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Samsung 970 Evo 500GB V-NAND M.2 SSD - £159.98 @ Ebuyer
Found 23rd JunFound 23rd Jun
Cheapest I have seen this excellent high performance SSD at least by a UK retailer. Specifications Usage Application Client PCs Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 Capacity 5… Read more
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I didn't know m.2 supported pci-e 3.0 at X8 speed ..


It's a good price, but I prefer the old gen Samsung m.2 nvme with 7100mb/s read.



Or £151.95 from Amazon... Ebuyer are absolute cheats and as bad if not worse than Currys/PC World. Personally I would never use them, mainly because they canceled my account after their mistake. To add insult to injury they then blacklist my work address so now no-one can have items delivered there, with one person having there account canceled too. Either way, it's cheaper here


Great price! Paid about 50 more for my 960 Evo earlier in the year

Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD £135.00 from - Cheapest ever!
Found 22nd JunFound 22nd Jun
Missed the other 456,536 deals for this SSD? Then, good news everyone! This is another one, but it is the cheapest one yet and still sold by a reputable seller. Should you buy it … Read more
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Choices choices. Nearly finished my pc build just need an ssd and gfx, I did have a 860 evo ordered the other day but cancelled. Dont know if to get this or the MX500 at £80.


Pretty significant price drop, can be had for ~£135 now. :)


Another example why this community makes no sense when voting cold.


Ironically the deal for the 512GB 970 Pro I posted at the same time as this has gone hot, and that is £189, hah... as I said impossible to predict. :)


Same, some of the best deals I've got went cold, I think it's partly people vote not on the discount as they should but also on their opinion on the product, e.g. thinking this ssd is too experience so voting cold

Honor 10 Smartphone Black, 4G LTE, Display 5.8 "FHD +, Kirin 970 Octa-Core, 4GB RAM, Dual Camera - £312 @ Amazon Italy
Found 20th JunFound 20th Jun
Pay in euros with a clarity card or alternative to get this price. We own this, and the phone is lightning fast, the fingerprint scanner is brilliant. In black unavailable in th… Read more

Has anyone from the UK ordered from Amazon Italy before, just wondering on any additional charges?


Tempted by this. Not fussed about the 64GB, have that now and it's enough. The pin adapter, like I don't have several converters around the house already. I just want the black version as can't be having these other crazy colours and you can't get the black one in the UK.


Same for me. I'd pay the £57 extra to get one in the current UK retailer deal. Worth it for double the storage (which you can't otherwise expand) and getting a proper UK charger (as these are proprietary).


Honor view 10 offer more battery life, RAM (6GB) and memory card( micro Sd card on top of 128GB). If you like glossy design, notch and one handed compact phone then honor 10 offer this I think if honor view 10 is cheaper then its better value phone than honor 10. If price is same then still i will go for honor view 10 because i not fan of notch design and glassy back which attract finger prints


should i get this or keep my iphone se...Hmmmmm

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Samsung 970 PRO 512 GB V-NAND M.2 PCI Express Solid State Drive - Black £207.98 @ Amazon
Found 18th JunFound 18th Jun
Product Description The Samsung SSD 970 PRO is the 3rd generation of Samsung’s Client-PC NVMe SSD. The Samsung 970 PRO is specially designed for tech enthusiasts, hardcore gamers a… Read more
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No, AHCI and NVMe drives are mutually exclusive.


Hmmmm I’m completely understand what you mean. I’m sure if you did a bit of research or you could contact Samsung them selves to ask? I don’t see why it wouldn’t, would be silly not to release driver for it? But you never know?


it's an older one now, when i built the system it had a samsung SM951 m.2 drive installed using a PCIe x4 speed adapter, to give max speeds of the m.2 format right from the get go, and as you may be aware, those SM951's weren't plug and play, they were not meant for retail sale, only sony so they could keep the market by the balls drip feeding speed increases at premium upgrade costs, ASROCK stuck 2 fingers up to this and released full speed m.2 slots right away, just after this board was made, so i had to get a bios written to accommodate UEFI as a boot drive, via their support page, not sure if they have made a new one to cover NVMe as it was a few years ago i bought it now. (ASROCK Z87M OC Formula) and the newer bios on the site at the time, did not cover UEFI booting. SAmsung used to do 2 versions of these drives, AHCI and NVMe (both PCIe connection type) but as they now only do NVMe i wondered if thye'd built in dual compatibility, or as microsoft and intel wants, simply abandoned previous generation hardware


How come your systems does not support NVMe? What motherboard do you have? And I would assume so I don’t see why it wouldn’t.


