I have transplanted my previous build from my RVZ02, https://pcpartpicker.com/b/94dXsY with the addition of the Corsair H80v2 as I have an i5 6600K and really wanted to unlock the processors potential with an AIO. So far I’ve managed to OC the CPU to 4.5 at 1.2 Volts, Temps max out at 59 degrees Celsius. I will try to over clock it further but for now this is comfortable.
The case itself looks stunning tempered glass and good build quality, I made use of the RGB controller on top of the case and got a 40cm Phantecs RBB strip it can breathe, stay static or go through all the colours of the rainbow.
Added some silver Bitfenix extension cables for the 24pin PCI and MB, looks great but didn’t leave me much room to spare. The heat spreaders for the ram are from Cablemod they come with an assortment of colours though I stuck with white to blend in a bit more with the RGB. The carbon sleeving for the AIO is also from Cablemod.
GPU performs just as well with the rad fans supplying air and pressurising the case the GPU idles 42 degrees and tops out at 69 when both cpu and gpu are under load. The card also oc’s really nice with +150 to the core so boost total is 2149mhz and +250 to the memory.
This case has been very tricky to build in the PSU and cables barely fit in the allocated space and took a lot of wriggling and force to get it in.
The front tempered glass cover was a nightmare to get flush with the case. With the AIO tubing pushing up against the glass I ended up having to hold it down with a flat blunt object through the side of the case whilst laying the cover back on.
Also the GPU didn’t fit well into the supplied bracket also took a lot of fiddling to mount it correctly I think the bracket was warped by about 1mm.
Only issue I have now is a ticking noise coming from the pump its either faulty or there is some air trapped in there, that’s a work in progress at the moment so suggestions are welcome. All in all I’m happy with the build and it looks beautiful.
CPU stock speeds idle - 29c (room temperature 25c) CPU under load - 44c CPU OC firstname.lastname@example.org - 30c idle CPU OC Load - 59c GPU idle - 43 GPU Load - 69
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An Honest review.
If you would like to hear the pros and cons scroll on down for are more indepth review of the case read on.
I chose this case for a number of reasons, it's aesthetically pleasing the tempered glass adds a really nice touch paired with aluminium side panels. Its also unique, its orientation in the upright position really gives this case presence in the room though not an overwhelming one whilst maintain a small footprint wether it lays beneath your home theatre system or standing guard on your favourite desk.
This being said the beauty of the Shift does come at a cost, Those being heat management whilst I can now achieve good gpu temps after adjusting fan profiles it will require additional fans and or replacement of the stock Phanteks 140mm fan, while not bad it just doesn't have the rated airflow to dump the hot air out of the case.
Cable management was challenging to say the least and I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to keeping things need and tidy, Stay clear of SFX-L units if you can while they are not impossible to install its a damb tight squeeze.
The only real thing that provided trouble was a slightly warped GPU bracket making it rather hellish to get my gpu to align correctly with the screw mounts so dinging a star for that one, also the Phanteks sticker on the case is rather trashy though easily solved.
PROS - Unique design - Aesthetically pleasing beautiful case - Build quality is excellent for price range - Many modification possibilities (I hope to fit a hard lined loop in this system)
CONS -Heat management -Incompatibility with some corsair sfx psu's -Difficulty installing SFX-L psu
Cable management is neutral for me whilst it was challenging to route everything the way I wanted I achieved the look I was after this is just the reality of sff systems.
Hope you enjoyed the review I recommend this case if you are strong willed and determined you will have the case of your dreams.