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EDIT 9th Dec 2017

*Changed case to Fractal Design Define MINI ITX Nano S. Gives much better airflow and cooling. Very quality case

*returned my LL120 RGB fan as it was malfunctioning; kept older random 120mm fans

*Exchanged AIO cooler for my old noctua tower cooler. I tried avoiding having 2 fans directly on it but things got too hot.

*Overclocked to 3.8ghz

*5 fans now, front intake rear exhaust, 2 of which are RGB, another 2 have Phanteks Halos

*Fan RPM/RGB Controlled by Corsair Commander Pro, Halos controlled by Aura Sync

*CPU Now idles around 25-30 degrees celsius, hits 40d easily due to my fan RPM custom curve for quietness

*According to Corsair Link my power draw is about 75W at idle

*I'm much happier with this case, although with all the fan controllers inside, I can't mount my 3.5" photo HDD internally :(


All prices are $AUD

I wanted a small quiet low power build

I don't really game (old steam titles only)

I only do photo editing / studying / media watching

I chose the Ryzen 5 1600 to have the option to overclock it modestly; I bought the AM4 mounting bracket for my old Corsair H75 120mm AIO

I bought the LL120 fan with the intention of pairing it with my corsair link and a controller, however at the time I bought all the parts nobody had any controllers in stock. I refused to pay for the 3-pack of fans as I have no use for them all. I kept the LL120 mounted as it was the most efficient and quiet of all my fans

I know the MSI Rx 560 OC is a weak card but I wanted one that only used PCIE power

I bought the X370-i because the B350-i was never in stock despite many of my local retailers listing it as being in stock - I just got too impatient, and paid the $120 AUD premium :\ It was fun to build with a high-end device, I really liked the padded I/O shield! Note that the M.2 screws are different heights for front/back mounts (see close-up photo for my initial error )

So while writing this I am sitting next to a computer that is completely silent except for the gentle rattle of my CPU AIO Cooler which is probably telling me it's wearing out.

At the moment I am running a single fan in push configuration; the stock 200mm case fan is too noisy (See my photos for a few different configs I tried - I chose the final config for noise reasons but will change later when I OC the CPU some more)

It was possible to mount the 200mm fan in a pull config but it was very noisy

The negative aspects:

  • The M.2 on the top of the motherboard gets hot, 53 C at idle and HOT to touch
  • The airflow in this case is poor (especially if you want it quiet) and the AIO can only be mounted on the front)
  • RGB is a nightmare to configure, make compatible, and cable-manage -- not worth it in this enclosure
  • I didn't do enough research about cross-compatibility of all the darn proprietary connectors/controllers
  • The drive cages are pop-riveted into the case

What I would like to do:

  • Add a second M.2 1TB to store my RAW files locally (USB 3 external enclosure maxes out at 140MBPS)
  • Change to a slightly bigger case with better airflow options
  • Replace my H75 with a newer 140mm AIO AND/OR Trial air cooling for the CPU to generally aid airflow across the motherboard
  • Get PWM 80mm fans for the rear of the case to help airflow
  • Get PWM 200mm fan to put in PULL configuation with the AIO
  • Work out how to RGB properly (although it doesn't seem worth the cost)

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get this board. I don’t see it anywhere like Newegg

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I live in Australia

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Which part? My wife is from Melbourne.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

also melbourne

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

And you won't unfortunately - I live in Baltimore and my wife (who is also Australian) and I were discussing my Ryzen build using this exact same motherboard. ASUS does not sell this in North America...at all. I ordered my X370-I Gaming from a reseller in France by way of the U.K. Cost me a hait under $300 US for it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm jealous that you folks in Australia have this board already! I plan to build based on this board, but in a bigger case.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, nice build! I am working on a Ryzen SFF build also. Your the only build that has used this board on PC part picker. Can you give me some feedback on it? any tips? I am going with a Ryzen 1700X watercooled with 120m and the Asus strix 350-i version of the same board. Thanks in advance

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

hey thanks man, I obsessed over this and wanted an even smaller case but in the end I think I want something slightly larger like the phanteks enthoo evolv mini ITX so I can get better airflow.

