Description

My first mini ITX build. Overall a great experience. Got the case in red and black on a new egg flash sale. Would have prefered the white and black, but I decided to lean into the red and black aesthetic as much as I could. I went with black ram, a GPU without much color, and red cable extensions for the 24pin.

The Speclux RGB LEDs are also a great value and add some nice light. For around $15 they work great, plugging directly into the motherboard and work with the ASRock software. I find myself running them on white most of the time because I think red and black are hard colors to reflect off of.

I'm a big fan of the size of the case. Being able to fit three drives comfortably, including my 3.5in HDD is great. Although the H200 fits an ATX PSU I went for a SFX one as it allows for more air to flow over the GPU as well as making things less tight under the shroud.

Issues:

The memory isn't stable at the advertised 3200MHz. The XMP profile either boot loops or crashes windows after a few minutes. This is unfortunate, but it's stable at 3000MHz and 3.5 volts, so I'm not really too upset as the difference would be negligible. Unfortunately Micro Center is pretty far from me so I'm fine with this instead of driving back to doing the return.

The Gigabyte WINDFORCE 3X is big. A good bit thicker than I expected, so thick that the NZXT included GPU support can't even fit below it. Right now my temporary solution is a little piece of paper folded up to relive some sag, but I'm working on a better solution. The card fits fine but because I can't use a traditional GPU support bracket I'm a little annoyed but this.

UPDATE: Had to RMA the GPU because of coil whine. New card sounds fine but I probably would avoid the Gigabyte coolers right now if you don't want the risk of having to do an RMA.

Currently, the fans are set in their default setup, but I may switch them around at some point. Overall the thermals have been about what I would expect, running a little hot on the CPU because I still have a stock cooler, and running in the 70s for the GPU, which is good but not great.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

In late 2019 this is shipping with updated bios for new ryzen chips. An okay board but it seems it's not fully compatible with my rams XMP settings, leading me to have to run it slightly under stock for a stable OS.

Video Card

Had to RMA for a new card because of coil whine. If that kinda stuff doesn't bother you this is an excellent card that is shipping at MSRP, very rare for the 2070s. It's thicc though so be aware. Just barely fits in the NZXT H200.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Other than the SATA cables it looks good!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I don't love them but until I get some right angle cables that feels like the best way to position them.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your GPU not have an RGB logo either? I bought the exact same GPU and there's seemingly no lights on the logo. The thing is I've seen other people with this exact same GPU but with an RGB logo. I don't know if my model has burned out lights or if they just have an RGB and RGB-less model of the exact same card lol. Not a huge deal since the price was decent, but still had me wondering.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I ran into a similar thing. No RGB on mine. Basically from what I can gather the GAMING OC 3X has RGB, but the WINDFORCE OC 3X does not have RGB. As far as I can gather the RGB is the only difference between the two. $50 for a logo is a lot so I'm not too bummed.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

interesting...i returned the gigabyte 2080 because the rgb simply stopped working 2nd day...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I had two of these cards and neither had RGB. I think your issue is different though. There seems to be confusion over these gigabyte cards but one has RGB and one doesn't. The Windforce OC 3X has no rgb.