Description

Was built for a friend who no longer needs it. Cool so something to play with I guess. Overall it's really compact and the parts seem very nice with a high quality for the price.

Updated fan configuration dropped thermals significantly. See last 3 pictures. Goodluck if you're making a SFF!

Part Reviews

CPU

Surprising how snappy this buget CPU is.

CPU Cooler

If you're not getting the AMD version get a bracket for it in your AMD build. I guess you can get one free from the manufacturer with proof of purchase but I chose not to wait.

Seems to work very well given the size and space limits.

Motherboard

No update required for my CPU and a c-type port for the phone and VR. If I end up keeping this, and I might, then I'll prolly level up to the new Asus x570 cause why not.

The one thing of note is the board is really thick (in a good way) and feels very study for its size.

Memory

Samsung's finest for AMD. I'm a fan of Team now and I feel that I would have no problems recommending them like I would Corsair. They are seriously a valid option in this price range.

Storage

Wow! This thing is fast for the price. Package was really well done too if you're into such things. Nothing about this product feels cheap.

Video Card

It's not as nice as my $1,400 card. So what. It's capable and cheap. Cheap enough to turn down a slider or two and then ask myself can I really see a $1k difference in visual quality?

Case

I think the PSU mount could be better not that if feels like it would fail.

Also something to consider, when I was playing with Afterburner, it came back on the curve that power was the main limiting factor. Not that I could sustain any serious thermals in this case I would get a bigger PSU for headroom to play around.

Case Fan

If you're going to buy cheap fans make them nice cheap fans.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey flip your fans around in the GPU compartment, the GPU is fighting for airflow. Nice build always liked the 202.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about this but it was my understanding negative is better in the Node 202? Frankly there is a lot of mesh on this case and I doubt I can get to much negative pressure but these fans are champs.. The way I see it the CPU cooler and PSU are pulling in and every other fan is fighting to get air pressure out. 6 fans total 4 are exhaust and 2 are intake if they can be called that at all.

I'll see if I can post a link to where I found that information. I also considered using only one fan in the CPU compartment at the "top" of the card to reduce this effect, along with a 120mm fan adapter for the Noctua.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe this was what I read: "Two things are constant: the dust filters consistently rise the temperatures of 3°C whenever present; and the temperature are up to 6°C lower when the fan is in pull mode compared to push."

Here is the link. "Node 202 build with push and pull fans testing and results" https://www.giuliomenna.net/node-202-build-fans-experimentation/

I'm going to experiment because it'll be fun and report back.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you should try having one as intake (the one directly over the gpu) and the second as exhaust. I'd also be curious about your results. Good luck mate.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you're right on, I'll set it up that way tonight.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a quick heads up, you were right. I did as we discussed with the GPU fans and temps dropped 20C after a 30 minute stress test! It did so much better I added a 50MHz bump. It's also 7C cooler at rest!

CPU was 4C cooler at idle but I've attributed that to the removal of the mesh screens which I also performed while in there. I'll add a few more photos.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, I thought that would help a bit. That's kind the difference. Never hurts to try all possibilities. All the best enjoy your new build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice small build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a hot pc

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Right on, thank you

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

np

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking forward to getting the same CPU cooler and I was wondering if he tried OC? If so do you know what the temps on the CPU are? And last question; Do you recommend the Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black?

Nice slim boi.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Which fan is push and which is pull? My gpu(rx 580) is getting up to 78c while gaming. I have the one to the left as push and the right as pull. Just seeing if maybe switching would help.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The last picture was the final result with the left fan being push and the right being pull.

Good luck!