Description

Updated GPU Temps and Power Consumption

Problems? Problems? oh yeah there were some problems.

Asus z270I

Amazing itx motherboard couldn't have asked for a better part. The RGB and color scheme is top notch. Also the dual m.2 for raid is like none other. If you are doing an itx build there really is not another option for the intel series. Asus really outdid themselves with this one. Only downside is no 2.0 usb but didn't matter for my build.

Samsung evo 960 m.2

not much to say about this. Samsung is the "gold standard" when it comes to ssd for speed an reliability.

Intel 7700k

well if you making a gaming pc there is no other choice. Some games can be bottlenecked by your cpu at 1080p and i wanted to avoid that issue for as long as i can. Also the TDP was within my limit and perfect for my needs. There really was no other choice. I will be delidding this shortly since my itx is as small as it can be. These cpus tend to run rather hot.

Zotac GTX 1080 mini

i thought to myself what is the biggest gpu i can smash into this case. This was the first choice. It is currently the most powerful gpu at its size. And it barely fit. The heatsink lies against the front case. I am hoping since it is contact metal to metal i will have some cooling dissipation from the heatsink to the case.

NFC S4 Mini (4.3L)

This case is amazing!!! It can hold two ssd drives, couple that with the two m.2 drives and i will never run out of room. Can fit a gtx 1080 mini and has two fan mounts for slim scythe 120mm fans. It is made out of full aluminum. Really is speechless. Little pain was soldering the vandal switch for it but totally worth it since it gives it a premium feel and look. This case since it is so small it requires a dc psu which i choose the hd plex 300w. Even though the psu says it is 300w it can go up to 400w. Weird thing i noticed for dc psus. I have an external brick which does add some bulk but not bad at all. You can't beat throwing your full pc in a back pack and leaving. Just amazing.

Now since i had to remove part of the cooling system for the gtx 1080 mini to get it to fit i made a fan mount. The fan mount is very snug and fits where the 120mm fan would go. It had two 80mm x10mm fans which i hope is enough to cool the GPU. Gotta do some testing but i am pretty sure it will be fine under normal use. Lastly the cabling was such a pain. Teleois sleeving is not very flexible i should have went with paracord or something else. After hours or working the cables, moving them up and down, and side to side. I finally got the cables to work. With everything in the case it is solid no wiggles or noises.

54w under idle, 266w under full gpu load

I hope everyone enjoyed the build

Part Reviews

CPU

The fastest gaming cpu out on the market currently. Has a great TDP and was optimal for my type of build. Not to mention the intel motherboard and the offerings they give are top notch.

Motherboard

All i have to say 2 m.2 in a small form itx motherboard is game changing. Amazing, the color scheme is on point with this board. I have very happy asus went with neutral colors. Overclocking is there and wifi. Really you get so much with this board it is stunning how they do this now and days. Plus the rgb is classy and not overdone at all.

Memory

what can i say about this ram. Currently some of the shortest sticks on the market really. Great for tight spaces. May not have all the flash the rgb has but reliability is there from a trusted brand.

Storage

"Gold standard" when is comes to drives. Really nothing touches samsung but maybe intel drives which are fantastic as well. Again reliability, great brand name, performance is top notch. Not sure what else to say.

Video Card

King of the small form factor builds. Nothing touches the performance for its size. It even has a overclock and manages to stay cooler than most cards. Stunning is the word of choice for this beautiful gpu. The design is fantastic which has a look of a stealth plane.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 6 points

Great build! I just don't see why there would be "no other choice" to the 7700K, when the 7700 has a 26W lower TDP and after all it's pretty unlikely to get any overclocking done with that particular cooler in that particular case.

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

actually i have it running at a full 4.5 turbo under prime95 at 84C. It is delidded of course. So while the 7700 has a lower tdp rating it does not hit the 4.5hz mark.

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

what power brick are you using ?

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

HP VooDoo 350watt power brick

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you post a pic of that brick next to your system. Im currently thinking about the Dell 330. what are the demensions of the voodoo?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

its not as thick as the dell but it is much wider. overall it is bigger. good luck finding a voodoo they are near impossible to acquire.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

it's cutting it really close if you run things at stock speeds, overclocking is pushing it to its limits

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

smaller than an xbox.... you showed those console peasants

love it +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

A VCR is smaller than a standard Xbox one.

Almost makes your point invalid if not for the laughable specs for the Xbone.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

I really want to get my hands on one of these cases. Perfect for an upcoming project.

