I introduce to you, The Heavy Notch; A Luxe 2 build
1) It's heavy as hell
2) I had to notch so many mounting holes to allow fitment of fans, pumps, rads and fittings
This is basically the third case within just over a year and I think I'm finally happy with temperatures and noise levels. Probably won't see me post any builds for a good few years. LOL (unless I get a larger table and go with the Elite)
9900KS @5.3 (5.4 confirmed but not used, I appreciate silence)
Asus Maximus XI Hero Z390 *no issues or concerns with the vrm
Asus Dual RTX 2080 TI (Galax bios) Core 2185 MHz and 2000 MHz.
Trident Z 3600C16 DDR4 @4000Mhz 16-17-17-36 2T @1.41v
Samsung Evo 970 1TB
Hitachi TravelStar 1TB
WD Blue 2TB 2.5'
Corsair SP 120
EKWB S D-RGB 120mm fans
EKWB D5 Pump Res Combo
EKWB D5 XTop Combo
EKWB Velocity CPU and GPU blocks
12'/10' Glass tubing
Hardware Labs Nemesis 480GTS x2, 360GTX, EKWB XE360
Darkside UV and RGB strips, misc fan hubs and some tessa tape for wires (why not?)
(I think that's literally everything)
EKWB RGB Strip
Misc generic fan hubs
(for those interested in direct die and or lapping results)
Thoughts and reflections
The luxe 2 chassis is pretty flimsy, the cage flex is pretty noticeable, even with rads installed, the structure still allows quite a bit of flex. The back panel flexes with ease and can be subjected to easy warping.
1/2 of the base fan cut outs along with the bracket is not optimal for airflow.
The lack of gpu mount support for the cut outs is pretty dangerous, and the only real option would be to support it with hard tubing lines or one would need to fabricate some sort of brace
Cable management in this case is difficult and a disaster to work with, no real room to run wires at the top of the chassis, side channels don't offer much space either. (comparing this with the view and R6). I just added 6 RGB fans, OMG what a disaster!, but managed! Custom PSU cables are pretty much required!
Unfortunate that 4 120s can not be utilized behind the front cover due to the front io placement
Unfortunate that fan placement at the top can not be utilized due to the design of the top cover. (perhaps slim fans may work, didn't have any on hand)
Curved bottom edge on the back side requires caution if transporting (don't bother to pick it up from the base, it'll slip)
This case would have been perfect if it was 1cm wider and 1.5cm taller (to permit mounting of 3.5 drives at the back and more clearance for the front / side rad, and to permit fans in a push pull combination outside the main chassis for the top and front..
Phanteks support is simply amazing, i had some issues with this case and the support was quick to resolve the underlying issues. A+ support!
Special Thank you to EKWB for giving me the opportunity to beta test the connect and the fans! (BRING BACK THE DUAL D5 PUMP TOP!!!)