Decided to do a Broadwell build with a potential upgrade to a R9 Fury Nano. Wanted to do something fairly compact for LAN parties, but with plenty of power under the hood.
Have lowered the RAM voltage to 1.35v since Broadwell is supposed to use DDR3L according to the intel specifications; also increased the speed to 1866MHz so a little boost in graphics capabilities.
Haven't got round to many benchmarks or got into overclocking yet, as I don't see the point before upgrading to Windows 10.
Benchmarks I have done:
Unigine Heaven 4.0 score: 262 - with 1866Mhz ram 270 (much wow; 1% improved performance!)
Sniper elite v2: 1080p Medium preset - Minimum 11.45, Average 42.44
Really impressed with 1080p gaming on this chip; get over 140fps on TF2 on highest settings, and plays Smite really well too. Also however accurate the Windows experience index is; a minimum score of 7.4 considering no discrete graphics seems pretty good to me!
Once I get the windows 10 upgrade I am going to try and improve the gaming performance as much as possible by balancing CPU and iGPU overclock.
Reason for the name; I tried to go all black components; only the storage went wrong on this; but the M.2 drive is not visible, and the HDD is a nice neutral silver :-)
Feel free to ask me any questions you have about the build.
Sips power, has 4 real cores, is overclockable, and has great built in graphics (second only, and only just, to the i7 version with a 50Mhz higher clock).
The only problems are the price, and the fact that Skylake is coming up fast (and maybe Zen).
But I wanted to do a small Intel build with decent graphics performance to tide me over until a GPU catches my eye (R9 Fury Nano seems like the candidate at the moment if it lives up to the hype). Because of this, and lots of performance tweaking available, this CPU is a great fit for me.
Looks awesome, is quiet, has a PWM fan header, seems to be adequately cooling the CPU.
My only gripe is that the mounting pins are terrible. They did not break, but felt close to it, and kept popping out of the mounting holes. Otherwise it fits in very nicely with the aesthetic of the build.
Has everything I wanted in a Broadwell supporting mITX motherboard; overclocking, M.2 port, built in WiFi, and good fan speed control, brilliant.
Seems great so far, looks great, have changed to 1.35v from 1.5v stock, and changed the speed to 1866MHz, and it passes all tests; great in my book!
Can't get over how small this thing is, pretty much same space when lying flat as my 16GB memory stick, and infinitely thinner!
Gets 7.9 on the windows experience index for transfer rate; pc boots up in under 10 seconds - that's good enough for me!
Pros: 2TB of storage for not very much money; came with a free HDD cooler which doesn't fit in the case I bought. Cheaper than solid state.
Cons: Is not solid state for dat awesome speed
As shown in my pictures, much smaller than my previous case, but still retains great support for everything except a larger motherboard and an optical drive. Both of these things were not wanted in this build, or needed.
Suits me perfectly as something easier to lug around than my last PC, and was quite easy to build in, with every panel coming off.
Also has a massive fan in the front which is controlled nicely by the motherboard.
80+ Gold, fan only comes on with a high load (have heard it spin up twice), modular (great for a mITX build, long warranty, and the right colour for the build.
Old reliable, this was the cheapest option at the time of purchase between 7, 8.1 and 10, and as I plan on upgrading to 10 as soon as possible, this was the only real option.
Had some trouble with installing via USB stick but a trusty google search got me there in the end.