This is my second machine. Kotori is a portable-lan party-console-HTPC-backup AMD machine. I needed a functuional gaming PC to use while I'm upgrading Tsuzurao, and also a portable computer to play local multiplayer and party games while on the go. I wanted to go for an i5, but with a mini ITX Ryzen board just around the corner, I knew I wanted the r5 as 4c 8t is more future-proof than 4c 4t. That was almost a month ago. Now (read: before time of writing), the first (and only) mini ITX AM4 motherboard available at the time was in stock for a very brief period of time. Time to get building. The motherboard was the last part to arrive. Once that board came in, I started building. Building the system took me a good two hours as I had to undo parts of my build to try and get everything to fit together, including unpluging and rerouting all of the cables to get that blasted side panel to fit back onto the case. Such are the compromises I was fully aware of when I was gearing up to build this system. For only being my second system ever, I think it turned out very well. It could have been cheaper, but I was willing and able to spend a little extra scratch on things that would make my life with this second system easier. So far, it has been going great.
I will provide an update when my Cryorig C7 AM4 Bracket arrives.
I know this update is very late but I actually have nothing to do at the moment so I might as well post about what my experience was with the Cryorig C7. More like Cry-more-rig because I had to un-build the entire system just to get that freaking back plate in!!! However, despite the two hours it took to un-build, fiddle with the mobo and the cooler, and re-build, I think it was totally worth all of that pain and frustration. The only thing that makes any noticeable noise at load at all is the GPU. I mean it when I say I have to check to see if Kotori is even working properly while at idle, he is that quiet compared to Tsuzurao's humming along; he is dead silent. The GPU noise could be easily solved by tossing in a pair of 120mm fans. Luckily I already have two of them. The Fractal Design HP 120s on Tsuzurao's top radiator will be donated to Kotori as soon as the Vega Nano and its EK waterblocks drop and I can get to work on Ryzen 7-powered Tsuzurao 2.0. Kotori, in the meantime will be my main gaming PC while Tsuzurao is in stasis for the part transfer. As for his portability, I will test that out as soon as I become eligible for flight benefits.
Loving this little CPU. OCed to 3.7GHz stable on 1.34 volts and maxes out at 87 degrees under the Cryorig C7 which is pretty good considering the small form factor case and cooler. If you like to tinker with your hardware and you want to match or exceed the boost clock speed of the 1500X then there is no point not to get this processor.
This is the cooler that I would recommend to anyone building in a SFF case. It is short enough to fit in the Node 202, and its 100w max TDP is more than enough for 65w Ryzen chips. This cooler is dang near perfect. Keeps my 3.7GHz OCed R5 1400 at 87 C during stress testing inside my Node 202.
Suprisingly solid board with a fairly intuitive bios that is simple to navagate. I haven't tried overclocking the CPU yet but if it goes well, its performance can earn it a fith star. Would reccomend.
It's RAM. Also, beware; G.Skill Trident Z RAM can cause clearence issues with the AMD Wraith Stealth stock cooler on the Biostar X370GTN.
It's fast, it's solid state, it's half a Terabyte. What more could I ask for?
Clock-for-clock, this budget monster is superior to the RX 480 in Tsuzurao. Of course the RX 480 is the vastly superior card but this thing overclocked like a beast.
Great compact, space-saving case, even carry-on sized which is why I bought it. A bit of a pain to work in but what do you expect from a mini ITX case?
PSU is dead silent. Even under load you cannot hear this thing. At all. I could have saved space with a standard SFX power supply but I still managed to route the cables in a manner that doesn't cause any issues with the side panel of the node 202. Amazing PSU.