Mini-Who? - Mini Myte is a TekM-inspired custom loop and small form factor workstation for CPU and GPU rendering in 3D animation. It is also purposed for game development with Unreal Engine 4. Mini Might is currently 30lbs/13.6kg Despite the weight, it is portable enough for me to work on-the-go.
Overclocking - The Kaby Lake i7-7700K is binned @5.1GHz from Silicon Lottery and is delidded. Unfortunately I can only hit 5.0GHz with the ASRock Z270M-ITX.
- I use Level 2 Load Line Calibration (LLC) to counter v-droop BUT even Level 1 has a considerable v-droop. 1.408v drops to 1.36v @ LLC Level 1!
(please note that ASRock LLC levels are in reverse order compared to ASUS LLC Level)
- Level 1 does work but it is far too risky for me to have un-monitorable spikes with voltages above 1.4v. I am not willing to check or optimize v-droop with a voltage probe with extreme LLC levels; hence, I chose Level 2. I believe this limit is due to the fact that there are significantly less power phases on the current(6) MoBo in comparison to the Asus Maximus VIII Hero(8+4+1) that SL uses. However, I will be upgrading to an ASRock Z270 Fatal1ty ITX, which is an 8 phase design. It was originally supposed to be in this build but it was DOA and is currently under RMA.
Inspiration - If you would like to see TekM's NCase M1 build, you can do so in the link below (it is impressive):
(Temps are subject to change as those are my initial results)
Rendering - Here are a list of render engines that I use. Glorious faster rendering with custom loops! Muahahaha!
Future - Mini Might's loop is fitted with quick-disconnects and will have to option to expand her loop. She will become SUB-AMBIENT!
What's the point, mate? You already made a no-compromises SFF custom loop with TWO 240mm rads!
How is Mini Might going to be portable with water chilling unit expanded to her? Those things are heavy and larger than your workstation...
Is that really necessary? You are talking about rendering 100-200Mhz faster at home. That is hardly a gain.
You went through a lot of trouble to just have a Kaby 7700K with 4cores/8threads. Why did you not wait for Ryzen, especially with the 1700? It costs nearly the same. You could have had double the rendering performance!
Great support IO on a budget for Z270 platforms without sacrificing overclocking potential. The only concern is the dinky heat sink over the MOSFETS. WARNING: Don't touch. Nearly burned my finger xD Just be sure to have some airflow over that area, even if it is not much.
I can't believe how silent these fans are for how much air they push/pull in such a thin form. These are a FANtastic alternative to Noctua's and Gentle Typhoons as they do not offer slim forms, as of early 2017.