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Wondering if it will power a G530/4G RAM/SSD HTPC reliably. Anyone tried one?
 

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I think it will as per the reports in the "habey" case thread. My setup is the same except i have an i3 2100 and i'm looking at the 120wat pico
 

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I have a 120W wide voltage picoPSU and it is powered by a 19V adapter. The setup is a i5-2390T, ASRock H67M-ITX MB, SSD and ODD.


Wattage should be enough as my new server with 3 HDDs is running at 50W.
 

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Never used one but you can probably go even lower-powered, closer to 100W, if that's all that's in your build.
 

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You'd be hard pressed to consume 60W at full load with that setup. The picoPSU-90 would be a nice choice for that setup since it comes with the P4 ATX connector which you need for the G530.

http://www.short-circuit.com/categories/powercombos.html


I use a 84W AC adapter with my G620/H61/4GB/128GB SSD bedroom HTPC.
 

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Originally Posted by rsoares28  /t/1415190/anyone-used-one-of-the-picopsu-160-xt-power-supplies#post_22125427


Hey Stardog , will this adapter http://hqrp.com/hqrp-120w-ac-adapter-compatible-with-hp-pavilion-zd7000-zd7001ea-zd7001us-laptop.html work with a 120wat pico? i have a I3 2100/ssd/4gb ram I also want to power usb tv tuner which has a molex connection.

Thanks

That's a 18.5V adapter so you'd need to use the picoPSU 120-WI-25 "wide input". Most all the other picoPSUs are 12V only.


I would also double-check the adapter tip is 5.5mm * 2.5mm. It appears that it would need to be to fit a zd7000 as it claims.


I believe too this is the one Assassin recommends?
 

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Originally Posted by wolverinegod  /t/1415190/anyone-used-one-of-the-picopsu-160-xt-power-supplies#post_22125668


this site might help you figure out what you need: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

pico's rock.

According to this site, a G530/4GB/SSD/ODD system needs a 174W PSU. That's not even close to the real world.


I've built a bunch of different LGA1155 mini-ITX systems that use DC-DC / AC adapter power supply combinations with this basic configuraton of CPU, RAM, SSD and ODD and none of them has drawn over 60W at 100% load (Prime95) as measured at the wall with a Kill-A-Watt. I've used the G530, G540, G620 and i3-2100.
 

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Originally Posted by StardogChampion  /t/1415190/anyone-used-one-of-the-picopsu-160-xt-power-supplies#post_22125808


According to this site, a G530/4GB/SSD/ODD system needs a 174W PSU. That's not even close to the real world.

I've built a bunch of different LGA1155 mini-ITX systems that use DC-DC / AC adapter power supply combinations with this basic configuraton of CPU, RAM, SSD and ODD and none of them has drawn over 60W at 100% load (Prime95) as measured at the wall with a Kill-A-Watt. I've used the G530, G540, G620 and i3-2100.

It's hard for me to comment on that as I'm not entirely sure which options you selected and i'm by no means a power expert ... that said, I just filled out a regular desktop with the g530, one dram ssd, one dvd burner and it says the system needs 130 for me (not 174). I know that site adjusts for things like form factor as well, but i think it's a good starting point. I've read several writeups on it from sites like maximumpc and i have yet to see anyone say it's terrible (i'm not saying it is or it isn't, i'm in no position to judge ... i'm just saying that those that are seem to speak highly of it from what i can tell).
 

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I have a 10TB FreeNAS server running on a PIcoPSU 160


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ASROCK E350M1 {CPU fan lvl 1 in BIOS}

Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Intel EXPI9301CTBLK NIC

5 - WD20EARS 2TB HDD

picoPSU-160-XT PowerSupply

1 - Noctua NF-R8-1800 {lvl 1 manual speed control in BIOS}

Raidmax IT case
 

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Here's mine with a 150 pico. I know I could have gotten by with a 90 to 120.


I3-2100T

8 gigs ram 2 X 4

60G SSD Vortex 2

1TB WD green drive

Hauppauge 2250

internal HD 2000


disabled in bios:

Onboard sound

COM ports


If I remember right it pulls 27-29 at idle and 40-45 playing 1080P. I haven't done a prime test.


Based on your post a 90 or 120 pico would be fine, but if you are going to load up the drives that's when you may want to go to a 150 or 160.
 

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WOW. Thanks all for the excellent info. Ordering one in just a few minutes.
 

