Description

In my ultimate desire for maximum performance within reason, I decided that in order to take full advantage of my CPU, I must upgrade the cooling and also the computer case. I wanted to keep the small size while still retaining higher performance.

What makes this version 3? Well, for a comparison:

Version 1 (July 2018)

  • Bought all the main parts

  • Cryorig C7 Cu small form factor cooler selected for cooling the CPU

  • Had a Dan Cases A4-SFX v2 case

Downside being....

  • CPU had to run at 3.75ghz manually tuned to voltage of 1.1v across all cores to stay under 85*c.

  • Something was wrong with the fan I used (Noctua NF-A9x14) where it would periodically turn itself off, overheating the CPU.

Version 2 (October 2018)

  • Bought an Asetek 545LC selected for cooling the CPU

  • CPU was able to run at 4ghz

  • Bought an Asus PG279Q 1440p 144hz GSync IPS 27 inch monitor, as an upgrade from 1920x1080p 24 inches, 60hz IPS

Downsides being...

  • Something was wrong with the fan I used for its radiator (Noctua NF-A9x14) where it would periodically turn itself off, overheating the CPU.

  • It wouldn't fit in the case properly, and the computer case had some crappy quality control. This brings us to version 3.

Version 3 (March 2019)

  • Bought a Fractal Celsius S24 240mm AIO for cooling the CPU. Ultimate overkill.

  • CPU is able to run at 4.2ghz all cores at 1.40 volts.

  • 4.3ghz is theoretically possible, if not for the fact that it required unsafe voltages.

  • Temperatures stay under 80*c even when the CPU draws 200 watts.

  • Basically everything fits.

Downsides being....

  • AIO fans sometimes slow itself down to 1900 RPM and locks at 1900 instead of 2900, I still don't know why. At least there's no overheating.

  • Louqe Ghost's "tophat" doesn't fit properly and the screws aren't long enough. Not the same colour, either.

Overall I think I'm done. I have requested a replacement for the tophat bit.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

Alita: Battle Angel +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Some power in an SFF build. Awesome piece of machinery. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

In my opinion, the Fractal Design Celsius should have some RGB!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Externally mounted radiators used to be more common and honestly I miss those days. Koolance and CM used to make a bunch of brackets, if I remember correctly. I loved the look of those.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It's meant to be internal. It sits on the top. At least, it would if the tophat I bought wasn't broken

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

I see a V4 in the future. If the leaks are true the Gen. 2 Ryzen 5 3600 will have 8c/16t and a boost of 4.4 Ghz with a TDP of 65W. You could air cool this cpu with a Noctua NH L12 (bottom fan only) or NoctuaNH L9x65 and this cpu will be dead even or faster than the R7 2700x.

On the other side you could wait for the i9 9900t or buy a 8700t. Even if the 8700t is locked at 35W its faster in games than the r7 2700x.

https://www.computerbase.de/2018-06/intel-core-i7-8700t-i5-8500t-cpu-test-coffee-lake/2/#diagramm-performancerating-fps

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't settle for minuscule improvements. Ryzen 5 3600 will be a complete waste of money. Buying a new cooler will be a waste of money. Buying an Intel processor AND a new motherboard is a complete waste of money.

Sorry I don't have 1 million dollars to throw around man

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Man I just wanted to show you some solutions for your temperature problem without losing computing power/fps in games.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have a temperature problem.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you be so kind as to point out where I'm having this temperature problem? Cause I don't believe I mentioned anything.

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

sry that I said temperature problem. I meant the problem with your cooling solution/case. The production quality of the case is pretty bad for the price and your are not the first with the top hat problem. Some never got an answer from louqe or the replacement top hat had the same problem. I hope you get a good replacement if not you made the wrong choice with the cpu. A R7 2700x is not for super SFF.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I can decide for myself if I made the right choice or not for the CPU, thanks. My CPU is running at maximum performance with zero thermal throttling and the temps never reach 80*c.

  • 2 months ago
  • -1 points

Sure that the C7 can effectively cool your CPU? There are better coolers available for small form factor PCs.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

did you stop reading when you saw that? jesus lmfao.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

There aren't really any better for 47mm max height. And I'm not using the Cryorig C7 Cu anymore