Nice build +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

You better hurry!!!! Josh has his preorders up on the NFC site for September. This will be last case run for this year. The case has been getting a lot of attention since Linus did a build as well.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

did not realize LTT did a review.

Passed on my order though, september is to far out and ive got a friend up in Seattle with a brand new Cnc machine. We just made our minds up about designing our own case.

But the NFC is by far one of the sweetest sff cases.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah that is my next adventure. If you got the machinery Josh releases the schematics to the pc case so technically you can build one yourself. Just gotta go to his site and download the files.

yeah it wasn't a bad build and they had josh do a custom cut out to the case for the corsair torque ram. Man is that ram sweet.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

IIRC the files you can download are not the final product, and there are just to give you an idea of case and help you with components.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, that's what Josh said, he made a post on sff.net when someone was complaining about the price.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Always love an S4 Mini build, I hope this gets featured!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Same

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build instant +1

the small things matter
  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you think that a Cryorig C7 could perform better than the fan you currently have in there?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Cryorig C7 cpu cooler is to large for the case. The recommended size for a cpu cooler height with this case is 40mm but can be stretched a little. Currently the LP53 is the best.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, but I'd replace the fan with a the L9i's fan.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing that all that fits into that little case and can be powered up with a 350w psu. Great build. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

love the company this chassis come from. This guy has great videos. Super tight build, but you still made it clean, very nice.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the feature! Glad I could help a little and thank you for your help in return :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

the man, the myth, the legion, couldn't have done it without your sweet cabling my friend. Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just glad I could help out, thanks for letting me!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I knew I recognized you from /r/pcsleeving!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, it's me :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Haven't seen anything quite like it. Amazing build. Does it run hot at all?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah saweet. Was really hopen this build (and this case) would get a spot light feature. Huge congrats! If I could give another +1 I totally would.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Now, who said that consoles are more portable?

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

lolol

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Skeek AF boii xD 'It's not the size that matters, it's how you use it' -JayzTwoCents

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, reminded me of when Linus chopped a GPU heat-sink just to put it in. :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

keyboard?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like the AJAZZ AK33.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Months old Comment, but Hows the Case?

+1

Infinity/10 IGN would buy even after they die.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

i absolutely love it. there really is not other way to take this much power wherever you go and it looks great because it doesn't eat desk space. i built a rendering monster so i moved this over to my 4k 55" tv

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Freaking awesome. What monitor/frame rates are you able to run with this?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressed at your bravery to go with the Zotac while going for small form factor. In my research I read it was ginormous, so I went with something else.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Zotac is a really weird company. They make some of the largest 2.5 slot normal size cards, and then some of the small itx cards. Their itx cards are a little on the large side but they are the only one that make a gtx 1080 mini.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you even plan this out? This is amazing!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't wait to get my S4 in the mail. I was lucky enough to get one before the last cutoff.

Your build only makes me more excited. I've been having a hell of a time tracking down a hd plex 300w though. Where did you find yours?

Great work!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ordered a few months ago when I had the extra money. Just got lucky as they are sold out because they are doing a revision to it. They are currently making the HD Plex 400w.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

noice +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you going to run on it specifically? I'm sure it would run about anything but I'd just like to know.

And also I was wondering why you just did 500 GBs. From what I've heard you need at least 1 TB.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredible work my dude! Keep on keepin' on!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build if only the psu was built in <: i thought xbox's were moving turning into pcs not the other way around

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking mini gaming beast.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. One thing I want to know is why you used 2 m.2s. You could've just merged the m.2s into one m.2. BUT, ITS NOT RGB!!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

true but you can't run raid 0 with a single drive. So i use two m.2 to reach a faster write and read speed by raiding them,

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

1+! great build! i really like it! congrats on the feature!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What sort of temps are you getting under load?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build in a epic little case!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I've gotten really into super sff builds recently, this is adding fuel to the flames. Thank you good sir! 1+

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Now if only all of that came in the XBOX....

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

was this the case on LTT?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

111

I broke the palindrome.

