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SYSTEM ASSEMBLY (continued)
There are some enthusiasts who are eyeing the mini-ITX platform
for more intense applications and would like to utilize a more powerful mainboard
and CPU combination. For them, space, or the lack of it, is the MI-008's main
There isn't much clearance between the power supply and CPU/chipset
heatsinks, so the power supply fan may be affected by the heat from them.
Cables can be tucked over the expansion slot (if not occupied) or below
the drive cage.
Between the case floor and the bottom of the power supply there is
only 5cm of clearance. When you include height of the risers, the width
of a motherboard PCB and CPU (of a "normal" motherboard, in this case
the Zotac GeForce 8200-ITX pictured above), there is room for only a 4cm
high heatsink most stock cooling solutions exceed that. One could
use a 1U server heatsink, but for a more quiet solution we recommend replacing
the power supply with a picoPSU that will improve power efficiency,
increase ventilation and give you 10cm of clearance for a CPU cooler.
Our build for this review stays closer to stock and includes only a single notebook hard drive suspended in the 5.25" bay. With thin construction, we expect vibration would be a problem with a hard-mounted a 3.5" drive.
For those seeking additional cooling, a 120mm fan can be fit snugly on
the right side next to the side vent. As we plan on undervolting
the board's chipset fan, a Yate Loon D12SL-12 was placed in this position.
It is a very smooth sleeve bearing fan and can be purchased at a reasonable
price. A Zalman Fanmate was used to bring the speed down to 5V.
Installed and running. The power LED is faint green while the HDD LED glows bright red.
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