Codename "Mini-Wan", Cleanest EKWB ITX Build, silver/white, Alder Lake i9, 3080

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Codename "Mini-Wan", Cleanest EKWB ITX Build, silver/white, Alder Lake i9, 3080

Hello guys!

This build is all about minimalism. My goal was to put as much performance as possible into a small as possible case.
All of that while still being able to put in a custom water cooling loop AND making it look clean. Hard tubing was not easy in such a small space...:D
I also had to drill some holes to fit the res/pump combo.

I wanted the build to look clean, minimalistic, and more "mature" - so no fancy colorful RGB, just white.
This is also the first time I am using an Optane SSD as my boot drive for even lower latency and improved 4krndm reads than "normal" ssd performance would bring.

Furthermore this build is undervolted (CPU & GPU) and completely manually tuned, so a lot of testing was necessary (temprature levels, fancurves, clockspeeds, power consumption etc.) This resulted in nearly complete silent operation, even under load.
After finishing the tuning for the first time, I noticed that the loudest component was actually the Corsair PSU. The 3080 was pulling so much power that the PSU had to spin up the fan (it only does so above 300 Watts power consumption). Since I could not change the fan curve of the PSU, this was the main reason to undervolt and lower the power consumption of the system.

The fans are configured as follows:
3 Scythe Slim Fans are pushing air into the system from the bottom through the first radiator. The run at 500RPM PWM-controlled and are completely silent. They start to spin faster and push more fresh air into the system only when necessary (CPU above 80 degree's). This might sound very high, but we must not forget that there are 3 more fans ;-)
The Phanteks T30's are unbelivable great fans the are configured to only spin up when the CPU is above 40 degree's (idle and office work CPU stays under 40) and then run at 600RPM - also completely silent, pushing air through the second 360 radiator.
They start to speed up when the CPU reaches 70 degree's and then they are noticable but still very quiet.
The loudest noise actually comes from the Scythe slim fans when the CPU hits above 80 degree's and they spin at about 800 RPM.

Windows 11 of course, since the last time I checked, the OS scheduler handles the alder lake efficency cores better than Win 10.

Please note that some of the parts from the part list are not 100% correct since they were not available to choose.
Color(s): Black Silver White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Art
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build


$ 299.99
Intel - Core i9-12900K
Socket: LGA 1700
Cores: 16
$ 286.02
MSI - Meg Unifiy-X
Chipset: Z690
CPU Socket: LGA 1700
Size: ATX
Kingston - Fury Beast (Up to 6000Mhz)
Type: DDR5
Capacity: 16 GB
Palit - GeForce Gaming Pro OC
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 3080
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 73.14
ADATA - XPG Spectrix S40G (RGB)
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: PCIe x4
Capacity: 256 GB
$ 238.68
Intel - Optane 800P
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 120 GB
$ 285.00
Corsair - SF750
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: SFX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Jonsbo - i100 Pro
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 31.99
Phanteks - T30
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 25.99
Scythe - Kaze Flex Slim
Size: 120 mm
$ 223.17
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