will update with various benchmarks
This is my small but powerful 1080p 60fps gaming rig. It was built for the purpose of being small and portable yet still packing a huge punch for gaming at high settings. I'm able to use an xbox one controller with the on-board Bluetooth as well making it an awesome replacement for a console. It looks sleek and mean, the case is really well designed, though as other reviewers have said, missing a dust filter on the top for vertical alignment and the GPU dust filter being a pain to remove and clean. I was initially concerned whether 3GB of VRAM would be enough but after a lot of research and from my experience so far, I'm glad I went with it for 1080p.
This case was a nightmare to build in at first, there is such little maneuverability and there are a lot of cables to keep organised. Every part that goes in must go in a specific order or you'll find yourself unscrewing/removing things to re-attach what you've missed. Ultimately I'm very satisfied with this rig, it's met and surpassed all my expectations.
My best advice for building this is to get all cables out the way asap and keep them out the way. You will then want to fasten the motherboard's IO plate to the case. Next install the GPU riser onto the mobo, then insert and screw the mobo into place (If you're having difficulty, remove the GPU riser then reinstall it, it was easier to have it in for me though), then screw the GPU riser to the case using the 3 screws provided. Install the CPU and then the stock cooler, paying attention to where the fan connector is positioned to make it easier. Next, insert the RAM which is easy enough.
Remove the SSD holder and screw the SSD to the inside of it, making sure it's on the side of the case where the motherboard is and not where the GPU will be, then reinstall the SSD holder to the case. Next you're going to want to install the case fan, but to do it you will first have to remove the little plastic rest that keeps the GPU elevated. To do that you need to remove the back panel of the case, which is a complete nightmare and very tricky to do without feeling like you're going to snap something. There are little plastic tabs located around the case, you need to put pressure on these so they release (refer to the manual for tab location). I also unscrewed the front panel USB/audio (only 2 screws holding it in place) to make the removal easier.
After you've done it once it becomes easier to remove it in the future it seems, as the plastic tabs are less tight. Remove the dust filter to provide access to the screws holding the GPU rest in place, take it out and then install the case fan, being sure to place it in the right direction and again being mindful of where the fan cable is located. I recommend using a small washer on the one screw that finds itself on the open hole where the GPU rester was able to slide. (My power cable was in the way so I had to remove the tire wrap to allow more wiggle room) You should also remove the white metal plates near the power lead input for when you install the GPU.
Reassemble everything again, taking your time to position the plastic tabs correctly before applying pressure to prevent damage. Next you can install the GPU connector to the GPU riser then install the GPU itself, making sure it slots in correctly, you may need to apply some external pressure to slide the metal tabs under the lip of the case before screwing it in firmly.
The next part is where the true nightmare begins, and where you'll have to persevere and get crafty with your cable management. The biggest obstacle here is the 24 pin connector, it's beefy and hard to bend but I recommend you flex it as much as possible before inserting it, I was able to loop it back on itself and still be low enough to fit the case on properly. Try placing the thinner cables underneath it, I had the 4 pin mobo cable running on the very bottom of the case then the 24pin above. The front panel USB port is in a stupid position on this motherboard as well so be weary of that. The sata connectors for the SSD had to be bent back on itself to reduce clutter then I tucked the remainder of the cables infront of the PSU. Just wiggle the cables around a bit, tie them down or together where you can and you'll be fine.
Excellent price for such powerful performance. This is a fantastic CPU and works well in my 1080p 60fps gaming rig.
Great little motherboard, the on-board wi-fi is great, have yet to try the bluetooth. Feels very durable and well made, IO shield is clean and nice looking. Everything you need if you don't want to overclock your CPU. The USB3 header is in an awkward place, but isn't much of an issue with stock CPU cooler.
Good enough for 1080p gaming, can upgrade easily enough in the future if needed!
Fantastic SSD for a good price. Very quick read times and good amount of storage too. Massive increase in speed over a regular HDD.
Small and powerful. I was initially worried whether 3GB of VRAM would be enough but decided to go with it regardless. For 1080p/60fps gaming, this little beast is hitting everything I throw at it with ease.
Excellent case, looks incredible on the outside, nightmare for cable management within! Really glad I chose this case, it's very well designed. As others mention the only problem I have with it is there's no dust filter for the top vent if using in a vertical alignment. The dust filters are a pain to get to as well, the plastic tabs you need to pry open are worrying, wish there was some other mechanism to get it fully open. Definitely worth all the hassle this case put me through in the end.
Great performance with little noise. My GPU dropped over 15 degrees Celsius at full load thanks to this fan while using the node 202 case.