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Shabalaka

Best Cooling for a 125w TDP (Mini ITX)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi, 

 

I am struggling to find information about the best air cooling setup you can get for Mini ITX format, Like for example I purchased a Node 202 but then I found out that the Node 202 will not support a cooler that can keep a 125w CPU under control without Undervolting it which seems a bit crazy to pay so much money for something and then restrict it so much.  I found 1 video where a guy puts a 3900X in a node 202 but then does not put the side on it which is not a "real world scenario" as no one is going to run a Node 202 without the lid on surely??

 

I plan to sell this Node 202 case and get another case which supports a 125w CPU but this is where I am finding it hard to find information regarding cooling results and conflicting information, When I read about the Cryorig C7G with Graphene this says its rated for 125W but then I read reviews and people say that there CPU reaches 80c+ which doesnt sound ideal.

 

My build was going to be 

Node 202 

i7 10700k 

Corsair SF750

16GB Generic 3200MHZ Ram 

1TB Samsung SSD QVO 

and I was hoping to get a 3080 (BUt might stick with my 1070ti for now as 3080,s seem quite hard to get)

 

So my question is which case would be the "go-to" in a Mini ITX format with a K series chip (Or a AMD Equivalent 100W+) Cpu. 

 

I usually buy the K Series Intel,s as they tend to hold their value if I decide to sell in the future, So seems like a good investment as you lose out but not by as much as buying a non-k chip.

 

I hope this gives enough information to allow people to post their current Mini ITX builds and temps to help me find a decent enough Mini ITX case + air cooler which will support this CPU. 

 

Many Thanks.

 

PS. Maybe Linus could do an updated Video for all us Mini ITX Builders who need this information. ;) (Never know your luck until you ask) 

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40 minutes ago, Shabalaka said:

Hi, 

 

I am struggling to find information about the best air cooling setup you can get for Mini ITX format, Like for example I purchased a Node 202 but then I found out that the Node 202 will not support a cooler that can keep a 125w CPU under control without Undervolting it which seems a bit crazy to pay so much money for something and then restrict it so much.  I found 1 video where a guy puts a 3900X in a node 202 but then does not put the side on it which is not a "real world scenario" as no one is going to run a Node 202 without the lid on surely??

 

I plan to sell this Node 202 case and get another case which supports a 125w CPU but this is where I am finding it hard to find information regarding cooling results and conflicting information, When I read about the Cryorig C7G with Graphene this says its rated for 125W but then I read reviews and people say that there CPU reaches 80c+ which doesnt sound ideal.

 

My build was going to be 

Node 202 

i7 10700k 

Corsair SF750

16GB Generic 3200MHZ Ram 

1TB Samsung SSD QVO 

and I was hoping to get a 3080 (BUt might stick with my 1070ti for now as 3080,s seem quite hard to get)

 

So my question is which case would be the "go-to" in a Mini ITX format with a K series chip (Or a AMD Equivalent 100W+) Cpu. 

 

I usually buy the K Series Intel,s as they tend to hold their value if I decide to sell in the future, So seems like a good investment as you lose out but not by as much as buying a non-k chip.

 

I hope this gives enough information to allow people to post their current Mini ITX builds and temps to help me find a decent enough Mini ITX case + air cooler which will support this CPU. 

 

Many Thanks.

 

PS. Maybe Linus could do an updated Video for all us Mini ITX Builders who need this information. ;) (Never know your luck until you ask) 

How small does the computer actually have to be? Most people build a itx system just to have a itx system the size of a small micro atx system.

 

What I recommend is getting a slightly bigger case to allow you to get the chip you want. If not possible I'll look for a case that should be as small as possible.

 

Also a couple comments about the build:

Is the qvo drive the only drive? It's really really slow and not meant to be the primary drive of a computer the transfer speeds of that drive are as fast as a normal hdd. You should really swap it out for either a normal good sata drive (mx 500, wd blue should be same price) or the nvme equivalents.

Could you wait like a month? Ryzen 4000 is coming out. Intel simply just gets hotter than ryzen atm so using a ryzen in a small system would probably be a better idea.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well I,m looking to get as small as possible because I plan to use it in the front room and put it on the TV stand. 

 

The height between each shelf is 25cm and I have about 50cm in width, I was ideally looking to go for a more "console" style looking case which is what attracted me to the Node 202, I have had a Cooler Master elite 120 with a 3570k and a Noctua NHL9i on that CPU sat in the shelf before but I wasnt keen on the look of that (This is also the computer I am looking to update) 

 

As for the QVO, I chose it because it was relatively cheap but what about a Samsung Evo drive, The M.2 and NVME drives seem to be pricier, I normally choose the Samsung drives as they were recommended but if I could get a 1TB m.2 drive or nvme equivalent would be good!  

 

I thought having the 1 drive would be good but I am considering a fast SSD for Main  C :  and a standard Sata for storage. 

 

Many thanks for the reply! 

 

 

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Do you really prefer console style case? Or something more boxy? Cooler Master NR200 is a pretty neat little case. You can use air tower cooler up to 155mm tall. That gives you many choices.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I was looking at the console style case as I figured that if I can I can put the Sky box on top of the PC if theres room so for aesthetics purposes a console style case would look a lot better than huge square box :)

 

Thanks for the reply! 

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