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T-Mini vs. Mini ITX



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Thin-Mini-ITX or Mini-ITX motherboard in HTPC
Recently (June 2014) I compared Thin-Mini-ITX and Mini-ITX motherboards from Gigabyte.
I am surprised why Thin-Mini-ITX motherboards are not more popular.  For some reason there is perception that Thin Mini-ITX is more expensive than Mini-ITX.  It is not true anymore.
If you donít need PCI-e 16x and 65W TDP CPU is fine for your application Ė there is no reason to go with Mini-ITX instead of Thin-Mini-ITX.
If you want to build a Music Server, HTPC or just PC (no heavy gaming Ė of course) Thin-Mini-ITX is a perfect solution.  It's flat so itís perfect for fanless chassis because there is no obstruction to cooling pipes.  PCIe 4x is enough for SOtM card or TV tuner.
I compared prices for practically identical motherboards and found that Thin-Mini-ITX is less expensive than Mini-ITX, because you save on Pico-PSU.
Look at comparison:
I compared best rated SSDs from Samsung (recommended).  Prices are close to each other.  Still Thin-Mini-ITX has $25.00 price advantage, so why not Thin-Mini-ITX?

  Mini-ITX $367.00   Thin-mini-ITX $350.00
Motherboard H87N $105.00   H87TN $120.00
AC/DC AC/DC Converter 12V, 150W $42.00   AC/DC Converter 19V, 160W $50.00
PSU   $45.00     $0.00
Memory G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL  $80.00   G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSQ  $80.00
2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 
$95.00   SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-MTE120BW
mSATA 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


Looking at these prices we see, that there is great base for small HTPC, one step bigger than NUC, so we designed ultra slim, active cooled chassis.  Looks nice IMO, but you are the judge.

Which HSF to choose?