Description

Decided to finally pull the trigger on some parts to build a mini ITX computer. I didn't want anything that looked like a half-baked XBOX or Playstation (RVZ01) or anything too massive (for an ITX) like the Bitfenix Prodigy, so decided to opt for the Hadron Air. The fact that it came with an included PSU was nice, though I somewhat regret this now since the fan is loud at high load. In retrospect, I would have chosen the IN WIN 901 for aesthetics alone. Oh well!

I decided to put together a full video build log, with how-tos, describing the trials and tribulations of building with such a small case. I choose to do positive air pressure in the case to remove the risk of dust invading the inside of the case, and added a 60mm noctua fan as exhaust in the back (see pics/videos).

All things considered, the case looks FANTASTIC, it's small and sleek - BUT noisy. Since I record my gaming sessions, I had to put it on the floor due to noise which is somewhat annoying considering I'd like to look at it.

I wouldn't worry too much about cable management here since you can easily remove the drive cage which will free up a ton of room. But the PSU fan is the kicker for me. IT's fine under regular load like surfing and even higher loads like rendering but once the GPU gets gong it really revs up.

Build log can be found here:

(Playlist) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkFLcEBfcQD8ucynNqpdazvT7Vql3Fo_3

(Part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjhEJEGaMA&index=1&list=PLkFLcEBfcQD8ucynNqpdazvT7Vql3Fo_3

(Part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0Jg7ZX0qGc&index=2&list=PLkFLcEBfcQD8ucynNqpdazvT7Vql3Fo_3

(Part 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igKoyVMX3Uc&index=3&list=PLkFLcEBfcQD8ucynNqpdazvT7Vql3Fo_3

(Part 4 - FInal thoughts and Assassin's Creed Unity Ultra Settings Gameplay)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aPeaDKHMBQ&list=PLkFLcEBfcQD8ucynNqpdazvT7Vql3Fo_3&index=4

(Part 5 - Oddly enough, Minecraft is the only game that can make this computer sweat. I max out Minecraft here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU7UYISV6ds

(Part 6 - More minecraft with temperatures and CPUFAN temps) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCiunZpjQw8

See this build play Assassin's Creed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prWjjem9YeI

See this build play Witcher 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILws4qoiiPE

Let me know what you think!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Keeps my i5 4690k Cool while playing Assassin's Creed Unity at Ultra settings, and while rendering videos and the like. Max CPu temp hits 75 or 77 but that is really overloaded. Normal use is fine at 50-60.

Fits nicely in my Mini ITX. See my build video log here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjhEJEGaMA

Case

Pros: Sleek and beautiful Comes with power supply VERY SMALL (your monitor will be much taller) Good build quality Fits most high end GPUs

Cons: Power supply's fan is noisy at full load Some design flaws like the massive drive cage could have been done better, room in the back for more fans, etc. Had to add rubber feet to my case to make it feel sturdier Optical drive has to be specific, do your research.

See my build video log here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjhEJEGaMA

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you buy rubber feet that were reinforced with gold ? Goodness those feet are expensive for squares of rubber.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Only the best shoes for my case my friend. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811993013CVF

Granted that was $11 plus shipping, I was just going off of memory here. Wouldn't use my case without them. They raise the back end of the case for more airflow to the PSU unit, and keep the front from wobbling.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cable management on the hadron. Fantastic looking case, but the lack of cable management options spooked me. Looks fantastic.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks zlogs. The cable management was really interesting, and I was on a budget (both of time and money) so didn't sleeve anything. I used electrical tape to cover the horrible colors (yellow, orange, etc) of the stock cables. There's enough room there, I wouldn't let the cable management issue keep you from the case. You can always remove the drive cage easily.

The main issue for me was/is the PSU at full load. It's somewhat noisy and I can't have my case next to me while I play.

I can't explain how small this case is... in one of my videos I compare it to my GTX970. The case is exactly the same length as my GPU, and exactly the same height too. Look at your GPu and imagine a case that small!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

phantec has a cpu cooler perfect for this case, when installed all you see it the gpu, top of the heatsink and drive cages

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build especially the blue lighting! Kind of wish I had gone with the Hadron instead of my core v1. The upfront cost seems a lot until I realize the case and my 450 cs-m gold psu cost about 80% of the price of the Hadron. I don't think noise would be as much of an issue for me as I just have a pentium g3258@4.3ghz so I wouldn't ever come near 500w. Is the psu silent at idle or moderate load?

My concerns about the Hadron are that it's slanted, I'd prefer it flat, and it ifs that much smaller than the core v1 which I find quite large. It'd be nice to be able to see one in real life.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

The Hadron is TINY. In my build videos I compare it to my GPU - an MSI Geforce GTX 970.
The Hadron is Exactly the same Height and Width. It's really impressive.
Look at your GPU, if there's any room at the end of it then the CoreV1 is longer. Then flip your GPU 90 degrees, if you Core V1 has space then it's taller.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man how good is your cooler? Do you have comparison with the stock cooler? And does it interfere with ram?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hate to ask , but do you think this PC will run Arma 3?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the cpu cooler fan change speeds or is it set to one speed?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You need to get a graphics card if you expect lower temps your stressing out your integrated graphics