USER BUILDS AND FEEDBACK
Brian's MI-6 FE Build
Took about 45 minutes to move everything from the old case (Lian Li PC-A05B) to the MI-6.
Everything went together pretty easy. I only had one issue which was after I removed the front I/O board to install the Noctua fan. When I re-installed it, I found that 2 out of the 3 standoffs were either cross-threaded or had some debris in the threads. I worked at it a while before I got the screws to go in easily.
Really love how all of the different screws are individually bagged and labelled with exactly what they're for. Very nice touch there.
Note that due to the location of the USB3 header on this particular motherboard, I cannot fit a larger CPU cooler and still have USB3 on the front-panel unless I get an extender cable.
MI-6 FE Case
Core i7-6700 w/ stock Intel cooler
Intel 600p 512GB M.2 SSD
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB DDR4-2400
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming
FIO reinstallation has been resolved for SE batch with an adjustment to the factory torque.
This unusual USB3 MB header location does require a USB extension, The location has not been seen on 300 series MBs.
Richard's MI-6 FE Build
I've been using this case for over 6 months now and it is a really good case, well designed and well built. I have my delidded 8700k running at 4.40 GHz (1.20v) and temps never go over 65C during my normal useage, 75C running Prime 95.
MI-6 FE Case
Intel i7 8700K delidded
Gigabyte Z370N itx
16GB Corsair Vengeance 3000 MHz
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B with Prolimatech 140mm Vortex fan
IDCooling 92mm slim fan
MSI GTX 1070 Aero itx
120GB MyDigitalSSD M.2 NVMe
960GB Crucial M500 2.5 SSD
2TB Seagate BarraCuda 2.5 HDD Corsair SF600
Ignatius' MI-6 FE Build
I learned a lot of things while building in this case. Overall, building in MI-6 is a new experience. Below are the pros & cons, in my opinion:
- Hard to see it in the picture, but this thing looks good.
- No frame / internal chassis bars, making building & reaching corners easier.
- The aluminum frame & cover are pretty solid.
Room for improvement:
- Tolerance issue in the GPU riser PCB slot
- Frame-less design make the side cover top flex a bit if you press it.
Isn't she beautiful.
MI-6 FE Case
Processor: Intel i5-4670 non K
Motherboard: Asus H87i-Plus
RAM: Kingston Value RAM 8GB (and super low profile)
SSD: Samsung Evo 850 500 GB 2.5" SSD
HDD: Western Digital Black 500 GB 7200 RPM
GPU: Zotac GTX 950
PSU: Corsair SF450
GPU installation fit has been revised and improved for the Second Edition.
Cover flex has been eliminated in the Second Edition.
Timo's MI-6 FE Build
First I want to say that as soon as I saw the MI-6 in the thread on hardforum.com, I fell in love with its overall shape and aesthetics. It is a really nice way to get a full Mini-ITX PC with SFX-L PSU inside a Cereal-Box of only 6.7l volume. Seeing the case in person is even better than seeing it on pictures.
Moving my build from my old case to the MI-6 was a bit tough, but no wonder with that small form factor. The building itself was tricky from time to time, trying to fit in the PSU underneath the mainboard and connecting all power cables while the hardware sits inside the case. The provided instructions made the whole process very easy, but custom and shorter PSU-cables and a better cable management should help in case of air flow, cooling, and looks of the final PC.
Until today, I never experienced any sort of PC issues due to overheating hardware. My GPU gets up to a maximum of 85°C (now 81°C after change of thermal paste) and CPU up to 75°C without any throttling on both sides. With better cooling solutions for both components and additional fans in the bottom of the case, the temps should drop more.
What I really love about the MI-6 is its WOW- and surprise-effect. My whole PC now sits on my desk right next to my monitor, even using less space than that. I was invited to an oldschool-LAN-party some weeks ago, and bringing my gaming rig with me was an easy task. And regarding what kind of hardware is in this little box, it is really a Jaw-dropper.
MI-6 FE Case
Processor: Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3.7 GHz
Motherboard: Biostar X370GTN
RAM: G.Skill RipJaws V 32GB @ 2993 MHz
SSD: Crucial MX300 525 GB M.2 SSD
HDD: Seagate 2 TB 5400 RPM
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1080
PSU: Silverstone SST-SX800-LTI