Build Update 2 - Final Update The build is complete in all respects. I managed to pick up a MSI GTX 1080 Ti Seahawk X from Newegg at a great price($707 including Tax/shipping). The Card barely fits inside the case, given the clearance between the GPU AIO Rad and the PSU. This would not be an issue with an air cooled card though. I took the opportunity to improve the cable management, and make space for the 2 PCIE cables that power the GPU. I had completely forgotten to account for the thickness of the PCIE power cables when I picked out this card. Thankfully, there was just enough space to fit the card snugly between the GPU rad, and the psu with enough clearance for the PCIE cables, and the AIO tubes to make there way around the card, and the rad without blocking the intake fan.
So as expected, with dual 120mm AIOs in-taking air into the case, at max loads, there is a ton of heat being dumped inside the case. The 140mm case fan, and the blower style fan on the GPU do a decent job venting all hot air from the top of the case. At max loads, and with the hot air temps within the case, the PSU fan does turn on, but its relatively quiet. The decibel meter on my phone reported a max of 42db being generated by the build with everything set to max load at an arms length.
Given how the case performs poorly with airflow, I highly recommend anyone who is planning a build in this case, with high performance components (Such as the Ryzen 7 series, and a Full Size GPU) to use a dual AIO setup. It should really help with keeping at least the core components cool under max loads.
Build Update 1 - Heating Issues Resolved Temperature issues have been resolved! So here's what I did. First off, I throughly cleaned the contact surfaces with Arctic Silver solvents, and applied the Arctic Silver thermal compound using the 'pea' style (Did the line method before). Next up, I changed the orientation of the CPU cooling block, and setup a push-pull config using a pair of Corsair ML 120s on the rad. Was able to stable OC to 3800mhz with 1.27 V with a max load temp of 71C! And at Idle its at an Ice cold 29C! (Both temps with case closed using HWMonitor and Prime95, RAM set to 2800MHz) After what I've been through with this setup, I'm really pleased with these numbers!
Original Post - Initial build with GTX 1050 TI mini
Its been a long time in the making, but I've finally completed my Ryzen ITX build. This PC will be used for machine/deep learning. Original plan was to use a GTX 1080 TI, but since Black Friday is around the corner, I chose to wait, and use the cheapest 1050 TI card I could find. The processor and mobo were a great combo deal form Microcenter.
As for the cooler, I was torn between the Corsair H80i V2, and the Deepcool Captain 120 EX. I went for the Caption 120 RGB purely because it had a 27mm radiator that can be used in a push config. This would allow me to get a GPU with a 120mm AIO with a 27mm rad (Like the corsair GTX 1080 TI Hydro) down the road. The case can accommodate 2 AIOs provided both radiators are 27mm. The H80i's radiator would be too thick to accommodate another AIO. As you can see, the CPU block barely fit in the case. In my case, the glass panel does make a slight contact with the captain's glass loop (but does not put any real pressure on the CPU block). The length of the radiator tubes also had just enough slack for the radiator to be mounted in a push config with the radiator fan mounted below the base.
Cable management was tough, but i'm reasonably pleased with how it looks now. The SF600 PSU comes with thick( that were non pliable) cables that were tough to work with. The Zotac 1050 TI draws its power straight from the PCIE port.
Overall, I'm really happy with the build. At idle, the temps hover between 38 to 42 C, and at load between 64 to 68C (Stock, NO OC). Next up, is to OC this beauty.
At $269 (Paired with a Mobo at Microcenter) for a 8Core/16Thread monster of a CPU, its an amazing value of a CPU. Great with routine tasks, mining, virtual machines, and on synthetic benchmarks. If I do have any gripes, Its that it get pretty hot when pushing towards 4GHz OC with 1.37 V. But that's the case limiting the amount of cooling that I can throw at he CPU. Overall, an amazing value, and a strong performer.
I've knocked a star off purely for the stock fan that comes with the AIO. It gets loud/noisy with apparent motor whine when running over 1400 RPM. But YMMV. Paired with a Corsair's ML 120, it does a fantastic job keeping the CPU cool under OC and full synthetic testing as well. The 27mm thick rad is the perfect for this build, and allows me to accommodate another AIO into the build if needed for the GPU.
Amazing value of at board at $86(Paired with Ryzen CPU at Microcenter). The ports are positioned perfectly for a case like the Phantek Shift, where the I/O ports are positioned at the top, and the SATA, 24 Pin, and USB 3 connector all located at the bottom. This allows for a cleaner cable management in my situation. Would have loved to see another M2 slot on this board though. No issues with WiFi or Bluetooth.
Cheapest 32GB (16 X 2) 3000MHz Kit I could find. In my situation, the XMP profile loads great, but runs stable only at 2800MHz. But great value, runs cool, and the small profile is perfect for a tightly spaced ITX cases.
Great performance. Loved that they included an M2 screw in the packaging as well. Good value at $236.
Its a stunning case. I love everything about it! Its minimal, doesn't occupy a lot of desk space, the included accessories box, and the 140mm fan are really appreciated. Be careful with PSU that you choose. The chassis may interfere with the PSU power button. I highly recommend going for a SFX NON-L PSU for this case. I would have loved to see a headphone port next to the USB 3 ports on the case.
I knocked a start out purely for the tough cables(which can be a good or bad thing depending on the circumstances). Cable management was tough as the cables are not easily pliable. But PSU has been great thus far. In my situation, under full load, the fan hasn't turned on once.