Awaits angry comments

In all seriousness, this is one of my favorite SFF builds! Nice job!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually in the middle of speccing out a S4 Mini build. Gonna go with the MSI Carbon ITX board

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Linus Tech Tips did this build recently

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

the name of the case makes it sound like you've got an engine inside of it.

but goodness gracious, i've never seen a system so stuffed with great hardware into such a small space. XD

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the maximum graphics card length of the case?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I almost bought this case but for the cost and external PSU. Otherwise this is near the gold standard for an ITX PC. The Z270I is a beautiful board. Asus owns this gen of ITX boards.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya the price is way too high for the case, there are other sff custom project cases available at sff forum that are much cheaper.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

For the cost and the wait time I would have been better off designing my own with something that could use an SFX supply and 120mm AIO. Currentlt debating modding my Node 202 for an AIO or buying another and taking a dremel to it then shifting parts over.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

How reliable is the hdplex 300w? Did you experience coil whine from it ? Why did you choose the hp voodoo 350 external brick instead of the usual dell 330w ?

Sorry to bother you with a lot of questions. I already have all my parts except the case and dc board

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

reliable, max watt usage there is some otherwise none, and 20w more.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

See? Smaller is better!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol those cables look massive until you realize everything else is just tiny. Great build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Never heard of that case it is amazing! Custom sleeves are a must. Now you need to mod a hinge and an LCD panel!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looking for a small build... THIS IS PERFECT!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build man, absolutely loving it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Give me updates on how the delid goes, my 7700k runs with a Fractal Design Kelvin S36 and never goes over 60C. So yes, please tell me how the delid goes and I might just follow suit.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

If you CPU doesn't go over 60C you do not need a delid. My cpu was hitting 100C on prime95. I switch the cooler out and did the delid. It tops at 84C under full load on prime 95 after ten minutes. So the delid helped me quite a lot. But i would not recommend it unless you absolutely needed it,.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

7700K + GTX 1080........... paired with 300W PSU. (EPIC FACEPALM)

Good Game... Just because the build is Mini doesn't make it automatically good.

I would downvote if there was such option.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you serious? Do you not understand the beauty of tiny builds? Did you even see that its basically as powerful as a 4k gaming pc according to fire strike yet its like 20 times smaller?

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not entirely knowledgeable on the subject but I believe there is a difference between the design and efficiency of a dc unit vs atx type psu that should be accounted for in your statements... This HDPlex, for example, is capable of achieving up to 94%...for this reason dc psus aren't subject to the standard efficiency ratings (bronze, gold, etc) of atx... Though, efficiency doesn't directly translate into load performance;however, it can imply quality. In theory total energy requirements under average load, not idle, circumstances would land you very close to 250- 300w(depends which part is being utilized more) with occasional spikes up to but not surpassing anywhere between 350-400w...something both the unit and the external dell brick is rated and meant for handling. Unless you're seriously putting the system under extreme stress testing and/or overclocking it, I wouldn't worry too much as this combination and scenario has been tested times and times again..just check out builds on sff forums...

Kinda like to add that the minimum 500w psu requirement listed are ussually made with the mentality of precaution due to consumers potentially using low quality units and limitations of atx efficiency.... these parts don't really warrant an atx style unit beyond 400-450 watts that is of high quality(ex.. the sfx sf450 series from corsair).... since dc units are more efficient and different in design, you could possibly go lower insofar as the unit is properly well-built. Also would like to add that at the time of this build, OP has no access to a 400+ dc psu from HDPlex or any other manufacture save for GUnique's....HDPlex is currently in the process of manufacturing one. Therefore, unless u want him to use a full atx psu that is left outside, increasing cable clutter, reducing aesthetic appeal defeating the purpose of extremely portable sff, can't really fault the psu choice moreso than gpu/cpu choice; however, it has been proven that these bear little to no threat. Personally, I would've gone with lower power requiring components, however, if you've done your research regarding this particular dc psu you would find its fully capable of, and in fact meant for, handling gpus beyond a 1060 (basically a 1070-1080) alongside higher end cpus....even under furmark all day, as seen in one of Josh's/NFC's videos, caps failed to pop....not saying I would blindly assume the best after seeing a handful of builds with the exact components turn out perfectly fine, but I would definitely take the word of someone who has been heavily involved in case modding and sff community for both personal, and client (sapphire,computex, ordinary customers etc) usage... sorry for the long post and please correct me if i misstated something... fairly new to the enthusiast community.

Note: I do agree it is cutting it very close though...coil whinr would most probably be evident. It's kind of maxed out actually if you crunch the numbers, but it's no where as threatening as you put it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, look up benches with the same or similar components. Under load you will not find a system constantly pulling 400w let alone 500w from the wall. You will get past 300 if it was all operating at 100%, which is fairly unrealistic, but, even then, still safe. OP even posted an image of his kill-a-watt reading under load.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The I7-7700K has some thermal issues but shouldn't be a problem if you don't overclock which is impossible with just 300watt power supply.

