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by ickydevil



Date Published

Aug. 3, 2015

Date Built

July 31, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C


This build was built up over the years from spare parts that I did not use and swapped better components from my first build to this one. Coming from the Bitfenix Prodigy (my first build), I discovered Mini-ITX cases can be a more difficult to build in but really all it takes is patience. Phanteks does make some nice cases and this one is no exception. My only gripes I had with the Evolv Mini were the included motherboard standoffs didn't screw down tight far enough to hold the motherboard in correctly and the first one I received had bent airflow vents. If I wasn't forced into using an ITX board I would have chose the mATX verison.

One challenge that some people might run into is the removable top fan mount doesn't really help when you have a sealed watercooler because the tubes will not reach without taking off the top panel unles. Not hard to do, just defeats the purpose when CPU block is already attached. I guess just don't mount the block beforehand and everything will be alright.

Another issue with the case is the thermal temps. Many reviewers mentioned the case can be about 5-10 C higher than other cases and they weren't lying. Full load CPU temps are not not the best but not horrible. GPU has a 5 C difference when under full load and fans maxed compared to when the GPU is in the Prodigy. This is because the GPU faces downward towards the PSU with less than an inch to spare.

All said and done I enjoyed this build and besides the temps I am very satisfied how it turned out

(Running Windows 10 now)

(Update 8/7/2015 - I gave up on the H80i and I'm using the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, another component just sitting around. Temps have been reduced by 10 C! I was thinking of switching the CPU to a H100i but we will see.)

(Update 8/9/2015 - Corrected the temps, part list and added Furmark results screenshot.)

Part Reviews


Still one of the best values. Too bad I won't be overclocking.

CPU Cooler

Overrated? Well it outperformed my H80i by 10 C difference so I can't justify using that word. This build was spare components and better components from my old build. I believe the mounting bracket is the problem with the H80i. Maybe I'll try again later but I am pretty impressed with the CM Hyper 212 Plus.


At the time of purchase this was still one of the best ITX motherboards out. Loads of features for this form factor.


Can't complain. Was on sale at the time and matched my motherboard.


This is my OS drive and got it while it was on sale also.


Great storage value. It's a black drive so you know already.

Video Card

Backplate included. Green LED and green accents. Upgraded from a Asus GTX660 OCC and very happy with the purchase. It was a limited run really happy I chose this GPU.


The look of this case is awesome along with the metal frame. It does give a little but can't really complain too much at this price. The only issues I have with it is the thermal temps are going to be higher and it can be somewhat difficult to build in.

Power Supply

Great power supply. I didn't get it on sale but I still think it was worth it. My first modular PSU

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kooshmoosh 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Try the 240mm h100i and the SP120MM corsair fans.

Check out my build with the same case:

ickydevil submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I was hoping to avoid any new parts I was thinking the same. It stops the restriction of the airflow from the front of the case and adds the much larger radiator so I image it would help a lot for this case.

drek24 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Did you really all this storage space? Could have save a little extra money that you could have put on your cpu!

drekavac6 2 points 44 months ago

The storage doesn't really seem odd considering it is reusing a lot of older parts from a previous build. Also the gains from switching from a 3570k up to an 1150 cpu + mb doesn't really justify the extra cost, especially with skylake release coming up soon.

ickydevil submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Exactly. It might not stay in there anyway. But for the time being, why not.

drekavac6 1 point 44 months ago

Nice build. Airflow is tricky in the evolv (I have the MATX version). I'm not sure if maybe mounting the cpu cooler to the rear and moving that fan up to the to panel could help? It almost seems like the very closed top panel just traps hot air up there and some gets pushed back into the case.

ickydevil submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Unfortunately I don't have enough clearance from the motherboard to put the cooler in the back of the case. Wish I could.

jamster3141 1 point 44 months ago

I would suggest moving the cooler to the rear as an exhaust first of all because I believe that hot air is coming back in now. Then get a nice set of 140's or 120's mm for the front. As for the top you can exhaust with some 120's or intake but it has no filter so creativity would be needed. Maybe a bunch of the green fans like you have would be a nice.

ElJuego1977 7 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Midori, ehh? You're getting girl drink drunk tonight!

ickydevil submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

lol holla! Na I am not creative with names and I guess it means green. Though I admit this case has a color identity problem.

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ickydevil submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Sorry to hear but glad I'm not the only one. A lot of people that have Evolv Mini ITX builds don't mention the heat at all and give it 5 stars with no mention of any issues.

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BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I cannot imagine a fan that is pushing over 4 feet3 of air through 120mm2 every second and being anything that a deaf person couldn't hear. 2 intake 3 exhaust should give you a bit over 600cfm and Dem Chinese ppl be like 那是什么声音?

QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Psh, its only 20 db lower than your average diesel truck!

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago


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QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Depends if you are close to the fan! If so, I'm sure that you couldn't even argue with yourself due to them being so loud!

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QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Or you could put one on the back as an exhaust fan, add gasoline to a mister, put some wings on the side and your computer might be able to take flight!