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Build Update 2 - Final Update The build is complete in all respects. I managed to pick up a MSI GTX 1080 Ti Seahawk X from Newegg at a great price($707 including Tax/shipping). The Card barely fits inside the case, given the clearance between the GPU AIO Rad and the PSU. This would not be an issue with an air cooled card though. I took the opportunity to improve the cable management, and make space for the 2 PCIE cables that power the GPU. I had completely forgotten to account for the thickness of the PCIE power cables when I picked out this card. Thankfully, there was just enough space to fit the card snugly between the GPU rad, and the psu with enough clearance for the PCIE cables, and the AIO tubes to make there way around the card, and the rad without blocking the intake fan.

So as expected, with dual 120mm AIOs in-taking air into the case, at max loads, there is a ton of heat being dumped inside the case. The 140mm case fan, and the blower style fan on the GPU do a decent job venting all hot air from the top of the case. At max loads, and with the hot air temps within the case, the PSU fan does turn on, but its relatively quiet. The decibel meter on my phone reported a max of 42db being generated by the build with everything set to max load at an arms length.

Given how the case performs poorly with airflow, I highly recommend anyone who is planning a build in this case, with high performance components (Such as the Ryzen 7 series, and a Full Size GPU) to use a dual AIO setup. It should really help with keeping at least the core components cool under max loads.

Build Update 1 - Heating Issues Resolved Temperature issues have been resolved! So here's what I did. First off, I throughly cleaned the contact surfaces with Arctic Silver solvents, and applied the Arctic Silver thermal compound using the 'pea' style (Did the line method before). Next up, I changed the orientation of the CPU cooling block, and setup a push-pull config using a pair of Corsair ML 120s on the rad. Was able to stable OC to 3800mhz with 1.27 V with a max load temp of 71C! And at Idle its at an Ice cold 29C! (Both temps with case closed using HWMonitor and Prime95, RAM set to 2800MHz) After what I've been through with this setup, I'm really pleased with these numbers!

Original Post - Initial build with GTX 1050 TI mini

Its been a long time in the making, but I've finally completed my Ryzen ITX build. This PC will be used for machine/deep learning. Original plan was to use a GTX 1080 TI, but since Black Friday is around the corner, I chose to wait, and use the cheapest 1050 TI card I could find. The processor and mobo were a great combo deal form Microcenter.

As for the cooler, I was torn between the Corsair H80i V2, and the Deepcool Captain 120 EX. I went for the Caption 120 RGB purely because it had a 27mm radiator that can be used in a push config. This would allow me to get a GPU with a 120mm AIO with a 27mm rad (Like the corsair GTX 1080 TI Hydro) down the road. The case can accommodate 2 AIOs provided both radiators are 27mm. The H80i's radiator would be too thick to accommodate another AIO. As you can see, the CPU block barely fit in the case. In my case, the glass panel does make a slight contact with the captain's glass loop (but does not put any real pressure on the CPU block). The length of the radiator tubes also had just enough slack for the radiator to be mounted in a push config with the radiator fan mounted below the base.

Cable management was tough, but i'm reasonably pleased with how it looks now. The SF600 PSU comes with thick( that were non pliable) cables that were tough to work with. The Zotac 1050 TI draws its power straight from the PCIE port.

Overall, I'm really happy with the build. At idle, the temps hover between 38 to 42 C, and at load between 64 to 68C (Stock, NO OC). Next up, is to OC this beauty.

Part Reviews

CPU

At $269 (Paired with a Mobo at Microcenter) for a 8Core/16Thread monster of a CPU, its an amazing value of a CPU. Great with routine tasks, mining, virtual machines, and on synthetic benchmarks. If I do have any gripes, Its that it get pretty hot when pushing towards 4GHz OC with 1.37 V. But that's the case limiting the amount of cooling that I can throw at he CPU. Overall, an amazing value, and a strong performer.

CPU Cooler

I've knocked a star off purely for the stock fan that comes with the AIO. It gets loud/noisy with apparent motor whine when running over 1400 RPM. But YMMV. Paired with a Corsair's ML 120, it does a fantastic job keeping the CPU cool under OC and full synthetic testing as well. The 27mm thick rad is the perfect for this build, and allows me to accommodate another AIO into the build if needed for the GPU.

