LZ7 Prototype Mini ITX System Test Build

Published on 6th July, 2016

The prototype LZ7 case has built up with some ITX components, it goes together great.

Here are some shots of the case built up, the first shot shows the layout and the space between the components, you can also see how the airflow will work throughout the case. At the bottom of the photo you can see the hard drive bracket which can hold 2x 2.5″ 15mm thick drives: [IMG]

Here is the first shot of it built up, you can also see the rubber feet fitted, I’ve fitted a very old Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 as it’s all I’ve got around me at the moment. When fully assembled the smokey grey transparent panels are difficult to see through, but I’m sure they would look good if you wanted to wack a load of RGB lighting inside the case:[IMG]
Next up is what it looks like switched on, the Gigabyte Pheonix motherboard has orange LED’s around its perimeter which glow through the white panel and through all the vents on the base of the case. The white Acrylic panels are slightly transparent which is why you can see the orange glow, for the final product opaque panels should be available as well which won’t let the light through.
The LED’s can also be deactivated on the motherboard, the Gigabyte B150N Pheonix is actually a great value board, it’s jammed full of features for its price:
To get an idea of the size of this thing here it is sitting next to a beer (330ml bottle):
Another scaling shot which is also highlighting it would make a great gaming machine, you can also see the power button LED and slow spinning 140mm fan:[IMG]

A better shot of the side fan, the Prolimatech Vortex 140mm fan is mounted using the 120mm fan hole positions leaving the 140mm hole mounts free for a dust filter:[IMG]

Dedicated ventilation on the top of the case to remove the PSU from the system heat allowing the PSU to run cooler.  During testing the Corsair SF450 fan remained off during stress testing of an i5-6500 and GTX 960 combination:[IMG]

Here it is from the back:[IMG]