I have thought about it, but I think I will try to wait and see if they make a GTX 1080 TI.
Yes, both fans over the motherboard blow downward toward the motherboard. It does heat the motherboard a little bit, but it can't be helped. You get much better air flow if you draw air in from outside the case and create positive pressure to direct air our of the case. It also helps keep dust down.
The 92mm fan on the heat-sink blows downward toward the Motherboard. I have it set that way so that the air flow is all moving in the same direction.
I don't think I have seen it hit higher than 78c even with 120 Mhz overclock. It usually sits around 73-75c at during stress testing and 50-68c normally depending on the game.
Thank you, I am glad you liked it.
I haven't measured exactly, but I'll make some guesses.
Between the fans and the GPU about 10 or 12 mm? About half a finger width. Between the GPU and the case wall I'd say about a 3/4 of an inch. There is just enough space to plug the power cables in and bend them around to route them. Lengthwise I would say there are two or three inches of space before you get to the front panel; maybe more.
TL:DR it is a tight fit width wise but there is plenty of space length wise.
For thermal paste I used the stuff that came with the Noctua cooler. The EVGA DVD player comes with a slimline cable, so you don't need to buy one. There weren't any other cables that I needed to buy.
Now, one word of warning, the MSI 980 ti G6 is a VERY tight fit as the card is very wide. Getting it into place took the better part of an hour for me. Also, the GPU bracket doesn't fit around the cooler.
How I got the GPU in place was by very carefully putting in the front end into the case first and then twisting it to get the top edge in and the sliding in the bracket around the CPU cooler. If you don't put the CPU cooler in first this will probably be much easier, alternatively, if you can remove the GPU riser card it might work too; I don't know if that second option is possible because I've never tried taking apart the riser card. Make sure you attach your GPU power cables and your slimeline cable before putting everything in. I routed the GPU power cables over the back-plate of the card and had them hanging out until I got the card mounted into place, then I plugged them into the PSU.
Another option would be to use the Gigabyte G1 gaming 980 ti. It is thinner but longer. Conceptually this would allow it to slide into place more easily and should allow the use the of bracket. I don't know anyone who has used the 980 ti windforce in this case so I can't say for sure though.
I wish you luck with your system, I am glad that my reviews helped you out. One more thing I have found, orienting the case with the GPU on top with the CPU on bottom has reduced temps by about 4 degrees, heat is a bit of an issue at times if you are overclocking. If not, you're going to be fine. :)
Thank you, it does weight a ton.
I will concede that the airflow is limited, but I have a lot of air moving in an out so it doesn't seem to hamper things too much if at all. Running aida64 and Valley things get into the mid 80s Celsius, but I have seen people with full ATX systems with fans and airflow to spare run within 5 degrees as hot. Eventually I will water-cool the GPU and have it set to vent air rather than intake so that will definitely help with cooling. Maybe someday I will be able to get the Corsair Bulldog water-cooler and mount it which will be awesome. I'm glad to see a big manufacture taking such an enthusiast approach to a relatively impractical form factor. :)
I have been extremely satisfied with the system. Cooling is better than I expected given the constraints of the case and heat sink size. At 100% load my temps stay under 90 and during even long and intensive gaming sessions the CPU doesn't exceed 80. I've been tweaking the power settings trying to fine tune the optimal combination for lowest power and highest performance, but I haven't gotten much better than what I have listed in the details. If you don't like the temps you can run the fans at higher RPM which drops the temps about 12 degrees at 100% fan speed for me, but the noise is a annoying since my rig is sitting right next to me on my desk (I'll add some more pictures soon).
I have run into one issue where my overly aggressive 24/7 overclocks on my graphics card caused a system crash during a War Thunder session which caused an odd power loss error to the SSD and slightly corrupted the DirectX Kernel. The result is that boots now take about 30 seconds because the DirectX Kernel will fail to initialize six or seven times before it can boot successfully. It is annoying, but everything runs just fine once booted so I haven't put the time in to fix it just yet. This also seems to be a known problem with no clear cause or solution other than to reinstall windows which is a bother.
TL:DR The system is incredibility fast and runs very cool and quietly given the limited size of the CPU cooler and fans.
That is the GPU holder. Because of the small size of the case, a standard height graphics card will not fit in the case, so Silverstone built a bracket to hold the GPU with a PCIe riser card to connect it to the motherboard. If you look in the upper right hand corner to can see the upside down "Silverstone" on the PCIe extension card. The GPU bracket also holds two SSDs and a slimline optical drive.
I honestly don't remember what I did. I think I used longer screws to attach it to the Mobo standoffs, but I might have just used the regular screws to attach it. Everything went fine mounting the Mobo and none of the daughter boards conflicted with anything enough to become note worthy.
I chose two Corsair air flow fans, but I think static pressure is better if you intend to use the optional fan filters. Static pressure fans might also help because they would be able to push air over the graphics card fins so your card fans don't have to work as hard. That would theoretically allow your GPU to run cooler with lower fan speeds.
I plan on getting some SP fans and testing it on either my next paycheck or the one after, so I'll let you know how it goes. You can also look on the RVZ01 owners club thread on overclocked.com for other system specs and configs.
I have all my case fans on intake. Both the CPU cooler fans are on a splitter so linked to the MOBO cpu fan header so they speed up and slowdown together. The other two case fans blowing on the GPU are just plugged into the MOBO fan controller set to about 30-40% RPM. They stay pretty quite and feed plenty of air to the GPU fans. Even with my overclocks, nothing gets hot enough for me to consider it dangerous or even particularly risky.
Let me know when you get your system built, it looks pretty powerful.
Well, this is a great cooler. If you use an Asrock board you can use the Cryorig c1 for similar performance. If you're not trying to push 4.6-4.7 Ghz you won't have any issues at all. Whisper quiet and cool at stock speeds.
I used a slim Prolimatech 140m attached to the case. The fan has 120mm mounting holes, so it goes on just fine. It is slightly bigger than the intake, but the intake is slightly bigger than a standard 120mm. Other good options are the Yate Loon 120mm/20mm fan, I hear it does very well with this cooler, and the Cooler Master Xtraflo slim 120mm. As a matter of curiosity, why are you using a xeon and not an i7?
Prolimatech slim 140,
Cooler Master Xtraflo
I like the Noctua N-12 that I am using. I and a few others find it keeps things pretty cool. The Silverstone AR-06 and NT06-PRO, Cryorig C1, Thermalright AXP-100 are also good options, though the Thermalright and Cryorig coolers only work with certain Motherboard configurations. Ultimately I recommend checking out the Raven Owners Club to see what is compatible and was isn't. You can also ask other owns what they have found with the parts they have used.
Thank you. I've already taken it to a friends house. It's so easy to move compared to my old PC.
Thank you. SFF machines are becoming so powerful.