So I needed a PC to Take to Portugal to a villa for 6 weeks so I can get some VR/Rift/Vive work done and any 3d work my clients wanted to throw my way.
Personally I love mac's but currently there is NO machine fast enough to handle the VR spec which is why oculus are not supporting macs at the moment and that includes the now way out of date mac pro cylinder 2013. Which had a fantastic Workstation D700 GPU back then... and now it's pretty slow.
So my aim was to build the smalled machine I can carry on to the plane with the fastest card and the pc-q21 is about as small as you get! I looked at the PC-TU100 lunchbox case and the Hadron Air but decided to go for it with this.
The build was pretty easy if you do things in the wrong order.
I had to mount the CPU and fan before installing the Motherboard. In retrospect I should have wired it all up too as it's damn tight in the case.
Certainly have to remove the PSU to do anything in the case. I mounted the Fan facing in which Lian Li seem to recommend and the temperatures have been surprisingly good!
The R9 Nano is a beast and bests my 980 in my main machine. Furmark though up false readings to begin with but found out you need to switch everything to 'Application controlled' - Score was 4554 hitting 80fs at 1080p
Temperatures Idle GPU - 38 CPU 26
max load with furmark running for 20 mins GPU - 75 CPU - 50
++++UPDATE++++ For the Scythe and mounted it at the bottom sucking air in and the temps under load are a few degrees less.
Added images of it packed up for flight - That is a hard case Carry On! ULTIMOCABIN Upright 50cm 50x40x20cm | 30L Even has room for a Laptop and other stuff in the Front pocket total weight approx 10kg 2.7Kg 3.9Kg computer 1Kg Rift + Camera + Xbox controller / stick 2Kg macbook pro
Last few pics are against my Corsair Air 540 - i7 last gen - 980 which doesn't actually score as high!
+++UPDATE+++ Picked up a 40" Hisense 4k TV for £299 to use as a monitor. Amazing resolution and screen space - Not the best for games as the delay is a little high, but that's not what I am using it for. And a 32" 4k monitor starts at about £700. Does need a mini displayport to HDMI 2.0 as the R9 only outputs HDMI 4K at 30fps max - but DP is 60fps.
Lovely bit of kit. Very quiet and fits in my incredibly tiny PC-Q21 build.
Great so far - Love Asus Mobos. The only thing this doesn't have is a USB-C connector which is a shame. But didn't want to get the comparable Gigabyte 170 Gaming as it get terrible WIFI reviews.
Beast of a machine in a tiny package. These were 500+ a few months ago and now down to 375. Bests a 980 in a TINY form factor.
These are great. Well made and surprisingly easy to get everything in. My only issue would be that they could have put a grill on the top to add a second fan - There is space for one at the bottom and would have made perfect sense to blast air though the system bottom to top.
If I have any issues I may mod it with a Dremel and put a Fan in. But the temps are suprisingly ok so far.
Really good PSU. Silent even under load Massive fan. Make sure your build can fit a SFX-L though as they as longer.