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Originally Posted by wolverinegod  /t/1415190/anyone-used-one-of-the-picopsu-160-xt-power-supplies#post_22125953


It's hard for me to comment on that as I'm not entirely sure which options you selected and i'm by no means a power expert ... that said, I just filled out a regular desktop with the g530, one dram ssd, one dvd burner and it says the system needs 130 for me (not 174). I know that site adjusts for things like form factor as well, but i think it's a good starting point. I've read several writeups on it from sites like maximumpc and i have yet to see anyone say it's terrible (i'm not saying it is or it isn't, i'm in no position to judge ... i'm just saying that those that are seem to speak highly of it from what i can tell).

Without knowing how they calculate it, it's hard to understand how accurate it is for these low power systems. I can't explain the discrepancy without knowing their method. I only know what's I've measured which has been pretty consistent. I measure the usage of every new build that uses different components with the Kill-a-Watt at the desktop, playing 1080p and with Prime95. Of course, who knows where I wrote it down...
. SandyBridge 65W TDP, 4GB RAM, 64-128GB SSD and a tray or slot-load burner is usually around 25W-30W desktop, 40W 1080p video, 55-60W Prime95.
 

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Originally Posted by StardogChampion  /t/1415190/anyone-used-one-of-the-picopsu-160-xt-power-supplies#post_22125641


....you'd need to use the picoPSU 120-WI-25 "wide input". Most all the other picoPSUs are 12V only.

I would also double-check the adapter tip is 5.5mm * 2.5mm....
The older Thinkpad 16V, 72W AC adapters will fit. I have one powering the following:

i5-2400S (65W)

ASUS P8H61-I

intel 80GB SSD

BluRay ODD


Most power systems will be at maximum efficiency when it is operating close to maximum power rating.
 

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Originally Posted by dksc318  /t/1415190/anyone-used-one-of-the-picopsu-160-xt-power-supplies#post_22126981


The older Thinkpad 16V, 72W AC adapters will fit. I have one powering the following:

i5-2400S (65W)

ASUS P8H61-I

intel 80GB SSD

BluRay ODD

Most power systems will be at maximum efficiency when it is operating close to maximum power rating.

That's the same adapter I've used with the picoPSU 120-WI-25. My office was just throwing them out -- from old T30s and T41s -- so I grabbed a few.
 

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Our notebooks at the office and at home all changed to the newer 20V types so we have a lot of these 16V Thinkpad adapters too. They are well built and more efficient than Targues adapters at standby.
 

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Originally Posted by dksc318  /t/1415190/anyone-used-one-of-the-picopsu-160-xt-power-supplies#post_22126981


The older Thinkpad 16V, 72W AC adapters will fit. I have one powering the following:

i5-2400S (65W)

ASUS P8H61-I

intel 80GB SSD

BluRay ODD

Most power systems will be at maximum efficiency when it is operating close to maximum power rating.

Excellent, thats the same motherboard i have. So i would need this? http://www.itxcanada.com/products/picoPSU_120_WI_25_120w_Wide_Input_12_25V_Wide_Input_DC_DC_Power_Converter-599-43.html


and it would work with the adapter i posted earlier? I worried about the adapter tip comment.... are you saying its the right size as "it would need to fit a zd7000"?
 

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Excellent, thats the same motherboard i have. So i would need this? http://www.itxcanada.com/products/picoPSU_120_WI_25_120w_Wide_Input_12_25V_Wide_Input_DC_DC_Power_Converter-599-43.html

and it would work with the adapter i posted earlier? I worried about the adapter tip comment.... are you saying its the right size as "it would need to fit a zd7000"?

Yes, the picoPSU 120-WI-25 is the "wide input" one that can take from 12V to 25V input.


The picoPSU needs a 5.5mm * 2.5mm adapter tip. The specs for the linked AC adapter don't show the tip size. However, other adapters said to fit the zd7000 do say 5.5mm * 2.5mm so it's seems to be the right one. I would confirm the adapter's tip size before ordering. The voltage/amperage ratings look just right for the 120-WI-25.
 
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Yes, the picoPSU 120-WI-25 is the "wide input" one that can take from 12V to 25V input.

The picoPSU needs a 5.5mm * 2.5mm adapter tip. The specs for the linked AC adapter don't show the tip size. However, other adapters said to fit the zd7000 do say 5.5mm * 2.5mm so it's seems to be the right one. I would confirm the adapter's tip size before ordering. The voltage/amperage ratings look just right for the 120-WI-25.

Thank you very much for the help and advice, much appreciated!
 
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