What if your system will Accept PCIe m.2 drives like this, but NOT NVMe ? is this backwards compatible ?

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD £157 @ Amazon Germany (dispatched & sold by Amazon EU SaRL)
Found 17th JunFound 17th Jun
Seems a decent price for this Samsung EVO 970 500GB nvme drive, costs £163 on amazon UK. Cheapest price I can see on the interweb.

Cry plz


Damn the price on these are dropping fast. Good to see and heat added. :)


Sorry my bad, I thought that price was posted! Comes to £157 if you select pay in EUROs.


Op isn't adding the delivery. Also I already posted this last week for cheaper, so this is a duplicate


Mine comes out to £163.34?

HUAWEI P20 Pro 6.1 Inch Smartphone FHD+ Screen Kirin 970 6GB 64GB - £577.79 - jewelry Blue @ Geekbuying
Found 13th JunFound 13th Jun
In jewelry Blue (go figure) Good price here with band 20. Customs may be an issue,but I'm sure someone who has purchased from these can shed a bit more light on the situ. This… Read more

(lol) na, prefer to find em' myself, cheers for the heads up tho.


Leaving this for you ;)


Wow, well I completely missed that, well done you, you should post this immediately ;)



Huh? The P20 Pro isn't available on the currys - eBay store. Unless I can't see for looking

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Samsung 970 Evo 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD @ Amazon Germany (dispatched & sold by Amazon EU SaRL)
Found 8th JunFound 8th Jun
Another great price on! Performs similarly to 960 Pro, and only a bit behind 970 Pro. Get a heatsink to put on top of the 970 Evo and it will stop the throttling (that on… Read more
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Its more than likely that we will see prices lowering for larger ssds. That said we also can see contraints once again when the fabs either node shrink or go to a higher layer count.


could be but I wouldn't count on these dropping forever as no new GPUs are being announced "for a long time" (according to NVidia at Computex) and AMD isn't planning on releasing Vega 7nm into gaming cards for a long while too, and mining has died down, the prices of current gen GPUs has plummeted The final nail is RAM prices. As they drop, you'll see a resurgence of new PC builders and upgrades, hence a higher demand for all parts including SSDs. 300 is a pretty good all-rounder price for this drive.


Nice price. Maybe we'll see £300 soon.

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD £153.41 @ Amazon Germany (dispatched & sold by Amazon EU SaRL)
Found 8th JunFound 8th Jun
Another week, another drop in price! 159.90 last week (still a good price, but lower is better). 174.79EUR checkout price = 153.41GBP (with fee free credit card or revolut). I boug… Read more
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robodan918 ifixit repairability score 1/10 ouch that's the worst I've ever seen. Completely unnecessary to make your device like that. Will stick to my thinkpad thanks


I wish there was an easy way to install this into a surface book... great price

Samsung 970 EVO 2 TB V-NAND M.2 PCI Express Solid State Drive £649.96 Amazon
Found 8th JunFound 8th Jun
Good price if you're looking for a new 2tb Nvme SSD. Obviously still a lot of money. Choose New From and it's in there sold by The Samsung SSD 970 EVO is the 2nd g… Read more

Great deal. I bought one in case I ever get a computer with that slot one day. Thanks. Hot


I suppose that if you have a machine that will only take a single M2, this might interest you. For everyone else, it's going to be overkill.


True, you can also buy 21 of these for 42tb of storage...


You can buy two 10tb HDDs and a 120gb SSD for that price.

Honor 10 Smartphone Black, 4G LTE, Display 5.8 "FHD +, Kirin 970 Octa-Core, 4GB RAM 64gb , Dual Camera £326.60 @ amazon Italy
Found 6th JunFound 6th Jun
Amazon Italy does it again. Very cheap Display: ips 5.84 "fhd + 19: 9 full screen (1080 x 2160) Cpu: kirin 970 octa-core Memory: 4gb ram, 64gb rom Networks: lte cat.6 hspa + edg… Read more

You'll probs get £200-£230 for p10. So I would yeah.


Huawei have agreed to replace p10 would you buy this and sell p10?


Tempted to go for this one can get it with discount 339.10 from work had enough of p10 no sign of oreo and its playing up won't update or download apps done factory reset/reboot OK for day or so then starts playing up


Yes, it's a European version so it's identical apart from the European charger which is easily solved with a eu UK converter.


