AshleyAshes Posted September 4, 2016 Share Posted September 4, 2016 A Socket G2 motherboard, which few have heard of! http://www.advantech.com/products/68ccaea2-9ff5-4f85-97f2-3d11244b0a08/aimb-272/mod_15a5f387-eec8-48b5-863e-59c41953ff70 "WTF is Socket G2 Ashley? And WTF do you need this for?" Socket G2 is actually a laptop/mobile socket, it was used for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge laptops back in the day. I have a Sandy Bridge laptop, i7 2630QM, 2x8GB of RAM still kicking but next summer I plan to replace it, but that said, a 2.0ghz, 2.9ghz Turbo, 6MB L2 Cache, Hyperthreaded CPU is not useless and nor is it's 16GB of RAM, the SSD inside it, or the Windows 7/10 license attached to the hardware. So why not de-build my old laptop into an ITX desktop? I've wanted to do an ITX build for some time but didn't want to build a whole new machine out of new components, with this mobo, I have most of the other components except an ITX case. This will also recycle a laptop that would otherwise gather dust in the corner. I bought the mobo now because I found a good price on eBay and this is FAR from a very common motherboard, they could get progressively harder to find for a decent price or to find at all. Now, the challenges. Firstly, it comes with a heat sink, and G2 coolers are mostly enterprise/server rack type products so I'm not sure about the noise levels. I may have to replace the cooler or at least replace the fan that come with it. On the other hand, how much cooling can a laptop CPU possibly need? I wonder if I can find a passive cooler for it. Secondly, it has no USB3. (But it has four RS-232 options which are so super awesome I'm sure I'll never use them?) But I can get Mini-PCIE USB3 cards. ...But the MiniPCIE slot is on the BACK, so no room for a USB3 card, it'll only fit wifi cards and such. So I'll need to get a MiniPCIE -extension- cable and then put the USB3 adaptor somewhere else. Third... Honestly, I just wanna stick a fat desktop GPU in that PCIE 16x slot and see how. well it plays together. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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