Description

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.

Benchmarks:

Goals:

  • Tinker with Non-K OC/RAID/Benchmarks
  • Learn from first build
  • Learn about 4 pin fans

Requirements:

  • 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

The good!:

  • 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

The bad...:

  • CPU cooler pump needed replacement
  • Hard to see inside

The ugly...:

  • Cord management in such a small space
  • Need to remove GPU or radiator to get to board

Final Comments:

  • 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

Have fun!

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 Almost used this case but opted for the 780t instead. Clean build good job

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I am really starting to like these smaller builds all the time. Maybe it the case or maybe it is what can all be packed inside one of those cases.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks very much for the comments!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Sorry you had to deal with a bad pump. I would buy mine again in a heartbeat! How are your temps?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Glad someone else likes that cooler as well. It's neat looking instead of just a brand name stamped or glowing on the surface. Therefore, decided to exchange instead of go to Corsair for that component. Temps are 28-32's right now in the CPU cores no OC.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, I was wondering how you like those Thermaltake riing fans? Do they work with the case fan speed controller?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi!

Pros:

  • Color choice!
  • Full circumference of the fan lights up.

Cons:

  • Wires should be better protected coming out of the connectors. It seems like a weak point if you're pulling the fans in and out of a build. Controller could be more sturdy as well.
  • More light should come out of the ring onto the fan blades. Some does, but not as much as the white LED fan that came with the case. Those individual LEDs point out directly to the fan blades. Maybe it would also help to have the blades translucent?

These look similar to those glow-in-the-dark bracelets you use on Halloween wrapped around the outside of the fan blade, but brighter.

To answer your second question, I seem to remember the speed changing when I hooked them up to the case controller (4 pin, probably PWM). Way too noisy though even on the lowest setting, so I have them connected to the motherboard now. I hope that helps, thanks for the post!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks fort he review/reply!

Unfortunately I already bought them haha! I ended up buying 3 pack of 120s and 1 140. So my case is sort of a light show. I have to agree that at the lowest setting, the fans do seem pretty loud using the case fan controller, but I don't think it's too bad. They do blow lots of air at max though, which is good because I saw my lowest cpu temp of 18C at idle. I'll post some photos when I find the time. I'm in love with the new look!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you oc that cpu? +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Asrock z170 mobos are capable of upping the base clock on locked cpus with a recent bios update. Somewhat recent article explains.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

it was also said that intel is going to prevent people from doing this: http://www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/matthew-wilson/rumour-intel-may-block-overclocking-on-non-k-skylake-cpus/

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, read about it today. what a shame.