For the last of our Dreamhack Austin 2017 mini-ITX LAN party builds, we used an i7-7700K and a GTX 1080 Ti with MSI's Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard all squeezed inside the BitFenix Portal.

You can watch the livestream archive to see how the build came together and our initial benchmark run.

A special thanks to BitFenix for providing the case and MSI for providing the motherboard used in this build.

Notes from our "testing" (aka the DreamHack Austin 2017 BYOC LAN experience): There's some tricky thermals happening in this build. Typical game play with any kind of cool-down breaks won't run into much issue, but when we played it non-stop for hours at a time during the Dreamhack LAN, we could see the GPU thermal throttle with the card's default settings.

Turning all available the fans (radiator, GPU and 80mm) to max mitigates things a bit, but we ultimately resorted to opening the case up when playing long stretches to see more typical temperatures and performance. Like most ITX cases, there is limited airflow configurations, so you want to try to avoid exhausting internally like we did with our GPU.

After our experience and playing with some alternative setups, we'd recommend choosing a reference GPU cooler design that exhausts out the back to promote better air flow within the case and allowed better performance over longer play times.

And now, on to benchmarks:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Score Physics Score CPU Score
TimeSpy v1.0 8179 9228 N/A 4975
FireStrike v1.1 19666 27611 13187 N/A
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 6495 6577 13171 N/A
FireStrike Extreme 1.1 12019 13366 13114 N/A
Game Settings Resolution Average FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 106 FPS
Battlefield 1 High 2560x1440 109 FPS
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Ultra 2560x1440 58.15 FPS
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Very High 2560x1440 84.10 FPS
Ghost Recon: Wildlands High 2560x1440 94.46 FPS
Portal Max settings 2560x1440 289 FPS
Portal 2 Max settings 2560x1440 298 FPS


  • 31 months ago
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Sick build and great video on youtube +1

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  • 31 months ago
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Second picture showing the top of your gpu is dope. I don't like how the gpu looks, but it looks so good in that case

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the GPU sag? Would a backplate or a brace be advised?

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