Description

This is the latest iteration of my SG13 to coincide with the new RTX GPUs.

I added the SFX power supply to create more space and the H80i to allow better cooling for the CPU.

The SX700-LPT requires the PP08 adaptor purchased separately and needed to be mounted fan up as it made a ticking sound when inverted. The flat cables gave a few nice options for routing the GPU and the sata power leads along the chassis rails, and the short 24 pin MB connector stays out of the way of the radiator.

The H80i fits OK, but only with a single fan. I used the Noctua 120 static pressure fan which is inaudible at idle, but still sounds smooth at max RPM. However the tubes of the H80i are quite thick and seem to create hot spots on the motherboard especially near the VRMs. I put a Noctua 40mm fan attached to the AIO tube directing some air there which helped quite a lot. The radiator blocks 2 sata ports on the MB, but there the bottom two were clear, and there is still 2 spare elsewhere if needed.

The SG13 case only uses the USB 3 header for the front IO, so the USB 2 header was free for the Corsair Link cable from the AIO pump which is very useful. It also frees up one of the fan headers on the MB as the H80i pump provides 2 PWM headers for the 120m fans on the rad. (so there is one free when using one fan)

I fitted the 2.5" 2TB drive using the mounting holes on the bottom of the case floor, the 4tb 3.5 " drive on the top mount plate and the 512Gb using the M.2 slot on the motherboard.

The RTX 2080 gets nice and toasty when playing new games and tends to dump a lot of the heat in the case. It's temperatures are fine with the fresh air from the side vents, but I think I might need a way to extract the heat better, perhaps with a 60mm fan on the top vent next to the PSU. I tried using a fan to extract hot air on the RHS of the case, but it seemed to draw the hot air over the MB. Using the RHS as an intake was better in that regard.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any problem with airflow? looks very cramped in there.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd be lying if I said there were no issues. But it can do the 15min Real Bench stress test (4gb ram) with no thermal throttling. CPU temps are round 65 degrees on Anthem, GPU stays under 80, all other MB temps max out low 60's. The fans certainly ramp up, but it's not unexpected. A smooth hum, not a high pitched noise like cheap case fans or an Intel stock cooler! The PSU fan is actually probably the loudest one. Having said that, this thing is whisper quiet at idle.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The H60 is a lot smaller man, would've saved you some of that trouble.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The H60 radiator is 27mm thick which is the same thickness as the TD03-lite which I replaced. I got an almost 10° drop in temps with the 49mm H80i v2 so I feel it was worth the trouble, Especially if I go to a 90W TDP CPU in the future.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yours: 154.00 x 123.00 x 49.00mm H60: 157.00 x 120.00 x 27.00 mm

and the tubing on mine is significantly smaller. keeps my 8600k below 60C on stock settings.

Just food for thought.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that in an SG13?

  • 11 months ago
  • -2 points

No.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried facing the PSU fan-down to remove some of the hot air from the case? That + a small fan on the right vent as intake. It might heat up the PSU a bit, but you could test that config a bit. The fan on the right will mix in a bit of cold air for the PSU.

It is sad that the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 is hard to get now. They had more flexible and thinner tubes.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, Ideally it would be upside down. I mentioned in the description that there was a ticking sound when the fan activated with the PSU was inverted. Seems to be a common issue with the SX700-LPT and i can't be bothered trying to RMA the thing. The previous config with a Thermaltake ATX PSU was inverted and had a definite advantage dumping the hot air under load.

I did also mention in the description at the end about using the right vent as an intake. I think my description must be too long so the info gets lost in the reading.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any reason for keeping the H80 fan in a push configuration, as in the fan first and then the radiator? I was wondering if fixing the radiator directly to the case had some issues with the tube length or something like that. Also, since the H80i v2 CPU block tubes come out of the top and is a bit stiff, did you have trouble bending it down as you have shown in your photos?

I am getting this case for one of my builds and am trying to decide between the H60 (2018) and H80i v2. I would have gone with the new H60, but it has no corsair link for controlling pump/fan easily and the motherboard I have has only one CPU fan header and no pump header. I could use a splitter, but I feel H80i v2 has more optimized controls for pump and fan.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

No real reason for the push config. With the previous AIO, I tried both with no noticeable difference. I didn't want to keep pulling it apart to test with the new one. But the extra inch of space with the rad at the front may have helped the hose position.

I did want the corsair link function which helped sway me to the H80i and I have no regrets. My ITX board only has 1 CPU header and 1 system fan header so the extra options provided by the H80i was useful, especially developing custom fan/pump speed setups and saving the extra header for case fans. But the h60 would be easier to fit as has been pointed out here by other users.

If you use a short GPU there are a few more options for positioning the radiator and hoses on the opposite side too, which would allow a case fan on the RHS.

The tubes out of the block are certainly stiff. With the SFX psu it fits OK but I don't think it would work with a full size ATX psu. It doesn't kink, but needs a bit of flexing before installing. Hope that helps!

  • 11 months ago
  • 0 points

Solid build, but why 2133 instead of 2400 or 2666? And the H170, is it just recycled from older builds, or did you buy it new?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

H170 only supports up to 2133, therefore purchasing 2400 or 2666 would be useless.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

This is just an upgrade from an older build. I think the board only supported 2133 (that was 2.5 years ago) I had an i5 6500 originally and GTX 1070.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, thanks! Good to know.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It only supports 2133 speed.