[mythtv-users] Fanless HDTV backend on EPIA SP 8000E Vs. EPIA PD 6000E

Robert Tsai rtsai1111 at comcast.net
Wed Jun 1 18:41:47 UTC 2005

On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 10:51:33AM -0700, Eric Gilbert wrote:
> On 6/1/05, Robert Tsai <rtsai1111 at comcast.net> wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 12:42:47PM +0100, Ivor Hewitt wrote:
> > > On 5/31/05, Eric Gilbert <eric.gilbert at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > I've got Myth running just fine on my desktop P4, but I want
> > > > to add a fanless low power server to my network so I can have
> > > > a Myth backend running 24/7 with minimal noise and power, and
> > > > physical size.
> > 
> > Heatwise, you may be in trouble. My pcHDTV HD-3000 cards (2) each
> > run pretty warmly. Not so hot I can't touch them, but there is
> > definitely noticeable radiating heat ...
> Yeah, I'm worried about that too. The case I was planning on was the
> Travla C158 Mini-ITX Case 120W. It's the perfect size and it's
> mountable. Unfortunately the the HD-3000 will be sitting directly
> over the HDD.  I hoped to get address some of the heat issues with a
> HDD cooler like the Zalman ZM-2HC2
> (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=371018).
> Would that be enough or am I just trying to fit too much into too
> small an area?

How would the HDD cooler help? All it does is increase the surface
area for HDD heat dissipation, which still has to go *somewhere*.

I'm actually wondering if the HD-3000 cards can robustly withstand
their own heat without any active cooling. As for your SFF case, only
one way to find out, I guess.

For acoustics, http://www.silentpcreview.com/ has lots of information
for both full-size and SFF form factors (and fanless systems).

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