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DAN Cases A4-SFX Mini ITX Build

by manirelli

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24 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 19, 2017

Date Built

April 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

83.0° C

Description

I pre-ordered the DAN Cases A4-SFX on Kickstarter a while back, and it just happened to finally ship while we were putting together systems for this year's builds for Dreamhack Austin. We packed a fair amount of power into it's tiny enclosure and have been pretty pleased with the resulting performance.

Something we kept an eye on in addition to CPU and GPU load (which you can see in the side bar), was the M.2 drive. For mITX systems, you often install the drive on the underside of the motherboard where airflow can be limited. However, with the A4-SFX, the airflow was sufficient to keep the M.2 at a cool 55C under load.

You can watch the livestream archive if you're curious to watch the build came together and check below to see a few benchmark results.

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 CPU Score
Time Spy v1.0 6,555 6,965 45.49 FPS 39.87 FPS 4,916
Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 5,046 28.00 FPS 18.05 FPS 39.18 FPS 12.43 FPS
FireStrike Extreme v1.1 9,318 53.07 FPS 38.04 FPS 39.08 FPS 21.60 FPS
Game Settings Resolution Min FPS
Battlefield 1 High 2560x1440 75 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 61 FPS
Battlefield 1 High 1920x1080 82 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 1920x1080 75 FPS

Comments Sorted by:

TechBank 1 Build 4 points 6 days ago

If only these were cheaper ):

ShadowCube 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Yeah. Ncase has something very similar but it costs about the same about this.

TheOfficialCzex 3 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

At least the NCase M1 has support for a 240mm radiator.

TechBank 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Yeah, that's why I'm so tempted to just make my own :\

ShadowCube 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

You find a hollow cube block of metal, carve out one side to either make vented holes or an acrylic window. And BOOM! Great case :)

TechBank 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

I was thinking more along the lines of some oak and aluminum sheeting ;) Maybe some mesh.

ShadowCube 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

UUUUUU... You got expensive taste...

texasmayne 3 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Damn this is perfect.

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Love these builds!! So tiny!

GosuSang 1 point 6 days ago

I remember the good old days when 16 gigs of ram was like $75.

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Lyrix 1 point 6 days ago

Damn! 1+!

i love sff builds and you guys did a great job at it!!!

X47man 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Incredible how small this is and the power you get out of it. If only the case was cheaper. +1

Cmdr__Tim 1 point 6 days ago

Dang, that case looks like a hotdog XD

TheRealJerimiahJohnson 1 point 6 days ago

why team dark ram? is that the correct price? $270 for a case but get the cheapest ram, dunno about that one.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

The RAM is DDR4-3000. RAM speed has very little effect on performance using Intel CPUs. I didn't go crazy on RGB RAM or something fancy because there is no window.

TheRealJerimiahJohnson 1 point 5 days ago

I know all that, but why Team Dark?

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 20 hours ago

Team RAM is actually really good (Dark is a series line of theirs). Tom's hardware has some of their modules listed in their 'best computer memory' page.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-ram,4057.html

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TheRealJerimiahJohnson 1 point 6 days ago

team dark ram is huge! look at the heatsinks. They protrude just as much as any other oversized ram heatsinks. And there is no clearance issues with that cooler, or anything else in the case.

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Connor_The_Gamer 1 point 6 days ago
wow...

THE CASE IS SMALLER THAN AN NCASE M1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

+1
manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

Yep! I wanted to go as small as I could while still getting a full size GPU.

TheRealJerimiahJohnson 1 point 5 days ago

it looks great.

Jroge133 1 point 1 day ago

hey, great build, if you wouldn't mind, what is the possibility of putting a mechanical 3.5 drive in the chassis aswell? or is it full as is.

thanks, Jordan. also, this build is so good I'm thinking of copying it, I'm pretty sure copying isn't a bad thing.

Ahsen 1 Build 0 points 6 days ago

First

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