I like the board, it's premium, solid, and quite dense actually. I would've used the B350-i too but I got impatient! My aims for the SFF build were minimal fans and minimal cables, and this motherboard and case combination made that slightly harder than I was hoping for. With my current configuration I have a silent build but i'm not entirely happy with my thermals at idle and have a great deal of worry about stability when overclocking.

The surfaces get quite hot to touch (m.2 heatsink, and the usb3 region of the rear I/O) which makes me a bit nervous. The top-side M.2 SSD sits around 55 degrees consistently (according to HWMonitor) which worries me too - I have even sat there with a fan pointed right at it and it doesn't really cool down much!

The case I chose doesn't really allow me to have much airflow over those regions which is annoying, so i'd recommend not putting this motherboard in a tiny case if you want to maximise your board's longevity.

I chose this board for its 2x M.2 mounts, so I could have exclusively M.2 storage (and less cables) but one thing to note is that the bottom side M.2 is the slower one (only 2x PCIE lanes = SATA speed) so it's less useful to use as a boot/quick access drive. I currently only have one M.2 which I use for boot and Lightroom library, hence I put it on the topside mount (4x PCIE lanes = max speed - tested to 1.5gb/s copying large files!) The problem with that approach is: I'm not looking forward to when I can afford the second (1gb) M.2 drive because I'm going to have to unmount the whole motherboard to install it underneath. Maybe (if you can afford it) populate both at once before you fit the motherboard into your case.

Overclocking using youtube guides/asus AI suite has had some issues with random shut-downs even when not under heavy load. AI suite automatically overclocked my ryzen 5 1600 to a multiplier of 39 (3.9 ghz) from base clock of 3.2 ghz (which seemed very aggressive) -- it kept freezing... THEN i did all custom voltages and was very generous with these, aiming for overclock to 3.6ghz and it still froze under stress testing. Right now I have just reset the bios and am settling with base clock until I can sort out my cooling situation - I feel like my dying H75 is not performing reliably. That said, these boards should be more stable than that, so go slowly if you OC. I admit I am reasonably new to OC'ing. For what it's worth, the fan on my RM750i has never needed to kick in, which helps keep things quiet.

Generally speaking I can't make head or tail of the RGB setup on this motherboard, and have found that even with 'compatible' hardware the colours don't always come out how they should... proprietary plugs are very annoying and I have actually just given up because I don't want the cable clutter or the headache of configuring these things.

A waterblock mount should fit nicely, but if later on you want to change to a larger air cooler, you only have about 2-3cm (front to back) either side of the CPU for a cooler to fit in.

Hopefully that's enough info, let me know if there's anything else you want to know. Good luck, link me to photos/build/parts when you're done!

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

The Evolve shift shipped yesterday and the Asus Mobo should ship tomorrow. Any advice with fans, extension cables, or anything else I might have forgotten? First build in many years. Thanks again for the helpful info. I'll update send you a link when its built

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I just did my build with this mobo in an Evolv Shift case with a 1600 and a GTX 1060,

1) Fans. 120mm or 140mm - take your pick. But remember...25mm or thinner. If you go any thicker than 25mm you WILL have issues. And despite what Phanteks says, my fans all draw cool air IN and since heat rises, I allow positive pressure to push the hot air out. It's going to make a little noise (well, I'm using a 140mm (90 cfm)on the bottom and (2) 120mm's (70 cfm) on the sides all pushing fresh air IN and expelling hot air out the top.

2) Power supply. If you try to squeeze anything larger than an SFX, good luck routing cables as they have to make a sharp turn once connected.

3) Cables - make sure they're flat and use as few as possible...trust me on this.

4) M.2 slots - gdevansm is right - it does get relatively warm, and that's in a case with a LOT more room.

5) Graphics card - as long as it's two slot, you're okay. I have an ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1060 Overclocked in mine and I've has no issues so far.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

what's the latest?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that explains it. I’m only 11 but I have a dream of building a computer

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, right?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You can mount your 3.5" HDD to the bottom of the case right in front of the PSU. Great build though!