1st SMALL2 prototype build incoming...
first of all, I got myself a "700W Platinum" FLEX PSU from TaoBao which I already wanted to check out for some time now. Well, actually I ordered the 600W version but seems they didn't have stock and just send me the 700W for the same price. It is supposed to be a (more affordable) copy of ENHANCE, but well, let's see. I will prepare a more detailed review about the PSU later, but if you are interested, here is the link [click]
now back to the SMALL2 prototype build:
The design still needs a few tweaks but overall building in the case works as expected.
As you can see, besides having the option to mount two 2.5" (7mm high) SSDs/HDDs, the layout also allows you to use one 120 x 25mm fan to support GPU cooling and that works very well as we can see later...
In this picture I had the fans on my IS60EVO set as exhaust but changed back to intake later because that worked better for me. Guess with an NH-L12S exhaust could perform better...
the 120mm fan for the GPU can be offset by 5mm from the case to reduce turbulence / fan noise. I think those mounting holes could also be used for an 120mm radiator if going for an APU build.
a few details of the design:
thumb-screw GPU mounting
SSD/HDD & Riser Bracket:
motherboard stand-offs can be used to mount case feet for horizontal orientation:
CPU stress test with my 3800X (standard fan profile, ambient temp = 26C)
Result: 79C +/-1C
GPU stress test with my R9 Nano (standard fan profile, ambient temp = 26C)
Result: 65C +/-2C
overall I think the concept works pretty well and should provide a good cooling / noise performance even for 200W GPUs and 100W CPUs