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Mini ITX Cougar QBX Kaze

by Upgrade

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 13, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 9, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.749 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.57 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

I discovered this case recently and wanted to build in it. I moved the components from my NCase M1, and noticed that this case is configured very similarly to the NCase. The QBX is about 10% bigger in every dimension. I was curious to see if the front 80mm intake and top 120mm fan will help with cooling. The build quality of this case is decent, but pales in comparison to the NCase M1 build quality.

I was able to squeeze a Noctua C14 CPU cooler next to a Corsair H75 in the side bracket here.

I like tinkering with the fan configuration, here is the latest setup:

CPU Fan Header:

  • C14 "lower" 140 mm fan exhaust

  • C14 "upper" 140 mm fan exhaust

  • Top 120 mm fan intake

Case Fan Header @ 100%

  • 8 port hub

  • Front 80 mm fan with 7v adapter intake

  • Rear 92mm fan with 7v adapter intake

  • Video card 92 mm VRM fan intake

  • Video card H75 pump

NZXT Grid+ v2:

  • Video card H75 radiator fan exhaust

  • Bottom 120mm 12mm slim fan intake

  • Bottom 120mm 15mm slim fan intake

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for gaming and productivity.

CPU Cooler

Best top-down cooler that I can fit into my mini-ITX case

CPU Cooler

This helps keep my GPU cool quietly.

Thermal Compound

Finally bought 20g so I won't run out.

Motherboard

Decent mini ITX motherboard, with lots of features (m.2, wifi, USB C, etc). Disappointing fan controls though - I am unable to use SpeedFan

Memory

These work. I could have gotten faster ram.

Video Card

Good performance. Runs hot or loud if you crank the fan curve. The mini 4-pin fan header on my board is broken, so that I had to resort to using a Grid+ v2 to control my GPU fans.

Optical Drive

No complains here

Case Fan

Quiet, lots of static pressure

Case Fan

Quiet, lots of static pressure

Case Fan

Decent static pressure. These can get loud at high RPM.

Case Fan

I had to get a 12mm super slim fan to fit under the GPU pump / water block / barbs. It works.

Comments Sorted by:

Wolfemane 7 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

Nice job getting all that in such a tiny case!! Looks great!

Upgrade submitter 8 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks!

joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

definitely one of the cooler mini itx builds I've seen, great work +1

UdiNi 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

As a fellow QBX builder I can tell you right now this is Ingenious!!! Great Job. +1

Upgrade submitter 8 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks!

Agaceformelle 2 points 25 months ago

Got the same case and attempted to go with 240mm rad (tried h100i didn't fit, Kraken fitted but was too cramped to let those tubes near my gtx 1070) and seeing your build I decided to go back to Air cooler so thanks! Do you think that the HDD bracket can fit with the Noctua 140mm in place?? Does the cooler gives you some OC headroom? I'm running a 7700k and the thing can be toasty, I'd love to hit 5ghz but I think it would need to be delided to have reasonable T°

geniusmillette 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Bought the c14? how's the OC ability?

qwerty36 1 point 30 months ago

Wait a minute.... you put a cpu cooler on your gpu?!? What is this madness?

Upgrade submitter 8 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Yes the GPU runs pretty cool this way

xtoybox 1 point 20 months ago

Do you have to take off the front cover to install the 80 mm fan?

Upgrade submitter 8 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I don't think I have to remove the front panel. If I did, it wasn't too difficult.

xtoybox 1 point 20 months ago

I see, still scratching my head on how to put my 80 with the screws they included. Thank you.

Upgrade submitter 8 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I remember this case had slightly different way to attach fans... I'll have to take a look when I get a chance. My current build is in a different case.

xtoybox 1 point 20 months ago

Just re checked the holes that uses to mount the 80mm fan, looks like I might need to use the long screws and mount it filter > fan > case. Not the best imo from Cougar but, meh.

Upgrade submitter 8 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

That's right. I do remover that the fan mounting holes on the case are threaded.

geniusmillette 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I did fan > filter > case.

GBXD 1 point 16 months ago

Can tell if the Noctua NH-C14S will fit in there with cpu cooler height at 115mm compared to Noctua-C14 which has 105mm height?

mercutheo 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

How did you mount the bottom fans? Their holes are too big for my screws. I can easily mount the same fans on the top but not the bottom

Upgrade submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I’m trying to remember if I had to use washers. I don’t have this build anymore.