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  1. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Yes. But again, do not overtighten the screws that secure expansion cards to the chassis. I use a small PH1 to get the screws mostly tight, and then snug it up just a very small amount with the PH2. Finger-tight is the best way to describe how tight to make these screws. For screws that...
  2. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I use a PH1. Do not overtighten the screws that attach most things to the chassis. I use a PH2 for the screws that attach a power supply to its mounting bracket and expansion cards to the chassis via their own mounting bracket.
  3. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Be careful about the height of the rear M.2 connector. They come in several heights and I found out the hard way that the one on my son's Asus Z170 Pro Gaming was too short (too close to the motherboard) to accommodate the SSD heatsink from EKWB. EKWB now lists a minimum height for the M.2...
  4. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I did not have to pay any taxes or duties for my delivery to (Ottawa) Canada, either. I was really expecting to.
  5. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    The stock card is listed as 50.2 mm thick so that only leaves 16.8 mm underneath for bottom-mounted fans (total space for expansion cards and the space below them is 67 mm). I read the reddit thread you linked to and it mentions a lack of tabs on the Gigabyte 2080, not the 2070. Gigabyte's...
  6. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    This post at the SFF Forums contains the Change Log in the first post: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/ncase-m1-v6-info.10687/ Click on "M1 V6 changelog" to open the list. The top panel thickness was increased from 1.5 mm to 2.0 mm for V6, but earlier ODD Top Panels should still fit...
  7. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    In a SFF forum post today, Necere wrote the following: The plan was for 12pm PST/8pm GMT, but there may be a bit of a delay as I need to confirm the shipping schedule with w360 and it's currently 3am where he is.
  8. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I have no direct experience with this, but I have read many positive posts about the Kraken X52. It has barbs that can swivel which makes routing the tubes easier.
  9. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    SFFLAB is reorganizing and it is covered in this post on the site: https://www.sfflab.com/blogs/news/sfflab-2-0-is-arriving I think Necere posted somewhere (I can't find it) that the Ncase store on SFFLAB should be available before the end of November.
  10. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    With a window side panel it is not possible to intake air through that panel, of course. Intaking air through the bottom panel distributes heated air from the GPU throughout the rest of the case, increasing the CPU temperature. So, he tried using the rear fan as an intake and set the bottom...
  11. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    With a window side panel, Optimum Tech found having the bottom fans as exhaust and the rear fan as intake (so rear to front airflow through his NH-U9S) was most effective. Before the window side panel became available, others with hot running graphics cards found exhausting air out the bottom...
  12. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Looks like a very clean build, which is even more impressive given that you used the power supply's original cables. Well done! For the stiff USB 3 front panel cable, see the solution I recommended in a post earlier today. I hope this is helpful.
  13. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    So sorry to read about your broken pins. All USB 3 front header cables are, in my opinion, ridiculously stiff and difficult to manage. This is not unique to the M1. For anyone else facing similar routing difficulty I recommend buying a Low Profile USB 3.0 Header Extender Cable. These have a...
  14. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Did you have any difficulty replacing the original 30 mm chipset fan with the 40 mm Noctua? I wouldn't have thought the mounting holes would line up for the larger fan.
  15. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    This is the first report I've read about such a noisy X570 chipset fan. I had seemed like the motherboard companies were choosing good quality fans. Let us know how the 40 mm Noctua does in both noise and cooling.
  16. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Unsleeved custom lengths? I hadn't seen that before. Sleeved cables look bulkier than original cables, but make up for that by being the exact length needed with no excess to fold or tuck away somewhere. Plus, they can be coloured. Still, I think your cables have a sleek appearance that I...
  17. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Looks like a very tidy build. Are you using the original power supply cables or custom cables? Also, what are the components of the system?
  18. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    In addition to the changes you listed the V6 has a more compact Front I/O and I believe a lower cable connection to allow slightly more room for large cards. The best references for graphics card compatibility are listed in the opening post of this thread by the M1's designer: A...
  19. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    In the first photo the drives threaded hole is visible so it's not covered by the ODD tray's small black metal fold. Oh well. At least it's being held tight enough.
  20. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Pre-V6, the ODD tray attached to the optical drive with 4 screws, 2 on the left and 2 on the right. In the V6 the ODD tray uses 3 screws, 1 on the left and 2 on the bottom. The V6 tray has a small piece of metal plate on the lower left side where the pre-V6 ODD tray had a hole for a screw...
  21. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Thanks for the link. I will definitely check it out. Yeah, Optimum Tech posted a follow-up video today that stated the previous one was in error. It seems undervolting in the BIOS doesn't work right for Zen 2 CPUs so he used Ryzen Master to undervolt. This application forces the user to set...
  22. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I'm in the same situation almost (4790K). I'm in no rush, but a new Zen 2 in my Rev. 4 M1 is awfully tempting. BTW, did you see Optimum Tech's video today? He was able to undervolt a 3900X to only 1.0 Volt. This really reduced the power draw and hence its temperature. Unfortunately, it also...
  23. Qrash

