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5 out of 5 eggs May be the best small case out there! 01/31/2016

This review is from: IN WIN BM639.AH160TS In-Win BM639.AH160TS 160W Mini-ITX Case (BlackSilver)

Pros: - Small
- Two half-height expansion slots
- 160-watt built-in power supply
- Wide enough to accommodate a low profile fan.
- Easy access to hard drive
- One front bay for CD/DVD/Blu-ray

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is a nice case for mini-ITX motherboards. It has two expansion slots (half height), the second for a mini-DTX motherboard. It is wide enough (4.4 inches) to accommodate the Noctua NH-L9x65 Low-profile Quiet CPU Cooler. It gives 1/4 to 1/2 inch extra space for the above Noctua cooler. My temps with the i3-6100 Skylake processor are 24-38 Celsius. Therefore, no need to settle for the stock fan. This case has the smallest footprint that I know of as one that is wide enough to accommodate the above low profile fan. The 160-watt built-in power supply does not need a power brick, which is an added bonus. It easily has enough power for the 65-watt i3 Skylake processor using built in graphics. It also has a hard drive indicator light and provides all the header wires (including reboot wire) typical of larger cases. It also provides easy access to the hard drive and has one bay for a CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive, two front USB plugs, and front jacks for headphone and microphone. It also has an 80mm side fan, which I removed because it is not needed for the i3 6100 Skylake processor. I would consider this case to have the best overall dimensions as a small case. My measurements are: Width 4.4”, Height 10 1/8”, Length 10 1/4” outside dimensions, including front panel. For those looking to make a small rig for surfing the internet and watching videos, and at the same time are not interested in a gaming rig with a full-size video card, this is one case you should consider. I think this case is better than the Mini-Box M350 and the Morex T3500 cases because, though it is small, it has room for a half-height video card and can fit a low profile fan. This allows flexibility to upgrade to a more power processor, low profile fan, and improved graphic performance using a video card after upgrading to a higher watt power supply.

All in all, while it is not the smallest case out there, in my opinion, it is the best case that I have seen that is still small, but has enough room for upgrades that other thin/small cases do not offer.

Noctua NH-L9x65 92 x 92 x 14mm, 92 x 92 x 25mm SSO2 Low-profile Quiet CPU Cooler, NF-A9x14 PWM fan
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Pros: - Low profile
- Quiet
- Less RPM with better cooling than stock fan
- Affordable

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I'm using this fan with the i3-6100 Skylake and an ASRock Z170M-ITX/ac motherboard. To begin, this fan does fit this ASRock motherboard, but barely. Though the fan is not forcefully pressing on the RAM stick, it certainly does look like it is touching it or perhaps there is literally only thousands of an inch of space between the two. In my system, this fan cools the i3 Skylake up to 5-6 Celsius cooler with about 500-600 RPMs less than the stock fan. My results are based on ASRock's A-Tuning software that came with the motherboard. Also, the stock fan shipped with the i3-6100 Skylake is noticeably louder. Obviously, if you are gaming with this fan, RPMs will increase depending on temperature. As I am typing this review, A-Tuning tells me the CPU temp is 24C/75F and the fan is spinning at 1985 RPM. For those who are wondering if this Noctua fan will fit your mini-ITX case or other low profile/thin case, be aware that you will need at least 4 1/4-inch wide case to fit this fan. Preferably, the case should be about 4 1/2 inches and up for this fan. This fan will NOT come close to fitting in the Mini-Box M350 case, which I have. It will also NOT fit the Morex T3500 mini-ITX case, which I have. I purchased the In Win Case IW-BM639.AH160TB Black Mini-ITX case for this fan, which has sufficient room and is the smallest case that I know of that will fit this fan, which is 4.4 inches wide. This fan comes with thermal paste, which I am using. There is enough paste for a couple of tries. As far as price, you know what they say: "You get what you pay for!" Overall, I am very happy with this fan.

Intel Core i3-6100 3M 3.7 GHz LGA 1151 BX80662I36100 Desktop Processor
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5 out of 5 eggs Cool, Fast, and Energy Efficient 01/09/2016

This review is from: Intel Core i3-6100 3M 3.7 GHz LGA 1151 BX80662I36100 Desktop Processor

Pros: Runs cool
Energy efficient
Heat-sink comes with thermal paste (which means it has been tested by Intel)

Cons: Stock fan is noticeable and could be considered loud in comparison to the higher end Noctua fans and others of this type made for quiet performance.

Other Thoughts: I went from the Gigabyte Intel J1800N-D2H motherboard with built-in processor to this i3 processor on an ASRock Z170M-ITX/ac motherboard and G.Skill DDR4 F4-3600C17-8 GT memory. The difference in performance is like night and day. This i3 is a fast processor for the price. The biggest surprise is that this i3 setup is using only between 58-76 watts, compared to the J1800N, which uses 49-52 watts (based on Power Panel software I am using with my battery backup). The point is that, given the clearly noticeable increase in performance, this i3 is very energy efficient. In addition, the i3’s Intel 530 graphics is much better. This is a nice processor for cruising the Internet and watching YouTube videos. I am not a gamer, so I cannot comment about gaming performance. But for typical everyday surfing and software this is one very nice processor. I am using the stock fan with temperatures generally below 30 Celsius (using stock thermal paste on heat-sink), even though I am using AsRock’s A-Tuning software to slow the fan down to under 2500 RPM to make this rig as silent as possible. I just installed this i3 on the ASRock motherboard and used a cloned hard drive from the J1800N rig and this baby fired right up without a problem. I then installed motherboard drivers, including the Intel 530 graphics driver and this setup is running great.


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Display Name: Michael C.

Date Joined: 05/15/07

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