nah... I don't think you'll gain much, especially with m.2 drives being rare on thin itx.Here's a (rather blurry) pic just showing comparison between the ASL GTX 1050 and Radeon Pro WX 4100 in length. The WX 4100 is shorter by 20mm, and will be easier to install in this case.
And that I did. I installed the WX 4100 with drivers, and @Windfall you'll be happy to know that the system runs much quieter in this case with this GPU than the ASL 1050. Even with benchmarks running, it sounds like it's hardly breaking a sweat, and uses less power too.
This almost makes me want to save up for another workstation card as they would be amazing for this case. Maybe even the WX 5100 which Josh reviewed and he says are about as powerful as the 1050 Ti. I could make a custom back panel to fit full height graphics cards with it.
Yeah he got all the workstation amd card behind him in his latest vids
But those cards are expensive :/
Here my suggestion (if possible) for coolers with bigger than 80mm area:If you choose to only have one 2.5" hard drive along with a discrete GPU, you can have certain coolers up to 35mm in height, as long as the fan and heatsink size doesn't exceed 80mm (that is, they stay within the mounting hole area). Then, in theory, a cooler like the Zalman CNPS2X or Scythe Kodati could work.
The following picture shows there's enough breathing room for the CPU cooler below the SSD. There's at least 10mm of space there.
Here's a view of the GPU through the top vents. It should be able to cover some CPU coolers for mini ITX as well, though in a few boards where the CPU socket is closer to the PCIe slot, it may not cover it as effectively. I have yet to test thermals for that kind of setup.
Looks very nice !
I can tell you that after I installed a 2pin to 3pin adapter to my G1504 and hooked it onto an external fancontroller is it so much quieter. I also added some Arctic Cooling 1mm thermalpads to the Vram and replaced the thermal paste on the GPU with some Gelid GC Extreme, and the temperatures have reduced drastically. So now the card runs cool and much quieter.
What is about if you stick the low profile card in the normal way on the Board, how much bigger would be the case then in high? Then you can use normal itx pico psu and normal cooler like l9i. The base diminsion can be 180x180xH. And so long your high would be under 60mm you are under 2l volumen. Its a complet other design but be smaler and hold the same hardware with full pcie x16 Support
I think if you want to support full height gpu like amd wx 5100, hdd bracket will not compatible. You should add 2 style hdd mount first like main plan and second rotate 90°. That's what I hope you can create, and if it ready to order I hope can order it with 2 style back panel. (Or maybe 3 : mini-itx, thin mini-itx low profile, and thin mini-itx full height)
I need the apu version.. frealziesHere's an album of pics I took when I test fitted parts for a possible Ryzen APU build. The third pic shows the vent area exposing part of the CPU cooler, and the fourth pic is the clearance height above the Noctua NH-L9a. There's 8mm of clearance between the top interior and 37mm cooler, so it can occupy coolers up to 45mm in height.
Someone at /r/sffpc pointed out how they think total volume should include also the power brick, as it's considered getting around the limit for some. I consider it as a challenge to put a AC-DC PSU in the case and make my build completely brick-less Other case owners will be able to mount certain power supplies for the DIY-ers out there that also prefer brick-less builds.
I need the apu version.. frealzies