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MonsterLabo "The First" Promises To Cool Passively a Core i7-8700K and a GTX 1080

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First announced at Computex, MonsterLabo "The First" case was for sure a surprise in the world of fanless, passive cooling solutions. The original announcement is somewhat different from the final version of the case, which in fact will be available in two successive editions. The first one, B.1, will be a 100 (black only) units edition available on December 15th. The second one, B.2, will have 300 pieces that will be available in black and also white color at the beginning of 2019. The MonsterLabo "The First" will have a price tag of 429 euros.

MonsterLabo promises that its design can passively cool a high-end configuration with a Core i7-8700K (95W TDP) and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (180 W TDP), although proper tests with intensive workloads will have to confirm that. The case includes a Noctua 140 mm fan (NT-A14), and has a steel housing measuring 205 x 215 x 420 mm (L x W x H) which weighs 7 kilograms.




The chassis is composed of a heat sink mounted inside a mechanical structure, and has a large-scale 2.7 kg heatsink composed of 21 aluminium fins assembled with 12 heat pipes (6 mm diameter). It can be equipped with a Mini-ITX motherboard and a graphics card with up to 270 mm in length (there's a compatibility list, so watch out). The housing is quite flexible and modular, and the chassis supports a power supply with ATX, SFX and SFX-L formats. It's fun to see how the technical sheet lists RGB lighting support with a clear "No way" message.
 
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I've had a passively cooled i7 since Haswell, and my last three GTX cards all have the fan stop ability (i.e. Strix, Twinfrozr, etc.). If you're using the GTX for gaming, I'm not sure there's any benefit to trying to passively cool it when you have game audio that completely masks it.

I'm curious if the power supply mount is designed for fanless designs. Finding a case that allows the psu to vent out the top is difficult.
 
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Did I see them say it includes a Noctua fan?

Is that really passively cooled then?
 
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