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Nerf This!

by Robotfood



Date Published

June 10, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.063 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


Well after almost two weeks in shipping limbo my GTX 1080 arrived.

This build was put together as a 'Portable' VR box with the intention of being able to bring VR to friends and family so they can experience it.

The ASRock Fatal1ty mITX was chosen because of the features for the price. I couldn't find another motherboard that had USB 3.1(a and C), M.2, decent fan headers and built in wifi at the price point, especially not with the Micro-Center deals. Pairing the motherboard with a CPU got me an additional $30 USD off as well as having a $10 mail in rebate let me basically pick it up for $119.99 USD. I was initially looking at an H170 motherboard with a i5 6500 but for about 30 dollars more I picked up a decent Z170 motherboard and a i5 6600k. My only complaint about the motherboard is that the ram slots can be a bit tricky when trying to seat the ram properly, there is only a clip on the one side of the slot.

The CPU cooler I chose for this build was the Cryorig M9i. Another item picked up in the USA. Living near the US/CAN boarder is fantastic sometimes. Cryorig makes some of the best looking, and performing coolers on the market in my opinion, and its a damn shame we can't actually get these in Canada.

Case wise there are many awesome looking mITX cases out there. The M1 and the A4 are stunning, the manta is really unique, and I love what BitFenix and Phanteks have for the form factor. The Thermaltake Core V1 has just always been my favorite, I have no clue why. From the moment I first saw one I knew that I had to build in one, one day, and it was awesome. It is a larger mITX cube, not as large as some, but there is ample room in it. Cable management wasn't too difficult, even with a semi-modular PSU. I will say that I couldn't route the front panel audio the way I had wanted to however as its cable was about 3 inches too short.

For storage I went with the Samsung 850 pro, which I price matched the hell out of. Bestbuy.ca has a program called Price Beat. If you find a lower price from a Canadian retailer, either online or offline the store will match, then beat its price by 10%. I went with the Samsung SSD mainly for the warranty and habit. All of my SSD's have been Samsung. In the future I may consider some M.2 SSD's but they're quite cost prohibitive in Canada still.

PSU was somewhat of a difficult pick and was initially bought to support an R9 390, but I'm very happy with my choice. The cables were very easy to work with, none of them were stiff (I had seen this complaint in a review but it was not my experience), and its whisper quiet.

The GPU was the last piece I had really picked out, and was not really part of my initial plan. I haven't run an Nvidia card since my old Geforce4 Ti4400, and was fully content to just wait for more Polaris news. I'm so glad I pulled that trigger though. This card is a beast and it looks amazing in person. I plan to spend some time this weekend trying for a nice OC on it and the CPU.

Edit Played with the GPU and Precision X a bit. Did get the GPU Clock to break 2k starts get very unstable past 2060mhz, need to do more stress testing on the memory side of it.

I also added in a custom fan curve and I have yet to see the temperatures break 65C. The basic fan curve that Nvidia has for the card doesn't seem to do enough (sort of a too little too late approach) to prevent it from getting hot.


Sept 2016 - Added second SSD to PC for storage. Got a decent deal on a Mushy Reactor.

Part Reviews


Does what it needs to do, and does it very well. Perfect for gaming, but in CPU intensive tasks I can definitely see the difference when coming from a i7-5820k.

CPU Cooler

Amazing cooler for its size. Works better then I imagined it could. Very easy to install, took only minutes and Cryorig provides everything needed in box. Registration card comes in a sterile package to allow you to use it to spread thermal grease (this blew my mind, I guess I'm very easily impressed).


Amazing little motherboard for the price. The DIMM's can be a bit tricky when installing RAM, keep an eye out on the side without the clasp, very easy to not seat the sticks properly. BIOS are very well organized and very simple to operate for Overclocking and changing XMP profiles.


RAM is RAM I guess, I do like these sticks a lot better then the Corsair Vengeance sticks I've used in another build. The heatspreaders and the build in general feel very high quality and look quite nice.


These just work. The warranty is great and the speed is very nice. Knocked a star off due to cost, there are other options to investigate before purchasing.


Price to performance ratio of this SSD is great (especially if you find it on sale). Packaging is very minimal but Newegg shipped it to me well packed.

Video Card

The card is great, looks wonderful and can easily OC. That said you NEED to create a custom fan profile for the reference card. I feel that Nvidia was much too optimistic with their default fan curve. This does make the card louder but the performance gain from it is worth it.

Reference blower does actually work decently well in my Core V1

Power Supply

Works like a dream, knocked a star off as the manual kind of gives the impression that there are two single 8 pin PCIE cables included, this however is not the case, both the non-modular cable and the modular cable are both chained with two 8 pins each. Its not a big deal but when trying to make things look clean its a bit of a bummer.

Case Fan

For being a budget fan, these beauties are silent. While not the most exciting things to look at they work exceptionally well. Do recommend, however if you can find the R2 version they do some with rubber feet for easy installation and anti vibration, the R3 does not have them.

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Tultamaneli 4 points 33 months ago

+1 For Overwatch reference.

