- Apr 4, 2012
- ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe
- Intel 3570K
- Intel HD 4000
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
Interesting, but I have a question or two.
The m350 documentation (and the customer support at mini-box.com) is VERY SPECIFIC about the box being designed to handle LOW-WATTAGE CPUs with 65W TDP max, i.e., a "T" Intel chip or an i3 2125 at most.
Not sure if the unclocked 3570K you installed will lead to instability or worse. I'd be curious to find out. In reality, even though I have an m350 myself (i3-2125) with the 160W Pico PSU, the box is not REALLY designed for a socket MOBO; it's really supposed to house embedded systems.
Anyway, it sure is handsome. My idea was to mount the m350 using its 100mm VESA holes onto the back of a 23" or so monitor, but I've been unsuccessful at finding a monitor with 100mm VESA holes; lots of 'em have 80-85mm holes, but the 100mm ones seem hard to find at the price point (<$160) I'm considering...
Yes, they do say:
picoPSU-160-XT High power is ideal for boards such as D945GCLF2, DG45FC, (Atom, Core 2 Duo) as well as all VIA C7/nano or AMD motherboards.
Operating at only 12V, the picoPSU-160-XT dc-dc ATX power supply delivers 160 Watts of power. picoPSU provides plenty of power (via ATX connector and HDD cable harness) for CPU and an entire range of peripherals.
picoPSU-160-XT is a fully compliant DC-DC ATX PC PSU. It can power VIA mini-ITX boards with C3 / C7 processors, P3, P4, Pentium-M, Core Duo versions and low power AMD processors.
My system is stable so far. And as you know, Intel i5 3570K is 77w max (no overclock). I think the total power consumption would be more critical if a lot of peripherals are connected to the motherboard. Otherwise, the power stability is no problem (in my experience). I confirmed that this build consume no more than 100w. With picoPSU-160-XT and high power adapter, you can get 192w max. This little power supply is awesome.
I do have a 100mm VESA hole 27" monitor, and I haven't decided yet whether to mount the system or not. (I'm little worried about the heat from the monitor.)
However, I think it's possible to mount the M350 onto the back of the monitor without any troubles. And it'd be invisible...