Cube Modding - X99 / E5-2620 V3 / Quadro K2000D / BD-RW

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    Hello everyone, I'm from China. tonymacx86 is a great forum, it made me learn a lot, thank you very much. I have been modified several units Cube, has been due to language problems, no posts in tonymacx86, since successful conversion Cube X99, I want to communicate with more friends here to share what I have simply adapted Cube, English I by google translation may not be so smooth, I'm sorry!

    I. Configure the GIGABYTE GA-H77TN / E3-1245 V2 / DDR3 4GX2 / Creative SB X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty PRO

    Open a window on the IO line drawing. !

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    Cutting machine with a small hand-cut, then finishing with a file. ↓

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    We made a radiator model, measuring height. !

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    Obviously this is a failure of the thermal design of the bridge, no fan is almost impossible to achieve effective heat dissipation, the actual operation of the CPU temperature is very high. ↓

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    Hardware installation. ↓

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    Sound card connected via PCI-E 4X-2X soft cable. ↓

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    I think it is beautiful appearance, the power supply is 19V notebook adapter. ↓

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    II. configured for Intel DQ77KB / i7 3770T / DDR3 4GX2 / Creative SB X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty PRO

    Radiator was modified. Together with a full copper. ↓

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    IO laser engraving. ↓



    Overall after installation. ↓

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    Since there is no 5VSB, original touch switch is not used, a household lamp touch switch, turn off no problem, but no LED lights. ↓

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    IO. ↓

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    Since the shell rupture, overall chassis spray became black, apple logo also changed for black acrylic mirror. ↓

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    Although not transparent cube, but it is equally beautiful. ↓

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    III. Configure the ASUS Maximus VI Impact / i74790S / DDR3 4GX2 / SAMSUNG NGFF 128G / SONY BC-5600S Blu-rayDisc

    IO approach with the same two days before, but this time want to modify the original Cube adapter as the power supply. ↓

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    Overall spray became gold. ↓

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    Fixtures 4P power head. ↓

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    This side is golden. ↓

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    He designed the turbo fan, cooling effect is very satisfactory. ↓



    Turbofan occupies the original hard disk location. ↓

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    Here in addition to the installation of a turbo fan, you can also install a portable hard drive, a CD-ROM also customize the adapter frame. ↓

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    IO effect, gold is really difficult, why Apple did not expect it. ↓



    Due to shooting, the color is also very beautiful. ↓

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    Golden Cube I think it is a beautiful color. ↓

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    My workbench. ↓



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    Although I had three MOD Cube, but unfortunately no discrete graphics. I've been thinking about how to make Cube spend graphics card, but there are many problems to be solved. I would like to insist on DC-ATX, so as to make the interior more compact Cube, but most plug DC-ATX motherboard and chassis are in conflict. I can not find a suitable adapter Cube adapter can be stuffed into a casing, or the size is too large, or power is not enough. And I do not want to give up the CD-ROM. That these factors make me MOD progress Cube's dragged a long time. ASRock happens launched ITX version of X99, power jack arranged on the other side of the motherboard, great, this is what I'm looking motherboard, so X99 Cube was born.
    CPU I choose E5-2620 V3, because it is relatively low supply and consumption, only 85W. Video Card I choose NVIDIA Quadro K2000D, because it does not require a separate power supply, and there is a miniDP.

    Hardware——

    Motherboard: ASRock X99E-ITX/ac
    Processor: Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3
    Memory: Crucial DDR4/2133/16GB (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K2000D
    SSD: SAMSUNG SM951 M.2 256GB
    Disk Drive: PIONEER BD-RW BDR-TS04

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    Ready——

    Cube ↓
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    Cube MOD concept map. ↓

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    If you want to change the Cube was beautiful, there will still be difficult, loaded up with is not my ultimate goal. I changed Cube principle, try to follow the original design principle, less knife, but also beautiful. Cube is designed to zero noise, heat go up against the principle of passive cooling. The middle is a huge heat sink,frame, handle all aluminum, the entire chassis is basically CPU heatsink. To keep the original heat sink, want zero noise, desktop-class CPU seems impossible, but reserved a 80 x 20mm fan bit gives us a big surprise, I think it is the leakage air cooling is the best solution, both It retains the original heatsink and duct, but also to solve the heat problem. ↓

