Description

A small portable development rig, aiming to maximize Linux compatibility.

Corsair Link doesn't work on Linux, but is usable through virtualbox, and I'm attempting to reverse engineer it and write a small hid library to interact with it.

The networking card isn't supported by broadcom yet, but it works with their wl driver in abg mode, and hopefully will be supported in full eventually.

I have an external USB 3.0 hard drive that will run but doesn't show up in udev from the front panel usb 3.0 ports. My USB 3 flash drive works though, so I think it might just be too little power in the splitter. The drive works on the ample back panel 3.0 ports, though.

The board runs gangbusters though, 60w idle 150w load, the ssd is great and you can iso flash it. I updated the bios via a usb drive easily, fan profiles are available in the bios and all the sensors show up in lm_sensors. The default corsair profile is a good balance anyway and doesn't really need tweaking, and if I wanted I could install the fan headers directly on the board and use the uefi fan controls anyway.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This thing is never worth it. The thermal performance usually underperforms the stronger 12cm air coolers for a ridiculous price, and the primary argument for using an AIO - ease of installation - is barely a factor anymore since coolers like the H7 are super simple to install and pervasively compatible.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great, Was the H80i a stretch to get it in? Seems like the tubes would be too short.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the tubes criss-cross towards the gpu side of the case so they fit. They are actually pretty taught like that. The real problem with the tubes is that they block the side mounting of a 3.5" hard drive.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh alright, i think i'll get one with longer tubes, thanks for the heads up! The build looks really nice

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

So, it is not possible to mount a 3.5 on the Side and have the H80i because the tubes? I have a configuration with one HHD on the floor, one on the side and one SSD below the 5.25 Bay. Would that configuration work with an H80i?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

No, two fans block the bottom hdd tray and the underside 2.5" mount. Might as well just get an h60. With 2 fans you only have at most the 5.25" bay, the side panel, and the bottom fitting a 2.5" drive available.

And you can reverse the side the tubes are on if your gpu is short enough to fit them around it and you would be able to fit a 3.5" drive on the side again.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the Z87I-Deluxe much more linux-compatible than the cheaper options on the market, e.g. the Gigabyte Z87N-wifi and the MSI Z87i? I'm going to try to go without Winblows on a similar build, but I'd like to save some money on the mobo too.

Can I use a Win7 license from an old laptop in a virtual box?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, I'll be thorough to make up for it.

Yes, old Windows licenses work. I use them all the time.

Teh z87i-deluxe is honestly a toss. The included network card is a Broadcom AC chip that only works with the wl driver, doesn't provide bluetooth and runs real slow, but it is a normal half size PCIE riser so I just put an Atheros AR9462 in it and it worked fine.

On kernels before 3.12, I found a miriad of the usb3 ports were running too low amperage for various devices. 3.12 fixed that, though.

The firmware works for overclocking just fine, I can see all the fan headers in lmsensors, and it preserves the EFI boot table between firmware upgrades (I have an Asrock AMD board that doesn't) but it only remembers one entry in the EFI table. If you use grub or gummiboot that is no issue, but I use Arch with EFISTUB so I'm only able to have my primary kernel and no fallbacks.

I got this board because my last cheapish board had power phasing issues on a 4+2 setup with a 5800k, so I wanted to make sure I could get my monies worth out of a 4770k. But this chip is so much more efficient I don't think its necessary, so I'd look at a ~$120 board unless you really like the 6 sata ports - my case, for example, does have ways to fit 6 drives in it (if you get a driver converter for the 5.25" drive pay for 2 ssds and a 3.5").

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot see in the pictures where did you put the SSD. Is there any room between the H80i's rad and the motherboard? I was reading that another guy had problems to fit the H80 because the 5.25 bay's hooks.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes there is room, if you have a single fan rad it can fit a 3.5" drive, with a dual fan rad it fits a 2.5" drive. The 5.25" bay doesn't have hook problems but the underside has a 2.5" mini mount that you can get a fan stuck on. I didn't have any real issues, per se, though - you just have to make sure not to jab the fans into those hooks, the fans fit around them.

Also important to note is that, in hindsight, almost no mini-itx board will have dual usb2 headers, so getting any of the corsair i parts means you have to either tweak the fan speed profiles and unplug that cable to use the front panel usb 2 port, or you leave the front usb2 port unplugged.

Personally, I'd almost say get an h60 and save $20, so you can mount a 3.5" drive in the between space and an ssd on the underside.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank's for the help! Just one more question:

Once I tweak the fan speed, can I unplug the usb cable? Does it work? Even shutting everything down? I was thinking that it would keep the fans at max speed.