Motherboard

Amazing value of at board at $86(Paired with Ryzen CPU at Microcenter). The ports are positioned perfectly for a case like the Phantek Shift, where the I/O ports are positioned at the top, and the SATA, 24 Pin, and USB 3 connector all located at the bottom. This allows for a cleaner cable management in my situation. Would have loved to see another M2 slot on this board though. No issues with WiFi or Bluetooth.

Memory

Cheapest 32GB (16 X 2) 3000MHz Kit I could find. In my situation, the XMP profile loads great, but runs stable only at 2800MHz. But great value, runs cool, and the small profile is perfect for a tightly spaced ITX cases.

Storage

Great performance. Loved that they included an M2 screw in the packaging as well. Good value at $236.

Case

Its a stunning case. I love everything about it! Its minimal, doesn't occupy a lot of desk space, the included accessories box, and the 140mm fan are really appreciated. Be careful with PSU that you choose. The chassis may interfere with the PSU power button. I highly recommend going for a SFX NON-L PSU for this case. I would have loved to see a headphone port next to the USB 3 ports on the case.

Power Supply

I knocked a start out purely for the tough cables(which can be a good or bad thing depending on the circumstances). Cable management was tough as the cables are not easily pliable. But PSU has been great thus far. In my situation, under full load, the fan hasn't turned on once.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. Same situation with the AIO. I was going with the Captain Cooler but the measurements seemed like it would not fit so it was either EVGA or Corsair. Looks good.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Ya having done the build, I would have chosen another aio. Would have loved to have a few mm between the panel and the water tube. So far I don't have any issues.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!

What aio would you have picked? I'm really torn on this since many are too big. The h80i is big and I would like to get an aio gpu as well in the future.

Also, can you maybe post a pic of how the gpu clearance is with the mb? I am having a hard time visualizing how the aio tubes would reach around to a second rad on the bottom of the case, let alone fit a huge heat sink.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose the Deepcool Captain 120 EX RGB. After solving some initial mounting issues, and trading the stock aio fan for some corsair ML 120s, Its doing a fantastic job keeping the CPU cool. I felt the H80i was too thick to accommodate another AIO for the GPU. Plus the case specs list that it supports only 27mm rads if dual aio's are used.

As for the GPU, I have a GTX 1050 TI mini thats drawing power straight from the PCIE port. I'm looking to pick up a GTX 1080 Ti Hydro or Seahawk this black friday. You gotta go blower style GPU with this case. Or else, thats a lot of heat being dumped inside the case.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Thanks for the tips! I completely agree with the H80i. It is way too big for this case. I looked up some others on this site and they have air flow issues due to its size.

I stumbled upon the Coolermaster ML120L RGB that doesn't have the water block height issues. Although I like the deepcool captain more, I might end up with the coolermaster one once I look more into it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Will you post the OC results?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! Will do tomorrow. Hoping to hit 4.0 stable.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

So a 1700X on a 120mm rad in a restrictive ITX case, Not the best scenario. I could hit a max of 3900 with temps hovering around 82 after moving the radiator to the front with the fan in a pull config.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yikes on the temp there

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yikes indeed. Dialed it down to 3700, with RAM set to 2666. At load, it's stable with temps hovering at 73. 120mm AIO is no match for a Ryzen X series chip.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build. Like the case a lot and I think the Deepcool AIO looks good. I have one of the red ones, didnt know they started making an RGB one. I dont know what it is, not a big purple fan, but purple LEDs in a build always look good to me.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man. I just recently did the same setup on my Shift build.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

You know that the next step is custom hardline loop : )

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! But can a FE GTX 1080Ti fit in the case? Oh hey! Same lamp, same beer, same case brand!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, The case does can fit a FE FTX 1080 TI. My plan is to look for a good deal on a GTX 1080 TI with a 120mm AIO like the Corsair GTX 1080 TI Hydro.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have just used a large 3 fan custom card and went with the h80i which is a more potent AIO to balance the fact that the card throws the heat inside the case. Seen it in Shift and seems to work, no idea about temps. I am running 1600X 4ghz with a 280rad kracken X62 in Shift X and temps go up to 70-72 (28C in the room) under stress but lower in games.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