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    Cooling——

    To take advantage of the original heatsink, a good thermal bridge that is essential. ↓
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    Custom X99 buckle. ↓
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    Heat sink. ↓

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    Put something to see. Ah, what it means. ↓

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    Graphics——

    Cube using a standard 3.5-inch hard drive,one is from performance considerations, the second I think Apple is seeking symmetrical chassis, but the original chassis still not been filled, leaving plenty of space between the hard disk and CD-ROM, which gives install a separate graphics card and provides sufficient cooling position. Graphics adapter is hard not work completely, space does not allow, not to direct the installation, because only 3.5cm gap, the only condition is to meet the PCI-E soft hand.

    PCI-E extension cable, the cable also has its own MOD fixing plate. ↓

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    PCI-E extend over after the card is the opposite direction, not in direct contact with the heat sink GPU, you must backplane switching over. Since space does not allow, can only compress bent away from the heat pipe, the ideal is 15mm, it did not professional equipment processed, only with bent needle-nose pliers. ↓

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    Heat pipe and heat dissipation plastic jig.↓

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    Thor. ↓
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    Custom GPU cooling contact plate. ↓

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    Original radiator, goodbye!

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    Distance heat pipe is what I want 15mm. ↓

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    Graphics original radiator irrelevant, must own MOD heat, I chose to cut the original heat sink. ↓

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    Display signal through the inside of the chassis miniDP transferred to the IO, although it is a right angle adapter, but still have a distance from the ground, forced vertical installation, PCI-E adapter cable will be torn, they might tear-off cable. You can only let the video Canted, but still maintain the vertical radiator, have to say this is a pity. ↓



    CD-ROM——

    Cube original drive is relatively large, and now they can not drive installation. ↓

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    Customized an adapter frame, drive a reverse-mounted 2.5-inch hard drive. ↓
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    Mounted on the drive way. ↓
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    Replacing the hard look. ↓
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    Cut off the original hard drive rack, leaving both sides of the mounting frame. ↓
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    Fit. ↓
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    Test equipment. ↓

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    Feb 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM #2
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    IO is the MOD I focus first two Cube of MOD, is a standard rectangular open mouth, do put a baffle inside layer, always felt not perfect, this time I want the same as the original machine and IO one-piece chassis, and to maintain the original style.

    IO imaginary figure. ↓

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    A little excited to see the finished product. ↓
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    Fixed mini DP and power head.

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    Everything is ready, start immediately. Still sparks were flying. ↓

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    Still kept polished, to come up with artisan spirit, there can be no room for error. ↓

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    Than kept, kept grinding, further than regrinding, eventually almost took a hammer to knock down, up and down very tight fit. ↓

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    Inhuman polished and finally ground to a mobile phone does not recognize my fingerprints. ↓

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    According to the original color tone. ↓

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    A desire to cry feeling. ↓


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    Power supply
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    Selection of DC-ATX power supply is basically lamb skewers layout to ensure the chassis wiring simplicity. ↓

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    Original adapter is 28V output, it can not be used directly, only change. Below is a custom aluminum mounting plate. ↓

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    Very difficult to find a suitable power modules, this is what I find most desirable output power of 180W.↓

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    Apple original wire retention. ↓


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    Nailed it. ↓

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    Switch——


    Cube touch switch is one of a major feature, designed to be very classic, both switches, but also lights, blinking frequency can sleep the same people sleep breathing frequency, the effect is very sensitive to touch. But into PC, but not the sleep function, because its light is not connected to the motherboard, is a separate set of circuits in operation, I can not do all the features of the original, only switch. Touch switch position with the motherboard must be conflict, mandatory installation, the panel will come in drums, long-term use touch switch may be crushed. My solution is: First, the mounting screws switches ground to the lowest point,the chip does not contact the panel so far. ↓

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    Second, that the most protruding chip removed the touch switch. ↓

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    Touch switch Pin 16 does not require a series resistor 500 othms, but you want to install the machine to work properly, otherwise it will automatically restart unlimited. The blue line to be connected, LED will not light or after boot.
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    Wifi antenna——


    Cube built-in wifi antenna, although the interface change, the principle should be the same, why not change to use?