Great build overall, would be cool if you could do 3dmark or something else to get the full cake of performance.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

As requested. Still have to make more adjustments. I did the run with only a 50% fan on the gpu. I can make some changes and most likely get a higher scores but it will do for now.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Its really amazing to see how powerful these builds are...

IM IN LOVE +1

If I ever build something like this I will not use it I will just put it on display...

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it should be sitting on top of the Xbox because it absolutely annihilates it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it even annihilates the new xbox one x. Poor consoles are so far behind. They are like glorified streamer boxes for netflix

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud does it get?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

30db while playing games so not to bad at all. This is after the delid and everything

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

what about upgrading to the mini 1080 ti ?? :D

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

the 1080 is more than enough power. Also you could run into some power spike issues with the DC-DC power supplies and that setup. It will take some testing and i just did this build so no reason to get a 1080 ti.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude! How is that cooler? Is it AM4 compatible?

I just got one of these cases, hoping to go brickless with a 1050ti low profile and ryzen 1600.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't believe it is am4 compatible you would have to check on id cooling site. The cooler is alright I picked it only cause I hated to cooler of the noctua cooler

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Months old post, but what are the cable lengths you ordered? I am looking at getting an S4 Mini too. +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

i dunno i had royalba complete them. look on the SFF network for him he does them at a good price or would tell you the lengths

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done. Just finished my Coffee Lake S4 Build!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Im thinking doing a 1080 build but with a R7 2700 with a X470 Board. How do you make the zotac 1080 fit inside the S4 Mini?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a custom aio cooler for the card using some acrylic and two 80mm fans. The card with heatshink will fit in the s4 classic but won’t fit when the shroud is on

  • 26 months ago
  • -1 points

linus did this frist can watch a video to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3mwmZe55BA

not saying it's a bad computer though.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

you are incorrect

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Ks5ps68iA&t=510s

This was done back in Feb.

  • 22 months ago
  • -1 points

Now I know who Kodak Black was talking about when he sang "Tunnel Vision"...

Really no other option? Is that really your opinion on the matter?

You run games at 1080p and there is really no other choice than a 7700k and GTX 1080? And you have such a small case, why would you even buy a Z board if you are already worried about temps on stock clock rates... Almost every part of this build just contradicts with other parts in your build. Do some research before you drop 2 grand on something that could've been done with less than half of that money.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

You really are clueless mate. Who said I game at 1080p? i was just benchmarking on my portable monitor which i travel. I have a 1440p ultrawide monitor. Yes the 7700k was the best cpu i could put in it based on my limitation for power draw and cooling. Anything bigger i would have difficulty cooling. I get the full boost at 4.5ghz and have zero cooling issues. Prime95 which is a unrealistic scenario test on a cpu hit 85C. I get around 60-70C on gaming. The idea of the build was the make the smallest rig that will destroy most other builds but that concept seems to have missed you. You also probably didn't know that this z board was the only board that could run two m.2 in raid 0. Asus has now released a b board but at the time it was not around. You sir obviously didn't do your "research" and no you couldn't get a build like mine with half the money. time for you to get edumacated. i hope you see what i did there

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for late reply, but heres what I was getting at. You were complaining about the temps, yet you still throw in hardware with a crazy high tdp. And then you overclock. Being a crypto miner at heart, i know degrees Celsius like the back of my hand. Anything over 70C is literally tearing the lifespan of your hardware in half. Wanted a pc for 6 years? it will diminish performance after a year, next year even more performance lost, and year after that you would be lucky if it still ran and booted up fine. Would have to take apart mobo, gpu, and cpu to replace thermal paste and contact pads every year to keep it for maybe another year. As for memory, i understand you wanted to run m.2 in raid 0, so the zboard shenanigans dont matter here. (But holy **** i bet those read write speeds are ******* fast) Anyways, you should be concerned about your temps.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

next thing you know he gets triggered and makes it smaller

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Need some aspirin?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

i need a life

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I downloaded mine

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  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

He just didn't research enough to realize there was an optional front panel extender.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The trick was to loosen the top two pins on the case a little. It allows for a little gap at the top but also allows an unmodded GTX 1080 mini to fit. It is dang snug. I mean I am pushing it to the max.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

when you say "snug" do you mean "touching snug" or like "1/4 millimeter snug"

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I got the itx bug

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