Description

This was a very fun build! Definitely read the instructions for this case if you plan to do the same with dual AIO coolers. Phanteks did a wonderful job with the design of this case and made it much easier to work around with despite being such a small case. The NZXT didn't specify that the 2070 Super was compatible on their website but I saw and read that others had no issues with installation. Instead, they had to use the AMD brackets to fit. Very straight-forward. I took my time and carefully worked each wire for cable management. The slim 120mm fan for the GPU radiator had such a tight fit, I had a hard time bending the GPU power connectors at an angle without messing it up. I ended up slightly stripping a wire that I taped up with electrical tape. The hard drive cages were initially pre-installed on the inside of the case behind the GPU riser cable. I took them off to make it easier for me to adjust the riser cable. I was afraid to damage the cable. The rear case panel took some time to figure out to close with no issue. Pretty much try to space out your cables to help "flatten" them when re-installing the panel.

Overall, I'm very proud of this build and would like to continue doing mini-ITX builds in the future.

PROS: - Minimal desk space - Removal of all panels helps with assembly - Instruction manual is easy to follow and very informative - Overall cool and stylish looking case

CONS: - Requires some pre-planning for dual AIO water cooling builds, especially planning radiator thickness. - Easily runs hot due to limited airflow and lack of mounting a fan on the top of the case. - Fans running constantly to keep things cool.

CPU Temp while idle: 41 C

CPU Temp under load: 65 C

GPU Temp while idle: 33 C

GPU Temp under load: 74 C

On standard fan profile

Update 12/18/2019:

Experiencing heat issues especially with the GPU. I was reaching 85 C while playing Ground War on Modern Warfare. Definitely not a lot of airflow and also it not helping that I have the 120mm slim fan on the GPU rad. I just adjusted the fans to have them intake from the front of the case and then the bottom rad fan exhaust. If I still get hot temps with the GPU, I'll probably switch the GPU rad with the CPU rad along with the fans.

Update 12/23/2019 - New pictures included:

Went back to plan and redo the build. I ended up having all the power supply cables flow out to the bottom inside of the case instead of to the back panel. Before, it was difficult to close the back panel. Kept the CPU and GPU rads in the same place but managed put the GPU fan into a push configuration. Added an LED strip from Phanteks because why not. GPU now seems to max out at 67 C which is a huge improvement however my CPU temps seem to jump up to 80 C while playing Ground War in Modern Warfare. I also notice the case is quicker at cooling down after a session of gaming.

Update 12/24/2019:

Researched a bit more on the CPU heating issues. It seems that a lot of other 3700X users are experiencing the same thing. I've made sure my BIOS is updated to the latest from ASUS, I have the latest chipset drivers from AMD, and that my AIO is installed correctly along with reapplying thermal paste. Until I read that there's a BIOS setting called "Core Performance Boost" (CPB) that I disabled and my temps went down. I'm now getting load temps maxing ~65 C instead of ~80 C.

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice sff build in a really interesting case. You've planned things very well, cable management is always difficult in sff builds but you have done it nicely. It would be nice to see some benchmarking photos.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I find SFF builds fun. I've just added a screenshot of my Time Spy benchmark. Currently running into heat issues which is expected especially in this case.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That 3rd image makes your PC look 2 dimensional