Cryo Nano Water-Cooled SFF Gaming PC - Cryo Nano

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Cryo Nano Water-Cooled SFF Gaming PC

Summary

Our Score:

8

Other custom Cryo touches include the company's logo in a blue-backlit clear Perspex plate at the front. Though initially it looks attractive, on closer inspection you may notice that the cardboard logo is poorly cut out and the Perspex edges are quite sharp. Again we would recommend that you ask for it to be left off your build.

There's also a custom 90mm Xilence side fan for extra cooling, which is very neatly fitted. We wish Cryo had gone for a blue one rather than the red fan used here, though. Unfortunately the fan is still one of the more audible parts of the PC, but hooking it up to one of the motherboard's fan headers (rather than directly to the PSU as done here) should at least ensure it's not constantly running at its maximum. Even better news is that disconnecting it entirely still results in a fairly cool system.

In order to accommodate full-size components in its relatively small PC-V351 case, Lian Li has made a few unusual placement choices. Power and reset buttons are located at the front of the machine as usual, but the optical drive and connections have been relocated to the right side. The power button is backlit in an attractive blue, and cleverly the reset button doubles as the hard drive activity light, though it's backlit in jarring red. The side connectivity is a bit sparse: a FireWire port, two USB ports and the usual headphone plus microphone jacks are all you get.

Thankfully the Nano more than makes up for this by being based on one of the most feature-rich micro-ATX motherboards around: an Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus III Gene, of which we should incidentally be doing a review soon. Around the back then you get eight USB 2.0 ports (a ninth USB connector is for Asus' ROG connect feature, which allows you to use a second computer/laptop for overclocking). One each of PS2, FireWire and eSATA are joined by a Gigabit Ethernet socket, while audio is taken care of by an integrated X-Fi SupremeFX sound-chip that provides digital optical and six analogue outputs.

As you might have noticed the only significant absentee here is USB 3.0. We're hoping Asus will add this connection to its highest-end micro-ATX board soon, though in the meantime there are free PCIe slots so you can install a USB 3.0 expansion card (or Cryo will install one for you on request).

Dave W

April 8, 2010, 4:48 pm

'as much as 6GB of hard drive storage'





Wow!

TechVegan

April 8, 2010, 5:36 pm

@Dave W:


Haha, oops. Thanks for pointing that out, it's corrected.

Tabasco

April 8, 2010, 6:59 pm

Having seen this build on another website a couple of months ago, it does seem that Cryo stuggle with cutting decent looking openings in the case. Even with those badly cut openings it's a lovely looking bit of kit...

Xiphias

April 8, 2010, 7:02 pm

That looks pretty impressive and if Cryo can work out their polish issues they could become a favourite.

TechVegan

April 8, 2010, 7:21 pm

@Tabasco and Xiphias:


Or just order without the Graphite finish - prettier, easier, more flexible and cheaper ;)

TechnicPuppet

April 8, 2010, 7:43 pm

Does it play Farmville at 4xAA and 16xABCDEF though??????

Singulariter

April 8, 2010, 9:30 pm

@Ardjuna - Definitely right on the stock Lian Li finish. Waaay better quality.

Singulariter

April 8, 2010, 9:38 pm

Just FYI, the stock Lian Li version of this case has non-hex side panels.

betelgeus

April 8, 2010, 10:29 pm

is there nothing supporting the psu? looks like its hanging on for grim life.

PB

April 9, 2010, 3:30 am

Great review thanks. I'm thinking of getting this but with the Thermaltake LANBOX (carry handle) (+£5). Do you think the finish may be better? I like the idea of a carry handle but anything I should watch out for e.g overheating?

TechVegan

April 12, 2010, 9:03 pm

@Alan Clinch:


I'm not sure even the £2,800 {http://www.trustedreviews.com/...} would be able to cope with Farmville at that detail level ;)





@Singulariter:


Spot-on about those screws, I should have mentioned that so thanks for pointing it out.





@betelgeus:


It does, actually... But don't worry, in reality it's fairly solidly supported by four screws.





@PB:


Glad you liked it :)





The finish won't be better because the original brushed-metal finish on the Lian Li case is truly excellent. It's the custom Graphite finish that's been applied to this case that makes it look cheap, and as it's an optional extra (also for the LANBOX), you can just leave it off and not pay £230 for the privilege.





I like carrying handles on PCs too, because I move mine around a lot. As for overheating, that's really a query you should direct to Cryo. I'm guessing they would ensure that the components will work well in the case, and modify it if necessary (they added a custom 90mm fan to the Lian Li PC-V351R too for the Nano).

Nick G

July 8, 2010, 1:29 pm

That has to be the ugliest computer I've ever seen, and it looks like it doesn't even have build quality either. Looks like Mr Cryo's son made it as his GCSE CDT project.

TechVegan

July 8, 2010, 8:08 pm

@Nick Gilbert:


Build quality is actually quite good. Just get it without the extra finish and logo and it will look and feel like a premium PC.

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