• Hey Guest, save 20% on our entire merchandise range during the month of December! Use promo code MAKEITSMOL at Our Merchandise Store!
Image Credit – Fractal Design
 
Fractal Design’s latest SFF case, the Ridge, has been reviewed by Tom’s Hardware. Coming in both black-on-black and white with gray trim, the Ridge can trace it’s most basic design to the Fractal Node 202. However, unlike the Node 202, the Ridge has support for 70mm CPU coolers, 120mm to 175mm radiators, 3-slot GPUs up to 335mm in length (325mm with SSD installed), two 140mm fans by the GPU, and room for three 80mm fans at the top to help exhaust the heat. Basically, it’s almost every mod done to the Node 202, but built-in from the factory.
Tom’s Hardware found that while GPU cooling performance was excellent and that the aesthetics and build quality was good, but that the Ridge had restricted CPU cooling and could get noisy under load. It...

Continue reading...


 

rfarmer

Shrink Ray Wielder
Jul 7, 2017
2,367
2,439
I saw that case on Gear Seekers earlier. Didn't see this one coming. Have to say I am pretty impressed with Fractal, looks like a pretty decent design.
 
  • Like
Reactions: thelaughingman

Revenant

SFF Guru
Original poster
Revenant Tech
SFFn Staff
Apr 21, 2017
1,272
2,099
I saw that case on Gear Seekers earlier. Didn't see this one coming. Have to say I am pretty impressed with Fractal, looks like a pretty decent design.

I like it, a lot. Probably because it matches my speakers LOL. It would probably make for a really good AMD-ECO Mode rig with the L12S. I run my 5950X on an L12S in my CCD MI6 and it pulls 27K on Cinebench with a small undervolt. Certainly doable.
 

SomeRandomDeafDude

Cable Smoosher
Dec 4, 2019
9
3
This may be my new case, but then again, I'm unsure what CPU cooler I could use with my 12600K and basic AsRock Z690 ITX board. I wanted to go with the 65mm Noctua cooler that's literally just heatsink or the low profile one, but both seem to have an "incompatibility" with the motherboard... it's confusing honestly. I might have to dig around and see what alternatives I can use without changing my RAM(G.Skill Trident 2x16GB)
 

rfarmer

Shrink Ray Wielder
Jul 7, 2017
2,367
2,439
This may be my new case, but then again, I'm unsure what CPU cooler I could use with my 12600K and basic AsRock Z690 ITX board. I wanted to go with the 65mm Noctua cooler that's literally just heatsink or the low profile one, but both seem to have an "incompatibility" with the motherboard... it's confusing honestly. I might have to dig around and see what alternatives I can use without changing my RAM(G.Skill Trident 2x16GB)
I am using the Noctua NH-L12 GE to cool a 12600k in my Ghost and works just fine, using G Skill TridentZ. You don't say which Asrock z690, the ITX/ax is listed as compatible but the Phantom Gaming is not.
 

SomeRandomDeafDude

Cable Smoosher
Dec 4, 2019
9
3
I am using the Noctua NH-L12 GE to cool a 12600k in my Ghost and works just fine, using G Skill TridentZ. You don't say which Asrock z690, the ITX/ax is listed as compatible but the Phantom Gaming is not.

According to this page, for the L9-65, under the Z690M Phantom Gaming and Z790-ITX/Wifi, it states, according to Noctua- "Due to clearance issues, this motherboard is only compatible with coolers that already include LGA1700 mounting parts. CAUTION: Do NOT install older models on this motherboard using mounting upgrade kits as there is a high risk of damaging the motherboard. Only newer models that already include LGA1700 mounting parts can be installed safely." This makes some sense to me, but not entirely.
 

steelfractal

when in doubt slap a delta on it
Gold Supporter
Silver Supporter
Bronze Supporter
M...M...M...M...Multi-Tier...Subscriber...
Aug 15, 2019
50
25
i want to buy it Dremel all of the internal gubbins away and find a nice HiFi integrated amp that fit inside it and make the front a flip or magnetic cover
also kinda looks like an ikea speaker
1668668159105.png
 

Revenant

SFF Guru
Original poster
Revenant Tech
SFFn Staff
Apr 21, 2017
1,272
2,099

According to this page, for the L9-65, under the Z690M Phantom Gaming and Z790-ITX/Wifi, it states, according to Noctua- "Due to clearance issues, this motherboard is only compatible with coolers that already include LGA1700 mounting parts. CAUTION: Do NOT install older models on this motherboard using mounting upgrade kits as there is a high risk of damaging the motherboard. Only newer models that already include LGA1700 mounting parts can be installed safely." This makes some sense to me, but not entirely.
Ah…this is simple. Use the newest model and not an old one. It’s not the MB, it’s the socket.
 

rfarmer

Shrink Ray Wielder
Jul 7, 2017
2,367
2,439

According to this page, for the L9-65, under the Z690M Phantom Gaming and Z790-ITX/Wifi, it states, according to Noctua- "Due to clearance issues, this motherboard is only compatible with coolers that already include LGA1700 mounting parts. CAUTION: Do NOT install older models on this motherboard using mounting upgrade kits as there is a high risk of damaging the motherboard. Only newer models that already include LGA1700 mounting parts can be installed safely." This makes some sense to me, but not entirely.
I bought my L12 GE prior to the launch of 1700 and Noctua sent me a free installation kit for the 1700 socket and works fine.
 

sheltem

Cable Smoosher
Apr 13, 2018
12
9
This may be my new case, but then again, I'm unsure what CPU cooler I could use with my 12600K and basic AsRock Z690 ITX board. I wanted to go with the 65mm Noctua cooler that's literally just heatsink or the low profile one, but both seem to have an "incompatibility" with the motherboard... it's confusing honestly. I might have to dig around and see what alternatives I can use without changing my RAM(G.Skill Trident 2x16GB)
Take a look at the Thermalright AXP120-X67. I am using it with my Gigabyte z690i ITX board which has a built in io shield and a really tall m2 heatsink.