This build is an update of my previous build using Node 202 case and Gigabyte GTX 1070 mini itx OC.
I was waiting for a low TDP 6 cores i7 for a while now, and when it was available, I couldn't resist the temptation to buy it and test it out. The motherboard is the famous Asus Strix z370-I. I got it for a good deal on eBay. The only downside was that it doesn't have a USB 3.1 gen 2 port but just a header. I found that using USB 3.1 header cable with USB-C works by screwing it to the side of the case!
The main issue with any node 202 build is heat and cooling. I delided my "T" i-7 CPU and used Rockitcool copper IHS instead of the stock one. I also used Thermal Grizzly conductonaut liquid metal between the CPU and the IHS, & between the IHS and the cooler. As for the cooler I used Cryorig C7 with modification. I used a 3D printed 120mm fan adapter and replaced the noisy fan with Noctua NF-A12x25 and added 2 small 60mm fans as exhaust fans to the side. The result of all of that is a temp in the upper 30s low 40s when idle and a max temp of 74 under stress while remaining inaudible!!
The rest of the build is as usual. NVMe SSD with HDD for storage. GPU was the same one that I have "removed stock cooler and added Arctic accelero cooler without fans."
Also added 2 Noctua NF-F12 PWM fans as exhaust fans for the GPU and they work very well!
Update: I added 2 screenshots showing temps after 15 min CPU stress test. I kept Asus MCE on because it forced all cores to reach 4.1 MHz. The only thing I did was lower the core voltage and that made a difference (4-5 C on average). This CPU is a little beast and nothing can reach this level of performance with low wattage. I was able to get 15000 CPU benchmark on Passmark!
If you want to know more about the GPU cooling you can check my previous build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/NyLJ7P