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Nano Ninja

by Clarkeez


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Date Published

Jan. 16, 2018

Date Built

Jan. 14, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.215 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.246 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C


I have rebuilt my old build into a new case with a few upgrades. The Mobo/CPU/RAM used to be in a SilverStone FT03-Mini but it was getting too hot when playing games. The FT03-Mini also has a limited space for a GPU and it must be a blower style due to it's tiny design. I wanted to upgrade the GPU to something a tiny bit more capable so this case had to go.

I'm a casual gamer (WoW) and do appreciate high graphic settings and good FPS but this machine is used mostly for software development and virtualization. I couldn't justify the upgrade of the CPU as it's easily fast enough.

One issues I had with the build was the length of the PSU cables. I bought a SFX PSU (with a SST-PP08) for this build as I wanted the GPU to have more breathing room. Unfortunately the includes PSU cables were not long enough to cable manage properly in this case. I had to order a Corsair PSU cable kit to complete the build nicely.

Note: I learned that some PSU brands have different wiring even though the connectors look the same. Be careful not to mix and match the PSU brand and cable brand as apparently you might end up blowing up your components.

The Kraken X62 does fit nicely in the Fractal Design Define Nano S but you will not be able to mount SSD(s) on the inside next to the motherboard. I still managed to install 1 SSD and 1 HDD behind the motherboard with enough room to do the cable management.

After the build I did overclock the 4770K to 4.5GHz but @ 1.39v which was stable but I wasn't comfortable with that voltage. Plus when stress testing it was hitting 85 degrees even with the Kraken X62. I don't think I got lucky with this chip. After some thought I figured that I'd rather have the stability (when programming) than the slight performance gain so I returned it back to stock speeds. The 4770K is still super fast as stock so I'm fine with that.

The GPU clock speed has been overclocked from 1058MHz to 1215MHz and the memory clock from 7010MHz to 7246Mhz. I didn't spend too much time on this but it's nice, stable and running at good temps.

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NvidiaNewt 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Cool, this is a really nice looking itx build, the black and red is done really well.

Clarkeez submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks. Tried to keep it simple :)

LordMachination 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Classy little build. Well done.

DemonicWolf591 1 point 10 months ago

Hey, I have a quick question for you - I just want to double check something. On my build, I'm using the same case and CPU cooler, but it flags it as unable to verify that the x62 can fit in the Nano S. Is that not true?

Clarkeez submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Hi mate. It does fit well but one small thing is that you won't be able to use the fractal adapter to mount an SSD next to your motherboard (shown here: https://i.imgur.com/A4mAn3F.jpg).

That's ok though as you'll still have room for 2 SSD + 1 HDD at the back (like mine). Hope this helps.

DemonicWolf591 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you, I did see it in your original post and just wanted to double check.

Zorbak45 1 point 9 months ago

Hey, really cool build and very similar to what I have planned. Your gpu is 271mm long, is there any additional space between the end of the gpu and the radiator? My gpu is 280mm long. Do you think it would fit? Thanks in advance!

Clarkeez submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I measured it for you and the absolute maximum would be 283mm. I think you will just about get away with it. No problem, good luck with the build.