With a Shift X, a 3 fan card would make sense. There's enough room and ventilation capabilities with 2 case fans to get all that hot air out. But with a Shift, a 3 fan GPU and a 120mm cpu aio would dump way too much hot air inside the case. There's not enough volume or case fans to vent the air out. Going for a card like the Hydro or Seahawk is better suited for this case, as they come with a blower style fan that vents the hot air thats coming from both aio rads(CPU & GPU) through the top of the case(that's the theory at least). Also, I wish NZXT made a 120mm rad with the same CPU block.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

can you post pics of the rad move? Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Added news pics showing the rad move.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Was able to stable OC to 3800mhz with 1.27 V with a max load temp of 71C! And at Idle its at an Ice cold 29C!

In that small case... wow.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. A push pull config, with fans running at 2100 RPM (Corsair ML 120s) with ambient temps of 71F helped achieve those numbers. I'm sure I'm going to have to dial down the OC once I get a 1080 TI. Its going to dump a lot of hot air into the case...

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey awesome build. Im about to build my own in a Shift as well. I dont know if many people don't realize it, but to help clear the wires that have to cross to the top of the motherboard, you can route from the middle tray to the outside part around the fan. Theres cutouts near both the middle and top for the wires to go through and even velcro straps to clean up the wiring when looking through the glass.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a good idea, but unfortunately, the MB power cable I have doesn't have enough length to be routed around the case fan to the top :(

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need a fan splitter? And are all fan connectors PWM?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Good question. Yes, I did need a fan splitter as I was doing a push pull config. The board has 3 PWM pins(CPU Fan, Chassis Fan1/Water Pump, Chasis Fan 2). I used a PWM splitter that's connected to the CPU fan, and I have two Corsair ML 120 fans (used on the rad for a push pull config) connected to the splitter, again using PWM connectors.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

One last obscure question. Do you think an MSI card would work well with this case, if even compatible. And I mean like the gaming X or quick silver cards. Thanks in advance for any answers .

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I just purchased an MSI GTX 1080 Ti SeaHawk. Will report back in a few days when I get the card. But the seahawk is quiet a bit shorter in length compared to traditional air cooled cards like the strix or the MSI gaming X, so factor that in. Phanteks specs state it can take a card of upto 350mm depending on the radiator setup at the bottom - http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-Shift.html

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. I will keep that in mind when i buy parts for my Shift build

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking into getting a 120mm AIO for my ryzen build but I'me getting much better temp with my gammax. how hot is the ambient for you to hit 70C (I get 60C running 3.9 @ 1.3125v)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ambient temps of 71F.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Came from reddit. Awesome build. What LED's did you use?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I used 2 Phanteks LED strips. There's an integrated RGB controller built into the case.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on switching my stock 1700 rgb cooler with the Deepcool RGB one. It looked as if it had some clearance issues with the shift side panel. Did you experience any of that? I just need the side panel to fit.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I barely had any clearance between the panel and the glass loop on the cooler. It depends on your mobo thickness, standoffs etc.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, well I'll have to try it out for myself then!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build! I'm far too chicken to do such a contemporary style on my own rig but I love seeing builds that go for a different look.

I'm working on upgrading my system from an FX-8350 to a Ryzen 5 over the next few months and am considering this motherboard. Now that you've had your system running a few weeks what do you think of it?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Its running great for the most part. Under normal workloads and light gaming, its quiet and fast. I would have loved to see better airflow management with this case to see better thermals under max workloads/mining, but the trade off was worth it. Its a beast of a system, and looks gorgeous on a desk.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I couldn't find anything on the general locations of the fan headers. What quadrants are they in?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the mobo. Mine are located on the lower left and right corner. I used a fan splitter for the GPU and case fans

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I am working on very similar build myself with the same case using many of the same parts. Very helpful, thanks! Regarding the "push pull" setup. you mentioned to help with heat issues on this case, any tips on setting that up? I have never done it.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are planning for a dual AIO setup, you can't do a push-pull config on either radiator. There isn't enough clearance. If you are going with just a single AIO (Be it for the CPU or GPU), mount the radiator to the base/floor of the case, and install one fan below the case(must take of floor panel - See images), and one fan above the radiator. You will need a Fan splitter to be able to do a push-pull as there's usually just a single CPU fan connector on most ITX mobo's. I suggest getting a splitter like the one mentioned in my part's list.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Question for you ..having the gpu rad below the gpu does it cause any pump noises?? Do you know if that applies to all hybrid gpus are certain ones. I really want to use this case and a similar setup to yours just want it to be silent!

