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Small/ Smallest Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 LCD via Dual link DVI-D / DisplayPort?


Standard Member
Small/ Smallest Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 LCD via Dual link DVI-D / DisplayPort?

a - VIDEO:
- Barebones Box/ Ready Box / Motherboard/ Case:
I'd like find the smallest box/ machine / Barebones or HTPC Media Streamer Box that has
the Video Hardware to support & Drive 30" 2560 x 1600 LCD at Native Resolution
- On board or added Video Card:
Integrated or Dedicated GPU to support this resolution (Intel, AMD or NVidia - No preferences here, any of them will do)

b - PORTS:
- Dual link DVI-D
- DisplayPort

- eSATA/ USB 3.0
- LAN/ Gigabit LAN
- WiFi (Optional)


Prominent Member
Would an Intel NUC i3 do the job? Dual HDMI but have no idea if they do dual link


Established Member
The mods have (correctly, to be fair!) deleted a post I made which broke the rules. However, I think its fair to the OP to point him in the direction of a motherboard that will suit his needs.

The Intel DHQ77KB is a thin-ITX motherboard with DisplayPort out on the back that will support the required resolution.

There are a two nice chassis that spring to mind for that board, one by Lian-Li which uses the special Intel cooling solution for Thin-ITX, and is a wide but very thin desktop style chassis with space for an optical drive.

The other is the very compact Akasa chassis that is totally passive and the entire case is a heatsink. This has a strict limit of 35WTDP on the CPU however. I tried one out with a 45W CPU and you could have fried an egg on the top of it. Having said that I read a review on the chassis that disagreed and said you'd get away with a 45W part, which opens up the low-power quad core i5 and i7. The 45W part I tried was a Xeon E3-1260L so it maybe it ran a little warmer than a desktop part.


Established Member
Just realised there are three chassis options, one from Silverstone, which is actually the chassis I was thinking of when I described the Lian Li one. One from Lian Li which is quite plain, with no front ports or optical drive, but will take 2 x 2.5" drives and uses the same Intel cooler, and the Akasa box.

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