Thanks! The lights do show through the vents of the case. RGB wasn't the selling point for the RAM, the timings, the speed, and the low height clearance for the CPU cooler were why I chose the Corsair RAM.
I might be mistaken though. On every boot up I had the mix of NVMe and SATA, in alternating positions. I have a feeling it would work with two NVMe drives; I just don't have two to test it out.
I think it's the limitation of the motherboard that does not allow for an NVMe drive to be placed on the top. It's hard to tell by the motherboard manual as to what the top and bottom m.2 slots support. The manual states:
1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A_32G)
1 x M.2 connector on the back of the motherboard (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M.2)
I initially tried putting the NVMe drive in the top slot but had to move it when I noticed the motherboard did not recognize the drive. I don't think it will be an issue loading a m.2 SSD underneath the motherboard. The standoffs should provide ample room regardless of having a cutout for the motherboard.
I haven't tried overclocking for two reasons: it handles everything I need it to (over 150 frames per second while playing Battlefield 1 and over 170 frames per second while playing Destiny 2) and I am not confident that the Cryorig C7 can handle the 8700K if I overclock. It is rather straightforward in the UEFI to overclock the CPU. The m.2 slot on the top of the motherboard with the heatsink will only recognize a SATA m.2. The m.2 slot underneath the motherboard recognizes my NVMe drive that contains my OS. I appreciate the compliment. I would easily recommend the Gigabyte motherboard based off of price, USB 3.0 slots, USB type-C slot, the 2 m.2 slots, and it's easy overclocking menus (EZ mode and Classic).
You won't be disappointed. I hope you like them as much as I like my Zeroes.
I'll try it out and see how it affects the GPU temps.
I was referring to the red/white decal around the audio jacks and USB ports. I did notice the dust filter and think that it's a nice touch.
The headphones are amazing! I don't have an additional DAC and plug straight into the front audio jacks. The sound is decent and I think would benefit from having a DAC. The microphone is by far the best I've ever had. I don't like using push-to-talk when on Team Speak, Ventrilo or in-game audio. It doesn't pick up key clicks from the mouse or mechanical keyboard. They are extremely comfortable and almost noise canceling.
The Cryorig C7 came with little white spacers which I used to mount the cooler onto the motherboard. It was pretty simple especially since I had already mounted and plugged everything in prior to installing the heat sink.
I've adjusted my fan curve in the UEFI. I was able to fit the 15mm Noctua fan over the Cryorig C7 to help bring in fresh air.
I have two machines and just noticed how loud my mid-tower is compared to the mini ITX.
Impressive temperatures. It looks really clean. What's on your front panel?
I saw a difference of 9° at idle with an average temperature of 70° while playing games.
Yeah, I haven't noticed a heat issue with the GPU with it being up top. I think having two case fans helps bring in fresh cool air to the GPU. I'll give changing the orientation a chance. The CPU seems to have the heat issues.
The CPU saw about an idle decrease of 9°, hovering around 41° with the Cryorig C7. While playing games it gets to around 73° C. The Cryorig C7 does not allow for me to have a case fan sitting above the CPU. I appreciate you pointing out that the Noctua is only rated for 65W.
I changed the orientation of how the case is positioned. I've always had it vertically, with the GPU on the left side and towards the top. I've noticed the CPU will only get to 70° with it towards the top and having the Noctua at full. Even with it at full speed it's not very loud.
It sure was fun putting it all together. In one of the pictures you can see my little helper trying to photobomb. The cable management wasn't too bad, though it did slow me down. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos on the Node 202 and noticed how some people weren't able to install the riser card correctly. They would put on the CPU heat sink and couldn't screw in the three screws for the GPU riser card. In the Node 202 manual, it shows the proper way to install it: unscrew four screws, place the GPU in the riser card, and then attach the GPU/riser card assembly to the motherboard.
I installed three additional case fans; one over the CPU and two over the GPU. With the Cryorig C7 I'll have to remove the one over the CPU as the heat sink and fan will not provide enough clearance for the 15mm fan.
The GTX 1080Ti seems to run hot with stock settings. I have two Noctua fans blowing on top of it since the Node 202 has very limited air flow. I may have to adjust the fan curves within the BIOS before I decide to overclock the video card. I play Battlefield 1 quite a bit too, but had to take a hiatus from it for six months because of work.
I appreciate the recommendation. After looking at Noctua's specifications, I decided to order a Cryorig C7. It should be in tomorrow, I'll install it, and I'll post the differences.
Yes, I've adjusted the fan curves and only improved CPU by 3°.
CPU package reached 83° C with a case fan blowing directly on top of it.
Yeah, I could get one. However, I'm perfectly happy with my setup and got the 1080Ti to last me awhile. Getting a 1440p monitor would only make me want to upgrade the video card sooner.
I've only had it running for a few hours and played Battlefield 1 for about an hour. With everything at default it hit 83° C. I haven't had a chance to play with the fan curve. Thanks for the compliment!