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Mini ITX Pocket Rocket

by mrgummage

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Date Published

June 30, 2016

Date Built

March 7, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.108 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Built as a semi-portable, pocket-rocket, power house gaming PC. I tried to pick long-lasting parts which fit a black/red highlights theme.

Despite the small size, the 380T was surprisingly roomy to work in, with only the H60 being a little fiddly to wrestle into place with the tubing. The GTX 1070 gave me a little trouble too, literally just fitting into the case.

Overall the system performs well, but was a bit heavier than I was hoping for. It's still far more portable than a standard tower or square Mini-ITX setup however.

Mostly use my Nvidia SHIELD with USB-OTG adapter and just take my monitor downstairs to play now.

The GPU idle temperature is so high because the fans turn off entirely when below 60 degrees celcius.

I had planned to have this system until at least 2021 without any upgrades...

However - after Intel released two new chipsets in two years - I sold my Z170/6600K and upgraded to Z370/8600K.

Z370/8600K @ 4.5Ghz benchmark:

  • Fire Strike 1.1 Score: TBC

  • TimeSpy 1.0 Score: TBC

  • RAM XMPed to 3.2Ghz

Z370/8600K @ 4.1Ghz benchmark:

Z170/6600K @ 4.2Ghz benchmark:

Part Reviews

CPU

The boost from 4 to 6 cores was a huge boost for the i5 series chips and long overdue.

CPU Cooler

Extremely good cooling, easy to install. Sadly the pump is actually louder than all my other components, which is why it loses one star.

Motherboard

Good set of features for an ITX board:

  • Plenty of I/O
  • Dual Ethernet
  • Quality Audio
  • Fast WiFi
  • More SATA connections than drives that will reasonably fit in an ITX case
  • Lighting effects are cool, same they don't sync with my Chroma or MSI systems.

Storage

With this bad boy I can always insta-lock the most recently released character on Overwatch, so an easy 5 stars.

Storage

Using two of these in RAID0 for some easy scratch storage and low-priority games.

Make an annoying ticking noise when they go into low power mode, but besides that they do the job.

Video Card

This thing is a beast. Pricey in the opening few weeks of release, but with it's adaptive fans it's totally quiet until it hits 60 degrees C, and that doesn't happen until you really push it.

This fella is gonna last me a few years at least!

Case

Surprisingly roomy, given it's small size, however the fact that the internal light is white instead of matching red is a little annoying.

The variable fan speed is really nice and lets you fine-tune whether you want to hear a pin drop or push your rig a bit harder.

I'd have liked also to see the side panels a bit more transparent as it's almost impossible to enjoy the glorious fans on my GPU.

Also, if you plan to use a full size PSU like I did (especially a fully modular one), expect to lose your 3,25" drive bays, there just isn't room.

Power Supply

Plenty of muscle for my needs and the fans are totally unnoticable in Hybrid mode, and the provided modular cables are both long and plentiful.

Just wish there were 6+2 cables with only one header on them, as they look a bit ugly with the spare hanging off.

Operating System

My favorite version of Windows so far, too bad that Edge never really took off.

Monitor

Screen is good quality for the price, design is nice and the OSD is simple and intuitive.

FreeSync works well with G-Sync, even though it's not been branded as "G-Sync Compatible".

Biggest disappointment are the speakers, which are below-average quality.

Keyboard

Very loud. Like 1920s typewriter loud. I expect a PLING sound after every 40 keys pressed. Besides that, it's good really nice reaction times, and is comfortable to type with.

The Chroma effect is super cool in Overwatch and with Project Aurora I'm enjoying the effects in a lot more games.

Mouse

Looks very cool, and the 6 buttons are more comfortable than the cramped 12 of the regular Naga.

Little salty that the Hex v2 Chroma was released less than two months after I bought this one :(

UPDATE: After two years the mouse wheel has started to go on the fritz.

Comments Sorted by:

Luckyboii 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

cool case :D !

mrgummage submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks, it's not exactly lightweight with the components I picked, but still handy enough to take downstairs if I want to game in the living room.

Not really fit for lugging to LAN parties on public transport however.

Luckyboii 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

too cute m8 i need to punch the wall to feel like a man xD

mrgummage submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

It's not cute carrying the heavy ******* down a flight of stairs.

It's manly like dead lifting a live cobra while juggling chainsaws, chainsaws which are on fire.

Luckyboii 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

lmao x

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

What a tease

metakortex 1 point 33 months ago

More pics please ! That is a cozy little setup you have right there ! That 1070 is FE ?

mrgummage submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G

zwork 1 point 33 months ago

Love the keyboard XD :P Nice build! Do you like the 1070?

mrgummage submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

It's an absolute beast.

mrgummage submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I will take some pictures of inside the case tonight, however there's not a lot to see cause it's kinda cramped :D

Mikeysof 1 point 32 months ago

How is air flow inside the case using a non reference card? I wanted the same gpu but everyone is telling me to get founders edition to blow heat out the back.

Also any idea where to get compatible 200mm fan for the front?

mrgummage submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

With my AIO pushing the CPU air out the right side, and the GTX pushing air out the left, I also have a fan sucking in cool air at the front and pushing out the back, so heat really isn't an issue.

The case is very well designed in that regard, given that even though it's "closed" the micro mesh gives a lot of avenues to get air out of the case.

My GTX 1070/i5 6600K barely go above 70 degrees while playing any game I own with everything on max including : Far Cry 3, Space Engineers with full collision modeling, Medieval Engineers with full structural integrity, and 3DMark 2011 / 3DMark Time Spy.

As for the 200mm fans, judging by this build: http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/6008978 it appears that at least some 200mm front fans are supported. It will also fit two 2x 120mm fans on top of each other, but not a radiator (without mods).

senseirulez 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I have got some questions. First of all how much this monster weigh? Also what is the problem with MSI Z170I? I thought it supports m.2 's. Also you said the stock leds of the case are white,did u change them?

mrgummage submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The monster is a bit too heavy to be considered "portable", probably close to 30kg.

It only supports certain M.2 sizes which limits compatibility.

The front fan colour is red but the "spot lamp" inside is white. I plan to mod the inside light to match the red theme. :3

lolrepeatlol 1 point 27 months ago

There's the Razer Naga Hex V2. Hella sexy and Chroma lighting

mrgummage submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Ye, sadly it came out about two months after I bought my Hex. Was a bit salty but couldn't justify € 100 for a new mouse right after buying the other one.

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mrgummage submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Sorry to disappoint you.

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mrgummage submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Happy to oblige.