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Old September 2, 2018, 01:06 PM
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Default The 2400G HTPC, 2018

The time when you finally replace the good 9 years old (already) Atom 330 htpc.

The old one was getting slow, even with and ssd, win7 32 bits and 4gb ram.

This new one contains :

CPU : AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Heatsink : Noctua - NH-L9a-AM4 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler
Case fan : Noctua - NF-S12A ULN 120mm Fan
Motherboard : ASRock - B450 GAMING-ITX/AC Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard
RAM : G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
SSD : ADATA - XPG SX8200 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Case : SilverStone Technology Tek Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Computer Case with Faux Aluminum Front Panel Cases SG13B-Q, Black
HD : Western Digital - Red 10TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

Reused :

SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
An old motherboard speaker, just for the fun

I waited a long time for a native hdmi 2.0 solution from intel, it never came. Then AMD did it with the 2200G and 2400G APU, it was a go.

B450 motherboards were finaly available, for 100$ less than x470.

I had to use my backup psu, the Seasonic focus plus 550w, as the Corsair sf450 platinum I wanted, got delayed from july to unknown, maybe octobre/november 2018.

Asrock itx was my choice, hdmi + display port, optical out, good reputation.

The build went very well. I was able to test the strict minimum in one evening, booting successfully.

I was very surprised how small the nvme drive is. The Noctua heatsink was easy to install too.

The SG13 case got a lot of space in it, you just have to put every part in the right order, or you will have to start again and put everything out.

Cable management is a mess with a full atx psu (see before and after) :

The Seasonic cables are very stiff, but will bend just enough. Don't even think to add a pcie gpu with that one, do yourself a favor and get a sfx psu. However, as it is fully modular, you are ok to add 2x2.5 hdd or 1x3.5 hdd in the top bracket.

One error I did was using the ultra low noise adapter for the cpu heatsink and putting the fan up on the psu. No airflow and 65w to cool = very high temps.

I was able to easily setup the ram with xmp profile, and is stable at the max 2933mhz for this cpu. Memtest reports no error. I did not test 3200mhz, as I want stability over speed.

The asrock bios is easy to use to setup the basic things, but you can get lost quickly if you go deep.
I was able to set 2GB RAM for the onboard gpu and use the ctdp 35w for the 2400g.

The HTPC is dead silent. You have to get close to it to hear the hdd / fan.

Windows 10 was installed fast and no problem / reboot to report with all the newest drivers.

Did a quick game test with Final Fantasy XIII that I was playing recently, and it ran fine at 1080p with medium details.

Kodi 17.6 run perfectly, and reports hardware decoding for all the h.264/h.265/8bit/10bit stuff I tested.

The only bug I had is with Netflix DRM. My tv is a Sony Bravia Z series 46" from 2008 and does not support hdcp 2.2.

The result is that Netflix send sound to the tv, but block the optical out from the tv to my yamaha R-N500.

Very happy with it and I hope it will last for many years too.

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Old September 2, 2018, 01:26 PM
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Nice! Excellent itx build and exactly what those apu shine in doing. I wouldn’t change much if I was doing that style of build.
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