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DAN Cases A4-SFX Mini ITX Build

by manirelli

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21 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 19, 2017

Date Built

April 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

83.0° C

Description

I pre-ordered the DAN Cases A4-SFX on Kickstarter a while back, and it just happened to finally ship while we were putting together systems for this year's builds for Dreamhack Austin. We packed a fair amount of power into it's tiny enclosure and have been pretty pleased with the resulting performance.

Something we kept an eye on in addition to CPU and GPU load (which you can see in the side bar), was the M.2 drive. For mITX systems, you often install the drive on the underside of the motherboard where airflow can be limited. However, with the A4-SFX, the airflow was sufficient to keep the M.2 at a cool 55C under load.

You can watch the livestream archive if you're curious to watch the build came together and check below to see a few benchmark results.

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 CPU Score
Time Spy v1.0 6,555 6,965 45.49 FPS 39.87 FPS 4,916
Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 5,046 28.00 FPS 18.05 FPS 39.18 FPS 12.43 FPS
FireStrike Extreme v1.1 9,318 53.07 FPS 38.04 FPS 39.08 FPS 21.60 FPS
Game Settings Resolution Min FPS
Battlefield 1 High 2560x1440 75 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 61 FPS
Battlefield 1 High 1920x1080 82 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 1920x1080 75 FPS

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TechBank 1 Build 3 points 12 months ago

If only these were cheaper ):

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TheOfficialCzex 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

At least the NCase M1 has support for a 240mm radiator.

TechBank 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah, that's why I'm so tempted to just make my own :\

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TechBank 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I was thinking more along the lines of some oak and aluminum sheeting ;) Maybe some mesh.

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texasmayne 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Damn this is perfect.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Love these builds!! So tiny!

GosuSang 1 point 12 months ago

I remember the good old days when 16 gigs of ram was like $75.

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Lyrix 1 point 12 months ago

Damn! 1+!

i love sff builds and you guys did a great job at it!!!

X47man 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Incredible how small this is and the power you get out of it. If only the case was cheaper. +1

Jroge133 1 point 12 months ago

hey, great build, if you wouldn't mind, what is the possibility of putting a mechanical 3.5 drive in the chassis aswell? or is it full as is.

thanks, Jordan. also, this build is so good I'm thinking of copying it, I'm pretty sure copying isn't a bad thing.

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guitpicker007 80 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Looks fantastic! Love the clean look of this tiny build!

tenrose 1 point 4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. This is my end-game. I'm set to preorder the new version of this case in Feb which has support for a 92mm rad, so hyped!

While I would love a founders edition 1080, I might have to settle for somethings a little less expensive...

jackripperXD 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

is your m.2 ssd attached to the front or back of the mobo? if at the back, do you know if it throttles or its highest temps?

DavisP 1 point 1 month ago

Where did you get the 1080..was it on the nvidia... what date do they sell and what time... I have been waiting to buy one for months and always check the website and it always says "out of stock" or "notify me" And of not what store did you buy from-what date and time...?

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I've had both of mine for years at this point.

Ahsen 1 Build -3 points 12 months ago

First

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Yep! I wanted to go as small as I could while still getting a full size GPU.

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manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

The RAM is DDR4-3000. RAM speed has very little effect on performance using Intel CPUs. I didn't go crazy on RGB RAM or something fancy because there is no window.

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pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Ram is ram....

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Team RAM is actually really good (Dark is a series line of theirs). Tom's hardware has some of their modules listed in their 'best computer memory' page.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-ram,4057.html

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