Rehaul Update - m.2 SSD on back of motherboard cooling solution:
- The Samsung SM951 m.2 SSD on back of motherboard gets warm and may throttle down on speed. Even if it never throttles with my light use, I wanted a solution to learn from, along with possibly increasing the lifespan of the SSD.
- This case has no cooling solution for this.
- Removed dual 2.5" drive holder, and added a fan.
- The case panel near the new fan does close as its design is bowed out in the middle, leaving just enough from for this small PWM controlled fan.
- RAID x4 is already setup in the two 3.5" holders with a bracket to hold two 2.5" in each bay anyway. Therefore, a plastic drive holder wasn't being used and just taking up space. That space was a great place for a fan to move air between the case and the bottom of the motherboard where the m.2 SSD is.
- I could find no small centrifugal fans with a standard 4 pin connector and 12V, so it took a little work, trial/error, and some learning to modify a fan usually used for a different purpose.
- SpeedFan software was installed to monitor the m.2 SSD temp and adjust the fan speed. Great program, but it only polls for the temp every 65 seconds. I didn't see a setting or command line parameter to change that. The SSD gets warm much quicker than that timeframe.
- Spent some time with cord management as well and cleaned it up a bit in the case.
- Tinker with Non-K OC/RAID/Benchmarks
- Learn from first build
- Learn about 4 pin fans
- Portable build that can be tucked away
- Unusual case
- CPU with most OC potential
- Relatively new parts
- SSDs in RAID 0 x4 to compare with M.2 SSD
- M.2 SSD speed
- Using handle on case much more than expected
- Happy with board and BIOS, haven't maxed the OC yet
- CPU way beyond expectations
- Fan LED color selectable
- CPU cooler pump needed replacement
- Hard to see inside
- Cord management in such a small space
- Need to remove GPU or radiator to get to board
- First build, lots of fun and learning along the way!
- Trade-off between compact build and cramped space (obviously)
- Now working on maxing out the benchmarks