Description

This build is an update of my previous build using Node 202 case and Gigabyte GTX 1070 mini itx OC.

I was waiting for a low TDP 6 cores i7 for a while now, and when it was available, I couldn't resist the temptation to buy it and test it out. The motherboard is the famous Asus Strix z370-I. I got it for a good deal on eBay. The only downside was that it doesn't have a USB 3.1 gen 2 port but just a header. I found that using USB 3.1 header cable with USB-C works by screwing it to the side of the case!

The main issue with any node 202 build is heat and cooling. I delided my "T" i-7 CPU and used Rockitcool copper IHS instead of the stock one. I also used Thermal Grizzly conductonaut liquid metal between the CPU and the IHS, & between the IHS and the cooler. As for the cooler I used Cryorig C7 with modification. I used a 3D printed 120mm fan adapter and replaced the noisy fan with Noctua NF-A12x25 and added 2 small 60mm fans as exhaust fans to the side. The result of all of that is a temp in the upper 30s low 40s when idle and a max temp of 74 under stress while remaining inaudible!!

The rest of the build is as usual. NVMe SSD with HDD for storage. GPU was the same one that I have "removed stock cooler and added Arctic accelero cooler without fans."

Also added 2 Noctua NF-F12 PWM fans as exhaust fans for the GPU and they work very well!

Update: I added 2 screenshots showing temps after 15 min CPU stress test. I kept Asus MCE on because it forced all cores to reach 4.1 MHz. The only thing I did was lower the core voltage and that made a difference (4-5 C on average). This CPU is a little beast and nothing can reach this level of performance with low wattage. I was able to get 15000 CPU benchmark on Passmark!

If you want to know more about the GPU cooling you can check my previous build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/NyLJ7P

Thanks.

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Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool, nice work!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Dope! I love the 40mm fans and he USB-C add-on. Well done!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s a great size. +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the noise levels? With Noctua I expect low but is it intrusive in a quiet room?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The new NF-A12x25 is very quiet, and it's a must if you are looking for a silent PC

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you find place for your HDD in this case, i think 3.5 " HDD not supported by this case..

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a 2.5" HDD. This case will accommodate a 3.5" drive in the GPU side (without a GPU).

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

What bios were you running? I have a 370g strix and it ran 3.8 all core, I tried a 40x 102.6 and it sits at 39x 102.6 or 39x100 depending on cpuz/afterburner respectively. Mce on. Turbo on. Tpu2

Any help with your bios would be great.

I’m on win 10. High performance power pla Thanks

John

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Check this link: https://www.reddit.com/r/intel/comments/93o0zg/can_someone_explain_why_the_8700t_is_a_faster/

If you use an asus mobo you can set the long duration package power limit to 35. The 8700k is just 5-10 frames faster than a 35 watt 8700t. In Battlefront 2 there is no difference because of the gpu bottleneck...and they used a OC Strix 1080ti. So the 8700t is the best SFF cpu right now.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Agree. In Asus z370 MB, you can set the power limit or watt limit to max, and at that point, the difference between 8700t and 8700k will be minimal (still 8700k is the best gaming CPU by an average of 2-3 FPS ;) )

If you are interested, this website (in German) as far as I know is the only site that had a reasonable comparison between 8700k and 8700t https://www.computerbase.de/2018-06/intel-core-i7-8700t-i5-8500t-cpu-test-coffee-lake/

I'm ok with a couple of FPS drop vs huge power draw. The 8700t power consumption is nothing compared with 8700k.