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Hello, welcome to the Loque Ghost S1. This case was originally launched on Kickstarter in November of 2017 with the intention of shipping the cases by June 2018. I placed a "pre-order" in February of 2018 and finally received it about three weeks ago. Numerous delays like discovering manufacturer imperfections, screw misalignments, paint colors not looking right, etc. forced the creators to go back and make changes before shipping the final product and thought it was almost a year waiting this case was definitely worth it.
I'm coming from an existing boutique case build, the NCASE M1's 12.6 Liters to the Loque Ghost S1's 8.2 Liters...that's a 35% reduction in internal case space yet amazingly everything still fits!
I only transferred my tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, wireless headphones, two SSD's and my GPU from the old rig. Everything else is new.
The case panels are almost twice as thick as the NCASE M1's thus it's surprisingly very rigid and beefy case. Though it's smaller it weighs 5.5 pounds compared to the NCASE M1's 4.4 pounds.
The anodized, sand-blasted finish is sexy to touch and is by far the most beautiful, most compact case I've ever owned. Almost like an Apple product but without the garbage specs.
At the time of me writing this, custom cables specifically designed for this case are only offered by PSLATE Customs. I screwed up the color scheme on the 28-pin cables and reordered some new ones. The existing white SATA and SATA power cables are from my old rig using Cable Mod custom cables.
I made three improvisions which I highly do not recommend unless you know what you are doing or crazy enough like me to risk breaking your expensive computer components.
1. Drilled new holes into the "spine" of the case to mount the 500GB Samsung SSD beside the GPU. Why? Because only one SSD can be mounted with the supplied SSD mount on the bottom of the case, this SSD holds all my games, and I didn't want to sell it.
2. The maximum CPU cooler height for this case is 66mm but I bought a 70mm Noctua NH-L12S. Why? Because the Noctua NH-L12 can only fit a tiny 90mm fan but the Noctua NH-L12S has a low-profile 120mm fan. I wanted the bigger fan and quieter operation. So I bent the heat pipes to bring the fins closer to the CPU cold plate. The end result is one side of the CPU cooler is exactly 66mm in height but the other side CPU cooler directly over the RAM is 67mm. It touches the side case panel but it doesn't matter to me. You may see the CPU cooler looks a bit cooked in the first photo and that's because it is. A negligible price for me to pay to have an inaudible CPU cooler.
3. The default 90mm fan inside the Corsair SF600 only kicks on when the PSU gets hot, but it's a tad annoying with the coil whine and the sound is a bit more pronounced in this case, so I unsuccessfully attempted to re-wire a Noctua 90mm fan in its place. So plan B was to cut a hole in the side of the PSU and connect it directly to one the motherboard fan headers. Since then it can't be heard, there's zero coil whine, and just for kicks and giggles, the Noctua fan is installed with the anti-vibration rubber mounts. Granted, this was completely unnecessary, voids the PSU warranty and looks unprofessional but there is virtually nothing insulating any noise coming from inside this case, so practicality be damned! I shall have total silence!
The end result, only the GPU fan can be heard when running Overwatch (ramps up to 70% fan speed at full load). All other games, video editing, the Lightroom app, and Luminar app practically make the case sound like all the interior components are passively cooled.
1. In case you're curious why two 2TB SSDs, I take a lot of photos and do some occasional photo/video work on the side. 4K video eats up a lot of space so these are a necessity. The 500GB Western Digital M.2 SSD is the boot drive with extra space to spare for occasional dumping of large files, the 500GB Samsung SSD is just the gaming drive with all my Steam Games, Blizzard Games and League of Legends.
2. Why blow cash on a smaller case? Well, I still occasionally travel and prefer this rig over a laptop/external GPU setup plus I occasionally do LAN parties with other dads so big power for 1080p gaming portability is a big deal to me. The look of the case is another big deal for me. It's beautiful and austere, somewhat similar in design to an Apple product without the crappy specs and inability to upgrade anything. I still get a kick out of the big eyeballs when they find out the system specs in this teeny 8.2 liter space with room for a beefier GPU and customizability with the Loque "top hats" additions.
Basically was the best option for gaming/content creation at the lowest price point. There's been virtually no difference in performance compared to my older Z170 6700K overclocked at 4.2 Ghz. The six cores seem to churn through apps that rely on multitasking and gaming is exactly the same.
I've resisted buying anything related to Noctua forever because of the damn tan/poop brown color scheme. This is my first Noctua product and now I cannot imagine buying anything else. Their fans truly are legendary, and this little cooler does an amazing job cooling the CPU very well. Truly blown away and would recommend any Noctua product.
The MSI motherboard is cheaper and likely will suit most gamers but this one has two M.2 slots (Note the front M.2 slot takes either SATA III M.2 or NAND/V-NAND M.2 but the rear M.2 slot only takes a NAND/V-NAND M.2 SSD) which was a must-have for me plus the 7 USB ports and one USB-C port comes in super handy.
Strong warranty, almost as reliable as Samsung but a bit cheaper. Highly recommend.
I've used this drive now for 5 years and not once has there been any hiccups. Overall Samsung is my favorite brand for SSD drives but there is a bit of a price premium.
Basically, this is 64 layers of V-NAND cells stacked on top of each other compared to 48 NAND cells in the 850 Evo series. Hence why the capacity is greater and some other magic engineering it's far more robust and each cell takes longer to fail. Super crucial for keeping my photos and videos stored away. When I first bought this about two years ago it was $740.00 now it's as low as $500.00 today. Only buy for longevity and storage of important files that you need to access on a regular basis. Again, I highly recommend Samsung products for drives.
Super reliable and mind-blowingly fast but at a price premium. Amazing product overall. I use this one to park files for editing.
The heatsink may be a tad small but it manages to be only a tad louder than a larger, two-fan option. Overall I recommend any small form factor GPU (any MSI Aero ITX, any Zotac Mini, or any Gigabyte Mini ITX) for SFF cases.
I personally dislike Cherry MX switches and these Romer G switches are a dream. The main sell for this product for me is the Logitech gaming software.
There is no one mouse that's perfect for everyone but this mouse is by far the most perfect mouse I've ever owned. Its light (80 grams), fits my hybrid claw-palm grip, can be either wired or wireless and the wireless mode is indistinguishable from wired. Coupled with the Logitech Power Play mouse pad is like a dream come true. It has a dongle that can be stored inside the mouse so I use that when I travel but the Power Play mouse pad acts as a dongle/charger when I get back home.
All wireless headphones have below average sound/mic quality since USB power limits the frequency range. Keeping that in mind, this is still my second favorite wireless headphones, and I got it to compliment the Logitech gaming software setup rather than several software applications for multiple peripherals.