Any answer would be greatly appreciated

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Pump noise on my card is fairly minimal. It's pretty quiet when the fans are below 1400rpm

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks for the replay! I still dont know if i want to use the shift or the meshify C. im so torn between the two lol i just want a cool case with optimal thermals

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are going to be maxing out the CPU GPU usage for prolonged periods of times (Like occasional mining) I would stick to the Meshify C. The shift is not intended for scenarios involving Mining. I had to use 4 fans in this case just to keep Thermals in check.

But for general use, gaming/streaming, It'll do just fine. Its an extremely good looking case IMO

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I wouldnt be doing any mining or anything close to that.. just video editing/ production / gaming/ streaming would be the majority of what im doing

Sorry for all the questions but your helping me with this so much man but would flipping a hybrid gpu around (facing the glass) differ from facing inwards since its pretty much a blower style card its still sucking the heat out right?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

So how’s that AsRock MOBO treating you? I saw some reviews here that the WiFi/Bluetooth receiver is buggy, so I was wondering if you are going through the same problems.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Its been stable thus far. I do experience network delays when I use Ubuntu/Linux. That maybe a driver issue.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I see. I was just wondering because I was wondering if I should use the MOBO you’re using or go with the one I have planned, which is the AsRock B350m pro4 with a seperate wireless receiver.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

This would be able to fit a 3.5 inch drive on the side right?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup. Just don't plan on having too many cables

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you sandwich your PCIe cable between MB and GPU? I tried to go around the middle channel but it wasn't long enough.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Middle channel? What mobo are you using? and Where is the PCIE slot located? Mine is located to the left and the PCIE extension cable has enough slack. Its routed via the sides.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a stricx z270i. I was wondering where your gpu pcie power cable routed. Between the back of the motherboard or around the front through the middle channel to the PSU. I have mine routed straight down across the radiator then back up to the PSU.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, it's routed through the middle channel.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a good looking build well done, am preparing a similar build in the same case ,dual aio "gpu EVGA SC2 HYBRID 1080ti OR "Gigabye GTX 1080 Waterforce and the cpu cooler Coolermaster ML120Lor deepcool like yours. With your the dual AIO CPU/GPU placement/setup do you have any issues with pump noises or performance ?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont think there is enough clearance with the Waterforce. Check the measurements. The SC2 should work great.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the craziest case i ever seen!

Also how many fan headers does that motherboard have?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

3

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case fan worth upgrading to something like a noctua NF-A14 with a build like this?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't find that necessary, at least from a noise/quietness level. Perhaps increasing the speed may help vent the hot air out.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the AIO performing now? Any leaks or problems that have occurred through the 15 months you've been using it? (I'm assuming)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow its been 15 months already! No issues to report. Both AIOs doing well so far. I know that thermals can be better by 5 to 10c on both CPU and GPU, but it would involve moding the case, and its just not worth the hassle. Its still operating well under their respective thermal thresholds.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, im wondering can i fit a thicker radiator(45mm) at the bottom if i use a slim fan on the side radiator

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You may potentially block the fan on the side rad

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm currently running a i7-8700k with a GTX1070 in my evolv shift, and thinking about upgrading the GPU. Looking at the RTX2080 sea hawk x or evga hybrid. Curious did you try the GPU rad as an exhaust? and then the top fan as intake to keep mobo cooler?

Also what temps do you get now at max load?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Having the GPU rad as an exhaust will outlet hot air coming in from the CPU rad (assuming you have 120mm AIO for CPU at the bottom).

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Your build looks dope. It's a shame they don't make the AIO cooler anymore. Also, I'm planning on building in the same case and I want to replace one of the side panels with a custom LCD panel but I can't find any specification online regarding the dimensions of the side panel and the 'see thru' dimensions. It would help a bunch if you could tell me!

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