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 Post subject: AMD 5350 passivly cooled HTPC
PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:52 am 
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Did it!

What I used:
AMD 5350
ASRock AM1H-ITX
Gelid Slim Hero cpu cooler
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
Silverstone MILO Series ML06B HTPC case
2 sticks of low profile ram I had sitting around
Old laptop charger

How I did it:
I used the intel mounting brackets and snipped one leg off each end and drilled holes in the proper location to match the holes in the motherboard. Then used some small nuts, bolts and nylon washers to attach it. Tossed the fan that came with it into a drawer.
Note: low profile ram MUST be used and, believe me, you need to install it prior to mounting the heatsink if you use both ram slots.

Results:
If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the electrons bumping into each other.
Running with NO FANS and in the case and an ambient air temp of 27c.
Running prime 95 I got the temps;
It took 5 minutes to reach 50c
10 minutes to reach 55c
20 minutes to reach 61c
It never went beyond 61c while running for 90 minutes.
The motherboard temp maxed out at 55c
These temps were from the BIOS and SpeedFan
Since, as far as I can tell, this CPU is rated for up to 90c, I'm very satisfied with the results.
It's intended purpose is to run XBMC, watch a few on line videos, listen to music, web surfing and a few very low end kids games (the boys are 7 and 5 so no hard core games). All encoding, ripping etc is handled by a machine that serves as a file server as well.
It plays videos like a champ while at 13% cpu load.
My Kill-A-Watt meter reads roughly 19 watts while watching videos and 13 watts while idle.
Hope this helps somebody wanting to do the same.


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