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My cousin is upgrading his CPU. He has me do his system building for him. I'm kind of the family IT guy. He wants to switch to Mini-ITX since he has to replace his motherboard anyway and we both hate his case. On my recommendation he decided on the NZXT Manta. Phanteks coolers are good and you can get them in colors to match the system so we're getting one. I don't know what I can fit in there though. The case has 160mm of clearance for the CPU and the PH-TC12DX is 157mm tall. Will it squeeze in or not? Has anyone tried it? The curved window has me a little worried about cutting it that close. If nobody can confirm for sure that it'll work I'll just go with the PH-TC14CS instead I guess. Thanks for any insight you guys can provide.
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Not familiar with the case but I see no reason it shouldn't work. Most case specs are a couple mm short of the actual clearance. I remember I squeezed an extra 5mm out of an Apevia case I had over the amount it was spec for. No guarantees though maybe someone else can comment on that specific case. I would imagine both coolers you are considering perform similarly especially with 2 fans. I personally like the look of the TC14CS better but that is just me (especially if it hangs over the RAM and has clearance as it doubles as a RAM cooler sucking air away from the MOBO, not sure if this works though). Depends on your preference more than anything but I would think it should work either way.
Edited by dmfree88 - 5/24/16 at 12:33am
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post #3 of 8
Most case specs are conservative, so if they say the clearance is 160mm, then a 157mm cooler will fit without issue in the world's largest itx case. 46.9L. Yikes! NZXT's S340 ATX case has less volume. It has the same 160mm cooler spec and a D14 will in it with a few mm to clear.
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Case CPU clearance is only one of several things to consider. Center CPU to near side of PCIe socket and RAM socket as well as RAM height are just as important .. even more so on ITX motherboards.

While PCIe socket placement is standardized, there is not standard for CPU and RAM sockets. The distance from center CPU to PCIe socket varies from about 45mm to 77+ mm and distance to RAM socket from as little as 45mm.

Edit: I knew the cat would show up. biggrin.gif
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I'm pretty sure the ram won't be a problem. I intentionally chose RAM without a giant heat spreader so it's barely taller than normal bare RAM. I'll look into it though, especially the GPU. I'll get back to you.
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I'm pretty sure the ram won't be a problem. I intentionally chose RAM without a giant heat spreader so it's barely taller than normal bare RAM. I'll look into it though, especially the GPU. I'll get back to you.
What about the CPU socket placement / distance from PCIe socket?
ITX are anywhere from 45mm to 80+mm center CPU to near side of PCIe socket. While 80mm will clear any cooler I know of, 45mm clears few.
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I'm pretty sure the ram won't be a problem. I intentionally chose RAM without a giant heat spreader so it's barely taller than normal bare RAM. I'll look into it though, especially the GPU. I'll get back to you.
What about the CPU socket placement / distance from PCIe socket?
ITX are anywhere from 45mm to 80+mm center CPU to near side of PCIe socket. While 80mm will clear any cooler I know of, 45mm clears few.

Any idea where I can find that information? I haven't been able to find it anywhere. The motherboard we're looking at is the ASUS ROG B150I Pro Gaming. Do I just have to measure myself after we get the parts?
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Any idea where I can find that information? I haven't been able to find it anywhere. The motherboard we're looking at is the ASUS ROG B150I Pro Gaming. Do I just have to measure myself after we get the parts?
B150I PRO GAMING/WIFI/AURA is about 88mm center CPU to near side of PCIe socket.
I download a top view of motherboard and scale the mesurements based on mounting hole spacing. wink.gif
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