Description

I finally got my hands on the Louqe Ghost S1. I love the challenge of building gaming pc's in SFF cases. When I found this case I was looking for a SFF case I could stick in a backpack and take with my on go for LAN events with friends. To start I found this case relatively easy to build in. However, like most SFF cases I found the cable management to be challenging. I have plans to switch out the stock PSU cables for custom cables at some point. Now on to the important stuff:

CPU Temps: I have the CPU overclocked to 4.5 GHz across all 6 cores and temperatures run 34 C idle and 55 C under load. GPU Temps: 32 C idle and up to 81 C under load. Still trying to find a way to bring these GPU temperatures down.

Although not pictured very well there is room to fit an SSD behind the GPU and the spine of the case. I may move this to the other side behind the PSU, which I have seen others do.

Overall Impressions:
I love the design and layout of this SFF case. All of the components feel very premium, which is good because Louqe charges a premium price for this case. My only warning if you are thinking about purchasing this case is to be prepared to wait several months before receiving your case. It took 4 1/2 months for this case to get to me and I know there are people who ordered their cases before I did who still haven't received their cases. Also expect very limited communication from Louqe throughout the process. In fairness to Louqe they are a kickstarter company and I do believe they are doing their best as they slowly figure this thing out. However, in my opinion, if you are willing to wait you will not be disappointed.

What's Next:
I will find some time to make custom cables and possibly adding another SSD, which will help clean things up. I would also like to build a custom loop in this case. I have seen images from others in the SFF community who have successfully built a custom loop and will eventually give this a try.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is awesome!!! I built a mini-itx PC before but it was in the NZXT H200 and that case, while being noice is a bit big for SFF. I am looking to build a new PC and wondering if I go for the H500i or something really small like this. Do you have any advice or suggestions for this type of build? How is the 8700K holding up (vs 9700K and 9900K)?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it depends on what is important to you. If you like color theme builds and lots of RGB, I would go with the NZXT H500i as the tempered glass would allow you to showcase this better. However, I like the challenge of cramming as much power as possible into a shoe box, haha. Plus I am limited on desk space right now, which is why I like to build in SFF cases. To date my 8700K is doing great in this case with no issues with temperatures. I am not sure on the 9700k, I think this would run just fine in a case like this. Based on what I have read from reviews the 9900k gets a bit toasty, but I have seen others complete builds using this processor in the ghost. I would like to stick a 9900k in here once I am ready to build my custom loop.

If you are a fan of YouTube creators, I would check out Optimum Tech. He has some great videos testing performance and different configurations in cases like the Ghost S1, Ncase M1, Dan A4, etc.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

The 8700k and the 9700k perform almost identically in every application, so that shouldn't be a concern.

As for SFF cases, as long as you don't want anything faster than a 2070 you should check out the Lazer3D LZ7. It is ridiculously small, possible to find, and if you use a power brick you can get a hyper 212 class cooler in it, or you can use an sfx internal power supply and get a 120 rad/lp air cooler.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I will look into it

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Just received word Louqe has cases, some Top Hats and grills available on Amazon today at a 10% discount.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

i hope that green matches something else on your desk :P

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Goldy green shoe box with all the power in 2019 crammed in as tight as my shoe laces and yet maintaining elegant composure = +1 and then some!

Great job!

(if this case was a 100-150 years younger in it's price range, I would have grabbed one instantly)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the GPU temps are just related to the cooler design of the card and it being a blower style cooler. Anyways, a really nice looking and powerful build. +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That build looks really awesome! It's always amazing to see all that crammed into one tiny little mini-ITX case, though of course the cooling as you said is another thing to deal with. I know it's probably not going to fit but I've seen GPU water blocks used even for mini-ITX builds: maybe that's an option in the future?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build looking to build in the Dan A4 case I wanna be able to use my evga ftw3 1080ti btw where did you put the rad?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I put the rad in the bottom top hat, just under the fans shown in the 2nd to last picture.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you how are the temps I have a 9600k I just order that new aio 90m for the dan case think I can use it that case I have a 1080ti evga I wanna use as well.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I like because from what youtube videos I''ve seen building a pc this small is a pain in the butt. Overall, still looks sleek af.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. It is just a little bit of a shame, that you put such nice components into windowless case. :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I am hoping one day this case will have a tempered glass option to better show off components.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How long did it take you to get a case? I've been watching for almost a month now and I haven't seen anything available. I'd really like to get one later this year as an upgrade from an NZXT H200, though I'm worried even then (around October) they still won't be in stock :(

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I waited just over 4 months and I would definitely consider myself one of the lucky ones to have received my case as quickly as I did. At the end of May Louqe stop taking orders and refunded any orders placed with their Batch 3 as they were having to many issues with their factory in China. This is allowing them to focus their small staff on supply chain improvements. From what I have read Louqe is looking to reopen their store later this month or sometime in July. If you live in the US Louqe is working with Amazon to open a full time store, so 2 day prime may be available if they can get it right. They regularly post updates on social media, so if you are looking for current updates I would give them a follow.