that fits. You'll either have to:
a) mod the power-pin connector that is going into the GPU and remove the connector "casing"
b) mod the S4M itself if mounting the PSU in the front of the case

I would love to know if anyone else has any better and more positive information than this.

Josh does 1050ti brickless builds with it. As far as i'm aware, as long as it's stock height it should physically fit. If the card has power connectors on top, you may have to get creative with a pci-e connector to make it fit. So a 1660ti, and RX Vega Nano should both fit as well.
 

reifnotreef

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Josh does 1050ti brickless builds with it. As far as i'm aware, as long as it's stock height it should physically fit. If the card has power connectors on top, you may have to get creative with a pci-e connector to make it fit. So a 1660ti, and RX Vega Nano should both fit as well.

If your gpu is wider/taller than 'standard' you can pick up some custom cables: https://kareonkables.com/products/8-ultra-low-90-degree-8-pin-pci-e-adapter-cable
Not sure if these are the exact ones Josh referenced on stream, but they would get the job done I think.
 

R.Heart

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Hello, I'm new to the community, hope I'm not too late responding. I've kind of eye-balled the S4 mini for a while but wasn't too crazy about having to use a laptop brick for what (in my eyes) is "supposed to" be a full-featured-but-portable computer. I was sitting on a HDplex 400W combo for a different build that... kinda fell through, and I wasn't going to buy a Skyreach until I found a 1660ti from Zotac that fits brickless in the case.
https://www.newegg.com/zotac-geforce-gtx-1660-ti-zt-t16610f-10l/p/N82E16814500462 - Zotac 1660ti
https://www.newegg.com/zotac-geforce-gtx-1660-zt-t16600f-10l/p/N82E16814500465 - there is also a 1660 if you want to save $50...... but I doubt saving money is what we buy S4's for.
Both of these cards are better than the 1060-6gb which is great because THAT was a solid card.
If you think you really want ray tracing though, check these out:
http://www.inno3d.com/products_detail.php?refid=416 - A 2060 from Inno3d that seems well liked by Josh, but hard to come across in the USA.
https://www.newegg.com/p/1FT-000N-001C6 - Also a 2070 however..... I think it is legitimately too expensive considering a 2070 is usually about $500.....
https://www.newegg.com/zotac-geforce-rtx-2070-zt-t20700e-10p/p/N82E16814500456?Item=N82E16814500456 - Another card from Zotac, a 2070 that will fit, but only if you take off the backplate and fan shroud, then put in different fans.

The size restrictions for brickless seem to be about 113mm in width (4.45 inches). You CAN put them in even with the PCI power connector and don't have to mod the card in the slightest. The most "crazy" thing you have to do is take the cover off the AC-DC ATX converter so the PCI cable will fit. Just DO NOT stick your fingers in there, PSU caps can store a nasty charge for several days even without power from the wall.
If you're not comfortable with that, a 1650 succeeds the 1050ti and is decent for gaming. No modding or PCI power cable required.
All the information for build types can be found here, and the build sheets include links to more parts, as well as videos on how to build them as well. They are just long, sometimes an hour and a half. https://nfc-systems.com/boms I am only trying to shorten things a bit, all credit goes to the original creator.

The most powerful card that you can fit presently is a 1080ti but it looks like you can only get them used, and they still cost an arm and a leg..... And you also cannot put it in a brickless build, so I won't be linking that in this particular thread. At that point though you will probably need to do some pretty aggressive undervolting of both CPU and GPU, because you want to keep your AC power efficiency up as high as possible.
 
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R.Heart

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Just an update I think is important for anyone following this thread. I got the case and like a kid on Christmas, ripped open the box and got to building in it right away. Well, sort of. In doing a test fit I realized something quite glaring, that my graphics card will not fit, even after taking off the top cover of the HDPlex AC-DC converter. This is because the power connector adds like another 10mm to the width to the card, a bit of a shameful oversight on my part I must say. Doing a little digging, I found another video explaining that the reason for preference of Inno3d's cards is that the GPU connector JUST HAPPENS to be positioned at the very end where the recess into the power supply is much deeper. *Sigh* Well anyway, it didn't take much more looking around to find some low-profile cable extensions, I got some from here: https://www.moddiy.com/
These cables did fit, however it's a bit of a squeeze, and the wires are now touching internal components, specifically what looks like a large transformer in the AC-DC unit. I will be monitoring this for potential damage, but for now I got everything booted up and running for the past week or so. My new cereal box computer seems to be working fantastic. :)

I may not have seen at the time, but EVGA also makes some 16-series cards that fit the dimensions I specified before. In fact they all use the same design, and have 2 large fans which is nice. Still tempted to buy one as the Zotac I have runs a little hot. https://www.newegg.com/evga-geforce-gtx-1660-ti-06g-p4-1667-kr/p/N82E16814487446

Anyway, with it being a longer card I thought maybe the connector would be in a better position, kind of like the Inno3d. If anyone can confirm this, please let me know.