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Fifty Shades of SHIFT

by ApocPony



Date Published

Oct. 17, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 17, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.148 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.258 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C


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 4.5@1.2v - 30c idle CPU OC Load - 59c GPU idle - 43 GPU Load - 69

thanks for taking the time to read, happy to answer any questions.

Part Reviews


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.


Comments Sorted by:

MjolnirThunder 4 points 17 months ago

Going by picture count, you're about 18 shades short. Sweet build though, never seen that case before.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

I knew someone would pick that up, though more photos to come :)

DeltaZ 1 point 8 months ago

17 to be precise

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Never seen that case before, sick!

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Cheers there are a few up on PCPP been out for a few weeks now.

poINtblank213 2 points 17 months ago

4.5@1.2v !?! Nice!

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

Thanks I'm going to try for 4.8 just need a bit of time to tinker ;)

JLaMore85 2 points 17 months ago

This case is definitely part of my next build. Pretty sure I've watched every YouTube video YouTube has on it lol.

Love all the photos!

iMoonTiger 1 point 17 months ago

OMG saaaaame lol

ethereal333 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

"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."

I recently installed a Kraken X61 on my GPU and initially had a terrible ticking noise but the temps were good and after a couple of days on 100% pump speed it disappeared so it was air trapped inside. Monitor your temps and give it a some time to work itself out - if it is still there in a week it is probably not air.

Edit: I noticed your pump is the highest point of the AIO - even if there is a small amount of air it will rise there.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you very much for the feedback and advice! I was a bit concerned with the rad placement but there wasn't any other options sadly. I will sit it out for a week if the issue doesn't resolve I may tip the case on a 10% to 15% angle and continue the process. The build came together nicely but there is just that one nagging ticking noise ;)

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Sadly it is in the process of RMA so looking forward to a new quite h80!

JohnnyOO 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Hi, really nice build.What thermal paste do you use?

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I'm actually using the stock TIM that came with the cooler its meant to be pretty good, When the comp boots up the temps are the same as ambient for a few minutes so I doubt I'll get better results with the spare Grizzly or Noctua I have :)

JohnnyOO 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago


JohnnyOO 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Dude, I think there's some plastic film on the phantek logo on the cable bridge that you forgot to take off.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Never mind you were right ;)

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Haha wasn't sure about that I think that is how it actually comes it has a textured effect thinking about taking it off entirely and using the metal badge that comes with it

Maliolis 1 point 16 months ago

How white are the phanteks LEDs?

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 0 points 16 months ago

They're good but not great betfenix is better in my opinion, they may work with the built in controller but it's a gamble, someone got the nzxt pump to work with the shift.

Tohiv 1 point 16 months ago

Do you think your hard drive is fast or would you recommend speeds over 5400?

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Hi well the ssd has the OS so it boots in about 15 seconds, the hdd is actually a hybrid hdd/ssd so it loads the most recent games you have played its pretty fast + any faster rpms get real noisy

Tohiv 1 point 16 months ago

Nice Build

P.s. I think you forgot to take of the clear sticker on your interior phanteks logo

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Haha thanks, and the sticker has been removed :P

thatguythat 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Love the cabling management job! Couldn't get my evolv shift anywhere near this pretty.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks it was a pain in the a$% as you are aware of ;)

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Amazing build bud. Been looking though the pics and they look great. Not sure if your aware though, you left the plastic cover over the phanteks logo :)

Be careful if you do decide to pull it off though, can keep away some of the silver on the letters!

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah I pulled that off at a later time, I ended up doing a second build check it out managed to even fit another 140mm next to the rad ;)

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Ahhh yeah I recall that build. My comment is like 5th down lol. Was an amazing revision of your first build :)

YTG 1 point 6 months ago

Can you explain how to mount the 3.5 HDD? I'm using a 6tb HDD and I'm honestly stuck trying to figure out how its supposed to be mounted.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yo it mounts on the external side, opposite the 2.5 drive bays. I believe you have to screw it in from the opposite side of the drive bay.

Sorry not to much help didn't install a 3.5 drive. Check then manual and I'm sure there are videos up of how to do it.

Zosto 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Lol,u picked up my title line..

Vault-Tec 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

the RGB controller in the case, i think you mean the one on top that's connected to the little strip? How do you make that cycle through colours though? i can only choose a static colour or turn it completely off.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

Hold it down for 4 seconds it should be static, pulse, RGB, off good luck

Vault-Tec 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

hmmm odd... it just turns off for me. but on the other note.. I got the same strips now, and your lighting is much more ''tinted'' and a bit darker of lighting. how did you do that? mine is like really bright.

ApocPony submitter 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

My led strioz are tucked behind the glass on the left side (HDD sad side) may depend on what RGB strips you have? Never found mine to be offensively bright but the photographer may make it appear not so bright. Check out my other Shift build its more detailed and has better build photos.

Vault-Tec 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

i got the same ones as you i think.. the starterkit from phanteks, it comes with 2 400mm led strips and a set of extention cables. but i tucked mine on the sides, on the fans side. so the light will shine directly onto the hardware itself, i'll try to switch it up and i will check your other shift build. :) thanks!

Vault-Tec 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

and like.. how did you fit it? the strip kinda interferes with the fan if you put it on the sides.. or did you kinda fit it on the ''glasspanel side'' of the case?