Yes, identical, you just have to choose your language, which I'm guessing is swahili (lol) and you're good to go.

Samsung 970 PRO 512GB NVME M.2 PCIE SSD - £197.36 @ Amazon
Found 1st JunFound 1st Jun
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This is back in stock delivered by amazon within two days but it’s up to £211 7 left , ordered one myself as missed this and the Ebuyer deal, still think it’s a good deal at £211


Well I'm glad it's there. Since in the other eBuyer thread there was over 20 comments and not a single person mentioned it was due to a price drop. However many speculated it was a mis-price ;)


Ordered as a second drive, using intel Optane as main drive, thanks OP


Too late, it is now immortalised in a reply!


Phenomenal price. I recently bought the 970 EVO for not much less than this. Heat

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD @ Amazon Germany (dispatched & sold by Amazon EU SaRL)
Found 1st JunFound 1st Jun
Another week, another drop in price for the 970 Evo! Now only 159.90 pounds (checkout price, 182.95EUR) when using a feeless conversion credit card or revolut. In stock now, delive… Read more
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No, you can't. Would have to send to Germany, which is quite easy and not that expensive. They reimburse you like 3 euros.


Can you return using. Interested but always like Amazon returns... 😁


Best explanation


Nope, the major manufacturers of nand have gone from planer nand to 3d nand and also samsung have gone from 48 layer nand to 64 ..


Wow I paid £260 for the 960 pro 500GB last year! Bargain!!

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD £187.90 Dispatched & sold by Amazon
Found 9th MayFound 9th May
RRP 200The just announced 970 Evo boasts better performance than the 960 Pro, and only slightly lags behind the 970 Pro for roughly 70% of the price. 5 Year warranty now on all Evo… Read more
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"Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is virtualization technology that hosts a desktop operating system on a centralized server in a data center. VDI is a variation on the client-server computing model, sometimes referred to as server-based computing. The term was coined by VMware." Coined by vmware thus is just branding than what it is; this is remote vm. And vdi on the client wouldn't need nvme, businesses need sata ssd's on client machines as that decreases load time. Less so on thin clients. 4k iops is slang and given that you already say 90k write iops or 100k read iops, 4k iops is missleading. High mixed iops on the 4k to 32k range, is needed for every boot drive, regardless one being a gamer or content creation. Sqls love this too but high high queue depths on 32+ Hi mixed iops on the 4k to 32k file size, allows a computer with a ssd as a boot drive to boot soo much faster than a hdd, even if you pegged the ssd to 150MB/s.


No it's not a typo. 4K IOPS means number of 4kb aligned random I/O per second. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is googlable so I'll let you educate yourself on that one.


4k opps .. Hopefully thats a typo .. Actually once we start to see x8 and x16 (probably be halved with pcie4) nvme drives, those iops will become very important, as you will start to have the bandwidth of ddr 3/4 .. which means you can use it as ram. Thats the future .. 100k+ mixed iops on large and small files is what the average user needs. "Oracle databases, Virtual Desktop Infrastruction" Badly badly worded but, sql dbs do need large mixed iops but drives for these are typically either directly sit on the pcie port (agp and pcie are serial thus aren't a bus but a port). or use the sff connector or sas even. The M.2 form factor is really only a consumer thing which i would love to see die.. I think you mean by "Virtual Desktop Infrastruction"; virtual machines, yes ssd drives do vastly help in those applications but its the same requirements as a normal os would require: High iops. VMs love cores (and more cores) lots of ram and a fast drive.


It is a truth universally acknowledged that consumers only have two appreciations of speed. It is either "okay" or it is "slow". If you have to resort to benchmarking software to form an opinion, the speed is "okay". Honestly, the business case for NVMe is 4K IOPS i.e. server workload, not desktop. - Oracle databases, Virtual Desktop Infrastruction and the like. It's just bragging rights. I mean, most Ferrari owners don't drive the thing at it's top speed do they?


Whilst the benchmarks for real world consumer workloads usually look underwhelming, I'm curious if the overall responsiveness is noticeably snappier. Anybody? Which is only true for certain workloads and as consumer SSDs generally lose performance as they become very full having twice the capacity is of practical use.

Inspiron 15 7000 - 1060 6gb, i7-7700HQ, 16gb ram - £954 @ Dell
Found 5th MayFound 5th May
Price converted from € so may be slightly out. 15-inch gaming laptop available with stunning visuals powered by NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 graphics and the latest 7th Gen Intel® qu… Read more

It's not that bigger deal, to sell at this price they need to cut corners somewhere


Brill, thanks very much for feedback.


