Description

High end m-itx build built in to my new favorite case. I picked up the Manta because it was interesting and different, but once I saw it in person I fell in love with it. I probably won't be replacing it for a very long time. This is pretty much exclusively a gaming machine, I absolutely love playing almost anything on the Predator x34 monitor I'm currently using. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

As for the build itself, it was pretty smooth. The Manta gives plenty of space to work in since it's a little bigger than the average m-itx case. I had no issue mounting a 240mm rad in the front and the top of the case. You'll notice in the pictures that I went the route of installing a Kraken g10 and later a Kraken g12 on the gpu. The kraken g10 was a pain to install (it always is) but the performance was definitely worth it. So when the g12 was announced I preordered immediately and couldn't be happier, the g12 is infinitely easier to install, better looking, and even lead to better cooling performance than its predecessor.

Performance wise, the gpu usually idles at about 26C, while the cpu idles at about 35C. Surprisingly, at max load I have not seen the gpu core go above 40C and the cpu never goes above 60C. (I'm using arctic mx-4 if anyone is curious)

For clocks, I'm running +25Mhz on the gpu core, +200Mhz on the memory, and 4.5Ghz on the cpu.

I haven't spent a whole lot of time benchmarking and tweaking for max performance but I got a Firestrike Extreme score of 13045 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/12340817

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome looking build!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

awesome dude! great use of the kraken G12

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice looking build! I like the lights and that monitor is glorious! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet rig man!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that a... waterblocked 1080ti AIO? Tell me more, curious!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

It's an Asus Strix GTX 1080ti. NZXT make gpu liquid cooling brackets and their newest one is the Kraken G12. It allows you to use an aio (compat list on their site) to cool the cpu core on your card. It is VERY effective.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA also makes a hybrid kit compatible with their cards for the same purposes, although the MSI 1080 ti Seahawk X/Corsair Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti (both are the same card & use a corsair H55 AIO) and the EVGA 1080 ti SC2 hybrid (uses a EVGA CLC 120 AIO) are literally the same thing but for significantly cheaper if you don't already have an extra AIO unit laying around.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, but I think the thing to note with an NZXT adapter thingy is that you can use a 240mm rad giving you more area for heat dissipation.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

sure, or even a 360, but ultimately those are unnecessary. A single 120 drops a 1080/1080ti to under 50° C under load, so anything more is overkill really. I think it's more about cost, if you already have an extra AIO laying around the adapters are the best route to go, otherwise for an extra ~$40-$50 you're getting an AIO preinstalled.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! How did you go about connecting the MLPro fans? I' have the same board and tried connecting the fans from my h100i's pump fan splitter which is connected to the AIO header but they only run at 450rpm. The stock h100i fans run just fine.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Try updating corsair link, mine was able to control them no problem

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Looks like it was a bad fan :/

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah well at least you figured it out

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Man this looks great, I was wondering whether you could get a 1080Ti in a Mini ITX build, but I guess you're forced to go into liquid cooling. It doesn't look like the cooler on the Strix would have enough airflow. What kind of temps do you see on the 1080 idle and under load?

Edit: Nevermind, probably should read the description! Great build

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

small but mighty +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a question about the Kraken G12 + 1080 Ti Strix. Is the backplate on the Strix screwed in? I heard that backplates don't work with the G12.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it is screwed in and works fine for me.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! You inspired me to do the same thing except I'm using an Evolve MATX TG. The Asus Strix 1080Ti has a good air cooler, but would be nice to keep the room cool during the summer while keeping the GPU cool as well :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I hope the build goes/went well for you.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man! It's very clean and functional without being overstated. It will surely have a lasting appeal. I also like the way you did the G12. A certain person did a build on YouTube and he ran the cooling lines under the gpu causing it to bend upwards. It was grotesque! I'm glad to see that doesn't have to be the case with this (case) lol.

U did pretty much exactly what I'm about to do, I just have to start ordering parts next week. I was going for a dual kraken x62 setup because I'm just convoluted like that lol! But your numbers are very good. 240's is more than enough I see.

But I'm also a car guy at heart and I love seeing big intercoolers sticking out behind a grill or bumper as an aesthetic as well as being a functional piece. Idk it's just something sexy about seeing this little beast with some huge radiators lol! Great build man!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! and that's awesome man, the x62s will be really nice I hope the build goes well for you!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo, nice build. What are your fan config? AIO Rad exhausting?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

240mm rad intake in the front, 240mm rad exhaust in the top and 120mm fan exhaust in the back.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW!

damn! looks great! didnt expect the g12 to look this good with the 1080Ti strix! 1+! i think that braided cables would look dope and might be worth the money ;D

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was thinking of doing that but for some reason I dig the mesh

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah okay if you like it its fine!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. i always curious about thr vrm temps when using the kraken bracket. Issit good?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally I would never use a kraken without vrm cooling. Either individual heatsinks, or preferably a mid plate from the stock cooler like I have.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Mid Plate? Can I ask what you mean?

