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post #61 of 79
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I got some HT80s last week with the IR receiver built-in. I just discovered that the IR receiver allows for the HTPC to be turned on/off with the remote. It routes the power switch through the IR receiver which has power at all times. Very cool. I had no idea.



Here's the remote that it comes with. There are WMC and mouse controls on the remote.
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post #62 of 79
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I also found a couple of review on the HT80 (in Germany called the MC-80). If you use Google toolbar, you should see an option to translate this into English.

http://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.php...c-einsatz.html
http://www.planet3dnow.de/cgi-bin/ne...?id=1330347821

There's a joke in here somewhere about the band being huge in Germany .
post #63 of 79
Gorgeous case and great function from the remote, i think the only thing its lacking is a pci slot on the back and it would be very hard to beat.
post #64 of 79
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Originally Posted by josh_parker123 View Post

Gorgeous case and great function from the remote, i think the only thing its lacking is a pci slot on the back and it would be very hard to beat.

I agree -- I am smitten . Of course, the HT100 has the PCI slot in the back.
post #65 of 79
Yes true but the more i look at the HT80 the better/cleaner it looks
post #66 of 79
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Originally Posted by josh_parker123 View Post

Yes true but the more i look at the HT80 the better/cleaner it looks

You might like this one then:



It doesn't have a remote/receiver but it does have USB ports on the side for plugging in a USB receiver. It does have a PCI slot in the back.

I'd love to see an HT100 w/o the LCD/VFD window and just the IR window like the HT80. The LCD that is available for the HT100 only displays date, time, temperature and fan speed -- not really a media center LCD. Too bad.
post #67 of 79
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Today I received an ASRock H67M-ITX motherboard I ordered after at least three people have had issues with this motherboard not powering on with the HT80. I was able to confirm the issue.

I am able to power on other motherboards with the HT80 power supply and use other power supplies to power on the ASRock H67M-ITX. It's only the combination of the 12V120W DC power board and the ASRock H67M-ITX that has the issue. I also tested one other manufacturer's 12V120W DC power board with the HT80 AC adapter and it worked fine.

I am currently working with the manufacturer to figure out what the issue is.
post #68 of 79
I was out of town for a couple a weeks so here is a update on my build.

I had a ASRock H67M-ITX motherboard and that was the problem. I tested the MB with another PS and it worked so Stardog then had me return the case and he tested it and it was fine. I then RMA the H67 and luckly had to take a H68 because the 67 was out of stock. Put it back together and all worked great.

A note on the ODD, after locating one with a left eject button the supplied button did not eject the disc. I think I need to get a bezel for the drive and then it should work fine.

This is a good looking small case and everything fits just fine inside. Stardog also is very helpful and made a small problem go away very quickly. It was a pleasure to do bussiness with him.

DRB
post #69 of 79
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Thanks for the post DRB. I am happy to hear it's going well for you and that you like the HT80. I too think it's a great little HTPC case.
post #70 of 79
Will you ship to Melbourne Victoria Australia?

Many thanks.
post #71 of 79
If anyone is interested have a look at the ASUS E45M1-I Deluxe motherboard for this case....

For a HTPC build it is perfect with no HSF required, wi fi, bluetooth, HDMI, intergrated CPU and graphics....

I have one sitting in my old GD02 case and it is completely silent.....
post #72 of 79
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Will you ship to Melbourne Victoria Australia?

Many thanks.

I've had great luck sending to Australia. Email sent .
post #73 of 79
What CPU you got in that thing ?
post #74 of 79
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

What CPU you got in that thing ?

Builds have run the gamut from E-350 to i3-2125 in the HT-80.

I have a new shipment coming in this week. Are you interested in one?
post #75 of 79
Hi,

I received my case today and in perfect condition.

Everything was packed very nicely with heavy duty foam covering the whole aluminium case and fitting inside the cardboard box snuggly.

I installed as soon as i got home and all fitted perfectly. Had no problems at all.

The e45m1 deluxe running fanless heat sink with the HT80 case was dead silent.
I have no odd and using ssd for windows 7.

I didnt install the fan as i wanted a silent build.... And this thing definitely silent.....

On idle it was around mid 50 celsius and under load ie 1080p running via xbmc and youtube on the internet at the same time smile.gif it got to around 72 degrees celsius.
Bit warm for my liking but that is just me....
Is that ok to be that hot??

Temperature measured using asus software....

I might put the fan back in and control the speed via motherboard to see if it will help? And control the noise as well.

Otherwise i might run the fan via fan speed controller at lower rpm and see if i can live with the noise.

The air flow is restricted due to the odd tray so i might take that off and mount the ssd to the side to free up the airflow. That should lower the temperature.

Any advice is much appreciated.

A huge thank you to stardog for all his help and the case is better than the pictures shown.

I have a silverstone gd02 and when you put them side by side it is a massive difference in size. The build quality is comparable to lianli and silverstone. I owned also the lian li pc37 case and the HT80 case is will not disappoint.....
post #76 of 79
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Awesome! I am glad to hear you like it!

I have read the e-350/e-450 do tend to run hot. I think it's still within operating parameters though and compared to some posts I've read it's pretty good. Think too how often will you run a full load. You can give the fan a try and see if it makes enough difference to warrant the noise. Removing the ODD tray will definitely make a big difference and the SSD will fit on the side of the case.

I look forward to seeing pictures of your build, especially one sitting next to the SG02.

I agree on the quality -- being a big Lian-Li fan myself -- I found it to be comparable. Iwill is also a really nice group of people to work with.
post #77 of 79
Yes i will send throu pix shortly.

I removed the tray as i dont need ODD and the ssd slotted underneath the front panel perfectly......At just the right height it wedged underneath without requiring any tape to hold in place.

Now idle is mid 40 celsius.... and 60 celsius with movie playback so am happy with that.

I was too lazy to install the fan to try it out but for me the silent factor is more important.

One thing to note is that the led is green... Not a major thing for me as i dont use it because it is distracting in hometheatre room. But worth noting for others who might be expecting a blue led to match the rest of the set up.

Overall i am still amaze at how small this case is and very very happy with it so far......
post #78 of 79
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Originally Posted by StardogChampion View Post

I got some HT80s last week with the IR receiver built-in. I just discovered that the IR receiver allows for the HTPC to be turned on/off with the remote. It routes the power switch through the IR receiver which has power at all times. Very cool. I had no idea.
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Probably I'll gonna ask a very dumb question, do I need a motherboard with CIR headers to turn on/off HTPC with the remote?
post #79 of 79
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Originally Posted by TheAltair View Post

Probably I'll gonna ask a very dumb question, do I need a motherboard with CIR headers to turn on/off HTPC with the remote?

If you use the included IR receiver, the IR receiver takes care of that function. The IR receiver has stand-by power and the power switch routed through it.
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