Gaming/VR/HTPC. Portable but packs a good punch. I've overclocked both CPU and GPU by just a bit, but heat hasn't been an issue so far.
This is my first mini-ITX build and first PC build in years. I love the form factor so much that I will no longer have full-size PC from now on.
The Gigabyte 1080 card barely fits with the distal end touching the case periodically when the GPU fans come on, creating rattling sounds. This can be remedied by sticking a small velcro tape in between the card and case.
Deepcool radiator in white is quite cool (in appearance) and can only be securely mounted with the tubes on top due to tight space after the 1080 card was inserted.
The Asrock Fatal1ty motherboard looks really nice and feels heavy/solid. Auto OC option in BIOS only raises the CPU clock speed to 4.6GHz. I will probably leave CPU on auto OC.
I haven't tested the Thunderbolt 3 port (don't have any TB3 device), this also has to be enabled in BIOS.
The 2.5 in HDD comes from my PS4Pro, which is now sporting a Crucial SSD. Not a fair trade, but I also love my PS4Pro.
Be Quiet! power supply is very quiet, but I wish I had bought the full modular version which is a bit more expensive but versatile.
Unable to output 5.1 audio via HDMI or motherboard's SPDIF to my ancient Pioneer receiver (ELITE VSX 74) or LG C6P OLED TV. Sound blaster Omni device fixes this with Dolby Digital Live encoding allowing me to output 5.1 channel audio to my receiver.
The case power LED light is quite bright and constantly blinks in sleep mode which can be annoying at night.
For a well-built high quality itx motherboard, the price is very reasonable. The board not only looks great, but also features everything that I was looking for, especially a Thunderbolt 3 port, M2 SSD slot, 4K60Hz HDMI 2.0, and AC Wifi. BIOS is also fairly easy to navigate, with auto OC button for those who do not want to tinker around too much. This increases my 7700K CPU clock speed nominally to 4.6 GHz. HD audio output via mini-TOSLINK to front audio port on your case (outputs 7.1 channels) and also TOSLINK in the back (supposed to be able to do compressed 5.1 channels but I only get 2 channel PCM somehow). Would buy again in a heartbeat.
Surprisingly small form factor, sporting the same length but thinner than my Gigabyte G1 GTX 970. I managed to fit it in the Thermaltake Core V1 case without much difficulty (slided right in from the front of the case). The programmable RGB LED on top is also a nice touch. The fans are also quiet which is another plus.
It looks awesome and is quite small, yet can accept a 120-140mm liquid cooling radiator and a powerful GPU card such as Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080. Installation is also simple with easy access from all sides. The power LED light, however, is awfully bright and blinks constantly in sleep mode at night which lit up my entire bed room (fixed by covering it with a duct tape). The price is very affordable compared to other mini cases.