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This is my first build, switching over from laptops and I'm quite pleased with the result. Desk space is at a premium so I chose a case with a very vertical layout and small footprint. This case has a bad rep online for running hot, but this new revision with mesh side panels should help with that. The case comes with a riser cable that allows the GPU to be mounted back-to-back with the motherboard. This will cause issues if the PCIe slot is running gen 4, so I had to disable auto detection and force it to run at gen 3 in the BIOS, which from what I understand is not an option on all X570 boards.

I bought the RAM before switching out the motherboard to one that was in stock (and had the PCIe setting). This new motherboard doesn't support the onboard 3600MHz XMP profile, so I had to tune it up to 3200MHz manually. It might be possible to run it at 3600MHz, but that's higher than the max listed in the manual and I was getting blue-screens as soon as it booted.

I've also ran into some issues with the AIO because of the unconventional positioning in the Shift. Sometimes a bubble will form the highest point in the loop, which is unfortunately the pump. When it happens I've been able to get it all working smoothly again by laying the case on its side for a bit. So far this has only happened after I shake around the case making changes to components and when I left for 10+ days during the holidays.

In terms of thermals, I set up the top-front fan as exhaust and the bottom radiator as intake. The CPU cooler has no problem keeping it below 70c, which is the temperature configured to trigger max CPU fan speed in the BIOS. The GPU temps could be better. Although the standard temperature reading stays pretty stable at 80, the "hot spot" goes up to 110c when under load, but drops immediately if I tab out of a game or stop a stress test.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

IT. IS. BEAUTIFUL!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the pics this is super close to what I plan to build.

Looks great!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll keep an eye out!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

She's pretty sexy, my friend.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

First build on here with the Shift Air, what are your thoughts on it?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The form factor is great and I love the look. Mesh panels give it a really stealthy vibe, they don't let as much light in is as the pictures might lead you to believe. In terms of building inside, there are definitely some tight areas like in any ITX case, but there are quite a few places to route/attach cables to. I had a little trouble getting the PCIe riser to the motherboard side, but removing the SSD trays solved that problem in no time. Routing the 8 pin to the motherboard was also slightly challenging with the shorter PSU cables, but nothing that couldn't be fixed by pushing cables around. The only thing I would recommend is having a moderately thin and magnetized screwdriver handy. I used one with a swappable head and it was too thick to reach one of the PSU screws.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah been waiting for a shift sir build since they announced it in may. How are temps with the new card. Looks great +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was pretty great timing for me to be able use it for this build! Don't have much of a reference point, but temps seem to be acceptable, although definitely on the high end. The cooling situation is really not adequate right now though, using the stock AMD stealth cooler in a case with a single (partially blocked) fan. The side panels work wonders for intake though, I can feel the air getting sucked in by the GPU fans when under load.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the GPU stay at a good temp? I've been designing the exact same build for about a few weeks now, and would really like to know if the GPU keeps below 80 under gaming loads.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I played Far Cry 5 for 40 mins and the GPU was running at 80 by the end of it according to GPU-Z. Keep in mind the lack of airflow I mentioned in the comment though.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Aight! thanks for the info!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry another question, just received my mesh panel for the shift and the mesh is pretty loose, is yours nice and tight or is it sagging a bit, not sure if I should refund it or not.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a little bit of slack for sure, but definitely nothing I would describe as sagging.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nice case and nice build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Do you think you could find room for a small reservoir in there? like a EK Fluid ? Thanks in advance, B

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

There's definitely a bunch of room in the bottom half. I think you could be able to fit two 28mm rads + res, but hard to tell you for sure.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! the Doc.said I can get the 120 mm rads in there I'm just wondering if the reservoir would fit and where I could mount it. I think my plan is to build it all air then take the leap to water. I just need to sort out what card block combo to use. Thanks again for your help!

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing to do that you'd probably have to do one of the dedicated mini/itx-cards that Nvidia has.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Was wondering how you got yours? Straight from phanteks? I'm very interested in getting one but wasn't sure if they're in stock or take months ship out according to Amazon.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I got mine from Newegg, but they also seem to be out of stock right now, ordered it on October 24th.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, nice clean build, how did you choose that AIO ? Best in class ?

cheers

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I really liked having a single 4 pin fan header for the whole thing and the minimal branding. Not sure I would recommend though, especially with this layout, I've had issues a couple times after moving the computer around where the pump doesn't want to start.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I see the clearance between the GPU and front fan is very tight

Do you think it is possible to install a sapphire pulse 5700xt GPU if a slim 15mm fan is used on the front side instead of the stock fan ?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That looks like it would be a really tight fit, both card height and width are stretching it. Worst case for the card height, you could flip the GPU with fans pointed inwards to get some more room, but the extra width would mean the fans get almost no air.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This build looks almost identical to one I’m planning, 3600/5700xt - always wanted to build in the Shift I think it looks so slick! How’s the performance at 1440p?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I can't max out everything since I'm also targeting 144hz, but I can generally tweak the settings till I reach a compromise (ex. Overwatch @ high).

