• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Need help finding the smallest case possible that will fit a Low Profile PCI-E card.

newtekie1

Semi-Retired Folder
Joined
Nov 22, 2005
Messages
26,391 (5.25/day)
Location
Indiana, USA
Processor Intel Core i7 8700K@4.8GHz(Quick and dirty)
Motherboard AsRock Z370 Taichi
Cooling Corsair H110i GTX w/ Noctua NF-A14 Fans
Memory 32GB Corsair DDR4-3000
Video Card(s) ASUS Strix GTX 1080Ti
Storage 500GB Crucial MX500 + 2TB Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive with 480GB MX200 SSD Cache
Display(s) QNIX QX2710 1440p@120Hz
Case Fractal Design Define S
Audio Device(s) Onboard is good enough for me
Power Supply Corsair HX850
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
I'm usually pretty good at this stuff, but I just hit a wall here. I'm building a pfsense box and I'm putting an Intel Quad-Port NIC in it.

I already have everything except the case. The motherboard is mini-ITX and I have a DC to DC pico power supply, so I don't need a case that wastes room fitting a power supply. It seems like there just isn't anything out there that uses a pico power supply and has a spot for a PCI-E card. And I know that's a really niche market...

The best I could come up with so far is a Node 202, but that still uses a SFX power supply, which makes it bigger than I'd like. I like that style though, just a black box essentially. Any suggestions?
 
Joined
Jul 20, 2018
Messages
184 (0.46/day)
ANTEC ISK 300-150
Streacom ST-F7CS Alpha HTPC
Streacom ST-FC8B Alpha Optical Fanless
Wesena ITX4 v3

thermaltake sd101
InWin IW-BM643
InWin IW-BP659
 
Last edited:
Joined
Mar 15, 2013
Messages
2,865 (1.22/day)
Location
GMT +2
System Name Red Radiance l under construction
Processor 2600x
Motherboard x470 taichi
Cooling stock wrath
Memory TridentZ rgb 3200mhz (2x8 kit)
Video Card(s) Sapphire Vega 64 nitro+
Storage 970 evo nvme
Display(s) c27gh70
Case tt core x5 tge
Audio Device(s) sennheiser's pc323d usb soundcard
Power Supply corsair AX860i
Mouse roccat leader
Keyboard roccat ryos mk fx
Software windows 10
Joined
Nov 13, 2007
Messages
7,271 (1.69/day)
Location
Austin Texas
System Name Q
Processor Intel i7 7820X Delidded @ 4.6 Ghz / 3.2 Ghz Mesh (daily)
Motherboard MSI X299 Tomahawk
Cooling 120mm Custom Liquid
Memory 32 GB Quad 3733 Mhz DDR4 16-17-17-36-400 trfc - 2T
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 2080 Ti Windforce (Undervolted OC)
Storage 1Tb Samsung 960 Pro m2, 2TB SATA SSD
Display(s) Alienware 34" 3440x1440 120hz, G-Sync
Case Jonsbo U4
Audio Device(s) Arctis 7
Power Supply Corsair SF750
Mouse 6D G402
Keyboard tenkeyless
Software Windows 10 64 Bit
Benchmark Scores 5011 Cinebench
have u looked at the GEEEK cases?


 

newtekie1

Semi-Retired Folder
Joined
Nov 22, 2005
Messages
26,391 (5.25/day)
Location
Indiana, USA
Processor Intel Core i7 8700K@4.8GHz(Quick and dirty)
Motherboard AsRock Z370 Taichi
Cooling Corsair H110i GTX w/ Noctua NF-A14 Fans
Memory 32GB Corsair DDR4-3000
Video Card(s) ASUS Strix GTX 1080Ti
Storage 500GB Crucial MX500 + 2TB Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive with 480GB MX200 SSD Cache
Display(s) QNIX QX2710 1440p@120Hz
Case Fractal Design Define S
Audio Device(s) Onboard is good enough for me
Power Supply Corsair HX850
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
Thanks for the suggestions. I really like the GEEK A30, if only it didn't have the side window. I also like the Chieftec cases, but I can't find them anywhere in the US for a decent price.

It turns out this project is taking me down a very deep rabbit hole! Just searching for a case has now got me thinking I'm going to just build an entire new machine. I was planning on using an Athlon 5350 ITX that I already had. I just needed a different case, because the case it is in now doesn't have space for a PCI-E expansion card. But now I'm thinking, if I'm building this I should do it right and use modern hardware. I know it is just a router, but it needs to route 1Gbps(which I already tested and the 5350 is capable of). But I'll be using this for years to come, so building new now is appealing and I can just buy a motherboard(and an ITX board) that already has two Intel 1Gbps NICs so I don't need an expansion card, but re-using the 5350 is so much cheaper...argh...I can't decide!
 
Joined
Mar 15, 2013
Messages
2,865 (1.22/day)
Location
GMT +2
System Name Red Radiance l under construction
Processor 2600x
Motherboard x470 taichi
Cooling stock wrath
Memory TridentZ rgb 3200mhz (2x8 kit)
Video Card(s) Sapphire Vega 64 nitro+
Storage 970 evo nvme
Display(s) c27gh70
Case tt core x5 tge
Audio Device(s) sennheiser's pc323d usb soundcard
Power Supply corsair AX860i
Mouse roccat leader
Keyboard roccat ryos mk fx
Software windows 10
just drop that no window requirement and pick smallest case with pcie you find.
with all that everything rgb trend lately you'll have very hard time to find non windowed case.
if you can geto sfx fixation into pcie card spot you can try cooltek's mini cube http://www.cooltek.de/en/discontinued-products/cases/14/coolcube-mini?c=125
it is smallest case i've found so far.
 

newtekie1

Semi-Retired Folder
Joined
Nov 22, 2005
Messages
26,391 (5.25/day)
Location
Indiana, USA
Processor Intel Core i7 8700K@4.8GHz(Quick and dirty)
Motherboard AsRock Z370 Taichi
Cooling Corsair H110i GTX w/ Noctua NF-A14 Fans
Memory 32GB Corsair DDR4-3000
Video Card(s) ASUS Strix GTX 1080Ti
Storage 500GB Crucial MX500 + 2TB Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive with 480GB MX200 SSD Cache
Display(s) QNIX QX2710 1440p@120Hz
Case Fractal Design Define S
Audio Device(s) Onboard is good enough for me
Power Supply Corsair HX850
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
127846


I gave up and just built a whole new computer using a mITX motherboard that had two Intel NICs built in.

It's smaller than anything I could have gotten with the PCI-E network card.
 
Top