I built this rig to save space while being able to run the latest titles at 60+ frames at the highest settings and 1080p. I tried many "compact" cases that ended up being the same size as a regular mid tower. I decided to go with a Raijintek Metis for my build because it is actually compact and it has a very pleasing clean look to it. I've seen many not so hot looking Metis builds (both stock and modded) so I was determined to make this build look very clean and simple without busting out the Dremel tool (zero mods). I was concerned it would be difficult to work with, but due to the fact that the entire case can be disassembled down to the motherboard tray it wasn't too difficult, but it would be a stretch to say it was easy to build in.
I tried a Silverstone 600w Strider PSU, but it was just too large to use with a full sized graphics card. So I had to opt for the smaller yet still powerful SFX offering from Silverstone. The Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W Power Supply is very nice, but making a tidy 24 pin cable for it can be somewhat of a pain. I managed, but I think I got some gray hairs from it. The Alphacool Eisberg is a novel idea, but it lacks in two areas. Noise and mounting hardware. At 12v the pump is unbearably loud. I'm talking it sounds like a little RC helo at full throttle. I run it 7v and it's just barely tolerable. The mounting hardware is just terrible to work with. Other than those two shortcomings, it performs admirably at cooling my CPU.
Temps...I knew temps wouldn't be great in this case, but I figured I would be into a new computer before my hardware would become effected by the high temps. To my surprise however, temps aren't too bad. Note I do have the non window panel removed in order to reach these temps, but I don't see that side of the PC ever. With the panel on my CPU (i5 4670K @ 3.8ghz) would reach 65C and my GPU (EVGA GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 @ 1340mhz) would sweat at 80C (fans at 40% after hours of Squad set on epic). With the panel removed my CPU got to 58C and my GPU to 71C. I can live with that.
Overall I'm happy with this little guy. It could stand to be a little cooler and quieter, but the space savings is well worth it to me.
A very capable piece of silicon. It can do everything I need it to do as far as gaming. I don't do any rendering or video editing so I can't make a comment about that. It is a very nice processor and not too pricey.
This is a novel design in theory, but in practice it is not a very good product. Sort of. It cools as it should, but it does so insanely loud. Also the mounting hardware was terrible. It's difficult to work with and the knurled knobs for tightening everything down where rusted as soon I as got it. I had to clean them up with alcohol and repaint them in order to make them look good. I wouldn't recommend this product unless space is crucial. Even then there are probably better alternatives. The most obvious benefit is the fact that it's gorgeous.
Very durable as this has been in and out of a case more times than I can count on two hands. Very easy UEIF. It doesn't overclock automatically at all. System will fail to boot even the lowest auto overclock.
Very good ram. It's durable and the LEDs look awesome.
Very good performance for the cost. Also stays pretty cool considering it's in an unmodified Raijintek Metis.
Very good looking case with excellent construction. A downfall to this case is the fact that the side panels must be removed and reattached with four screws which can be very annoying. Obviously airflow is an issue with this case. Temps only become acceptable when it is water-cooled. I can't really find another case that offers all the benefits of the Metis in such a small and yet practical package.
Excellent fit and finish. Pinouts need to be changed so that one can easily make clean custom cables.
Great. What choice do you really have if you're gaming? Linux hopefully someday will be mainstream.
These do the job, but they are a tad noisy and pricey for what you get.