I haven't seen many people talking about using an add-on cooler like the G12, so I'm not sure if you had to do something custom, or just followed the directions for the G12?

Also, I wanted to ask if you had to do anything different to keep the LEDs on the backplate. Were there any issues with keeping that active while installing the G12, or was it not something you had to deal with in the process?

I'm asking mostly because your build looks almost exactly like how I would like mine to, but I hadn't considered something like the G12. I love the Strix 1080Ti, but the idea of being able to get better temps down the line is really appealing, so I'd love to hear anything you've got to say about using it! Thanks.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I just followed the directions on the G12. As for the LEDs in the backplate, they seem to be soldered on to the PCB! Which means there's nothing that you need to do, which is awesome. As far as my opinions on using it, I am crazy for the way this build looks and performs, if you want to do something similar I'd totally recommend it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the quick response! I'll certainly look into the G12 - it's a pretty interesting idea, and goodness knows the Node 804 (the case I'm planning to use) has ample space for two AIOs.

So I take it you didn't have to pick up those copper plates separately? From what I read on the G12 page, they don't mention including them, but seem pretty essential.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are some shims I had lying around so I stuck them on. You either need to use copper heatsinks or a mid plate. I used both just because I had the extra copper.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

hey jojo i was wondering if i could put a strix 1080ti in my manta case and run it as usual and if it would fit ? Please help?!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

hey jojo does the asus strix ti fit in the manta case and work as normal without interfering with the shroud or choking

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It definitely comes too close to the shroud and will choke.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

thankyou! i currently have a 1060 asus strix and was wondering if there was a 1080ti that would fit and i could use without interfering with the shroud. Thanks for all the help

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the ram?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

beautiful, I love it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

can i use kraken x62 for gpu in nzxt manta?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the pump is too big to fit on the gpu and the manta doesn't support a 280mm radiator.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you sure? NZXT's website says the X62 fits in both the top and front position in the Manta?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That's strange, I've had a 280mm rad before and the hole spacing needs to be wider and longer than a 240mm's.

For both the front and top, the spacings are the same widths with variable lengths.

I can slide either of my 240mm rads up/down but if the holes needed to be any wider I wouldn't be able to mount it. Does that make sense?

The pump is still too big for the gpu though.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait I checked again and there is a second row.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Am I crazy, or did you use a CPU cooler to convert a GPU into hybrid cooling????? Someone needs to explain to me how to do this, because that is freaking awesome. Also, sorry for the 'necro', I'm just researching the Manta case for my build, and stumbled upon this beauty.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I did haha, look up the kraken g12 gpu bracket and you should find more info.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey nice build, wondering what are the measurements with the nzxt on the 1080ti...that asus card is pretty big.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have exact measurements but the kraken g12 is thinner than the original cooler. The stock cooler pretty much touched the PSU shroud below it.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build :) Got it almost the same in white haha I am thinking to convert the gpu with the G12 bracket too, but i have doubts how good the vrm cooling is ...can i ask for the vrm temps, does the included fan is enough to keep the temps low as well ? cheers

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I can't get you VRM temps beacuse I don't have the G12 on right now (Selling the card so it's back on air now). The included fan is enough for the STRIX 1080ti because it has a large midplate that serves as a heatsink for the vrms that gets cooled by the fan.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, thanks for the reply :) The thing is that i am using STRIX 1080 A8G (advanced edition) and as far i saw in reviews that midplate is't there..only a aluminium heatsink that goes over the RAM chips only...so from there comes and my doubts for not cooling it well... Thanks :))))

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to do exactly the same conf. One question, how do you plug all your pump and fans? A mini ITX only purpose 2 or 3 fan 4 pins connector.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I used fan splitters so I could have multiple fans on one header.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

hi there, i am planning to use a g12 also in my 1080Ti.But its a Gaming X. And my question to you is, how can i put the backplate again in the card if the original heatsking was holding the backplate, at least in the back..? Thanks +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to be so late, but honestly it really depends on the card, in my case the backplate was attached to the midplate so I didn't need the cooler to hold it in place.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Too late,i already managed a way :) Thanks anyways. Cheers

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, looks awesome, what do you think of the ram, I am thinking of purchasing it for my first build. And what is the 1080ti like?

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Comments like this are not appropriate for this site.

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

I don't even remember what I said but alright homeslice.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm? I have an h100i v2 on my cpu and the h105 is on my gpu.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You're looking at the picture before I liquid cooled the gpu. I only put that in there for reference.

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