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This was my first real small form factor build. For context, my first build was in an NZXT H440, then I moved to a slightly smaller Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX, and with this build, my goal was to have a more powerful system in the Node than what I had in the Evolv. The spacing was very tight with the GPU and especially the cables as you'll see in the pictures. I have yet to test the GPU under load however the Asus card does have two 4 pin fan headers on the end of the card that the two corsair fans are connected to which lets the gpu control these fans since they only affect the gpu which so far has resulted in a very quiet, yet still high performing 1070 doing very well. I've tried putting the gpu under load playing GTA V and The Witcher and even with synthetic benchmarks and have yet to see the gpu go over 73 degrees even maxing out games and all without me being able to hear it with headphones on while playing. The two corsair fans controlled by the gpu seem to be really helping. At idle, my cpu sits around 35/38 degrees (Celsius). and never goes above 70 from what I have seen. I have the cpu set to the Quiet profile in the bios and it's also running at stock speeds for now so it stays very quiet and and at very good temperatures. Cable management is a pain with the flat, ribbon cables that are included in the corsair PSU. I guess they really want you to buy their custom sleeved cables now instead. With a pair of headphones on while gaming i don't hear a thing and the system is only about a foot and a half from me on the desk. Very pleased with how powerful yet quiet this build turned out to be while being able to fit in a large backpack for LAN parties. Maxing out all my games at 2560x1080 60fps no problem with the CPU fan being the loudest component and overall the whole system stays very cool and inaudible with headphones on playing games about a foot and a half from the system.

UPDATE (7-21-16) So my first 1070 from Asus had a problem where the fans would only go to 0% or 100% and i couldn't control them, so I sent it back thinking it was the card, as my Gigabyte 980 G1 worked fine before that. I got my replacement in today and had the same problem so i tried taking out the motherboard and installing the gpu without the riser card and sure enough, it worked, i can control the fans as normal so i then tried re-installing the riser card it works fine now!

UPDATE (8-16-16) So now that I've had the system together for a while I've got a pretty good idea of how this gpu performs. I was optimistic for this gpu but it still surprises me. Idle, it sits at about 54 degrees with the fans off.In games after playing for a while, letting the card heat up, the gpu clock sits around 2ghz, somewhere between 1980-2012mhz, absolutely insane. Like I said never even going above 71 degrees. This card is near silent and I haven't even done any custom fan curves or anything. The Asus gpu for this build was perfect for to the two fan headers that allowed me to have the two case fans against the GPU for more cooling directly through the side ventilation.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

very good sir! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, great build! I'm planning on using very similar parts, so can you give me a review of each part and your experience with it please?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, really like the sober theme ! Really close from what I plan to build ! I'm also interested in a node 202 + gtx 1070 combination, do you think that a msi gaming x (+6 mm large) could fit ? I see that the 8pin connector is really close to the case with a asus strix. I also plan to add a M2 ssd, any problem to add one on the ga-z170n-wifi in the node 202 ? Thanks a lot !

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont have an M.2 SSD since im using the 850 evo which is actually against the wall behind the gpu but there is plenty of room for an M.2 drive on the back of the mobo. As for the MSI card if its 6mm longer than this one you'd be VERY close on clearance. Mine is very close to the front of the case to the point that i had to push the cables coming from the front down so they wouldn't hit the GPU. If you already have it then i'd say go for it, but just know that getting it in will be pretty tough.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome! so compact and tidy inside such a small case

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build, I have the same case and do not have a graphics card in it yet and I struggle a bit to find "the right" one.

First I looked at blower-style cards but they basically all suck in terms of noise and heat. So I guess the STRIX would be great if it performs as well as you describe here.

