thanks for your info man, helps a lot on what to decide! i think i may go with the Ryzen 5 3600 since it'll be a lot cooler for mainly gaming, my radeon vii is already hot enough hahaCPU-Z bench, Forza Horizon 4, FFXV benchmark, SteamVR benchmark. Basically grabbed whatever I had on hand that had benchmark tools.
Update on this: reseated my heatsink in that orientation. It's important! Immediately saw a fair thermal difference, as resting against the I/O likely lifted it up from the CPU a little as well.I have the exact same board and CPU cooler, but with a 3600 (yes I know overkill). In test fitting, the VRM heatsink didn't touch my L12S at all. I have it rotated 90° though.
I thought your temps seemed high for a 65w CPU, haha. What temps do you get now?Update on this: reseated my heatsink in that orientation. It's important! Immediately saw a fair thermal difference, as resting against the I/O likely lifted it up from the CPU a little as well.
Nice build what are your temps under load?Just finished my Steck build! AMD's 3700X with a Zotac RTX 2080.
Overall really happy with how tiny this is, putting it all together was a hassle and a half, but this is my first ITX build, so I'm figuring these tight spaces are the same on all. One note though: the Gigabyte X570 board I'm using doesn't quite fit with the NH-L12S. The VRM heatsink is just barely pushing one side of the heatsink out by maybe half a millimeter. Still enough to keep the side panel shut, but it's not perfectly flat.
Are you using glass or perforated side panels?One last thing about thermals with this case and a 3700X: there are benches and games I can run long enough that the CPU will get up to 90C. With the same games and the side panels off, it peaks at around 65C, which is crazy. The NH-L12S in the sideways orientation also doesn't line up with the vents entirely, as it sits lower than center.
Just saying, if the Steck got mesh side panels or something with higher air flow, I'd buy them in a heartbeat.
The standard perforated ones.Are you using glass or perforated side panels?
As far as I'm concerned, they all work as advertised already. People are just confused because the CPU operates a little backwards compared to others (high idle voltages by design, decreases with load etc).Glad to see my rig pic earned a place... still considering swapping to a 3700X w/ new motherboard once the drivers get figured out.