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This has been quite a project moving from a full size ATX case to a Mini-ITX case. Airflow in this case is very finicky and the massive GPU I already had blocked a ton of necessary air coming up and through the bottom of the case.

Installing the Kraken G12/Corsair H55 combo on my 2080 was a drastic and unplanned move but the decrease in temps is astounding. Combined with the Noctua slim fan pulling air through the radiator this is keeping GPU temps almost 30°C lower than with the standard air cooler!

I've also undervolted my GPU at 900mV with no real-world impact.

/u/Fuze911 on reddit 3d printed me up some custom feet for this too. They raise the bottom up just enough to allow a reasonable amount of air up and into the intake fans. I really like the way they look and actually make the RGB glow from the base look a bit better.

Next up is getting all the RGB settled. Looking to pick up some LL120s if/when they go on sale. Also wondering if the RGB strip included with the A1 is compatible...

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you update the bios on the motherboard?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought an Athlon 200GE to get it to boot into bios. Updated the firmware via the built in utility and then swapped in the 3600x.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

isn't that graphics card 3 slot??

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It is. They make a 2 slot adapter. Part number is M022-10-000138

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you liked the feet. Build is lookin good! Wonder if InWin will make the base a bit taller after seeing all these results with riser feet working.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

So how's the stock PSU that the case provides. I've read a lot of bad reviews but how is yours holding up?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad at all. I'm using the "Plus" version of the case which comes with the 650w gold rated power supply. I wish it was modular and a bit smaller but it works fine and doesn't make a ton of noise.

The original version came with a 600w bronze that I saw a lot of bad reviews on. If you're planning on getting this case, definitely get the Plus model.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Very curious about the G12, as I would love to install it in my A1 along with a water cooler for my CPU. Looks like the H55 radiator fits pretty well in the back...any issues?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a tight squeeze between the inside PCIe connecting side of the GPU and the side panel of the case. You'll need a slim fan to go along with the H55 rad. Definitely go Noctua.

In all of my years of building I don't think anything was as stressful or wonky as getting this setup installed. Tearing down the GPU and bolting down the AIO on top just doesn't feel right. Then trying to wrangle the whole half-naked GPU and AIO into the case as one piece is very tight.

Overall it was totally worth it though. The temperature drop couldn't have been done any other way and I think it looks pretty neat.

I'll be taking some more pics this weekend once I get all my unicorn vomit RGB in the case. Let me know if theres anything specific you'd like to see.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response. I have a blower-cooler style 1080 that works great but gets too hot when I overclock it. However it seems stable when overclocked so I would love to be able to cool it with an AIO. That said, a blower cooler probably works fine if not better in the A1 and is way easier to deal with. It's great to know the H55 with a slim Noctua in the rear is an option though. Any more photos of that area would be much appreciated.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow you can fit a water cooler on the gpu into a A1, thanks alot. It's a little to late for me since I already bought a accelero xtreme.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the gpu aio bolted down?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It is not. Its held in pretty tight between the GPU and the rear tray though. Im sure theres a way to bolt this down, I just haven't gotten around to it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to screw the GPU backplate back on or did you have to do it some other way?

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