Quick question though: The place where you mounted the second fan comes with a GPU support "stand" which needs to be removed to add the second fan. Do you experience any noticeable sagging of the card?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, if you were still wondering, my card itself doesn't sag at all and it is pretty heavy, this is because in the vertical orientation, the gpu hangs upside down so you wont have to worry about it sagging.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

gpu temperature and fan speeds?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yet to see it go over 71 and while playing rocket league and streaming it sits at 61 degrees on the silent preset. about 40% fan speed so inaudible really.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

your psu cannot handle the load it will be under

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Without OC on GPU/CPU I think it should handle fine at load.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

He got the k series. I can assume he would OC

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The system is running stable so far with the GPU in OC mode and the CPU at 4ghz

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you measured the power at the wall? Know how much it is drawing under load? I'm considering putting together a system very similar to this and trying to decide if a 450w PSU will be adequate or if I need to spend a bit more for the same PSU at 600w.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I've not been able to measure it but if you can, i'd go for the 600w just to be extra safe, i've never had any crashes but i'm just barely under the limit of my power supply i'd imagine while gaming.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a 1070. It's fine. I've seen plenty of systems with overclocked 980Ti's that have 100W higher TDPs not even go above 400.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how is the gpu?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently it runs extremely quiet as with me sitting about a foot away i cant hear it unless im hitting it hard with something like GTA V or The witcher. It handles everything else without breaking a sweat though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I was just hoping you could answer a question for me about building with the 1070 in this case. I am reading an article about he Node 202 right now because I am planning to build with it and this site says that if you use 120x25mm fans, then your graphics card must be less that 35mm in width, however every 1070 i've looked up has been 3.3 or 3.5 inches (which is more than 35mm). Did you encounter any issues building with the 1070?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, with my 1070 is 40mm thick and it fits, although close, it fits with my two Corsair SP120 fans in front of it. The 1070 it self was a tight squeeze but with the pci-e riser card coming out to install the gpu it makes it easier to put in.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I just finished a build almost just like this. Fractal Node 202 + Asus Strix 1070 is an awesome combo. I seem to be having the same issue with my fans going straight from 0% to 100%. I've reseated the riser card and the graphics card a couple times to no avail. Do you think plugging it into the mobo directly and then putting it back on the riser card would help? Also, did you ever find out why your card was having fan issues? Thanks and great job on the build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, sorry for the late reply. If you've still got the card and haven't figured out a solution yet, i'd suggest taking out the mobo from the case and plugging the gpu in directly and then try plugging it in to the riser card and seeing if that works as that is what solved my problem. Thanks and Congrats on your build as well :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried that the day after I left that comment to no avail. I wound up having to contact Fractal and get a new riser card but everything has been working perfectly since :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

does the cpu go up in a blaze of glory, or is it reasonably cooled

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The cpu manages to stay quite cool at 4ghz. It doesn't every get audibly loud with headphones on and its always below 75 degrees.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure how you got the Kingston HyperX Fury to work with the board considering they are not compatiable.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh? They seem compatible to me and it looks like the part picker list agrees.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Just because its not on the QVL list from the manufacturer doesnt mean it wont work at all. The QVL list is just what the maker tried. Im using ram on my board thats not on the list and works fine.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Never had any problems with them they slotted in and worked first boot just fine.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

450w with a 1070?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

never had any issues with power. if you were trying to build this you could get the 650w sfx psu from corsair if you were concerned.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you buy the power supply. You wasted 20 bucks. You could've bought the node with one for about 50 bucks more.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow your really getting 60 degree C under load on the CPU, really good for such a small cooler.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

yep the highest i've ever seen it in real world use is 65 C

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You're PSU is mounted upside down . The fan is supposed to face the opening under the PSU to cool the PSU properly.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Your*

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend the msi 1070 over the rog strix? My store has both of them for the same price. I was also thinking about the evga 1070 but I read that they had a problem with cooling their vrms and peoples card got burned. I will be building inside the rvz02

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't used the MSI card so im not sure how that card performs and same with the EVGA card i dont have any experince with them but i can recommend the ASUS card based on my great experience with it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry this has been asked in some manner previously but has the CPU ever struggled with that cooler and case? Thinking of a similar build with no OC/minor OC.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope it stays really cool when in gaming or doing anything strenuous like rendering around 65 degrees at max so it shouldn't be a problem.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build. I'm planning to build a similar one as well!. Just one question. Is there enough clearance for an ASUS 1070 and 2 fans to be in the GPU chamber? On ASUS website, the width of the GPU is 40mm, but on Fractal website it says the CPU must be 35mm or narrower in order to get two 25mm fan into the case. Thank you!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

hey sorry yes there is

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