Selicos 3 points 33 months ago

If those Logitech receivers are unifying you can connect up to I think 8 devices to 1 via the software on their site and clean up some ports. I like this little guy. ITX is the best.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

That's pretty neat, mine are pushing almost 8 years old so I don't have that option sadly. ITX builds are my favorites on the site, the form factor just looks awesome.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Just as a follow up I usually don't use the mouse the receiver is from and the keyboard is usually plugged into a Pi. They were my back ups since I was having some issues and needed to do trouble shooting from my other PC.

Installing via USB was fun, apparently if you keep getting an error about a missing driver, once its installed moved the windows usb to another port and magically it works again.

Selicos 2 points 33 months ago

Weird sometimes, yeah. W10 usb install drives made officially (MSFT Media Creation Tool ) often work very well on all systems (my luck so far) but, well, W10 and hours to donwload the iso/files... I think I have too many random keyboards laying around because I got one for a specific use and then that use went away when I moved or reorganized.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Yup, sounds like my house haha.

chrispdm1 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Nice little build! I wouldn't mind doing a mITX one day.

I too am disappointed by the lack of Cryorig in Canada, they say by the end of summer. I ordered my H7 to my in-laws and it is being brought up to me.

Did you pick up the 1080 south of the border? I was curious what the price was on it if you actually bought it in Canada.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I got lucky at newegg.ca on launch day. One popped back up for sale around 4pm est. Picked it up for the 909.99 they launched at just took Purolator forever to ship it here.

chrispdm1 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I hate the exchange rate right now...

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Yeah its rough, I went to the US for motherboard and CPU because even with the exchange I saved about $100 CDN

Baesick 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Crispy Pictures, you get a +1, Mainly because ITX!!

bart954 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Nice build man!!! I Like the way it looks, Wish I would've went that route, I have the larger core V-21.

Is that D'va's ALT on Overwatch? that games stupid fun right now.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Yeah, I need to clean it up a bit, my stencil jumped. The green pops a bit more in person, my camera just brightens it a bit too much. Loving that game though.

The V21 is still pretty awesome though, it was the runner up if I couldn't find my parts to go itx.

MellowH3ro 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

+1 for an awesome build and D.Va appreciation :]

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Awesome dude

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

What load temperatures are you seeing on that FE 1080? I'm building a system for a buddy in the same case and want to know how the FE cooler is performing through that side grill.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

I'll run a monitor later tonight, I forgot to yesterday when I was playing with Fire Strike.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

I did manage to get it to hit 79C while running Firestrike Ultra after a few bouts of extreme without rest. This is at stock settings still. I'm going to try and add in a custom fan curve to see how that affects it (also OC it but hey, need them 3D Mark points). The CPU is what is holding the score back right now. Sort of temped to plug it into my 5820k build for one run of firestrike to see what I can score haha.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Cool thanks for reporting back.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

I updated with a new firestrike, and honestly adding in a custom fan curve in precision X or afterburner is a must. Card has yet to break 70C and it idles around 35C now.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Good thing to keep in mind. I have a 1070 FE on the way and I will need to customize the fan curves. Thanks!

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Nice, yeah just make the curve a bit more aggressive and you won't have an issue.

jesswainwright 2 points 33 months ago

Great job, i love small yet mighty builds. I know a guy who carrys his VR build in a corsair 750D and its not fun. Ill have to show him your build

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Yeah, I too have a Corsair 750D... that thing is unbelievably heavy, not to mention huge.

MagmaRules 2 points 33 months ago

I also have this case and I love it. Want to upgrade to a 1070 but seems like only the founders edition will fit. Either due to the length or due to the power connectors being aligned with the edge of the case like you can see in your photos.

From the reviews I don't trust the founders edition to be a good investment and so seems like I might have to change case =(.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

You never know, keep an ear to the ground, usually MSI and EVGA produce some shorter cards which shouldnt be too much of a problem. There is actually enough clearance at the top between the frame and the connector to get them in, just kinda looks awkward in the picture.

According to EVGA their GTX 1080 FTW is only 268mm long which is the same size as the reference card.

many of the MSI cards are 279mm. The core V1 has a max length of 285mm so they should also be ok.

MagmaRules 1 point 33 months ago

Yes but the MSI one has 140mm height, same as my strix but the connectors are going to be right in the same place as the founders card but 3 cm higher and probably wont be able to connect the cables.

The evga SC might fit =).

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Ah true, forgot that MSI like to go beyond the PCIE spec. Yeah, MSI would be risky, just look a peek, best-case scenario is that one plug would fall on either side of the case's wall.

MagmaRules 1 point 33 months ago

Will be going with the EVGA 1080 SC when its available =) Fits and has good reviews so far.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Nice, I think that's a good choice, I like EVGA personally. I might actually just stick with the reference card. Once I fixed the fan curve, even under load it sits at 65C.

Yodie_The_Great 1 point 33 months ago

Nice, u think you can put in on a plane?

