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Tiny DAN-A4SFXv2

by slavikus



Date Published

March 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.016 GHz


When I saw the beautiful ultra-compact Dan Cases A4-SFX, I immediately knew I have to build a gaming PC into it.

I already had an ASUS Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX motherboard, but it didn't support M.2 SSD drives and I wanted to use one to free up space that is going to be occupied by the radiator for the liquid cooling kit by Asetek, so I went all-in and bought a new ASUS Z370-I Gaming motherboard with the top available CPU for it (i7-8700K).

Adding a 1080 Ti card and some G.Skill RAM sticks turned it to be an absolute beast in the games. Given it only has 2 fans (one for the liquid cooling radiator and one in the video card), it's not only extremely small but also is pretty silent.

Fitting it all in was not too hard, either, the case is precisely measured for these kinds of things (and even a full size 1080 ti video card fitted in nicely!). I had to fiddle a bit with the power supply cords, but it wasn't something like an extremely hard task.

Overall this sits next to my Mac Pro and occupies about as much desk real estate as the former.

Two things I want to do to improve: first, power cabling looks ugly. Need to order some custom length CableMod ones (they bend more easily and by ordering a precise length can help with the real estate inside of the case). Second, since the motherboard has an AURA connector, I guess I should go and add some RGB LED strips. Any suggestions for a good addressable AURA-compatible strips, guys?

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LeoLancaster 1 Build 5 points 13 months ago

looks sick +1

slavikus submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you!

Inndee 2 Builds 4 points 13 months ago

Temps? Any OC?

SirHalpin 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

curious as well, with only two dedicated fans

Mr.ShwiftyMcNasty 2 points 13 months ago

yeah, any OC?

GoodPeanutBoy 2 points 13 months ago

Nice! Hows the airflow?

Enrico411 2 points 13 months ago

Tiny and powerful! Very nice+1

I think cablemod has led strips that are aura compatible.

Nater650 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah I think so

You just need to make sure you have an addressable RGB header on your motherboard if you want to change the color

They come in two lengths, 30 cm and 60 cm

Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Dan is the guy or the case? ;). On a serious note, solid build

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I can feel ncase getting scared already... +1

osmomysl 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I love it! Looks really great!

Does it get very noisy under GPU load?

Mtthwmths 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Hopefully building in the custom mod mini with my impact viii soon! Your build looks awesome, and that's some ultra high end parts!! Congrats!!!

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Itty-bitty living space...

SekouSan 1 point 13 months ago

I know 1080 ti's now cost a lot because of cryptocurrency, but 1300 dollars?!!

tony475130 1 point 13 months ago

GPU looks sweet with the green stripes, almost like a race car!

ericide 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

So tiny... fierce yet adorable. I love it.

Air_Wizardo 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Beautiful build. So much power in such a small case. Do you think they'll make the V3 with see-through side panel as well?

llamafacelukas 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Sexy PC high five fun!

dogemasta117 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

You look like guy Ferrari

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Fantastic tiny build. Thank you for the shot holding it. Really gives th e perspective of just how small it is.

Thumbs up.

biomew 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Hey! Hello! Welcome to DAN family:-) I'm thinking about upgrade my gtx 1070 in my DAN. And I think that blower style 1080ati will be better than others. Can u tell me temperatures of your gpu under heavy load? And what about acoustics?

Phiveam 1 point 10 months ago

Did the height of the trident ram block the tubes of the 545lc at all?

Stratsoffear 1 point 9 months ago

So I see that when I add this case to my parts list with the graphics card I already purchased it says my card of 298mm is too long for the case of 295mm do you think I could make the extra 3mm fit? Or would it be too tight or just absolutely not fit?

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