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BlackLight Pro

by xboggart

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Date Published

Nov. 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.124 GHz

Description

It all started with a laptop (ASUS G751JL) that I bought in 2015 for casual gaming and software development. Overclocking the GTX 965M was enough to play most AAA titles at 60 FPS on moderate settings. I was pretty satisfied with the performance and as time passed on, I kept adding more and more to my Steam library. Little did I know that all it takes is a half cup of coffee to put an end to everything so far. I spilled some leftover coffee over the laptop keyboard and it died without blinking twice. Fast forward couple of days and I got an Alienware 17 with GTX 1070. And since I couldn't part from coffee, I had to buy an external keyboard (Razer Chroma V2), mouse (G502) and a GSync monitor just so that coffee can't get in my way again. Fast forward a year and now I needed more.. I needed more quality, more FPS, more of everything.. And the fact that I never ever moved my laptop from the side table setup made me realize that I didn't need a laptop anymore, I could do fine with a desktop. And that is the road I took. This was in August 2018. I started collecting parts from September and finally finished my build after Amazon delivered the 9900K last week.

I tried adding everything that is part of this build including tiny components that I had to use to build this. I'm not a whole lot into RGB thing but I do like an elegant lighting and having an option is always good. If I don't feel like it, I could always turn them off.

Everything in this build is latest gen except the Graphic Card. I tried looking for 3 fan GTX 2080Ti everywhere but only ebay seemed to have them for like $2000 which definitely I wasn't going to buy. After the reviews came out, I made the decision to get a 1080Ti instead, so I went with MSI Gaming X Trio.

I had no trouble assembling anything in this build. I definitely didn't hit the silicon lottery but my 9900K runs fine at 5.0 Ghz all core (1.32V) along with the memory running @ 3400Mhz (CL14).

It does look better in a video than in pictures:-

https://streamable.com/wefq6

https://streamable.com/du7j7

https://streamable.com/jj1v2

P.S. The lights do look bright in the pictures but they hardly distract at all.

Edit: The GPU sag looks bad in the tilted pictures but its not really that bad in reality. Look at the non tilted pictures or videos for better perspective.

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reaperfang 1 point 4 months ago

I thought the case had some sort of bracket for anti GPU sag?

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

It does but this thing weighs a lot! This is after using the bracket!

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

5Ghz on a 4-phase mobo means you DEFINITELY hit the silicon lottery.

xboggart submitter 1 Build 0 points 4 months ago

Just because it doesn't have true 8 phases doesn't mean it can't handle an 8 core processor. Even though their intention does seem like saving manufacturing cost by using cheaper components, I'm sure ASUS have decent enough engineers to estimate on how much the processor is going to use in real world. I've tried going much higher and didn't have any issues with VRM temperature. If you watch those reviews again, they would indicate the same (even though the focus of the video is on 4 vs 8). And if you read enough actual user reviews, you'll see it made no considerable difference. That being said, ASUS calling it a "twin 8 phase" is really a shady move!

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

That's the critical part, ASUS calling it a "Twin 8-phase." That just doesn't fly.

BetrayedPredator 3 points 4 months ago

You can run 5.0ghz on a single phase VRM

Just depends on how well it’s built. More phases means less heat / better efficiency not better performance (generally).

I wouldn’t buy it since Asus is being ****** with the advertisement.

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I probably would have thought twice but I had bought it on release date so no reviews or feedbacks were available at that time. And it did look better aesthetically than others to me.

BeHitchSlapped 1 point 4 months ago

Nice looking. I'd be a little scared of that GPU sag affecting the integrity of the PCIe slot, but I don't know how to fix it. I'm still waiting for my CPU and GPU to ship (still back-ordered) but when I get my three-slot 2080 Ti, I wonder if it will sag on my Asus MB too. Hmm.

Does that worry you at all? I wonder if I should lay the case on its side. I guess I'll see how it looks once I get all the parts in and assembled.

xboggart submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Usually these slots are reinforced in almost all motherboards now a days. And you have to take my word on this - the sag looks bad in the tilted pictures but it's not bad at all in reality. If you look at the difference in tilted and non-tilted pictures, you might see a difference. I'm looking at it right now and I can hardly see the sag. Somehow that image came out from wrong angle! Look at the linked videos for a better perspective! Also, Gaming X Trio is one of the heaviest GPU out there.

Nodsense 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

You could always use a vertical mount for GPU I guess..

