PowerColor’s half-height Radeon HD 5750 launched a quest to build a tiny gaming PC. But things didn't work out the way we planned. We ended up building two half-height machines capable of cranking out playable frame rates, and put them both to the test.
Test Systems And Benchmarks
Our two half-height builds are detailed below:
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Mini-ITX Half-Height Build
Micro-ATX Half-Height Build
AMD Phenom II X4 705e2.5 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, 65 W TDP
AMD Athlon II X4 6453.1 GHz, 95 W TDP
Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe Socket AM3 Chipset: AMD 880G, BIOS 0410
shovenosethe antec sp-400 has issues! it has lousy fuhjyyu capactiros that fail even just sitting there. i suggest you find a different psu!
I've been using this one in my main HTPC for a couple years now at least. Haven't had any problems.
Thanks for the article. I have a question, where do you find quality small PSU? If you want to go as small as you can, one would need to use small PSU. But it seems they are scarce in terms of wattage selection and brand, no where comparing to standard ATX PSU.
Many small mini-ITX cases do include a small PSU, but what if you want to mod the PSU, or the included one breaks down? Falling back to standard ATX PSU would have to use a bigger mini-ITX case.