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

8/10

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Opening the Lian Li PC-V351 case up is by no means easy. Though there's a handy slide-out removable motherboard tray, to hook up or detach the necessary cables you'll need to remove a side panel which is far less straightforward. Each of the case's two panels is held on by six low-profile hex-cap screws, which are a pain to remove. There's no clip or slide system for the side panels either, so getting the screws back in is slightly awkward.

Inside, the case is as roomy as any SFF model we've yet encountered, not only allowing for the largest video cards but also for some pretty decent CPU coolers. Of course with the Nano the latter is not a concern, as its processor is cooled with a Corsair H50 watercooling system. The radiator for this setup is housed towards the front of the case, where it's cooled by a 120mm fan on a custom mount.

This setup has allowed Cryo to overclock the living daylights out of the humble Core i7 750 CPU while maintaining low temperatures. Usually running at 2.66GHz as a maximum per core, the 750 in this machine will run at a turbo-clocked 4.05GHz. Considering there's very little that the i5 750 can't handle with ease at its stock speed, in this overclocked state it should fly through anything you throw at it. As such, there really is no reason for the average home user or gamer to go for one of the more expensive CPUs Cryo offers in its Nano.

As is usually the case for gaming PCs under £1,000, the CPU is backed by 4GB of DDR3 RAM, which is adequate for most games and of which a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium takes full advantage. Here Cryo has used two sticks of Mushkin 1600MHz memory, which together with the CPU has been given a voltage boost to accommodate the overclock. You can upgrade to 8GB on Cryo's site, though that will cost you a further £160, so you might be better off just adding more memory yourself at a later date if you need it.

Storage is provided by a 500GB Samsung SpinPoint F3 hard drive naturally running at 7,200rpm. This is pretty much the minimum you can expect on a modern system, but at least HDD upgrade prices are fairly reasonable and upping this to a 1TB drive will only set you back £25 extra. As mentioned there are various options available and you can go all the way to 6TB or get a Corsair Extreme Series SSD as your primary drive instead (though a 64GB SSD model will add a whopping £173).

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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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