Last years model had a horrible TN panel. This years model is fine. The colours are a little muted if you're used to a high end panel but absolutely fine. I'm certainly happy with my purchase. Excellent machine. It's a minor nuisance really. Do what I did and sell the included drive on eBay and got/install whatever drive you want. I've got a 250GB 960 Evo for boot and secondary 2TB FireCuda SSHD in mine for games/storage.


Dell still have a habit of only putting 5400rpm hard drives instead of 7200rpm into their laptops though! At this price one would expect to find a 7200rpm hard drive!


I think there are different models, some with a TN screen which is reviewed poorly and some with an IPS which is said to be better. Hope that helps.

Samsung 970 Pro 512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD £275.79 @ Amazon
Found 25th AprFound 25th Apr
Samsung 970 Evo not good enough for your rich a**? Then dish out for the newest, fastest, baddest (greatest) consumer SSD that money can buy. Just announced yesterday, posted on Am… Read more
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And it comes with a 5 year warranty and better thermals


You didn't anticipate the release? The PM981 had been out since November! The 970 was imminent!


And, I just got 4 x 1tb 960 PROs delivered for my server this month. 😥


I reckon its a good round to sit out. There's not much scope for performance improvement from 960 levels within the constraints of PCIe 3.0 x4, and in any case SSD speeds are not currently the system bottlenecks so improvement is imperceptible. Cheaper rivals are catching up on performance so there will be a more competitive market soon - look out for HP and WD.


i it's because people thought it's the 960 pro or 960 evo it was just announced yesterday anyway I don't care HUKD makes no sense sometimes as long as it helps someone I'm happy

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD £193.79 Dispatched & sold by Amazon
Found 25th AprFound 25th Apr
It's finally here! The just announced 970 Evo boasts better performance than the 960 Pro, and only slightly lags behind the 970 Pro for roughly 70% of the price. Releases May 7th f… Read more
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ebay = likely greymarket (if not fake altogether). don't expect any warranty awful risk for the price imho


Question - 970 Evo 2tb from Amazon for £709.99 or 960 Pro 2tb from eBay, Bulk version (no box) for £530? Decisions decisions... what would you go for?


Respectfully disagree 30 percent performance gain, and even more when you put 2 in RAID0. The WD black PCIe ssd is impressive but also somehow more expensive. This tech just isn't cheap. If you want cheap, go sata ssd. If you want really cheap go hdd.


Apologies for reposting what I said in todays other 970 post but this seems the livelier discussion..... I reckon its a good round to sit out. There's not much scope for performance improvement from 960 levels within the constraints of PCIe 3.0 x4, and in any case SSD speeds are not currently the system bottlenecks so improvement is imperceptible. Cheaper rivals are catching up on performance so there will be a more competitive market soon - look out for HP EX920 and WD.


Grr was bound to happen someone always ruins it for the honest, everyday, deal finder who takes advantage of flaws in the system :P

Samsung Galaxy S9 - Vodafone, unlimited mins/texts, 16GB data, £30/month x 24 + £250 upfront. £970 in total. **Possible £25 cash back too**
Found 9th AprFound 9th Apr
Personally, I've been looking for a Galaxy S8 deal but have found nothing amazing just yet. Came across this one for an S9 at £30 a month on a 24 month contract. Unlimited minutes … Read more
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Actually... The S9 on Uswitch is now available for £160 up front and with 16GB of data! So £880 over the duration of contract, £90 cheaper than the original deal!


Great find! I still haven't ordered a new phone yet, tempted by my own deal now! The cheapest deal for a new S8 on USwitch with 16GB data is only £25 cheaper over the duration of the contract!


There is 50 off upfron on uswitch


Yes true I fell out of love with Samsung as a company their customer service is shocking


WITH a 24 month 16Gb contract - not just 'for a Samsung' But then you knew that didn't you and were just being naughty

ASUS G11CD Core I5-6400 8GB 1TB GTX 970 DVD-RW Windows 10 Gaming Desktop at Laptops Direct for £557.98
Found 29th MarFound 29th Mar
Key Specification Processor manufacturer Intel Processor Model Intel Core i5 Processor Number 6400 Graphics GeForce GTX 970 RAM Memory 8GB Hard drive capacity 1TB Operating System… Read more
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Not really a deal. You can buy a better pc on ebay and just build it up yourself. 970 is not a great card not now days


The games I mentioned are ones that I would consider playing for the foreseeable future, until I could afford to trade in the GPU for an upgrade. Having checked out Game Debate, the predicted recommended specs for TW3K: So a little under the recommended specs, however you may get good gameplay with lowered graphical settings. Do remember that the game isn't released so the specs are subject to change.


