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Ok, if possible , my next build will be passive , at least in idle.
 

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I always wanted to try and do a fanless build but never got around to doing it. My plan was to use a T series processor, delid it, and use a big heatsink. In my mind, I was ready to undervolt a little if necessary. I think it should be very possible.
 
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I wonder how Passive PSU perfroms, and if they are really quitet or emmit some other coil noise.
I am going to add related links to teh first post
 
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I wonder how Passive PSU perfroms, and if they are really quitet or emmit some other coil noise.
The fan on my power supply remains off as long as power draw is less than 50% of the total rated wattage. It makes no noise.
 
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The fan on my power supply remains off as long as power draw is less than 50% of the total rated wattage. It makes no noise.
The only thing that I actually hear of my curent built is teh PSU Fan.

For my next built I woiuld love to build a BIG Tower with a fullsize board and all passive cooled, that would be awesome
 
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I wonder how Passive PSU perfroms, and if they are really quitet or emmit some other coil noise.
I am going to add related links to teh first post
I have used EVGA Gold Plus G2 850Watt and that is an excellent power supply. It also turns on the fan when needed the rest of the time it will remain off.

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EDIT: found this fan less build

Curious/\/\ac
 
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EDIT: found this fan less build
Yes, that's me :)

The PSU is the Nano also from Streacom and it is solid state so no noise. Has a big power brick which sits under the desk.

Building with the passive cooling heat pipes is initially a bit challenging because everything has to fit. Plus getting the right m/b was a worry. Also you have to keep TDP below 65 watts which allows i7 but not K overclocking. But in the end it's pretty easy. Watching the cpu package temps and feeling the heat coming off the fins is a highly satisfying thing.

I was inspired to go for the Mac Mini shape from Snazzy Lab's excellent YT video "$682 Skylake Mac Mini Hackintosh Build" which got me started with Hacks. Looking for cool ITX cases got me to Streacom and when I saw the passive ones, I knew that was for me. Heaps of fun.

I have looked at their DB4 cube chassis which can have double cooling for the CPU or alternatively can cool a GPU but it has a fairly low TDP limit for the GPU (75 watts max), so I figured not worth it, although that case does look awesome.
 
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Yes, that's me :)

The PSU is the Nano also from Streacom and it is solid state so no noise. Has a big power brick which sits under the desk.

Building with the passive cooling heat pipes is initially a bit challenging because everything has to fit. Plus getting the right m/b was a worry. Also you have to keep TDP below 65 watts which allows i7 but not K overclocking. But in the end it's pretty easy. Watching the cpu package temps and feeling the heat coming off the fins is a highly satisfying thing.

I was inspired to go for the Mac Mini shape from Snazzy Lab's excellent YT video "$682 Skylake Mac Mini Hackintosh Build" which got me started with Hacks. Looking for cool ITX cases got me to Streacom and when I saw the passive ones, I knew that was for me. Heaps of fun.

I have looked at their DB4 cube chassis which can have double cooling for the CPU or alternatively can cool a GPU but it has a fairly low TDP limit for the GPU (75 watts max), so I figured not worth it, although that case does look awesome.
Just had a look at your benchmarks and not bad for a passive build. I am a bit curious about building a passive build because I am not yet sure if it can work due to my work loads. The amount of power Ill need to use is more than 75 watts.

And I will 100% need a GPU.

The struggle is real :lol:

Curious/\/\ac
 
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