Description

This was a build for a friend who wanted a general purpose desktop that could act as a DVR and media hub. So I thew Ubuntu 12.04 on it and it works well for purpose.

Only problem was that the cpu / mobo wouldn't run the RAM at 2133 and Corsair wouldn't consider an RMA because the chipset is only rated for 1866. So if I did it again I'd just get slower ram. Otherwise boot times are instant, the storage space is massive, it runs at 40 watts idle and 150 watts under cpu + gpu load. The 550 watt psu is in case an add-in graphics card is added later. The ram runs fine as 9-10-9-24 1866 though.

The CPU was running stable at 1.3v with a 4.4 OC and 4.8 turbo. Didn't turn off any power saving features since this is meant to be optimally energy efficient. GPU got up to 950hz with 1.24v. I like the processor, hopefully the next generation of AMD APUs are more power efficient!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Even today this thing gets so cheap its hard to argue its price / performance value. It fits almost anything, gets a modest overclock on anything and isn't offensively loud doing it. A real classic.

Mine is on a 5800k that is clocked to 4.4ghz 1.25v - gets about 70c under load.

Power Supply

I've had this unit for almost 5 years now and have used a lot of PSUs before and since then, but this unit has been notably strong. The noise levels are quite low, the cables are really well braided and unlike some modular cable sets have straight connectors for plugs up against case facings so it works really well in the Elite 130 and other similar tiny cases.

Monitor

Been using this monitor as a secondary for a half decade now - my primary criticism is that the HDMI connector died. The EDID is now invalid on it so it only works over DVI. A small nitpick, but it hints at more general quality issues with this monitor - the glossy plastic frame is really thin and flexible, and while the panel itself is lovely (out of the box color beat my 4k 10 bit IPS panel before calibration / changing profiles) its only average at best otherwise.

Keyboard

This keyboard has really well illuminated keys and the three color profiles are good in varying conditions. The problem is the build quality - the membrane is really lax and wears down to where keys barely budge before registering, the paint on the keys chips off and since the backlight is shining through gaps in the paint it makes letters illegible. That being said, this IS really cheap for a multi-colored backlit keyboard with media keys, and if you are the target market of a product like this (an infrequent keyboard user to begin with) this keyboard is perfect. Its just fairly specific.

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

"The CPU was running stable at 1.3v with a 4.4 OC and 4.8 turbo. Didn't turn off any power saving features since this is meant to be optimally energy efficient. GPU got up to 950hz with 1.24v. I like the processor, hopefully the next generation of AMD APUs are more power efficient!"

Any guide available to make these modifications?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply, but depending on your firmware it should just be a case of set-multipler and set-voltage and see if it runs stable in prime95 / unigine or something.