How long would the GTX 970 last in terms of future games being released? I'm looking for something that will cover me for the next few Total War games (especially the Three Kingdoms one :D)


With the GTX 970, this PC is LITERALLY the recommended specs for PubG, according to It can also run Skyrim: SE at recommended specs, but the CPU bottlenecks on Fallout 4 (Recommended specs). This means that the minimum settings will be easily manageble from this system. For under £500 I'd be pretty happy with this rig, with the intention of upgrading as and when I could afford the parts. And it's already posted here:


Blast from the past this one

ASUS G11CD Core i5-6400 8GB 1TB GTX 970 Desktop, £519.97 from laptopsdirect
Found 28th FebFound 28th Feb
Medium to high gaming and everyday use pc. Key Specification Processor manufacturerIntelProcessor ModelIntel Core i5Processor Number6400GraphicsGeForce GTX 970RAM Memory8GBHard dri… Read more

They have an 'A1' grade machine for £483.97


cheaper with 2.1% TCB


It’s a very decent deal and ideal for getting into pc gaming. If your budget all Was it then stretch, as you will get better return and less likely to require upgrades in the future


From what I have read it is the difference between running modern, demanding games at 1080P med/high on the GTX970 or 1080P max on the GTX1070. So I think the GTX970 will serve you well at 1080P but just won't be able to max out all the graphical settings. Of course on older games and less demanding (most non AAA games) you could probably max the settings with either card...


Is the extra 200 worth it for the gpu upgrade if playing at 1080? Im no expert but it seems like a decent deal given the features and the graphics card could always bee upgraded if/when the prices drop. Would this be a bottleneck?

ASUS G11CD Core i5-6400 8GB 1TB GTX 970 £499.97  Laptops Direct
Found 27th Nov 2017Found 27th Nov 2017
Very capable Processor, 6th Gen i5 with a graphics card that can rival the 1050 ti easily. Yes i know there is no SSD.

Again, off topic to the G11CD but hopefully a help to KemlynUltra, here, and to others who got the G20 deal. I found a video on Youtube "G20CB WITH SIDE PANEL OFF GPU COOLING TEST - FURMARK" where a user removed the side panel and had the graphics card running under load, in his case a GTX1070 founders edition using the same blower method of cooling. Removal of the side panel bought the GPU temperature down by around 5 degrees. I would have hoped for more than that but it's welcome. He didn't mention the CPU temp. I think leaving off the side panel and the top panel that sits directly above the CPU's heatsink fins would help keep temperatures and fan noise under load down a bit but it would speed up the process where the internals become matted with dust, which would further impact temperatures. If you're not averse to disassembly of the metal shroud a couple of times a year and, with the power brick(s) unplugged, blasting the internals with compressed air (Costco has a good deal for six large canisters of compressed air) that would help prolong the life of the PC/keep temps and noise down a bit. You might some years down the line want to renew the dried up thermal paste but that's a lot more involved, a lot of tutorials on Youtube about that. Important to say again, do make sure you unplug the power bricks from the back of the computer if intending to blast the internals with compressed air, to avoid a short; holding the can at an angle can result in a frosty-cold fluidic discharge. To avoid static, don't use a brush or vacuum cleaner head with a brush on it. Keep a finger on whichever fan you vacuum, to stop the fan's blades spinning at a speed that they might not have been designed to cope with, or at least not long term if cleaning semi frequently. Try to avoid direct contact between vacuum cleaner nozzle and motherboard components. I prefer to use compressed air to clean motherboards, with power supply disconnected. I don't think removing the top and side panel would void the warranty, though don't quote me on that, I might be wrong, but I think taking it further and removing the metal shroud to upgrade components or blast with compressed air would void your warranty, especially if ASUS bridged warranty void stickers over the joints (though I couldn't seen any in photographs). ASUS has a good forum for the G20, including some good reads on notionally water cooling and upgrades, here:


