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Smallest case that can fit full size gpu

Hey all,

So right now i have a gaming laptop that sits most of the time but is nice for the few times i bring it to a friends house (usually for either a LAN or a VR gaming night) so i was thinking of trying to shrink my desktop to the point where i can just easily bring that and have only that.

I want something as small as possible (smaller than my Caselabs Mercury S5) but it at the very least has to be able to fit my 2080 Super (328mm length) and ideally room for a compact watercooling loop

Open to either M-ATX or ITX but i realize ITX will get me the smallest build.

Any ideas for cool cases out there?


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if you don't care about not being able to see your rig (no window) and are okay with being limited to a thin 240 rad + thin 120 rad you could possibly make it work in something like the Silverstone ML07B/FTZ01/Raven (all internally identical with different front fascias/front panel I/O) but it's not going to be fun.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/1808...one-ftz01.html

I've got a ML07B and my only real complaint with it is it's limited to an SFX-L PSU only.
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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
if you don't care about not being able to see your rig (no window) and are okay with being limited to a thin 240 rad + thin 120 rad you could possibly make it work in something like the Silverstone ML07B/FTZ01/Raven (all internally identical with different front fascias/front panel I/O) but it's not going to be fun.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/1808...one-ftz01.html

I've got a ML07B and my only real complaint with it is it's limited to an SFX-L PSU only.
Thin radiators are fine (ill most likely leave everything at stock speeds) but i would like a window so i can see it all


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I have the FTZ01-E. It has room for a video card that size, but routing the power cables is a bit of a challenge. It could be a challenge regardless of card length because my GTX 1070 is only 266.7mm long. I found a few examples of similar cases with liquid cooling and toyed around with the idea myself, but my Big Shuriken 3 keeps my i9-9900KF well within acceptable temperatures while gaming. I haven't played around much with overclocking, but I know I wouldn't have much headroom thermally. I would also recommend no more than three SATA drives. One of the 2.5" drive mounts is a pain to work with, but the other three are acceptable.

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I've been really happy with my Sliger SM580. They're a bit boutique but good quality, mutliple different size cases as well (580 is the biggest of their sandwich style case). I'm running a 1080Ti 2.5 slot card in there. Did end up going from the window to the slotted side panels to help a bit more with thermals, but if I ever get motivated to slap water blocks back on my crap the clean panels are still there!

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Yeah i didnt realize it but it seems my gpu is going to be an issue for most of these cases at 328mm

https://www.newegg.com/msi-geforce-r...82E16814137442


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The SilverStone cases mentioned support cards up to 330mm in length. You always have the option of selling your card and getting a shorter card for more options. I think the Lian Li TU150 would be a solid option, but your current card is definitely too long. Your card can fit in a Thermaltake Core P1 if you're willing to use an open-air case. The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX is a another option, but the closed front panel inhibits airflow.

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requiring a window and requiring the ability to fit a 327mm GPU kills just about every tiny case there is.

I already recommended the Silverstone ML07B/FTZ01/Raven and they can handle up to 330mm GPUs but it doesn't come in a windowed flavor and if you're handy and want to add one the case has an oddball layout and you'd end up with a window only showing your drives and motherboard.

DAN makes some incredible tiny cases with the ability to easily DIY in your own window on the V4 and V4.1 but none are offered with a window out of the box.

https://www.dan-cases.com/dana4.php




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Honestly your biggest issue isn't even the length at that point (at least for MITX), it is the thickness and the width of the card. Pretty much a full 3-slot cooler at that point (my 1080Ti Gaming X Trio was roughly the same really did not fit well in any ITX case; will likely end up being starved for airflow). I would recommend looking more towards small mATX cases, though at that point, there are also some pretty small ATX cases out there too.

To kind of highlight your width/depth issue, I took some pics of my QBX + 1080 Ti duke (really wide, but only a dual slot).

I had to cut some of the side bracing off (first pic) and it only barely fit (it looks like <1mm of space between the side panel and the card). The second picture shows that there is plenty of room front-to-back to deal with the length of the card, but also that it is pretty close to the bottom of the case: I cannot fit my 25mm deep GT AP-14s underneath the card.
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requiring a window and requiring the ability to fit a 327mm GPU kills just about every tiny case there is.

I already recommended the Silverstone ML07B/FTZ01/Raven and they can handle up to 330mm GPUs but it doesn't come in a windowed flavor and if you're handy and want to add one the case has an oddball layout and you'd end up with a window only showing your drives and motherboard.

DAN makes some incredible tiny cases with the ability to easily DIY in your own window on the V4 and V4.1 but none are offered with a window out of the box.

https://www.dan-cases.com/dana4.php



Quote: Originally Posted by Jedi Mind Trick View Post
Honestly your biggest issue isn't even the length at that point (at least for MITX), it is the thickness and the width of the card. Pretty much a full 3-slot cooler at that point (my 1080Ti Gaming X Trio was roughly the same really did not fit well in any ITX case; will likely end up being starved for airflow). I would recommend looking more towards small mATX cases, though at that point, there are also some pretty small ATX cases out there too.

To kind of highlight your width/depth issue, I took some pics of my QBX + 1080 Ti duke (really wide, but only a dual slot).

I had to cut some of the side bracing off (first pic) and it only barely fit (it looks like <1mm of space between the side panel and the card). The second picture shows that there is plenty of room front-to-back to deal with the length of the card, but also that it is pretty close to the bottom of the case: I cannot fit my 25mm deep GT AP-14s underneath the card.

Yeah i ended up finding some decent options that would fit the gpu length wise but this card is like 2.75 slot (and need to leave room for it to breath) and it is pretty tall as well.

A couple cases i have been checking out at the moment,

Metallic Gear Neo-G Mini 1,554 CI
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX 2,101 CI
Antec Value Solution Series VSK10 2,056 CI

My current case is roughly 3,420 cubic inches in volume so any of the above would be a good bit smaller. Still researching though

Edit: looks like the Phanteks is out because i dont think it will like my 2.75 slot card


Thoughts on the https://www.newegg.com/black-metalli...82E16811861003

The GPU is vertical mount and i can see it has 3 actual slots, it has more than enough height as well. I dont have any 3.5 or 2.5 drives



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