    With air gun is easy to put protective shell blowing. ↓

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    Very easy to for good, the only drawback is only one antenna head. ↓

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    Put something to see. Apple has designed the wifi alignment, do not worry about interference from other cables. ↓

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    Installed——


    I do not have the motherboard installed on pillars, but to secure the motherboard heat on the bridge, the bridge and make closer contact with the heat. However, this method of installation is very troublesome, very little space is operable. ↓

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    Motherboard installed. Fins with two long screws are used to install the graphics card heat sink must be installed before the Board in advance burying. ↓

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    Graphics card installed, feel good about themselves. ↓

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    Pressure in the discharge line of PCI-E board to hide the ugly here played a role, so that cable stronger and more beautiful. As a result of DC-ATX, chassis alignment is very small, a welding wire in two 5V power supply on the hard disk, power on the left, so from left traces. Two 16cm of hard drive data cables from the right alignment, after only a fan in the middle of the line. ↓

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    Also installed a CD-ROM, graphics tilt problem initially feared, now almost negligible. ↓
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    Graphics and hard disk space to leave 5mm heat. ↓

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    DC-ATX height just right. ↓

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    It bristles. ↓

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    Sealed lid on the case. ↓

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    Completed. ↓

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    Test——


    Although there are several modificationsCube experience, but on such a small chassis X99, and discard the onboard heatsink temperature and noise had said the truth is not the end. But after a month of combat, these concerns completely unnecessary. Performance is not for testing, I am most concerned about is the temperature, noise with wifi signal strength. Since there is no change in the original duct temperature very satisfying. Under conditions below shows the indoor temperature of 16.5 ℃ two hours after power measured. If you run photoshop software, GPU temperature will be slightly higher than 50 ℃, CPU is not very different.↓

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    Only one chassis 0.09A fan noise is very small, not leaned almost hear the sound, the dead of night near the outlet found. ↓

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    Wifi antenna, although only one, but the strength is very good. Separated by a wall with a router, 5G two cell signal, 2.4G is full. ↓


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    The MOD, regardless of performance, heat,noise, and reputation have reached my own expectations.


    Postscript——

    A table of line, very chaotic, force me todo a trick? ↓

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    Tables punch from the back alignment. ↓

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    Data lines are white tone, in order: the power cord, USB3.0, HUB display line, miniDP and optical audio cable. ↓

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    Thoroughly completed. ↓

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    Not only the most beautiful more beautiful. ↓

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    Thanks for watching. ↓

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    Feb 15, 2016 at 7:20 AM #3
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    Good job!
     
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    Wow, props to you on these builds! :clap: I was looking through ChipHell at all of these builds he other day and admiring! I hand't noticed that they were all by you until now(noticing the background items on all of them).

    Do you have any CPU\GPU heat benchmarks done with the CPU\GPU under heavy load? Have you noticed any big difference in using the stock heat-sync and dispersing the heat over a larger area(Ex: Heat pipes over a 40x40mm area vs 20x20mm)?
     
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    Not be CPU, GPU test the limits, feel CUBE design fins still very reasonable, if your computer has a high-intensity running, you can install a powerful fan, GPU area, of course, the better the greater the cooling effect.
     
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    I do not know how to delete unwanted pictures.
     
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    First click on Edit in the lower right of your post that you want to delete pictures.

    Then click on Manage Attachments at the bottom of the post.

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    Then simply click the small x on any picture you don't want in the post. That will remove it.

    Very nice job on this cube mod. Will you install OS X El Capitan on it too ?
     
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    thank you very much! X99 in the above I have not tried to install OSX, but on my desk golden CUBE install OSX no problem.
     
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    Wow, what an amazing build! Thats one of the best IO shield integrations I've ever seen in any build - congratulations on your hard work.

    I just have a couple of questions about the parts:

    - Where did you get the components for the cooling pipes? Are they totally custom, or can you buy these off the shelf somewhere? (I'm UK based).

    - And what about the DVD/SSD shelf? Could you post a link to where to buy this, or is it a salvaged one-off?

    Many thanks!
     
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    Many thanks for your replies. I buy local thermal bridges in China, the brand model STREACOM HT4, you can find it in www.streacom.com, I searched ebay is also for sale, hoping to help you. HT4 has two components, the heat pipe portion I use as a bridge, the other part I used graphics heat pipe modification.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PQ823-Strea...41109572?hash=item540fba2244:g:b5AAAOSwyQtVnm-~
     

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