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UV Siamese

by riochet


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Date Published

Dec. 24, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 16, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C


This build is named after the much sought and coveted deep UV purple coloured Siamese Fighting Fish.

As many of you already may know the Darkside UV LED colour is actually a much darker deep purple and less pink than seen in the pictures. I replaced the Silverstone supplied eye-aching blue-coloured power indicator LED with a Darkside 5mm UV LED. I just love the intense neon blue-green glow of the motherboard edge and other parts.

The supplied USB 3.0 header cable was such a nightmare I finally just snipped it along with the unneeded audio header cables... I prefer the minimal look anyways and I have a handy little four port powered usb 3.0 hub I like to use. Instead of placing the two (2) magnetic intake fan dust filters on the outside of the case (which I find to be rather ugly and distracting) I put the 140mm filter under the cover and the 120 right on top of the PSU (which has yet to kick on!). I replaced nearly 95% of all the silver coloured screws supplied by Silverstone with black ones and added some nice black thumb screws to make taking the cover on/off easier... I just couldn't find black-coloured fan bolts/screws that secure the Noctua to the fan bracket right above the CPU/Motherboard :-( and yes, that is a 25 mm thick case fan I squeezed in there!

For build temperatures please see my update post on 10 January in comments section down below.

UPDATE 1: Replaced SFX PSU with HDPLEX 160W DC-ATX Direct-Plug; HDPLEX 80W Internal AC-DC Adapter and a Customized HDPLEX SFX Case Bracket.

UPDATE 2: Well I ordered, received, and installed two (2) Noiseblockers and damn are they stealthy! Very quiet and very well made. They are whisper quiet. Extremely well made... German of course! I think they actually put my Noctua to shame ;-) [Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M8-P PWM = 500-2000 RPM; 54.0 m3/h; 17.0 dB(A); 0.96 W]

UPDATE 3: Upgraded CPU to Kaby Lake Pentium G4600 3.6GHz (from Skylake Pentium G4400 3.3GHz).

UPDATE 4: Asus Xonar DX Sound Card replaced with AudioQuest DragonFly Black and AudioQuest JitterBug.

UPDATE 5: Added second 2.5" SSD (Crucial MX300 525 GB)

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

The little engine that could... the tiny Thermaltake Engine 27 is working extraordinarily well though I am only using it with a Skylake Pentium at the moment... waiting for Kaby Lake. The Engine 27 is more noisy than my Cryorig C7, though not dramatically so. It has an interesting low machine-like hum that up until now has not been distracting to me... at least thus far. I had anticipated a more buzzing-like and/or grating-like sound but instead it is producing more of a low humming, refrigerator compressor-like, report. At top speed (5500+ rpm) it is more of a low whistling sound.

Case Fan

Amazing little fans... worth every pretty little penny. STEALTH!

Comments Sorted by:

squats 4 points 20 months ago

First build on pcpp with the thermaltake engine, how is it holding up agains the cryorig?

riochet submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Quite well... about the same temps and just a tad more noisy but I actually like the sound it makes... I luv it. Although the real test will be when I drop a Kaby Lake in!

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SH4W 3 points 20 months ago

That cooler tho... +1

riochet submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

It's the bomb!

Lyrix 3 points 20 months ago

I saw you on salazars twitter!

riochet submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Ha, ha! I am famous now! Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Lyrix 3 points 19 months ago

Thank you!

TeyKey1 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I need that engine now! +1

riochet submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Do so, it's bad@#s!

SirMints 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

The Thermaltake Engine looks sick! But really, so does this whole build. I really like your theme and execution!

riochet submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Why thank you, I sincerely appreciate your comment. Working on an upgrade here shortly replacing the SFX PSU with a smaller DC-ATX + AC-DC Internal PSU system and a new CPU... so UV Siamese 2 will be upon us shortly! Cheers.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Why is it called Siamese?

KOneJ 1 point 20 months ago

This build is named after the much sought and coveted deep UV purple coloured Siamese Fighting Fish.

riochet submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

;-) Plus, I live in Siam!

KOneJ 1 point 20 months ago

:-) An added bonus.

riochet submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Two weeks now monitoring my new build temps using Open Hardware Monitor... min and max temps have dropped slightly. Both my CPU Cooler and 120 mm Case Fan are still set on Gigabyte's 'Quiet' Smart Fan Auto Mode. Minimum and maximum temperatures and average fan speeds for the past two weeks as follows:

CPU: 28 | 47 °C

SYSTEM: 24 | 44 °C

M.2 SSD: 41 | 55 °C

SATA SSD: 19 | 25 °C

Thermaltake Engine 27 CPU Cooler = ~3300 rpm

Noctua NF-S12B redux 1200 PWM 120 mm Case Fan = ~630 rpm

riochet submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago


So it has been nearly a month now and I am dying to post UV Siamese's system temps and stress test results using the Thermaltake Engine 27 CPU Cooler and the Noctua NF-S12B redux-1200 PWM 120 mm Case Fan. My computer is on 24/7 with neither system sleep or hibernation turned on; just screen sleep turned on.

CPU Cooler and Case Fan were both set on Gigabyte's 'Quiet' Smart Fan Auto Mode for the duration of the monitoring, as well as when performing the system stress tests which were conducted using HeavyLoad and StressMyPC stress tools. The CPU and M.2 SSD did not get as hot as I thought they would on the 'Quiet' Setting especially when I conducted the stress tests at the warmest time of the day with no air conditioning here in Thailand. Lowest temps reported were of course when the CPU was at idle with AC on during the evenings.

CPU: 24 | 57 °C

SYSTEM: 27 | 54 °C

M.2 SSD: 36 | 63 °C

2.5" SSD: 18 | 28 °C

I am very happy with this SFF build's performance thus far and extremely pleased with the performance of the little engine that could... at low rpm settings (under 700 rpm) the cooler is whisper quiet and I believe the Noctua may actually be more noisy than the Engine 27! The machine-like hum/whistle doesn't begin until the Engine reaches speeds over 700 rpm and the very load whine-like report, as heard on some YouTube videos, only occurs when it is at max speed settings over 5500 rpm.

SuperGuyDoesGames 1 point 17 months ago

First ever build Iv seen that is $700+ but has a Pentium.

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