Description

I wanted to do an SFF build to save on real estate, and I thought the NCASE M1 was the best fit for what I wanted to do. I've been gathering parts for this build for several months. The CPU and case were the first things I got, and the motherboard was the last.

This build is mainly for software development work: building source code and running some VMs. It will also be used for gaming, but that is not the primary focus. I chose CPU power over GPU power.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a delidded part that I bought from SiliconLottery. They guarantee stability at 4.5GHz and 1.175V VCore, with AVX offsets of -3 and -5, and they don't lie. Using those settings and prime95, I got one core up to 85C, with a couple of others in the low 80s and some in the high 70s. Maximum power was about 225W. No problems whatsoever, rock solid.

At idle, all cores are sitting in the mid to high 20s.

Unfortunately I pulled the trigger on the CPU purchase way too early. I paid $680, and today you can get (slightly) higher spec'd processors for quite a bit less.

Motherboard

I waited for this motherboard. And waited, and then waited some more :) But it's finally ready!

All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, which is be small and fit all of the normal HEDT components. With the 2 M.2 slots on the back connected to the CPU, it uses 24 out of the 28 CPU lanes on my 7820X, and gives me quad-channel memory with the SO-DIMM slots.

A couple of minor things that I'm not sure are the fault of the board:

  1. I can't get a 4-pin fan working correctly with the chassis fan header next to the WiFi card. A 3-pin fan seemed to work just fine. I tried a couple of different 4-pin fans, and I saw the same behavior: if I barely connect the fan to the connector, so that it's just touching, it seems to work. But if I try to push the fan connector onto the header it stops working. I had planned to have a 92mm exhaust fan on the back connected to this header. After testing, it doesn't seem like I really need it, so I just took it out.

  2. I don't know for sure if the USB 2.0 header works. I had the H100i plugged into this header, and it didn't show up in Windows. I don't know if it's the cooler or the motherboard. I decided that I didn't need the cooler to show up in Windows and just disconnected it. I don't have anything else handy to try with the USB 2.0 header. I would also have to basically take the whole system apart to get access to this header, and I'd really rather not.

I would be interested in hearing what others have to say about this fan header and the USB 2.0 header on this board. Overall, I am very happy with the board.

Storage

This is a refurbished drive I got from newegg. It's supposed to be the OEM equivalent of the 960 EVO. For a 1TB NVMe SSD, the price can't be beat. And the drive really flies.

Video Card

Another refurb, this time from EVGA B-Stock. I paid $146 with shipping. I sacrificed GPU power for CPU power, but this card does all right. I get between 30 and 60 FPS (around 40 most of the time) in GTAV, which is pretty acceptable I think.

Power Supply

I read lots of things about the SF600 being noisy, and the SF450 being a lot more quiet, so I tried to fit the power below 450W. After benchmarking, it looks like I fit everything pretty well. I think a with a more powerful CPU or GPU it would probably be safest to go to the 600W PSU.

The thing is dead quiet. I see the fan spinning, but I can't say that I've ever heard it.

Monitor

Yet another refurb, you may be sensing a theme here. I paid $563 with tax. The monitor is very nice. I haven't noticed any dead pixels. There is some backlight bleed.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 5 points

damn a itx 2066 mobo

I now want to see a i9 XE in it

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

I want to see it too, but I don't want to pay for it.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that would be insane

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

How is that monitor?

+1 nice build

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is very nice. I haven't had time yet to do a lot with it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I see. Sorry about asking so early. You said backlightbleed is an issue, how bad is it?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure how "bad" is supposed to be bad. I noticed it, but I don't think it's something that would ever bother me.

I think I'll take a picture and post it somewhere.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Added a picture of the monitor with a backlight bleed test so you can judge for yourself.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I see, thanks. It does see quite severe, but for how cheap it is i still find it a good buy for an ultrawide 1440P. I'm looking at this, the xR342ck, or asus mx34vq.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered those as well, but they are both quite a bit more expensive than this one.

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

1st person using this motherboard on pc part picker nice

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice build! I didn't want to wait for the X299e so I bought a used X99e / 6950X instead. I don't regret it one bit. It's so much more powerful than my Mac pro. I'll wait for X299 as my next upgrade. Then again I'll want 18 cores... I have the 600W SFX and it's dead silent. The fans you got at the bottom of the Ncase will proabably make more noise than the PSU fans. No idea why people are complaining about noise level.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Another benefit of using the 1050 Ti is that I didn't have to worry about routing power cables to the GPU. Same thing with the M.2 drive, no SATA data or power cables to mess with.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Are the Sodims doing good for 260 pin?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I think so, but it’s been a while since I did any tests. Im also just running stock 2666MHz, not overclocking.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am a noob and would like to know if all these parts can be sourced locally for the shown price (47-48k) from amazon.in or flipkart or from local markets (I'm from Hyderabad)?Also, If yes, where can I find a guide that'll help me build this pc?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thoughts on the X299 platform? I'm trying to decide between this an and 8700k based platform (in an NCase M1).

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't need more than 6 cores, or you don't need the greater memory bandwidth, then you're probably better off going with 8700k.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the onboard sound?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

It works. I couldn’t say if it’s good or bad as I am just using speakers built into the monitor.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I have a link to that background? Also your setup looks amazing!

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  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1050Ti was great for temps. I don’t have exact numbers, but the 1070 I’ve replaced it with in the meantime is quite a bit hotter, especially at idle.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll see if I can get some better motherboard pictures.

Both daughterboards are installed, no problems fitting them in and hooking things up to them.

The CPU is delidded, I mention temps in the CPU review above.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't really have any trouble getting everything in there. The M1 is a nice case to build in.