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Dionysus - Kaby Lake Mini-ITX Gaming

by giantkingsquid


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Date Published

Feb. 4, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 31, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C


I built this machine with the aim of being able to play AAA titles at Ultra settings at 1440P. The GTX 1070 ensures it does this well.

The Samsung NVMe SSD ensures that boot times and OS responsiveness is exceptional. Everything worked out of the box, no dramas with drivers or similar.

Two minor hardware issues: 1) The GPU tab interfered with one of the audio capacitors on the motherboard. I just bent the capacitor out of the way and all was ok. 2) The CPU would only boost to 4.4 GHz out of the box on auto settings. I had to change the multiplier for it to get to 4.5 GHz. Voltage is 1.168 V which I am happy with for now.

Bear in mind when looking at the idle temps that the ambient temp here in sunny Queensland is 34 ° and my house is not air conditioned so I am happy with the job the cooler is doing.

Major downside is that when gaming the GPU puts off so much heat into the room that it's quite unbearable, in summer anyway.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Works very well in my M-ITX system, PWM fans are great. Installation was easy.


Works well, build quality seems high. One audio capacitor interfered with the tab on my GTX 1070. Also my 7700k would only boost to 4.4 GHz in default out of box settings.


Amazingly fast. What a machine. Wokred as OS boot device on my Asrock Z270 mobo.


Great little case. No real concerns. Front filter could be a tighter weave and the internal side panel that holds the HDDs could be removable for people not using it. It would greatly increase airflow to the GPU.


Works very well, nice image quality runs at 165 Hz with G-Sync on without any problems. Worse light bleed around edges than other IPS monitors I have seen, Apple ones though.

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texasmayne 4 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Those fatality motherboards. I have the H110M itx/ac for my i7 6700, and it works like a champ. I also have the same case, which is a space saver.

fletcherhub3 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I like the build, I have the same graphics card and even used an Elite 110 for a while! Well done!

Gothri 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you for the nice build progress photos. I have compiled a parts list for the CM Elite 110 that includes many of the same components as you have selected. The clear photographs illustrating your build progress were much appreciated. The thermals with the 1070 were also reassuring to see.

A question if I may. I have also considered the Gigabyte mini 1070 card, but I mislike the two DVI outputs on it. I suppose that it's not actually that big a deal, however I was wondering if you'd looked at the Zotac mini 1070 card which has a different offering of video outs? At exactly 210 mm, the Zotac would perhaps only barely fit into the 110.

giantkingsquid submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

No worries glad the photos helped.

To be honest while Cooler Master say a 210 mm card will fit, I wouldn't have wanted to go any bigger. Mostly because the Front connectors: USB, power, reset etc where almost impossible to get in with the 170 mm card. I suppose you could put the card in afterwards but then you'd need to find some space for that thick bundle of cables to go which would not be easy.

TrYeX 1 point 16 months ago

Why do you need a i7 7700K???

giantkingsquid submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I wanted to be able to overclock. I also do a bit of video rendering so the extra threads over an i5 are definitely appreciated. Also streaming to a Steam Link can use a fair few threads if you have fall back to software encoding.

KeenDreams 5 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Nice work on the build, glad to see you could fit the 'push-pull' rad setup.

I know what you mean about the temps in Australia, it gets pretty hot in western Sydney where I am as well.

Bleeq 1 point 15 months ago

Hi! Not sure if you still reply to this or not but worth a shot. After a month how are you liking the monitor? Im planning on getting the 1080ti so I need a good monitor and the ViewSonic comes to $300AUD+ less than other brands. So really some quick thoughts would much be appreciated. Cheers

giantkingsquid submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

The monitor is fine. Really nothing to say about it, but take that as a positive haha. The G-Sync stuff all works really well. It does have a bit of light bleed on a black screen, but no worse than other IPS displays that I've seen, except for maybe Apple ones.

llamallamallama 1 point 13 months ago

Are you sure audio capacitor issue is okay? How much did you have to bend it?

Seems weird that they would put them there like that if they get in the way of the GPU.

giantkingsquid submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah I've had no issues with it since. I had to bend it 5 mm or so at the top. It actually looked like it had been bent into the way of the GPU, so really I was bending it back to where it should've been I think.

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giantkingsquid submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yes overall I do apart from the two points I mentioned in the main post.

It's well made, the fan tuning is good, it all "worked".

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