Description

This PC has been built for gaming and media purposes. The console-like SilverStone case accommodates the latest Core i-7 Gen9 processor with a 2080 RTX.

Major issue was the cooling solution for a 9700K processor, even with little to no overclocking. The 9700K boosts up to 140W TDP for 20s which is a heavy requirement for such a small case with limited space for a cooling solution.

I tried multiple coolers to get rid of the heat:

  • ID-COOLING IS-50, which resulted in an unstable system due the under designed heat sink.

  • Thermalright AXP-100H Muscle, the system now ran stable, but it became noisy.

  • Scythe Big Shuriken 3 - Similar results as AXP-100H, but the noise has been reduced a little. The lack of ventilation seems to be the major problem when using an air-based cooling solution.

  • Corsair H55 (AIO water cooling), which runs silent and cool. It's required to replace the provided fan with a low-profile 120mm cooler. For this purpose, I chose the Noctua NF-A12X15 which comes with enough static air pressure. With this solution it's possible to blow the hot air out of the case.

An additional challenge has been the cable management. This small case comes with little to no clips to lay the cables. Due the size restriction it's required to bundle the cables in order to get everything placed and connected.

As high-end graphics card (>200W TDP) I strongly recommend blower editions - otherwise components such as SSDs may overheat due lack of ventilation.

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build. I feel your pain. My main HTPC build is in this exact case but black. Mine sits inside an enclosed cabinet. I had to get pretty creative with the cooling and modify the case some. Although, I am only running an 8700 processor. How do you like that flirc IR receiver. I use the inteset receiver. Does the flirc come with a remote. Mine is programmed into my logitech remote.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, cooling a PC in an enclosed cabinet is another big issue. I had to screw fan's in the back plate of the cabinet to avoid heat spots and melting CPU cores ;-)

Flirc has a pretty good user interface and provides drivers for the latest Windows and Linux systems. Originally, I had an iMON remote which came with many software bugs and outdated drivers. For a Streaming Machine build, I had to evaluate another small IR chip which fits into the Silverstone Petit PT13. At least, the Flirc-IR was a reasonable solution which fulfilled those requirements. It can be paired it with many remote controls on the market (MCE, Kodi or other Logitech Harmony based profiles) with the possibility to program the commands individually. The remote itself isn’t a part of the Flirc package, but RC260 remotes are really cheap today .

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the case. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

As a proud builder and owner of an FTZ 01 console PC myself, I congratulate and salute you on your own build.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx, I congratulate you on your FTZ 01 build too.

As you implemented, AIO water coolers are the big thing for such small cases when applying high performance processors.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Raven RVZ-01 myself. I definitely feel your pain regarding the heat issues.

The biggest complaint with these lines of cases by Silverstone is that the cooling for the CPU and the GPU are on opposite sides of the case. I ended up getting a short length video card (was a 7770, now a 1060) so that I could put my CPU radiator/fan from my AIO on the same side of the GPU fans. My case is currently laying upside down as a result.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on an awesome FTZ01 build! I'm an FTZ01 owner too. Have you considered combining a Noctua NH-L12S with fans below and above the heat sink (push/pull)? I tinkered with that set up recently and was able to overclock an 8600K to 5GHz. I used a 12mm deep Scythe Slipstream fan mounted to the case above the heat sink and left the included 15mm Noctua fan beneath the heatsink. Caveat: it was really noisy at full speed.

Do you have any sense of whether the 2018 Corsair H60 would fit with slim fan? I'd like to try an AIO in my case, but am wondering if the H55 is my only option.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, congrats on your FTZ01 build too!

Noctua NH-L12S has only a TDP of 95W which is not sufficient for a 9700K. With FTZ01's space restrictions I would recommend AIO water cooling solutions only. Theoretically, you could choose any Astetek 545LC based AIO cooling solution - Corsair's H55 is not the only one in the town. For example, you could also go with DeepCool Maelstrom 120 / Intel TS13X / Alpenföhn Wasser / Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer / … in conjunction with a slim 120mm fan. By applying Astetek's 545LC you get rid of up to 130W CPU heat.

There also owners of FTZ01 combining it with Corsair H75 and other AIO solutions. It strongly depends on your motherboard and memory heat spreaders if an AIO fits.