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Dougie Fresh Offline
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Post: #16
If you need 23.976Hz support, the DH77EB seems to be the only Ivy Bridge board that still has a major issue with it.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1407042/offici...thread/180
http://communities.intel.com/thread/32120

Google "DH77EB 24p" for more threads
(This post was last modified: 2012-12-27 23:09 by Dougie Fresh.)
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binwiederda Offline
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Post: #17
O darn. I can still cancel the board, it's going out tomorrow.
Do you know if any of the other boards support 1.35v RAM? It's hard to find information about that...

Fanless Linux HTPC/NAS: Streacom FC10, ASUS P8H77-M PRO, i3-3225, Corsair LP White DDR3-1600, picoPSU-150-XT, 1x SSD 840, 2x HDD WD Red 3TB
Stats: 29W idle, 55W load, CPU 38-43°C idle, CPU 55-60°C load, HDD 42-43°C idle, HDD 47°C load

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Post: #18
I was able to cancel the mobo. Now the search continues. Seems like ASRock and ASUS support 1.35V RAM (as per http://www.corsair.com/learn_n_explore).

Dougie Fresh, any thoughts on the power consumption? I hear that Intel and MSI are the best when it comes to wattage. What are your experiences with ASUS/ASRock? Is it possible to achieve 20-25W idle with one SSD connected?

Fanless Linux HTPC/NAS: Streacom FC10, ASUS P8H77-M PRO, i3-3225, Corsair LP White DDR3-1600, picoPSU-150-XT, 1x SSD 840, 2x HDD WD Red 3TB
Stats: 29W idle, 55W load, CPU 38-43°C idle, CPU 55-60°C load, HDD 42-43°C idle, HDD 47°C load

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I am not currently an ASRock fan. I much prefer ASUS or Gigabyte. I can't imagine most motherboard will vary more than a few watts so I don't see why 20-25W idle would not be achieveable. I think though it's going to be whatever it'll be and I would focus on quality and features you needs vs. a few watts.
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I am still sort of undecided between the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro and the Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H. Power consumption of the Gigabyte board seems a little lower according to reviews. Feature-wise I'm indifferent here. And according to this (German-speaking) thread, 1.35V RAM is not an issue.

I wasn't able to find anything to any of them regarding Linux/Ubuntu/Mint compatibilty. Any comments on that?

Right now I'm leaning towards the Gigabyte board. And I really want the search to be over :-D

Fanless Linux HTPC/NAS: Streacom FC10, ASUS P8H77-M PRO, i3-3225, Corsair LP White DDR3-1600, picoPSU-150-XT, 1x SSD 840, 2x HDD WD Red 3TB
Stats: 29W idle, 55W load, CPU 38-43°C idle, CPU 55-60°C load, HDD 42-43°C idle, HDD 47°C load

(This post was last modified: 2012-12-28 02:14 by binwiederda.)
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Post: #21
The audio and Ethernet chipsets seem to be different on the two boards -- and the VIA chip on the Gigabyte seems to be causing problems on Linux (at least that's what Google tells me).

So the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro is now the front runner -- just need to confirm that 1.35V RAM works with it, and 23.976 is possible.
Dougie Fresh, can you comment on that -- since you suggested the board in the first place :-D

Fanless Linux HTPC/NAS: Streacom FC10, ASUS P8H77-M PRO, i3-3225, Corsair LP White DDR3-1600, picoPSU-150-XT, 1x SSD 840, 2x HDD WD Red 3TB
Stats: 29W idle, 55W load, CPU 38-43°C idle, CPU 55-60°C load, HDD 42-43°C idle, HDD 47°C load

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I don't know. I used several of these for office PCs so 1.35V RAM and 23.976Hz wasn't part of the required feature set. I can only comment that the client is very happy and they've had no issues with these boards.
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binwiederda Offline
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After reviewing the Assassin HTPC blog, I'm now looking at the P8H77-M Pro, which seems to have good Linux support (ubuntuforums.org, Newegg Feedback), a good-enough frame rate (23.973), comparable energy consumption (build, hardware.info review), and hopefully support for low voltage RAM (the manual mentions 1.35V).

Compared to the Z77 boards (as I understand it), it only lacks the support for two GPUs and overclocking.

I'll sleep on it though. I appreciate any comment about this! Thanks!

Fanless Linux HTPC/NAS: Streacom FC10, ASUS P8H77-M PRO, i3-3225, Corsair LP White DDR3-1600, picoPSU-150-XT, 1x SSD 840, 2x HDD WD Red 3TB
Stats: 29W idle, 55W load, CPU 38-43°C idle, CPU 55-60°C load, HDD 42-43°C idle, HDD 47°C load

(This post was last modified: 2012-12-28 04:42 by binwiederda.)
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The P8H77-M PRO looks like a good one to me. I like that it has heatsinked VRMs.
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Post: #25
How bad is the 24p issue with the hd4000? Does the a6 chip suffer frame drops at 24p as well?
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Post: #26
Just ordered the P8H77-M PRO. Yeyy! Thanks Dougie Fresh!

smudgeruk, I didn't stumble over any does-not-work kinda threads regarding 24p on the HD4000. This YouTube video shows the i3-3225 with tthe Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H at a steady 23.973 (not 23.976), which is close enough. This video almost convinced me to go with Gigabyte, but the Linux problems scared me away.

Fanless Linux HTPC/NAS: Streacom FC10, ASUS P8H77-M PRO, i3-3225, Corsair LP White DDR3-1600, picoPSU-150-XT, 1x SSD 840, 2x HDD WD Red 3TB
Stats: 29W idle, 55W load, CPU 38-43°C idle, CPU 55-60°C load, HDD 42-43°C idle, HDD 47°C load

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