    Noctua AMD Threadripper Air Cooler Roundup @ [H]

    I look forward to your results. Photos please. I picked up a be quiet Dark Rock Pro TR4 last month when I was in Italy, but haven't installed it yet. It's huge, but less wide than the NH-U14S. I'm not really interested in quietness so I want to replace the be quiet fans with better ones. I...
  24. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I can see how push and pull relate to airflow through a radiator or heatsink, but for airflow in and out of a case I prefer to use intake and exhaust.
  25. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    No, some users have used the NH-C14S. You need to search more. There are complications such as the heatsink being too tall for a 25 mm thick fan on top, so a slim fan is needed there, if one is placed there at all. A window side panel reduces the clearance 2-3 mm more. Also, I think with a...
  26. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    A larger heatsink with larger fans will always be quieter, in principle. A non-K i7 can probably be cooled adequately by the NH-U9S. You might not even need two fans on the heatsink if you add an intake fan to the rear panel. For the NH-C14S I think you are limited to a fan on the underside...
  27. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I believe the Noctua NH-U9S will fit that older motherboard. There have been a few posts here of good cooling results with a window side panel and that cooler mounted to intake air from the rear panel and the Accelero Xtreme with bottom 120x25 mm fans exhausting. Search on YouTube for Optimum...
  28. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    The Gelid Icy Vision Enhancement Kit for 1080 is really neat, but it's only compatible with FE 1080 and 1070. Not the 1080 Ti, so be aware of this. If you buy an Accelero Xtreme IV and use it on a different graphics card model you will have to buy small heatsinks for the VRAM and VRM.
  29. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    That was the thought until one owner posted photos of his build with the Accelero Xtreme 4. It's the only one I've seen so compatiblility must be very hardware-specific. Addendum: The GPU -side heatsink is the same for the Accelero Xtreme 3 and 4. It's the 4's backplate with its large fins...
  30. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    The Accelero Xtreme 3 comes with small heatsinks for the VRAM and VRM, but no backplate. The Accelero Xtreme 4 doesn't include the small heatsinks, but it does include a backplate, though it has cooling fins that may interfere with other hardware on the motherboard.
  31. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Way to go! The fact that your motherboard has two PCI-E M.2 slots is great for this type of mod. It's not even a mod. It's been a while since anyone posted about using an M.2 to PCI-E adapter. I don't think there's much you can do about routing the PCI-E ribbon cable. Those shouldn't be...
  32. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I think readers had different meanings associated with the words "push" and "pull". These images show that the intended meanings are to push air from the fan into the radiator or to pull air through the radiator into the fan. The confusion may be that that some people thought "pull" meant a...
  33. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I can't test it now to be sure, but I think it will fit. Just. A few years ago I did some measurements with an SFX power supply in the ATX mounting bracket. My Silverstone SX600-G came with an ATX-SFX adapter. This combination seemed to mount the SX600-G in the center of the M1 chassis. I...
  34. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Yes,, the ATX mounting bracket attaches to the chassis frame. The PS will fill the front part of the window, but it'll work there. Happy New Year!
  35. Qrash

    NCASE M1 version changelog and suggestions thread

    Two of my old posts from the main M1 thread illustrate these topics: Dual (slim) 140 mm fans on the bottom panel Interference of the fan mounting holes with the rear case feet Also, on the subject of solid vs. ventilation holes in the right side panel (behind the motherboard), many systems...
  36. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I smell a meme here: photos of heatsink collections!
  37. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    All good points. I was guessing that the LED "cover" was separate from the actual metal heatsinks underneath. Apparently, that is not the case. The old NH-C14 is so rare. It's too bad you couldn't use it with your motherboard of choice. I take it, that the cooler won't fit in any other...
  38. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    What about removing the cover from that rear heatsink or even filing some notches into it? Or replace the heatsink with smaller ones.
  39. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Yes, I agree and would try a side intake first.
  40. Qrash

    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Adding two fans on the bottom as intakes would help feed the graphics card fans and push the heated air away from the card so that it doesn't just recirculate in that area. However, you may see the CPU temperature rise as a result of the rising warm air being drawn into the CP cooler. Rotating...
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