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I was a little nervous about building inside a Hadron since so it seemed so many people complained about how tight it was and how hard it was to cable manage. Once I got it and started piecing it together I realized there is just so much room for activities. Cable managing was a breeze. Yes, cables are visible, it's a piece of electronic equipment, it has cables, but they are all out of the way and do not impede airflow which is really what I find important. I'm extremely happy with the tiny footprint of this case, it was exactly what I was looking for: the smallest possible case that could fit a powerhouse of a video editing machine.

The Basics: I swapped the case fans out to noctua ppc pwm 2000rpm fans and I changed the cpu cooler fans to nf-a9 pwm fans. With such a small case cooling could be an issue so I wanted to make sure I could address it with fans that could ramp up when needed but be as silent as possible when under low load. Some tweaking with speedfan and the fans now idle at the lowest possible speed before fully shutting off and slowly increase speed (sound) as needed depending on temps. I've had no temp issues with this setup even after a couple hours at full load. After a while at full load the cpu runs at around 65c and the gtx 980 runs at 75c, sound levels are reasonable with all fans running at around 1500rpm (No manual oc, only w/e stock oc the card and cpu run from the factory)

The clips for the fans on the cpu cooler do not clear the ram... all other points on these clips attach fine so I simply left the lower one that hits the ram unattached and tucked it out of the way. I've had no issues and the fans are not loose in any way.

For the wifi card I ripped the intel 7260 that came with the mobo used on my HTPC/NAS build since that box is wired to directly to the router. It worked like a charm. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/CnCypg

Future plans: I might add another SSD in raid 0 if they go on sale for kicks and add the evga dvd drive just to fill up the hole. There's not really much of anything I could think of doing to improve this pc. I'm very happy with it.

Overall this thing is a mini beast; It's handled anything I throw at it. Gaming across three monitors (5040x1050) is damn nice, and it's cut my video rendering time in half vs my old 8 physical core workstation. Only downside for me is the max 16gb of ram since I like using ramdisks for faster video editing/rendering. As it stands I have 3 monitors running off the video card and a tv running off onboard graphics... figured that would save some energy when I'm just watching a movie or so. I love this thing.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

whoa! this looks nice and a bigger incentive to build my workstation into a mITX case. I was planning on grabbing the NCASE M1 but the hadron is significantly cheaper and comes with the power supply. How has this been treating you since its been over half a year? Anything you could change or advise for someone building a photo/video editing workstation with this case?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

The one thing you might have to consider with a build like this is that it's a beast now, but you wont really be able to expand it much in the future. It even crossed my mind to upgrade to a 980ti (for no good reason) but that card is above the psu's rating. The other limiting factor for me is that I can't go higher than 16gb of ram... which I would love to go higher so I could run a large ramdisk.

With that out of the way, this thing is solid. I can't say that I'm using it super heavily. I game a little bit and edit/render in car track videos when I have time, but this thing makes all that a breeze for someone with very little free time. I don't over clock so at stock speeds everything runs super cool. It has a hard time getting over 60* and the fans aren't even loud or maxed out.

I wanted mini itx and the smallest footprint possible. This thing blows my mind with how capable it is for what it is. It's not over done, just clean, powerful, and quick.

I hear a lot of people complain about the case being too small, no such thing. If you can't do a clean build in this you neither have the patience or creativity to do it right. Take your time, plan ahead and be smart. I pulled parts in and out several times test fitting everything to make sure I was happy with how things fit and came out. Even how the fan cables were routed and where they plugged into. I did that at least 5 times. A little bit of ocd will come in handy working with this case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow you actually did so good on cable management in there. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA much????? lol jk looks great in that case

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

haha yeah, I'm a bit of a fanboy. This board and the case were designed to work together so I'm all for it lol.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. The pictures were done pretty well. I Am going to be using that case myself in a mini itx build sometime. Plus 1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

holy crap, your cable management in such a small case is amazing, your fingers fit to do the cable management or was it too confined so you had to use chopsticks? lol

+1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not that bad, just have to remember that the heat sink is the second to last thing to go in and then the fans... but yeah, a chopstick to fully seat the fan headers can come in handy.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for triple monitor Civ!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like your CPU cooler is blowing air down towards your GPU, rather than up towards your exhaust fans.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just that one fan. I forget what I was doing, but I moved some stuff around and mounted the one fan upside down by mistake. They're all blowing up right now. Good catch.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build btw! Does the tiny vent underneath the PSU have any negative impact on the overall cooling? Thanks!

P.S. Love that 980!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

i am doing a evga hadron air build soon so any tips? my specs are almost identicle to yours very simler exept the fans things. do u think i will need more fans? i have a gtx 970 rear exaust intel 17 4790k

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

More fans aren't necessary, especially with an rear exhaust card. The fans in my system rarely ever spin over idle unless I'm playing a game or rendering video, and even then they don't hit max. Temps have been comfortably low since I've built this system. Granted, I'm not OCing so your results may vary. Good luck.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

so is the psu good enough to power that 980? i read that they need 42 amps and the psu here only gives 40 amps

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I've yet to have any issues with the power supply not keeping up.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this case! I really want to get one!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How hard was it fitting the 980 into the Hadron?

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha yeah, it's a bit of an eyesore, if they had just made it 2 inches longer it could have easily been hidden under the mobo like the front audio is.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

No need to rip panels apart, all the wires/connectors for the front actually come off pretty easily. Basically, two screws and everything is off. The front audio actually just unplugs.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

1 3/4" from the top of the pci bracket to the edge of the case... so about 1 1/2" from the top of the pci bracket to the acrylic.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess, but my concern was more towards using cuda for rendering video than outright gaming fps.

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