Description

I wanted fit as much power in this specific case and try to use it as my daily driver because there was something about the design that just works for me. However when I was building it, I went through 2 different small form factor cpu coolers; the Noctua L9I and the Cryorig c7. Neither of these could cool the 8086k properly, especially in this cramped case with no exhaust nor intake so I had to get a 180tdp Thermalright AXP-100 full copper, and with the included adaptor, I was able fit an A12x15 PWM on pull config due to it having no air at all with the power supply taking half of its surface area. With only 2mm of clearance, I wasn't able to use the fan I pulled from the L9i since it was creating a lot of turbulence thus producing an incredibly unpleasant high pitched noise over 1600rpm. The noise produced by the 120mm counterpart in this setup is bearable.

(I also bought two noctua 40mm ones later on, although I doubt they did anything at all.)

So after 3 days of trial and error, trying to make it as cool as possible when playing rainbow six siege, I was able to bring the cpu down from dangerously hot 96 degrees down to an "okay" at 78. 40-90% cpu load. Although it is still quite bad, I do think this is the best I could do for now since I'm working with the worst "case" scenario. Sorry for that terrible pun. I didn't even bother with stress tests because I already know what would happen.

Oh this is all at base clock with turbo boost at 4.3ghz by the way.

I might get a dancase and fit the asetek aio on it later on as I am not using the cpu to even close to its potential but I'm not going back to an ATX because those are gross. Pls don't hate me for saying this lol

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

dat 40mm is very cute. how was cable management in the toaster?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management was surprisingly easy in this, since it didn't have anything in the way of the cables, you're basically working with one empty big space for your cables. But I highly recommend zip tying the cables as much as you can for the sake of airflow.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

DUDE! I've got this case too but haven't built in it yet. Oh +1 for your build BTW, good cable management and I think that card is made by GALAX if I'm correct?

I plan on doing two things with this case, exhaust on top and intake in the front, I don't advise i7-8086K without any type of intake/exhaust. I'm a fan of the AXP-100 full copper too but gonna wait for Cryorig C7G reviews before deciding

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comment, yes the card is indeed made by galax, it was on sale on amazon japan for about 280usd so I bought it before I had this case. How do you plan on having an exhaust and intake at the same time since there is only one single 120mm fan mount on the bottom of the case where the gpu sits? Are you planning on modding the case itself? I was able to get the temps down to 75/76 degrees yesterday whilst gaming on cpu intensive games at 70-90 load by downvolting my cpu so I think temps are fine now. It dropped to low 60s when I removed the side panel but it bothered me so I left it on. But yeah I wouldn't have picked a 8086k if I knew I was going to be using a case like this since this wasn't exactly a new build, these are just components I had from my previous itx build so I had to work with what I have. Also, wow I didn't know cryorig is planning on releasing a graphene coated c7

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the price wrong in the gpu description btw, upon viewing my purchased lists on amazon, the gpu was 280 usd instead of 345 on the list.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to fit an EVGA 2060 in there, from research its the best card that can fit up until now. I can't locate that Galax card here in the UK tho so will have to look around or see if I can import it or something. I plan on modding it with a hole saw for exhaust up top and intake in front and probably a really thin 120mm fan at the bottom, though I don't think it'll make much difference at the bottom, but i'll still give it a try lol.

I need to learn more about downvolting though but I actually plan to use i9-9900 65w which will still be very hot but with the mods it should help. Atm, I'm stuck for choice between AXP-100 or Black Ridge (if it fits) these are the two best coolers for this, I'd go with C7G because of easy installation.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

btw idk why I added that monitor in this list, it certaintly does not count towards how much the pc itself actually costs.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The spec sheet for the pc-21 shows that it only supports up to 17cm, however if you remove the drive plate it will clear it up to 20cm (I measured this myself) If the 2070 card you linked is indeed 196mm and accurate, and has the power connector on the front instead of the right side, I think it would fit. But it's still safer to measure the card itself to be sure because you're working with a few milimeters of clearance. I didn't use this case in the beginning because I looked at the spec sheet online for this case and my card and it couldn't fit "by spec" but when I went to a store and actually measured it, it measured around 18.7-18.9cm with the driver plate and 20 without which I had just measured. I think they provided the spec as a worse case scenario where you have the connector on the right with the driver plate on. Quite misleading.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the width of 113m? reckon that would fit too, how much extra mm does it have after 111m of your card

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

im outside right now and ill measure for you in a bit but from what I remembered it still has a healthy amount of clearance after my 111mm but ill measure later just to be sure

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you reckon you could benefit from using a full size 25mm fan at the bottom and remove the GPU fan? This should give more airflow in the case without compromising cooling of the GPU.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I think that would work, but I havent done that yet. Ill share the result once I do it

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Were the max temps 78° with or without doing any tweaks when you switched to the AXP-100?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think I undervolted the cpu a little bit, but I switched to an ncase m1 v5 because I couldnt bear the noise

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok. The case simply needs modding, not hard at all but glad you've found peace with the M1.