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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Not sure what counts as cheap for you, but they're readily available online at Amazon, McMaster, and Fastenal here in the US. Search for 'm3 black oxide screw' to omit the nylon options on Amazon. You might also try an Orchard Supply if you have one local, they tend to have better loose parts...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Damn, nice fabrication work okwchin! Do you have a link for the acrylic you used? That seems like it could be helpful all over the place. Also thanks for the super thorough orientation testing. I'm building a heatpipe cooler for another product at work so will have to learn all about this...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    I ordered both an itx30 and lp53, but am impatiently waiting for the A4 to do any further testing as bench conditions don't seem overly representative. I wonder why we were so concerned with country shipping order when it clearly doesn't seem to have any impact on the delivery date..
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Don't worry, I'm in LA as well and no update since it transferred to the Frankfurt airport on Feb 27th either. Doesn't seem like there's any sort of geographical logic to when/how these get processed into the US. While USPS isn't the greatest service, I order plenty of stuff from ex-US and this...
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    ASUS Wi-Fi GO! Module Replacement Antenna Options?

    Both should be fine, but the Mouser option is out of stock and likely not worth waiting for. You're looking for dual band in 2.4 and 5GHz range with a 0-2dB gain. Anything for this type of product will likely be a basic linear omnidirectional antenna. For these you ideally want to point the...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    The last reported location for mine is at the airport in Frankfurt, so I hope they're not planning on putting it on a boat there and sending it down the Main river or it will be quite the circuitous journey from there to LA.. Given where the cases were born, they will have traveled well over...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    This is a decent explanation of why 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals don't work with the same antenna (and maybe also why a coat hanger sometimes works for OTA): http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=476624&sid=564131b3e769b33957726eaf54dddf19#476624 Here is a combination antenna centered on 2.4...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Nice, glad the BT part of it worked out for you. I agree, it cleans up the build considerably compared to the external antenna contraption the z270i ships with.
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Oh right, I forgot AC is at 5GHz. Higher frequency == shorter wavelength though, so the poster above who thought size matters was correct, but likely not in the direction they were implying ;)
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    I can do some testing with this, but I'd imagine it should be fine. They make 1/2 and full wave (and many others, RF is an endlessly deep rabbit hole) as well. My wireless router currently sits below the PC and is connected via cable anyway, so I only need the antenna for Bluetooth keyboard and...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    And unrelated to all of the thermal nonsense, I discovered that a quarter-wave 2.4GHz RP-SMA works fine to handle Bluetooth, and its small stature should better match the A4 compared to the remote-mount monstrosities that the motherboards are shipping with these days :) If you don't need...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Finally had a minute to take some measurements. Ambient temperature is ~22°C. Prime95 blend has been running for about 15 minutes before measuring. To recap HW, this is a z270i with 7700k on stock BIOS config, and for CPU cooling I'm still on L9i with NF-B9 redux. LP53 and ITX30 arrived...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Good call on the electrical tape - I ran into a similar issue measuring a motor the other day. The part you called out in question has a reference designator of PDQ1321 and a label 'R10 647 CBL'. And yeah, not sure where the last mosfet is for that inductor, although one of the inductors at the...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Heatsinks stripped within 30s of removing the z270i from the box :) I'll bring the FLIR home again this weekend and take some measurements - based on what I saw on my current board, the PCH was the only component generating any heat of note aside from the CPU.
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    I see a business opportunity offering a modded z270i with custom heatsinks that are compatible with Dan's new heatsink... :)
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    This request seems better suited for the [H] mods to adjust/modify the forum software to resize on upload (or display) than to try and control every user on here.. It's only going to make you upset to expect humans to reliably do what computers are really &#*$&#* good at :)
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    FWIW Amazon has Z270i listed directly (rather than Marketplace via 3rd party seller) again, though no stock until next week.
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    I guess this is a bit the pickle these SFF designs have - it's supposed to be as generic as possible so anyone can put whatever miniITX and GPU they want in it, but in reality everyone's* going to use the same z270i, 7700(k), CPU cooler, GTX1080 etc that we come up with as a community as being...
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    Thermolab (Cooltek) LP53 review

    Nice mock-up! Yeah, I didn't think it'd necessarily be easy to make it all fit with the various motherboard configurations, but a bunch of time reading ITX specs and spent in a 3D modeler should sort that out :)
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    Thermolab (Cooltek) LP53 review

