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Old April 26, 2019, 04:33 PM
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I'm going to be working in Rocky Mountain and then coming back to Edmonton on my days off, so I wanted a rig that's a bit more portable than the build I had in a Phanteks Shift, or even worse my O11 Dynamic. I wasn't going to have time to finish modding my Cougar QBX so I bit the bullet and bought an NCASE M1. I somehow managed to stuff all this into it;

i7 4790k delidded with Conductonaut
ASUS Z97I Plus Motherboard
16GB GSkill Sniper DDR4 2400
RTX 2080 Ti Zotac AMP! Edition (!)
Raijintek Morpheus II GPU Cooler (!)
WD Blue 500GB M2 SSD
Micron 1100 2TB SSD
Firecuda 2 TB SSHD
Corsair SF600
Noctua C14S (!) CPU cooler

I didn't take many pics of the build process, but it was.... awful.
First the GPU:
No chance the Zotac fits in stock. Absolutely too big. Even if I pulled off the shroud and fans it just wouldn't work. So I ordered the Morpheus II and put two Noctua slim 120mms on the bottom. Even with that, the Morpheus barely fits I had to try and bend and move each front IO cable around the ends of the heatpipes to get the damn thing in.

PSU, Cables and the C14S
In the stock config, there's no way the C14S fits properly. The cables don't have enough space to clear the cooler with the fan on the bottom with the PSU butted against the motherboard. Switching to the ATX mount and using an SFX-ATX PSU adapter lets you move the PSU further over but means you can't really use a 240mm AIO. The stock cables of the SFX600 aren't braided and are way to rigid and inflexible to work well so replacing them with sleeved cables and the PSU reorientation *just* lets the C14S fit with the fan underneat. The fan won't fit on the above position unless you don't plan on a side panel

My overall feelings on the NCASE are mixed. It's compact and very flexible for what you can do with it, but would be light years better with a few extra mms in each direction to give you cable tie anchors. The front IO cables stick too far into the GPU area and uses the overly long stock USB3.0 header cable that's the same length as my Phanteks Evolv had. It just makes more unnecessary cable clutter.

Panels are decent, they certainly don't feel as nice as say Phanteks' panels, but are lighter and thinner and feel more like the standard Lian Li panel. The case desperately needs an online manual to explain all the changes and tweaks you can do to the case. I can understand not including a physical manual, but they could come up with a PDF at least.

Currently temps are sitting around 70C during stress testing so that's not too bad.

Just a few thoughts and impressions I thought I'd share. I'll take some better pics of the issues and concerns later and write a more structured review. I just had a few minutes and thought I'd share some info.
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Old April 26, 2019, 04:39 PM
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Damn that's tight, but really freaking cool if you ask me!

Are those temps with the case sides on? If so, that's pretty impressive.
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Old April 26, 2019, 06:59 PM
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Well done FreeKnight! That is pretty slick man. You must have some bloody knuckles after that build! ;) I had to really examine the pics to figure out what was where. Impressive indeed.
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Old April 26, 2019, 07:01 PM
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Nice work! Big performance in a small case there. Can you fit an exhaust fan on the back to help move the air along? Looks like you may fit a 92mm there?
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Old April 27, 2019, 12:22 PM
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Yeah the knuckles definitely got nicked a few times. As for the 92mm exhaust. I think I might just be able to fit one. I have some coming from Amazon today. The only problem is I don't have a separate fan connector for them, so I'll either need to add it to the Y-splitter that controls the side intake or get a fan controller.

I should be able to connect the 92mm to the slim 120mm with a splitter without issues if they're both PWM 4 pins correct? I think it just adjusts the speed to whatever the cable considers the 'master' fan, or am I a bit mixed up on this?
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Yeah, one side will have 4 pins (including the rpm indication) and the other will have 3 pins. The 4 pin one is the master.
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You took the plunge! Looks great, nice and clean! That GPU cooler is beastly. Have you thought about putting on taller feet, or elevating it slightly to give it more room for GPU intake?
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Old April 27, 2019, 08:29 PM
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You took the plunge! Looks great, nice and clean! That GPU cooler is beastly. Have you thought about putting on taller feet, or elevating it slightly to give it more room for GPU intake?
Yeah that's part of the plan. The temps I took earlier were even on carpet so I imagine I'll see a decent drop with it on higher feet and on a desk/console.

I'll get better feet and I'm going to get a 4pin to 4 pin mini adapter to connect the bottom intake fans directly to the GPU. I don't know if that'll really affect performance at all, but it intuitively *feels* like the best approach (which it could very well not be)
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