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|01-30-2013 10:43 AM|
I would like to recognize the great customer service at Amazon. They made the process easy and hassle-free.
|01-15-2013 12:49 AM|
Does anyone know of a good low profile back plate for fixing the other end of the connector to the case?
|01-13-2013 04:46 PM|
With a safety disclaimer, a fan replacement on the existing power supply might be an option as well. I haven't looked into it for this model.
|01-13-2013 02:13 PM|
|01-11-2013 01:24 PM|
With the H61 motherboard installed, Windows 8, and a regular 2.5" HDD, I can get down to 16.5 watts on idle. Oddly, using a different pair of DDR3 RAM increases idle by a full 2 watts - didn't think RAM sticks would vary so much in consumption.
|01-10-2013 07:53 PM|
|01-10-2013 02:40 PM|
I just got my picoPSU from this deal along wit the 6A AC adapter from Amazon that someone suggested, and had a chance to do some basic comparison on a new HTPC build I'm putting together.
I was using a 400W Antec Neo 80+ ATX power supply, and the build was idling at 23W, not too bad. With the picoPSU, it's now idling at 18W - a full 5W reduction is pretty good! I didn't notice any whine or buzz from the picoPSU with this power supply. The 6A adapter is only good to 72W (12VDC), which is less than the picoPSU 80W capacity, but I don't think this build will draw more than 35W at full load.
I'm going for a low-power build as I plan to have it running 24x7 for light media server duties. My build is basically:
MSI Z77MA-G45 micro-ATX mobo
i3-2100 CPU with integrated graphics
Seagate 500 MB Momentus 2.5" hybrid HDD
Window 7 (have not installed any apps yet)
I may use this mobo for another PC, and instead put in a ECS H61 MATX board, that one seems to consume about 2 watts less than the MSI board, so potentially could get me down to 16W.
|01-10-2013 10:27 AM|
The good news is that appears to be quite efficient. It was a good 2-2.5% better (~93% vs ~91%) than the Edac at 30-50W and even better at lower power. It has effectively a 0W no-load rating which really helped the numbers at the low end (the Edac was about 2W).
The bad news is that the adapter causes the PicoPSU to whine or buzz. I do not know if this is because of overvoltage on the 12V, too much ripple, or something else. Regardless of the cause, it is annoying enough that I would not recommend the adapter for this purpose. The adapter itself works fine and is quiet; it is the PicoPSU that makes the noise, even though everything seems to work correctly otherwise.
|01-10-2013 10:24 AM|
|01-08-2013 08:01 PM|
Doh! Completely missed that.
|01-08-2013 05:58 PM|
Does Mini-Box read SD?
At first, I thought the 4-Pin P4 Mini Power Cable for PicoPSU-80 had Free Shipping. Then I added the cable alone to the cart, and saw ~$10 shipping.
Just tried it again:
$1.25 CAB-P4-POWER-MINI Link [mini-box.com]
$1.64 Estimated Shipping (USPS First-Class Mail)
$2.89 Total <--- Very reasonable.
Edit: Unfortunately, the picoPSU is now $33.95
The picoPSU-80 plus the P4 cable is only $27.89 shipped, direct from mini-box.
P4 cable for picoPSU-80 Link
|01-08-2013 04:04 PM|
It looks like you'll need a cable like one of the P4 cables from Mini-Box I linked to earlier in this thread.
|01-07-2013 10:14 PM|
It's this motherboard/case combo, running a G550 CPU, integrated video. No P4 socket, won't run off a picoPSU 80.
Using the stock power supply in the combo, the minimum power draw per my Killawatt was 26W. Max was about 50W (from memory).
|01-07-2013 10:08 PM|
When idling it consumes 16W of power!
|01-07-2013 10:28 AM|
I have the 120W version of this for my Asus e35m1-i Deluxe build. (AMD E350 chip).
I never tested it while gaming, but with just the CPU at full load I only saw about 32 watts of usage at the max. I'm sure it would have been higher with the GPU loaded but nothing that this 80 watt PSU couldn't handle.
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