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by sdf1234567

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Date Published

Oct. 11, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 6, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

Description

I've had my eye on the Dancase A4 since it came out, but until now there was usually a months-long wait to get your hands on one (never mind that price tag). A younger me would have balked at spending $350 on components that have very little impact on actual work or gaming tasks, but I'm getting older so "design aesthetic" and "minimalism" are starting to appeal more to me.

And damn does this case deliver. I think the no-frills, exactly-what-you-need-and-nothing-more approach vision has been executed perfectly. The build quality and machining are also top-notch, from the stiffness of the side panels to the counter-sunk screws, every detail seems to have been thought through and considered during manufacturing. It's also a joy to build in; Optimum Tech compared it to working with an open-air test bench, my anecdotal experience certainly backs this up. because the case is so compact, it's trivial to flip it around in and get it in a position that makes easy to access whatever component you're working with.

Cabling is pretty easy, if only because you don't really have much of a choice in how you wire up components. I think the job done here is fine, but I will probably acquire some custom cables in the future.

As far as thermals are concerned, this was a small (but really enjoyable) challenge. My thermal test of choice is the Prime95 8k torture test as laid out in this guide by der8auer: http://overclocking.guide/stability-testing-with-prime-95/. When I first benchmarked the setup, I was getting a whopping 95 degrees under load. A -110 mv undervolt and fan duct has brought that down considerably.

Lastly, I have to shout out the IC graphite thermal pad. I tend to get pretty neurotic about thermal paste, so this pad was a godsend. It was dead simple to install, and I think it may make some cooler testing easier down the line. I have 0 complaints about it, and will probably use something like it for all my future builds.

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michaelsd28 1 point 12 days ago

Awesome