I appreciate it's a bit off topic to the original post, so thank you to people for tolerating that. The ASUS G11CD appears better for airflow! From what I could find, the ASUS G20 uses a custom motherboard; it appears square, until you remove the hard drive, and then you see that it's sort of a fat L-shape. The CPU socket sits fairly near the top of the case, with two thick horizontal copper heat pipes, parallel to the motherboard, going up from the CPU to long and horizontal heatsink fins at the top of the case. Though I like making modifying other computer cases to rehouse components in, it would be a challenge, here. So, what to do, preferably without cutting that beautiful case? If you go to the G20's homepage, you can see that the case has an inner metal shell. The sloping side panels, wide at the base, sees air drawn in from the bottom and cleverly channelled over the side of that shell, drawn in by the graphics card fan's hole and by the two slot fans at the top that feed the heatsink. As far as I can see, to remove the side panels you first have to remove the perforated top of the case, which then exposes the heatsink fins. If you left that top off, I think that would lower the CPU temperature by a few degrees when under load. It would, though, of course, mean that dust could get in and the case would also look less pretty. The top doubles as a dust filter. If you didn't mind periodically dismantling the computer enough to blast it with canister air, that might be an option but it's not ideal. I would avoid using a vacuum cleaner nozzle because it could result in static discharge, possibly. I remember watching a video of someone using a vacuum nozzle with a brush head on it and wincing at the thought of possible static discharge from the artificial fibres. Anyway! Other possible options. It would be a pity to do this but I can imagine cutting holes in the side panel to line up with the GPU fan hole and the two CPU holes, though that would change the case's carefully channeled airflow in a way that might or might not help the motherboard's other components. It would also very much take away from the chassis clean aesthetic, wouldn't it. Perhaps, then, fan assist at the bottom of the case would be an option, similar to putting a laptop on a laptop cooler fan base. You could make a rectangular cooler base, mount a couple of fans in it and have a fan speed adjuster knob, to turn it up a bit when gaming. That base would have to sit on raised feet to allow air to draw in from underneath. You would have to keep your desk well dusted and remember to periodically dust the under side of the case. If it was me, I would modify the desk the computer sits on. I would cut a couple of holes in the desktop and slot in a couple of fans. I would power them from a power brick and wire in fan speed adjusters. That way, you don't cut the chassis but assist air intake a little; I'm not suggesting blasting air upwards, that might put a strain on the computer's fans, just having a two or three slow-spinning fans, moving fairly quietly, assisting. I'll have another think, see if I can find a DIY for a laptop cooler and link it, here.


You’re a gentleman for sharing that knowledge with me. I really appreciate it. I’ve copied and pasted your comments for future reference and if you do find any more information that would be really welcomed. Like you say, the bios / fan profiles may hopefully help in the first instance which is a great price of advice.


Not owning one puts me in anecdote and speculation territory, which isn't worth the paper it's written on. I would live with it for a year until the warranty has expired, at least and only then open it up if you have experience system building and modding. If it was me, for now, I would make sure the motherboard has the latest bios. I read some comments about overbearing fan noise being improved by the latest bios when using Windows 10. I don't know if that throttles the components or there were some early compatibility problems with an earlier bios that had the fans spinning at full tilt. Looking at pictures and unhelpfully speculating, it looks to me as though the Asus uses shrouds and gaskets to channel air. I can see myself, perhaps, removing the hardware and putting it in a case with better airflow, if the motherboard has standard screw placement fittings for the standoffs and standard fittings for a third party CPU cooler. I would want to find an ifixit type teardown and follow it very carefully, though even there you have some risk. For instance, I repaired a 2010 iMac and one of the ribbon cables was gummy-glued down, which in the tutorial it wasn't; obviously you don't mess around with ribbon cables. If you really want to mod, you have to weigh up the risks. My curiosity is perked enough to have a look, though! It could be that it is practical to carefully drill out some of the vent holes to make them larger, if you are extremely careful and keep conductive metal dust/filings away from the interior electronics; I don't have an insect problem or kids with small probing fingers to be concerned about, at least, so drilling out small vent holes is an option. Perhaps. I imagine some people have drilled out fan holes or a circular hole or two holes in the side panel, though things like adding new holes to a closed system can change the air pressure flow in a case in ways that are not always desirable; I would be surprised if Asus's engineers hadn't thought it all through, carefully. I'll see what I can find but definitely make sure the motherboard is using the latest bios revision, try and keep the room's dust levels down. I will get back to you and share what I find. Hopefully bios settings/custom fan profiles achieve a good-enough balance.


Thanks for that advice. Out of interest what mods were you thinking of to improve the airflow and reduce throttling?

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