Temperatures and Power

Heat characteristics under idle and load remain similar to the CoreHT 252B. We took temperatures after 10 minutes of idle after booting to the Windows desktop, as well as after 15 minutes of putting the system under intense loading with the Furmark and Prime 95 stress test benchmarks running simultaneously. The numbers were actually slightly lower than the 252B, though not significantly so. This could either be environmentally related or due to the slightly different CPU. The hard drive is not significantly stressed in either benchmark, so the change in hard drive configuration did not affect thermal load significantly.

Temperature, Idle

Temperature, Load

There was about a 10% increase in power consumption in the Server versus the 252B, with idle consumption rising to 19.8W from 18W and consumption under load going to 65.6W (from 62). That’s about what would be expected from the addition of a second hard drive.

Power Consumption, Measured at Outlet

 

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  • beginner99 - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

    ...and hdd combo?

    For HTPC purpose, the ssd alone would be enough because anyone considering to pay as much fro a HTPC probably already has a NAS or a lot of storage space in his desktop.

    The hdd would just be not to scare away people that would like to use it as a tiny desktop or just because of the low numbers on the tech sheet .
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  • VMguy - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

    An HTPC review without any indication of db output? For shame!

    At least let us know if the second disk accounts for any additional noise relative to the 252B.

    Thanks
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  • VivekGowri - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

    Sorry, I wasn't equipped to test noise level, but I wouldn't expect noise levels to change significantly. It's seriously exactly the same unit, just with two HDDs; if you were hitting the storage pretty hard maybe you'd see a marginal increase in noise output compared to the 252B, but I have difficulty believing it'd be anything more than negligible/error margin. Reply
  • VMguy - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

    Sorry, I just checked back on the 252B review and found that there were no noise output measurements there either... Doh!

    For me, hearing the whir of a fan (or BD) during quieter segments of a movie is pretty annoying. Any plans to add this to the review template?

    Thanks
    Reply
  • VivekGowri - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4713/asrock-coreht-2... Reply
  • cjs150 - Friday, February 17, 2012 - link

    Now I understand

    Way too loud.

    As VMGuy said "For me, hearing the whir of a fan (or BD) during quieter segments of a movie is pretty annoying. "

    Totally agree - in fact my stand alone BD player annoys me, which is my I am looking to rip everything onto the NAS (in basement so who cares about noise) and then stream, so my HTPC should have no BD noise, preferably no fan. Nothing comes close as yet but have high hopes of something based on Raspberry Pi or CuBox or even E-450 fusion
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  • Death666Angel - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

    I like tiny HTPCs. I built myself a Llano system in a small enclosure (http://preview.tinyurl.com/88djyte).
    The thing I find a bit puzzling about this config is the HDDs. RAID0 doesn't make a lot of sense. :-)
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  • darckhart - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

    that's a rather beautiful enclosure. do you have model number/details?
    in fact, i'm looking into building a small htpc for my parents. would you mind to pm me details of yours?
    Reply
  • NCM - Friday, February 17, 2012 - link

    Beautiful? Seriously? Reply
  • pat38 - Friday, February 17, 2012 - link

    Any one see this REAL HTPC

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lanmatehk/1803044619...

    Lanmate hk mini pc
    Reply

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