Thin Mini-ITX with discrete GPU tested and approved !!
Thanks to @QinX
, who very nicely accepted to make me a 4X to 16X powered riser (designed for the H2o Micro), I am now officially 24 Pin cable - free !
Enclosed some pictures of my setup :
Hardware used :
- i5 6400T
- Asrock H110TM-ITX
- MSI GTX 750 Ti LP / Inno3D GTX 1060 6G compact
- HDPLEX 250W (fed by the onboard 2Pin connector)
- HP 240W 19V adapter
Right now, the HDPLEX 250W is simply jammed.
nicely included a Mosfet circuit of his own conception (please refer to previous pages) to sync the HDPLEX with the motherboard.
However I may have damaged it while fitting into a Molex housing. It works but not as intended !
More to follow on the sync subject.
Anyway, I tested both GPU configurations (with and without a 6 Pin connector) and it works beautifully, thanks to @QinX
A flexible Amerirack riser chained with the powered riser did not cause any issue (the GTX 1060 is cooled by a crossflow fan I wanted to test, not great :/).
Regarding the layout, the GPU being folded over the CPU, I needed to offset the CPU cooler.
This was possible thanks to an Amec Thermasol flat coolpipe
, which is an elegant, cheap and easy-to-use alternative to copper heatpipes.
This product pretty much gave me the idea to go Thin Mini-ITX.
The mounting bracket is of course not definitive, it was quickly made to insure a good contact between the pipe and the CPU.
The spring-loaded screws are too long and I can only fit a LP GPU atm.
With the right screws, every GPU will fit.
Regarding the coolpipe efficiency, with a Zalman FC-ZV9 at 5V (same as VF900 with a faster fan), the i5 6400T stabilizes at 65° after 40 min of Prime95, case closed (Streacom F7C with a single 92mm intake fan).
FYI, those pipes need to be placed vertically to help the condensated liquid to go back to the heat source.
Speaking of the case, enclosed pictures shows the setup in my current Streacom F7C, which is not really optimized for gaming...
I plan to move to a smaller and thermally more optimized Antec ISK 110 (3.7L vs 6L).
Enclosed a moke up of the whole idea : the i5 6400T is to be passively cooled, thanks to a flat coolpipe, by the pack panel, made of a 200x200x15mm aluminium heatsink.