Description

I made this project to use as HTPC and also gaming casually.

Usually I leave it in the TV room and also use it to take it in the LAN party that we do. I have a Logitech K400 Plus keyboard with touchpad that let-me use it while sitting on the couch and also have Xbox One S controllers so it basically works as HTPC and gaming console in the TV room.

I am now running it stock with CPU @ 3.5 Ghz and iGPU @1100 MHz, memories with XMP @3000 Mhz. For a while it was running with a downclock in CPU @3.2 GHz with 1.0V and overclock the iGPU @1500 Mhz and 1.2 V but it was not very stable. Can't push both because of the PSU limits that this case offers. A bit strange but any clock below 1500 Mhz in iGPU and it'd boot-loop, I read elsewhere that other people had the same problem with the Ryzen 2200g, don't know what happens exactly.

The C7 holds the temperature very well despite the small case and airflow. Where I live is very hot, ambient temperature around 30 to 35ºC and when I am playing the processor temperature is on average at 60ºC.

I really enjoyed the build, it runs just about any casual game I've ever tried to run and even AAA titles in low 1080p. I'm looking forward to the new generation of Ryzen, maybe an even better APU for an upgrade.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is the main reason I made this project. A cheap and low power processor with a capable iGPU that can make wonders for its price. Hope AMD keep this nice APU lineup.

CPU Cooler

Nice looking and small cooler, very silent when idle but gets a bit noisy at full speed. Even with the very small case it can keep the 2200G cool under load. Just a bit overpriced in my country.

Motherboard

I think this is the only AM4 mini-itx motherboard with the 8-pin at the side of the PCB. Don't know why the hell others manufacters put it on center. Nice looking and powerfull board, with all you need included. BT and WiFi works really well. The price is premium but it was my only option due to the 8-pin location.

Memory

Good memories. Activated the XMP profile on first boot and its all done running @3000Mhz. Never had any issue.

Case

In my opinion the best extra-small mini-itx case out there.

This little boy is very small, even smaller than my internet modem. After a while Antec finally upgraded the model and now included 2 front USB 3.0 ports, sad thing there is no type-C yet.

Thanks to almost entire side panel being a grid it can have a relatively good air-flow even with its diminutive size.

Cable management can be a good challenge, but if you choose to use an m.2 SSD and only a 2.5 "drive, which was my case, a generous space is left behind the motherboard to smash all the leftover cables.

Biggest problem I found is the PSU being only 90W. For this project it was close enough but if I wanted to upgrade to the Ryzen 2400G it would be risky. You can change for a greater pico-PSU if necessary but there would be more money spent. Antec could have used one of at least 120W, would fully meet any APU.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Awesome! good choice of case, wish I went a similar route when selecting a case for my 2200g +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Your build is awesome too, but undoubtedly this case has a way better airflow making it perfect for small and yet powerful rig. This version also has front USB 3.0 which is very useful. Only downside I see is the PSU being only 90W, you need to choose wisely what hardware to use.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I would call it " Movie Machine "

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Neat-o, that box is right at home down there! I dream of a build like this someday... next gen APU... small keyboard... portable monitor... someday. If you do ever update, please let us know here!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you stress tested the CPU and video at the same time to see if the power supply could keep up? Something like Prime95 and FurMark?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, I did run several benchmarks and stress tests, no problem with the PSU delivery.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice console killer!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't say it is quit a console killer, but maybe a little bit better on lowest settings.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

  • 10 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice mini-rig for movies and browsing