Description

A small scientific workstation for the home office. The parts are not in the top tier but relatively new ones. So far I am very pleased.

Intel Core i5-9600K is the new mid-tier processor with the soldering, which is good for the heat spreading. Although AMD Ryzen 2600X or 2700X is more cost-effective, I choose Intel processor because some scientific software is optimized with Intel Math Kernel Library and is much faster.

I am satisfied with the quiet but powerful Corsair H100i PRO.

Gigabyte Z390 I AORUS PRO WIFI is the lastest Mini ITX board for Intel. It gives some potential to overclock the i5-9600K. However, I haven't really pushed the limit yet.

With XMP technology, it is very easy to boost the Corsair Vengeance LPX 2 x 16GB DDR4 to 3200MHz.

In consideration of the SSD endurance, I choose Samsung 970 Pro over 970 EVO. An old Samsung 850 Pro 256 GB is used for Ubuntu.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition is a little bit over-priced now. I still decide to buy it because I want to try the Tensor Cores and DLSS for the deep learning. I have to say that NVIDIA Deep Learning SDK is much more advanced than AMD one.

The Metallic Gear NEO MINI case is somehow large but good for the PC temperature. You can tell it from the combined CPU & GPU stress test result. The installation process is quite straightforward.

SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Platinum 550W gives enough watts for a stable running.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Really been considering picking this case up for my build but been holding off bc I really haven’t seen anybody build in it yet on here, in fact I think yours is the first. Looks great! I do wanna ask you though do you think a 2.5 slot card like the strix 1080ti would fit with adequate breathing room? Also, do you have enough clearance from the rad to fit fans on the side of the case?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have just completed a build in this case so I can answer these for you.

do you think a 2.5 slot card like the strix 1080ti would fit with adequate breathing room

The bottom of the case is open with a dust filter so the card will draw in fresh air from there, you don't need to worry about breathing room

Also, do you have enough clearance from the rad to fit fans on the side of the case

I managed to fit some slim (15mm) fans on the side but you would not be able to fit regular fans

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you please share your build? Thanks in advance!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points
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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for sharing that info! appreciate it, that’s really helpful

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I think 2.5 slot card will be no problem. As you can see there is still plenty of space under the RTX 2070. Besides the bottom of the case has a large opening for intake air.

I can not put my AIO cooler radiator and fans on the side. The RTX 2070 will hit the bottom of the radiator. I have seen some other examples to put the AIO cooler radiator on the side. Maybe it is the problem of RTX 2070 which has a very thick soaking plate.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks so much for the response!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Check this build:

Zotac - GeForce GTX 1080 AMP

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/VnFtt6

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Am I missing something or the fans on the front and on the rear are all exhausts? And you do not seem to have any intakes.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

He has an AIO cooler for his CPU mounted as an intake on the front and it looks like his GPU pulls air from the bottom which is really nice.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you know it's an intake? The fans look to me like they push air toward the radiators, thus it's an exhaust.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I second this statement

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaha I haven't decided yet.

Shakaron is right. Currently, only the GPU serves as an intake.

I will try to reverse the front fans and do another stress test to see whether it makes sense.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It may not make a big difference thermally but if there is a dust filter in the front it can help with dust control.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Super clean for the small size! Very nice :D

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

A cool case, never seem that brand before... How does it handle the rig?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

0/10 you didn't put the plushie in the case /s

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The price is miseleading - with the GPU is about 1400 which is what it should be.

I am interested if deep leaning w / keras / tf works well with RTX, I mean if there is support.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you OC yet? I want to know if I can reach 5Ghz on a i5 9600K with this board...

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

With this motherboard, overclocking is as easy as pie.

I have followed this guide to get a stable 5GHz. https://www.gigabyte.com/FileUpload/Global/multimedia/2/file/525/946.pdf

Remember to Q-Flash the latest BIOS "Z390IAOW.F2" first with a FAT32 USB disk.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, just a quick question regarding your use case; are you using Intel MKL with R, i.e. do you use this rig for single-threaded computing, or are you multi-threading? The reason I ask, is I am about to pull the trigger on an almost identical rig or, alternatively, swapping he i5 out for a 2700X and some C14 RAM; it'd be cool to know how it performs. Anyway, that's a sweet little office workstation for sure.

Cheers

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using Intel MKL with MATLAB.

I am not familiar with R. However, you might want to read this article: https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/performance-comparison-of-openblas-and-intel-math-kernel-library-in-r

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Really debating on getting this case. How is cable management in the back? And How is the clearance in the bottom for GPUs

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard? Can you use the wifi antennae with ethernet connected? (for the bluetooth).

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is 1700$ prob

nice cable management and its nice and clean! 1+

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I see that you built your system on November of 2018 and I wanted to know if you had any problems with cooling or whatever, because I wanted to build something similar for the exact same reasons.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Coolling was never an issue. The case is really good.