[...]Both have the M.2 slot on the bottom of the motherboard, so depending on your needs for storage, you could even place fans on the bottom.
The thread is always open in my browser tabs. Asus (or ASRock) since of the placement as stated, yes. I read about the M.2 slot, but it is more or less unsuperior to a Sata 6gb/s as long as only 2 PCIe lanes are used. There is only one board that supports 4 lanes and this is a ATX ASRock board.
You posted some solution for the Node 304 and 1 SSD and I think I will find a similar one so the bottom vent slots should be free to use for me.
About the cooler problem, I wrote the exact same thread and ofc will check the compatibility with the MB.
My std comment: Wait a couple of months to let the '97 chipset mobo's firmware settle down and to see if there are any hidden flaws.
Can such a minor upgrade have any real flaws besids M.2 support? I wouldn't be surprised if another 1-4 weeks will fly by, several months though isn't planned. If there is a risk I might go to a 87 chipset then.
Briefly: 1) The 300W SFX Silverstone SST-ST30SF is better suited, noise-wise: even if it's less efficient (about 2-3% less in your expected power range), it's semi-fanless. You loose modularity, but IMO it's a minor issue due to the small size.
2) The Noctua NH-C14 is still one of the best choices available among any air cooler (but cross-check the availability of proper fan headers on the motherboard of choice).
3) If you aim at the most quietness, IMHO AIOs are not actually competitive: otherwise, YMMV, at least price-wise (over the C14).
Well, I don't need
modularity nor >250-300W so as long as the PSU is very quiet and high quality (both result in cool). It just doesn't seem so easy to find a quiet SFX PSU.
Will read about the 300W SilverStone PSU, thank you for the suggestion.
Ok, so I can drop the AIO completely. Wasn't a friend of this anyway.
According to this
post, the NH-C14 will interfere with a second 120mm fan on the side. The layout of the mainboard should be the same as of the latest ASUS mITX mainbords. Maybe I should go one step smaller with the heatsink. Just to keep the option open to fully load the case with fans....