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Old June 15, 2015, 11:23 AM
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I did this build a while back but never got around to posting any pics of it. Nothing too exciting other than shoehorning the new GTX into a 380T (Plus it gave me a chance to play with my new-to-me Canon DSLR... ;) )


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This has already been reviewed on the site, but haven't seen a lot out in the wild yet. My main concern was that the 380T was rated for the original H100i GT, but the GTX is slightly deeper.

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This is my current main rig. I know I railed against the size of the original Prodigy for mITX, but opinions change, and I really liked the look of this case. (Nothing but basic black for me.... ;) ).

I'm not sure if these aren't selling well, but they seem to be coming up on sale at NCIX fairly regularly.

On a side note, if you're wondering what the internal USB cable is all about... because of size constraints on this mITX board accessing a USB header on it for the Corsair Link is problematic (especially since some yard ape bent the USB 3 header pins to a point where they're non functional... ;) ). There's also an issue with clearances of the included cable (HSF side) which would have limited the orientation of the block but I'm happy to report that corsair link works just fine plugged into an external USB port.
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Old June 15, 2015, 12:23 PM
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Pretty straight forward mounting the rad. It's tight and should be done prior to installing the motherboard if you want to preserve your sanity. It's been a while, but I remember being concerned about the length of the screws I got with this kit so I'm pretty sure I used some washers to shorten them up at the rad side.

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Top down view show how little clearance there is with the fans installed, and if you haven't seen this yet, the silver strip on the rad can be swapped out for a different colour, but unfortunately the extra colour bling strips aren't included and must be purchased separately.

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Here's where it starts to get a bit tricky... The first image shows the gap between the motherboard 24 pin connector and the rad fan. It's tight enough on the L/H side, but I'm not even sure if there's a full 1/16 of an inch clearance on the R/H side where the body of the fan overlaps the lip of the connector. It fits, but if the rad + Fan was any deeper a person would have to pull out the dremel. :)

Because this is such a close clearance, I found it a hell of a lot easier to use a 24 pin extension that could be installed on the motherboard outside of the case before attempting to shoehorn it in. It's also worth noting that there isn't a snowball's chance in hell of getting some fan guards on those fans. :)

Speaking of clearances.... this is the first Corsair AIO I've used and I have to say that while the block install is relatively painless, I wasn't overly impressed with the sloppyness of the mounting bracket. I understand that the whole unit will become sufficiently secure once you tighten down the block, but there was so much slop in the mount I was concerned that the mount wouldn't stay properly centered in the MB mounting holes during installation so I jury rigged up a tighter mount.....

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It seems like the screw posts are too long so I cut plastic spacers from a CD/DVD spindle cover and used a leather hole punch for the best fit over the posts. I then used O-Rings on the motherboard top to hold the posts in place and keep the mounting plate relatively secure once the stand-offs were installed. (Can you tell these images are from my old P&S? ;) ).

So there you have it.... yes it fits, and it's been keeping my 4770 below 65C so I'm more than happy with the results.

And finally in parting... a couple of shots of the other side of the 380T since I wouldn't want my 970 GTX feeling left out... ;)

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Old June 15, 2015, 02:08 PM
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Thanks for sharing. That rig is about the only kind of build I can recommend the 380T. Suits it perfectly. All intakes except rear? What do you have the CPU running at?
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Thanks for sharing. That rig is about the only kind of build I can recommend the 380T. Suits it perfectly. All intakes except rear? What do you have the CPU running at?
4.4/4.0 G 1.25V.

Yeah, all intakes except rear.
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4.4/4.0 G 1.25V.

Yeah, all intakes except rear.
Cool stuff. Have you tried to tweak voltage down? Are 4.4/4.0 your 1 vs 4 core speeds, or boost vs non-boost.
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I just did a bios update so this is a new OC profile thus it's stability tested but I haven't tried to tweak it down. The 4.0 is ring freq.
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Looking good! I still have my modded, painted teal 380T that's getting an H220X in the front that I removed the front 3.5" disk cage part of the mobo tray on it.

Great lunch box! :)
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I just did a bios update so this is a new OC profile thus it's stability tested but I haven't tried to tweak it down. The 4.0 is ring freq.
Right on. I always forget about ring freq on haswell...I am still on ivy bridge (and likely will be for a few more years). Even when I helped a friend with a mild OC on haswell I left it 1:1.

As I said before, nice build. Whenever I do my next from the ground up build I am pretty sure it will be mITX (even if it's still a decent sized case), since I don't use more than one GPU anyway. I am still a fan of black cases.
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Looking good! I still have my modded, painted teal 380T that's getting an H220X in the front that I removed the front 3.5" disk cage part of the mobo tray on it.

Great lunch box! :)
Do we get some pics when it's done? :)

Any particular reason you didn't / don't want to use the stock rad mounting point?

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Right on. I always forget about ring freq on haswell...I am still on ivy bridge (and likely will be for a few more years). Even when I helped a friend with a mild OC on haswell I left it 1:1.

As I said before, nice build. Whenever I do my next from the ground up build I am pretty sure it will be mITX (even if it's still a decent sized case), since I don't use more than one GPU anyway. I am still a fan of black cases.
I'm still a fan of the mITX format however you give up more than just the extra GPU slots. There are fewer USB and Sata headers/connectors, a single bank of memory slots, the lack of secondary PCIe slots also limits some future add-on component features, and the power section is typically not up to the same caliber as either a mATX or ATX board.

If a person is going to have a basic 1 GPU gaming build then mITX will be more than sufficient, as would a basic IGP build (especially since the open PCIe slot can be used for added functionality in the future), but it's important to be aware of the limitations before committing to the format. As shown with the prodigy line, a functional mATX case can have just as small a footprint as a large mITX case.

As far as ring freq goes.... I'm nowhere near as comfortable with the intricacies of OCing newer gear as I was 10 years ago, but the Ring Freq did come up as something that hit a wall preventing me from getting a stable OC at anything above 4.0.
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