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MITX Adventures, And How Cooling Is Important

by masterbot



Date Published

March 2, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.257 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


This is my second build ever, first itx build. Why is this is an adventure? Mostly because I went through 3 cases, 2 power supplies, 3 coolers and a bunch of 120 and 80 mm fans. I started with node 202, which I had to mod to fit the rx 580 nitro. The said gpu overheated and was loud af, not only that but silverstone 700w sfx-l power supply was even louder than the gpu with fans at 2000 rpm. Then I ordered the corsair sf600 platinum power supply and returned the silverstone. Then I replaced the stock amd wraith stealth cooler with ID-COOLING IS-40X which wasn't that much better. Trying to lower the gpu temperatures I removed the fans from the nitro and put in 2 120mm arctic fans, this helped, but the cpu temperatures went through the roof, I also de soldered the white led and replaced it with a blue one in node 202 to fit with my setup. Then I caved from sff way, seeing bitfenix portal on overclockers uk and bought it and cryorig m9a thinking that a bigger case would have better cooling, and not reading up on it. This case was a bit better, a little bit. But after comparing the noise when the hardware was out in the open and in the case, the difference was NOTICEABLE. Its size and noise made me switch back to the node. And this would have been the end of the story if by chance I found a youtube channel andydjangoo, where I saw the qb one itx case, after comparing it to sg13, which requires a water cooler for it to be cooled well I ordered it, along with fabric mesh as phanteks p600 front panel gave me some inspiration and I didn't like the 90s media centre look. I got the case and started the build, when I tried to fit the gpu in with the hard drive bay getting in my way. I took the drill and removed it. This was a good call as now building was easier and right120mm fan wasn't blocked. I was still waiting for the mesh to arrive. I set the 120mm fan to intake and the cpu cooler to exhaust out the back. This didn't cool the gpu that well and seem to build up heat. I decided to reverse the direction of the 120mm fan and cpu fan. This worked better, but the gpu was still a bit toasty, so I put the case motherboard down and I also removed the dust filters. This fixed the cooling. But now the case would suck all the dust in. If you get this case remove the filters, they are a war crime, the cooling was improved massively once I got rid of that plastic garbage. The mesh arrived and I modded the front panel, I used double sided silicone tape I had left over after replacing a screen in my laptop. The thing about the front panel is that there is a foam behind the metal mesh making it practically solid, I got rid of it and to be honest even with bare plastic the case looked better. I reversed the 120mm fan to intake and the cpu tower to exhaust up and put the feet on the gpu side. This build is practically complete I am thinking of getting 2 handles as feet to increase the air gap for the gpu and have handles for the case to be portable, still the gpu is pretty quiet after the dust filters were removed. I might get silverstone fine mesh filters for 120mm fans too.

If you want almost brand new node 202, bitfenix portal (black, no window) or ID-COOLING IS-40X (add 92mm arctic fan), 5x80mm arctic fans comment or message me.

I use elementary os, right now from my distro hopping experience fedora or ubuntu derivatives are the easiest, I hear that pantheon de will be available on fedora 30, BIG is true.

I set the rx 580 nitro to the factory overclock(1411mhz), used lm_sensors to get the zero fan rpm to work in linux and overclocker the memory to 3200mhz (changed the 15 to 16 in timing).

Update got the filter and modded the ikea handles as feet, involved cutting screws with pliers and drilling through metal.

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MrThreePik 12 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

That mesh looks cool! +1

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Have you been able to update your Kernel and Mesa to enable FreeSync? It does require the most bleeding edge Kernel and Mesa, but your monitor with low framerate compensation should I believe deliver a smoother experience than if the Freesync range was lower, like many 4K Freesync monitors currently have issues with framerate range.

masterbot submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I will wait for a release kernel v5, as rc8 has bricked the desktop enviroment in eos. It might work in gnome, but gnome has been getting on my bad side lately. I don't like kde either except the chinese spyware deepin (I don't know if it is really spyware). Once fedora 30 is released in a few months with pantheon and deepin desktops available I most likely won't have to look back at windows.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

KDE is the only one that has worked with NVIDIA FreeSync so far for me. It has a composition switch (Shift+Alt+F12 to turn on and off composition) while other DEs bury that option somewhere or make it impossible to turn off composition at will. (Muffin from Cinnamon and Linux Mint always has composition on)

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah, the more flexible cables work better with small builds. +1

DopeAF123 1 point 1 month ago

Did was the AM4 mounting bracket come included with the M9a?

masterbot submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Yes it has support for only amd sockets, m9i supports intel, but you could fit cryorig h7 or arctic freezer 33.

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