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I’m also shooting for 144hz although getting that high on all titles obviously isn’t realistic considering budget - I’m considering a 2070 super instead or is that pretty much the same (my own research tells me there’s not much in it)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's also my understanding, but it's hard to say without trying it out. You might also care about better ray-tracing and video encoding on the nvidia cards.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Not really tbh - although maybe for future-proofing? Can you elaborate a bit more about the GPU riser and the PCIe issues? Was it that the PCIe slot can't be run in Gen 4 using the riser? I'm assuming the other slots are fine (I have a Gen 4 M.2 which is why I ask!) Thanks so much for your comments so far, have been super helpful!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's right, the default "auto" setting would try to use gen 4 since the 5700 XT supports it, but the riser makes it unstable. I've had absolutely no issues with the M.2 slot (keep in mind the drive I got is gen 3).

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you know if it would fit a 2.7 slot gpu? https://www.asus.com/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-RX5700XT-O8G-GAMING/specifications/

Awesome build btw

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Possibly, but I'd be more concerned about card height. I don't think you'd have the room for such a tall card.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Quick question, I was thinking about running this AIO and a EVGA 2070/2080 Super hybrid card in this case. Could you measure that side mount where I would put the GPU radiator and tell me the clearance if possible? I know the ARCTIC's radiator is 38mm thick, just want to know if I'll be able to fit the hybrid GPU radiator on the side, which is 27.5mm thick. I have a Noctua NF-A12X15 that I was going to put on the outside (in between the frame and the front panel) to make it work.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Here's a picture with a 140x25mm fan installed. https://i.imgur.com/CJNljW6.jpg There is about 15mm between the fan and the rad.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, much appreciated!

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Just FYI the reason why you're having high CPU temps is due to the position of the radiator relative to the pump block. Also this AIO cooler only has one PWM port for the pump, VRM fan, AND radiator fan.

When the radiator is below the pump, the force required to circulate the fluid is greater.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I figured it's the positioning that was causing the occasional failures on startup, but I don't think it's because "the force required is greater". The same amount of liquid is being pushed through the same loop, so I think it's more likely that bubbles in the pump are the issue.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

The tubes look pretty flattened out for good flow. Also I have one of these AIOs and there is tons of air in them. I would suggest going with a different AIO with 90° fittings and orientating the rad with the hoses at the bottom to trap the air in the top of the rad. It is a 65w TDP CPU this rad is kinda overkill. You could even use a downfire cooler like the Noctua low pro that is for SFF. Clean build but those AIO tubes are being choked.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

They are extremely stiff and I'm 100% sure they are not getting pinched, the distortion you're seeing is because of the fan cable that is under the tube sleeve. The rad orientation thing sounds like a pretty good idea, but I think the tubes are actually too stiff for me to lay it out like that in this case. I know it's overkill, but it was about the same price as the air coolers I was looking at and looks better IMO.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I seemed curse. I just don't want others to deal with the problems I did with my first Arctic 120mm AIO. Had to return it because it had a broken fan and the wire under the sleeve had exposed wires. If you want to orientate it other ways an AIO with 90 degree angles at the pump will help. I really wish Arctic went with 90s the straight out the top of the pump thing is a pain. Especially when you have height restrictions.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Would you be able to do a push pull configuration on your 120 rad? Looking into this case and I really want the best cooling

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Yep, there is room for a 120/140 fan in the "basement" under the radiator.

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

It doesn’t look like you have a lot of rgb if any. But, do you think it’ll look fine with the mesh panels? Also how is your gpu so hot in that case

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Motherboard and GPU both have some RGB, but I leave it off as a personal preference. I don't think RGB behind mesh looks bad although it does let less light pass through than glass. You can probably get away with mesh only on the GPU side with an AIO for the CPU. Hotspot temps are making it look worse than it is, but I also think I got a below average card temps wise.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a way of saying that it doesn't take up much desk space!

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