Description

After my first ITX build in July 2016, the 2 year mark seemed like a good time to upgrade from my Node 202 and finally show off some of this hardware. The Shift is a pretty unique case, very interesting building in it, although all 4 side panels come off for 360 degree access while building, it can be very difficult to access some cables and connections once everything is installed. If you plan on using this case just be careful with your gpu size if you plan on water cooling. This is a very large gpu so it isn't likely to be a problem for most, but its something to consider. With this gpu and radiator, I was not able to fit the radiator in the bottom location where i preferred it unless I mounted the fan outside of the case between the frame and bottom panel (there is space to fit a full size fan in there on purpose for situations like this). Considering the lack of fan options for exhaust and intake, everything stays surprisingly cool. Both the front fans are set as intakes, and the bottom fan below the radiator is intake as well bringing air up vertically through the case, allowing the hot air to rise out of the top of the case.

The tinted glass does great to cover the black psu cables and keep everything looking clean without a ton of cable management, although if you have any cables that are visible past the black edges of the side panels they will be extremely visible as you can see directly through this case. Most of the cable management is done while you install parts as you dont have much extra space to route cables after installing. A cover for the psu cables would be nice but its not very noticeable.

This is only my second water cooled build with an aio and in this case it works great. CPU idles around 27 degrees, and GPU idles around 30 degrees Celsius. The two fan headers on the GPU allow for both the 140mm in the bottom half. and 120mm in the top half of the front panell to both be controlled by the gpu to bring in more air for it as it heats up.

A motherboard with an IO shield is something i'd recommend to anyone planning a build in this case as the silver IO is clearly visible through the glass however.

Before you ask I do have two speakers but one of them is hidden behind the PC in the pics

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this case, good job on the build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ! :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

no problem, also if u wanted to put the rad on the bottom there is room for the fan to fit under in the bottom compartment.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I was curious about that, didn't try it though because it seemed like the bottom cover didn't leave any room. I will have to take a look again when I have time because that'd be preferred since it has a dust filter on the bottom and it'd look less crammed

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick build, can you tell me where did you get that wallpaper?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

U set 2 fans on the side case as intake ? And bottom fans as exhaust ?

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

It actually works with this case, trust me I tried it but had higher temps on the CPU/rad set as exhaust, but it ran the gpu/imternals cooler. Go figure huh..

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's weird, I have the cpu running very cool and the GPU running slightly warmer than usual but great airflow wasn't something I expected with this case hahaha

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Two fans on front as intake, bottom fan is exhaust, I will probably switch the bottom fan to intake and the front top fan as exhaust to get air moving through the case better

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build! I was wondering if you experienced any thermal throttling while under load. I've read tons of reviews of this case running extremely hot. But great idle temps!

+1!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! So far no throttling, although I was only home for the weekend to build it and use it for a little but I was running overwatch at 3440x1440 on high/ultra 60fps and rocket league at max settings and 100fps. no temps above 60 on the CPU and the GPU was about 78-80 both around 100% utilization with temp target at 83 on the GPU so everything looks like it's not throttling for now but I'll have to do some proper tests this weekend when I have time and maybe so some light overclocks since the CPU was boosting to 4ghz and the gpu sits around 2ghz

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly gorgeous. A feature and a half if I've ever saw one.

I was waiting for more Shift builds to come out with the Kraken M22! I love it. Well done, man.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaha thanks man! Moving soon so I might try and update it with the new setup and format the post and go for a feature, who knows :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I’d love to see that!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great and love that cooler! It came out right after I bought the Captain RGB for mine. I would rather have the M22 for the pump in rad design.

+1

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was going to go with the Captain RGB until I saw the M22 come out a while ago, glad I was planning this building for a while so I was able to change my mind

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya def, since the rad is below the pump with the captain it does make some extra noise. I will eventually make the swap to the M22 at some point. I was so happy to see an AIO with a rad/pump design.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, it's not that much better performance wise compared to a EVGA CLC 120. Because the water pressure is coming from the radiator as opposed to being on the block, the fins receive less pressure by design.

But hey, if you like the design choice, more buying power to you.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The design just works better for this case where the rad HAS to sit below the block.

All AIO coolers recommend that you have the radiator above the pump housing so that any excess air sits in the rad and not your pump. That setup is impossible in this case with most coolers, the M22 being an exception since it has the pump inside the radiator, which then sits at the lowest point in these builds.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe that's something missed in Gamers Nexus' testing. You could potentially ask Steve about testing that.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I am a moth... Drawn in by the beautiful lights... +1...

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

80 degrees aint bad on the GPU... how did you test that?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

A few games under Max load on CPU and GPU, all ran similarly after about 30 min

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you put the fans, in this build. which fans where ?, considering something, close to this build with the kraken

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Bottom fan i have as intake on the radiator Front two fans as exhasust,a 120 and a 140mm up front and the bottom fan is a 120. Switching my fron two fans from exhaust to intake helped a lot. GL with the build!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

what screw size did u use for the nf a12x15

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

what screw size did u use for the nf a12x15

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