    Would like to see the ITX30 benched against the LP53 with the same fan of your choice, just to see what the difference in temp is by losing the ??mm^2 worth of fin surface area. Although I guess it's hard to know how well matched a fan/sink combo is to know if we're fan-bound or sink-bound in...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    You might be better off finding a friendly machinist and bringing him a case of beer to cut you a 92mm (or whatever size) hole in the side of the case for you. It's going to be orders of magnitude cleaner than trying to use a hole saw like that.
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Feeling lucky and have a strong affinity toward unfounded speculation.. :LOL:
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Damn son, great looking work! If you're taking orders, let me know :)
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    It's 2017 and you're not using an ad blocker??? o_O
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    True enough, but hopefully you're in the OS more than the BIOS. Keep a spare SFF USB around for bios work..
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Logitech K810 has pretty decent white-only backlighting, and is SFF and wireless to boot. And to those suggesting setting RGB to white, that doesn't result in white most of the time... :(
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    For CAD/gfx work I like the Benq 32" BL3201PH a lot (have had two at work and one at home for the last ~2 years). 32" is the sweet spot for UHD imo - but maybe I'm just getting old and prefer a larger screen that I don't have to sit so close to :)
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    You can get 12V @ 3A directly out of USB-C PD Profile 3 if you can find an adaptor to negotiate the profile.. I wonder if the motherboard USB-C ports that are appearing can deliver this much (or more, the current USB-PD spec goes up to 100W). This should be plenty to drive a small-ish display.
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    LOL. I have no idea what you're into, but this is hilarious.
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    If someone wants to source and/or send me a Silent Wings 2 92mm, I'll happily add it to the comparison list :) They just don't seem readily available in the US, and brief searching puts them in the $30-40 range to land one here. Compared to the already-quite-excellent NF-B9 redux-1600 at $11...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    In the interest of dubiously conducted science for absolut_zero who was asking about NF-A9x14 vs. NF-B9 redux-1600, here's a bunch of thermal testing. TLDR- The NF-B9 redux-1600 is far quieter at full tilt, and keeps the temps about the same. IMO well worth the $11USD additional, if you're after...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Doesn't the 4K decoding only affect IGP though? Presumably nobody will not be running an large-ish AIB GPU in the A4-SFX..
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    It looks like the LP53 is 53mm tall including a 25mm fan, so you'd have to get a <20mm fan to clear the 48mm allowance of the A4 to use this cooler? That knocks the a9 25mm out of the running. That combo may work better than L9i+A9, but it also seems quite a bit more expensive and much more...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Nice find, top-side (and dual) M.2 in mITX is definitely attractive. Will be nice to get more chassis designed around no SATA drives for builds that don't need massive bulk storage (plus that's what a NAS hidden in the closet is for anyway).
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Will grab measurements once the case arrives - I suspect that the interaction between the top of the fan(s) and the side of the case is going to make a difference compared to just sitting in free air.
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    No it's the Gigabyte H170 (GA-H170N-WIFI). I toyed with the idea of going X99/Xeon but just seems like there's so much more support in this form factor for Core chipset and iX parts. The cooler is the Noctua NH-L9i - it came with a smaller fan and a set of screws to mount a 25mm fan so I added...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    I don't turn it off, so don't need to turn it back on all that often ;) I actually discovered by accident that if you set the BIOS to always turn on after a power outage, if you flip off the mechanical switch on the PSU it 'simulates a power outage' and the computer comes back on when you turn...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    Parts are already busy crunching pixels while patiently waiting for a case :) I'm kind of growing fond of the minimalism of just an anti-static foam sheet, might have to take this SFF trend to it's logical conclusion and start a kickstarter to sell a 0L SFF 'case' with bonus ability to fit...
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    This PCPartPicker search for LGA1150/1151 mini ITX boards might help: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#xcx=0&s=24,30&f=8&sort=a8&page=1 It won't quite get you to $45, but it will get you comfortably down to the ~$65 range.
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    DAN A4-SFX: The smallest gaming case in the world

    uATX is 244x244mm, mini-ITX is 170x170mm, this board is 190x170mm. I think Gigabyte is a bit confused in their size labeling on this one, though it will certainly fit in a uATX case. Not sure what the win would be in using the GA-H81M-S in the A4-SFX, unless it's the only thing available in...
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