Description

My first ITX build. I've always wanted a portable PC that could keep up with my programming workflow, and that beautiful DAN case gave me the final push to build it.

Cooling is still a work in progress. It's running hotter than I expected, but maybe I need to adjust my expectations? I haven't completed a load test yet because temps reach 90 °C in less than a minute, at which point I shut it off.

So far it's holding up well for my day to day work. Well, after several Windows reinstalls to sort out problems with StoreMI. In hindsight I shouldn't have planned to enable it on my boot volume.

Part Reviews

CPU

Running stable at -100mV undervolt. In hindsight, this build might have been better off with a 2700 for lower TDP, but the current temps aren't that bad. I can live with it.

CPU Cooler

I'd heard that the stock fan on this cooler was loud and oh boy. It was tolerable during open case tests, but once I put the lid on, anything above 60% caused mad turbulence. Replaced it with a Noctua NF-A9x14 and temps dropped a whole 5 °C while staying quiet too.

The backplate was a tight fit. It required a lot of force to push down far enough to put the screw nuts on, but after the first successful attempt it went much easier. Next time I'd do that first fitting before mounting the whole assembly on the motherboard, because it's much less stress that way.

Motherboard

Love the new muted black look. The M.2 slot placement worries me a bit. It's behind the motherboard right next to the DAN's non-conductive shield, which traps a lot of heat.

The antenna is an interesting design but I'm not sure where to attach them on the DAN. The obvious location is somewhere in the rear half of the case, but it gets pretty warm there under load. Can't go without antennas either because Bluetooth is terrible without it, even with devices less than two feet away.

Storage

Interesting alternative to Samsung NVMe, which is around 20% more expensive here. I bought this size specifically to use StoreMI, which is limited to 256 GB fast tier storage.

Case

My only regret is that collecting the parts for the build took so long, I could've gotten the v3 instead!

Case Fan

Replaced the stock Cryorig C7 cooler.

It's a Noctua. Nothing else needs to be said.

Case Fan

I figured I'd stick a random case fan in that empty space beneath the power supply but it doesn't seem to have any effect on temps. I'll do more tests over the weekend to decide if it stays there.

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Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I have a question though. I'm getting that same motherboard. Just want to know how many RGB case fans I can hookup.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

did the cooler come with the am4 bracket or did you have to get them separately?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

No additional purchase. The legs on the cooler can be repositioned to fit AM4 and a single backplate handles all supported configurations.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

How is noise in this case with your setup?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the AIO not fit?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It fits, but since it is a v2 case I have to remove the front USB cable. Thank you for reminding me to check if the v3 cable is in stock now. Supposedly it solves the problem.