It's an MO. 3GHz is completely stable, leaving it there for a week or two to really be sure.
I have another MO in the DFI Lanparty Dark P34-T2RS that does 3.2GHz. Any more and the load temps start getting too high for my comfort on air.
Looks like this one will hit the same wall because I am already spiking to 62C at 3GHZ. The DFI has a Zalman 9700 on it, which performs a tick better than the XP-120. The fan on the XP-120 is a monster, not gonna get any better air performance on this.
My old E2160 was a GO iirc, sold it to a buddy. Would not do 3GHZ stable at any voltage, and was more happy at 2.7GHz with stock volts.
These little CPUs get really hot for a younger C2D. As comparrison, I have a Q6600 cooking in a P965 on my HSPC tech station right now (ready to go in another of the SR506 cases). It only has a Freezer on it, and at 3GHz it's load temps are only 52C. That's a 10 degree difference! You'd think a quad would generate more heat at that speed.
At stock speed, the Q6600 is hotter, load temps at 47C. The E2180s only hit around 37C at stock speed load. Again, a 10 degree difference!
The Q6600 should gain a couple degrees once it is in the case. Assembling it today with a buddy.
Makes me think that Intel does it's binning via temperatures, not performance and defects. Or maybe one of the side effects of being on the outside of a waffer is more heat? Or are the 21xx's made on a completely different manufacturing line?
I see a couple minor things now, can clean up later.
Three things I am not happy about is how much the HSF hides the mobo heatpipes, and that it won't mount 180 degrees around so that the HSF heatpipes are visible -- the retention adapter seats the sink sideways a bit instead of center, and hence the ends of the heatpipes at the base of the unit bump into a row of caps by the socket. So, it only mounts one way. Last, the sleeving on the PSU ends just outside the enclosure, where a unit of this qual and price should have them end inside the encosure.
I am being too fussy. The system has no window, and will rarely be seen with the side panel off.
The whole thing is designed for easy access to the drives, so they can be quickly jacked in without digging around for cable connectors. Everything is already in place for any type of drive of pwr connection. Usually when I do this it never looks so clean.
I'm not kidding about the speed and ease of adding a drive. Ready to boot after 20 seconds flat! I have a Thermaltake BlacX external drive docking station, and it is only faster to jack in a drive if I use the USB connection and then don't have to shut down lol. :haha:
I'll use the system mainly for archiving drives, scanning them for viruses and spyware, cleaning said feces, and preparing drives and partition work. Secondary function will be to run a home/office file server and backup the rest of the systems here, with Windows Home Server (when I get a bigger drive and the OS). So it has a lot of utilities and A/V stuff on it, as well as the gamut of benchmark software. Otherwise, it is a pretty lean OS.
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