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Sits in a enclosed cubby in my entertainment center. It is overkill for web browsing, streaming games or videos. Plays games exceptionally well for it's size. However games like Starcraft 2 will lag when there are 150+ units. Two 80mm fans are intake oriented with filters. The water cooler was moderately difficult to fit on the case. I ended up using a 38mmx120mm Foxconn PWM fan in a case exhaust/radiator push configuration.
Overclocked way better than expected...with an undervolt. To promote silence amd cool'n'quiet is enabled as well as 'Turbo'. With 1.4375V Core clock is 4.4Ghz, boost is 4.7Ghz. During boost the stock 1.5v is applied. It is stable at 4.5Ghz core and 4.8Ghz Turbo when not enclosed inside a cubby. GPU is clocked at 975Mhz stock voltage. GPU is stable at 1.14Ghz when not inside enclosed cubby. In order to fit a radiator on the case the top panel needed to be cut. There are a few minor blemishes on the paint near my cuts. The half height pci slot cannot be used with the watercooling set up. The empty ram slot can still be used for an upgrade.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice man! Where there is a will, there is a way.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, dude, that watercooling is AWESOME! +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

nice work with the external radiator mod

one thing i noticed with APUs is that they have some sort of TDP lock known as Power Control no matter how good is your cooling

once the iGPU part kicks in, the CPU side will drop to 3GHz for all 4 cores.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a10-7890k-gaming-performance-benchmark,4491-2.html

so most of the time just OC the iGPU to 1GHz and above with 2400Mhz RAMs will do the trick

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the main reason I overclocked the CPU. I noticed that no matter what setting I changed, CPU voltage and frequency were locked during gaming. So I went all out on CPU overclock since I didn't need to worry about the combined power and heat associated with igpu load.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

eh? if you are aware of the CPU clockspeed lock

it really weird you still want to OC the CPU

I built one A10-6800K and I just went all out iGPU OC to 1.1GHz and 2133MHz RAM speed

the PC got a boost of 10+ fps from the stock iGPU clocks and 1866MHZ RAM speed

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Because super fast boot time, app loading, and web browsing. It does not affect igpu oc either way.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

If I understand you correctly then the reason you went ham on overclocking the CPU is that when you start running anything to intensive the CPU is going to auto throttle and give more of a thermal envelope to the I-GPU?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct. Whether I overclock to 4.6GHz or leave it at the stock 4.1GHz, the power throttling aways sets CPU speed to 3.1GHz at 1.15V when the igpu is under heavy load.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

it would be nice to see the inside of the case

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Let's see inside because it looks really clean.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's ugly on the inside. However if I take it apart I will post pics.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Never thought I would see water cooling in an HTPC. +1 for managing to do that.

  • 45 months ago
  • -2 points

Try this build without the graphics card.. =) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jTxNLk

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

y tho