This project is going to be run parallel to Argentum, it's a tiny ITX, air cooled build that aims to make the most of what the form factor can offer.
So a while back AMD approached me and asked if I'd like to do a build for them as part of the launch for their upcoming R9 Nano card. Given how Argentum is shaping up to be a beastly, giant of a rig, I couldn't help but feel drawn to the idea of building something at the opposite end of the spectrum at the same time. The brief was simple, make it small and make it powerful. I'd like to offer a big thank you to AMD who are fully financing this project along with allowing the opportunity to begin with!
So in lieu of the brief, I chose the following components:
Intel i7 6700kMotherboard:
EVGA Z170 StingerRAM:
16GB Kingston Fury Black 2400MHzCooler:
2TB Samsung 850 EvoGPU:
AMD R9 NanoPSU:
Silverstone 450W Strider Gold
Now some of you may be thinking "why no M.2" or "How come not that X99 Asrock board". Well those would be sensible points to make. A HyperX 480GB Predator drive is on the way, but I made a mistake. It turns out the Stinger has a near useless Key E M.2 port, which means no Predator unfortunately. So that's being shelved for the next build (spoilers...) instead. As for X99, well for a start I think that board is hideous, but even if it looked good I'd have an issue. Something doesn't quite seem right about using a CPU with near as dammit the same TDP as the dedicated GPU. One of the key points about the Nano is its low power usage, which would be completely nullified by some mahoosive 150W+ CPU. There's also the matter of cooling the things. X99 CPUs need hefty cooling, meaning I'd need a bigger cooler, which would have cut my options down significantly.
And as usual, here's a batch of renders of what the build should look like. These are sans components as they haven't arrived yet. The files are being sent off to the printers and Parvum Systems on Monday, fingers crossed we can get things done during the week on that end.