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I'd have to measure but the dimensions might be a bit too tall and wide. Maybe in the overhead.

Braok 1 point 33 months ago

Ayy so do you want to be my first customer?

You get the honor of being the first person to buy a D.Va bodu pillow from me!

waleh 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Great build mate! With the fan curve you set, how loud is your system both during idle and gaming?

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

It's not too bad, it does become audible, but 0 coil whine and with the new drivers there is no revving issue (well... custom curve so even if they didnt fix it through drivers.)

SzP_06 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Nice build, nice VGA and the best case :) Great job!

Kreuzer 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Cool, I considered painting the whole thing, just didn't really have the time. (busy season at work, kinda like accounting, but with a different set up of numbers)

Little_Weeaboo 1 point 33 months ago

Damm wish I could afford this 100$ is way out of my budget

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

If you swap it over to the Canadian site the price reports correctly. Custom entered prices don't translate into other currencies apparently.

Little_Weeaboo 1 point 33 months ago

Yea Philip might need to work on that

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Mikel2sound 1 point 33 months ago

How did you fit the gtx 1080 inside?? I thought the thickness is 4.2cm. I wanted to order gtx1070 FE but the seller said it won't fit in the core v1 case.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

It fit with no issues, just slotted straight in. The MSI aftermarket might be the only card that could have a problem fitting.

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I have the exact case I routed my HD Audio cable under the PCI Bracket near the audio caps fits perfectly!

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

I'll have to give that a shot, looked like it was 1/2 an inch sort when I tried.

LaZyDK 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Can you fit the sound header cable beneath your graphics card? It is possible for me with Asrock H170M-itx and Strix GTX 960. :)

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I should be able to, just haven't gotten around to it. Little bit of me being lazy, and a little bit of a whirlwind couple weeks.

ryanp83 33 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Looks great! I am working on a very similar build and I was wondering if the 80mm exhaust fans make much of a difference or not. are they worth it?

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The big 200 at the front pushes quite a bit of air and I can't really say I saw much of a temperature difference on the CPU without them.

I mainly put them on as I wanted to OC the CPU and was concerned about temps but they're pretty much overkill. Perhaps if you use a stock cooler or something like the Cryorig C7 with an upwards facing fan then they may help to move some warm air out.

noap7 1 point 30 months ago

D.va is best girl

Dr.Finn64 1 point 29 months ago

Beautiful name

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Fantastic build.

Thumbs up.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks, I'm very happy with it. Only thing I've added since was a 1TB SSD that I got on sale. Powers my Vive like a dream.

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

where you able to overclock the i5 without getting worrying temps?

S-man491 1 Build -1 points 33 months ago

Wouldn't it have been better to wait for the rx 480,which I heard is cheaper and is designed for VR?

But anyway,nice build. Never thought an ITX could look nice :D

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Well the RX480 as far as I can tell is going to be positioned somewhere between the R9 390X and the 980. I've never bought 'the' big card before and I thought as a single card solution I might be better with the 1080. I am totally stoked for info about the Vega card though, I'm very curious to see how AMD might price the big one come October way.

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afdryan13 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

The 1080 will outperform the 480 by a long shot, so if you have the money for the 1080 then no need to wait for the 480. What is this obsession with "waiting" all of a sudden? Now people want others to wait for a inferior card to come out? That's ridiculous.

S-man491 1 Build 0 points 33 months ago

I thought the 480 would be better for VR as it is optimized for it, and this is a "VR box".

Just stating my opinion.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

As an AMD fan I say this with pain, but no. The 1080 in brute power could perform better in any perfectly optimized 80 series card from AMD. We'll have to wait for benchmarks of course, but there is no way a 480 will top a 1080 in single card performance in regular or VR gaming. They are designed for two different segments in the market.

S-man491 1 Build 0 points 33 months ago

I'm not saying the 480 would be better,just that it would be more suited to the purpose of this build. I do agree that the 1080 outperforms it.

Robotfood submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Well the thing is, the RX 480 is 'optimized' as an entry level VR card. It hits the minimum requirements put out by Oculus and HTC as a means to open up the VR market. I have a R9 390 that I could use that will also meet the minimum VR requirements. The 1080 is also optimized for VR with tech to allow for both frames needed in a VR headset to be generated in a single pass through. Currently if you want the best VR experience the 1080 is it.

It's sort of like driving cars. The 480 will be like the Toyota Camry, reliable as heck, and will get you where you need to be on a budget. The 1080 is more like the BWM M3, still get to the same place, but it looks a heck of a lot better while doing it.

I had the money at the time, and I want that performance for the best experience.

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Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

They are indeed children's toys, but its a saying that kinda came about during Ultima Online and has carried through gaming in general, whenever adjustments are made to characters (negatively) you can say they were nerfed. Basically the saying started cuz someone was complaining that a change in Ultima left them feeling like they were hitting enemies with a nerf bat.

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Robotfood submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Its an EVGA card, so its eligible for their step up program. That said, the blower style works really well in this case as the fan is basically facing fresh air rather then drawing warm air from inside the case.