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah, there is one with the case but that is just way too close (specially for this thick GPU) to the glass.

Lion_is_balanced 1 point 4 months ago

Neat build, I hope you like the case

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yep, love the case. Had no trouble at all. Everything has been laid out properly. The spacing is more than you would need for anything, so didn't have to compromise.

Jag_Fan 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Hope those are not emitting UVB rays (true black lights do). If they are, you are exposing yourself to harmful radiation dailly (albeit small).

https://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I hope that was not a serious question... :)

HydraHunter77 1 point 4 months ago

Gotta ask...I'm planning on using this case myself, but I have a couple of questions;

How are the airflow and cable management in this case? I'm a beginner and I want an easy-ish experience.

Where would one put the Hard Drives in this case? I don't see a drive slot in the front.

Thanks!

:}

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I think the airflow is pretty solid on this one and it has enough space to accommodate most common sized rads for AIOs and custom cooling. Here's what you can run:-

Top : upto 3 x 120 mm (upto 360mm rad) Front: upto 3 x 140 mm (420 mm rad) Back : upto 1 x 140mm

I'm running: - 2x140 (factory)+ 1x120 mm (pwm) fan on top for exhaust - 3x120 (pull) + AIO Radiator + 3x120(push) on front for maximum inflow - 1x140mm(factory) on the back as exhaust

Most AIOs go upto 360 (some even 420 but rare), so you'll have no issues fitting them on front or top.

For hard drives, you can fit upto 9 hard drives on the back plates (cable hiding plates on back side) and if you notice, it has a PSU shroud which hides your PSU cables and has enough space (bottom base) for upto 4 full sized hard drive (4 caddys come with the case). If you put the radiator on top, you can fit more caddys in the front where my AIO is set (upto 6 more as per specs, you need to buy extra caddies separately). Take those numbers with grain of salt because to fit 9 SSDs and 10 full sized hard drives, you really need to do a lot with the cables because random cable management wouldn't allow enough space to fit all that. So, unless you're doing something extreme, you are covered.

Just watch any Evolv X build video on youtube and you'll see what I'm talking about. If you have any other questions, hit me up.

addineco 1 point 4 months ago

Hello, planning to do a pmw push and pull config with 3 140mm fans for exhaust in the top (2) and one in the rear (1). How does the fan hub work exactly? Tried looking up online and wasnt sure if it could support 7 pwm fans.

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

You can't do 3 x 140 mm on top. I did 2x140mm + 1x120 mm (in the center) for the top for perfect fit. For the fan hub, you attach the SATA to your PSU and fan header cable to Motherboard Chassis Fan (something like CHA_FAN1/2 or so). Now, if you want PWM Control, you have to attach atleast 1 FAN cable to white 4 PIN (the first fan 4-pin from right). And I'm not sure how other motherboards work but for my ASUS Hero XI, I had to go into BIOS -> Fan Settings (Fan Xpert) -> Select that particular CHA_FAN1 (or whichever you connected to) and set it to PWM (default was DC). Once you do that, all your top fans (and any other fans you've attached to the hub) based on your fan management settings. Default should be automatic and full speed under load.

Check the 5th image in this build.

Tazzify 1 point 4 months ago

Could you please tell me a bit about your CPU temperatures? It would be very kind if you tested your CPU on a few games and wrote the temps. Thank you!

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I played a few VR games earlier and I was playing "The Division" on 1440p ultra settings for like 2.5-3 hrs now and max temperature I see is 76 C in one of the cores. Average is about 65-70 C overall.. Prime95 takes it up to 90 C but for pretty much everything else, temps stay below 75. And I run on silent fan config (Asus Fan Xpert).

mhollow1 1 point 3 months ago

Looks great! I am doing a very similar build soon and had a few questions. From research I was told the best setup for AIO is to do top mount set to exhaust, why the front mounting with 3 extra fans?

Also, why the 1080 ti over the 2080 8gb? Because of the VRAM?

And lastly, excuse my noob questions (first time builder), what cable extensions would you recommend? Do I need the radiator screw set? Here is my part list so far https://pcpartpicker.com/user/mhollow1/saved/ (

Any recommendations are welcome!

thanks!

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Best setup for AIO is to do top mount set to exhaust, why the front mounting with 3 extra fans? There no significant difference in temperature tbh, my top is actually exhaust and front is intake. I'm using a radiator with push/pull config to maximize airflow through the radiator, hence 3 extra Noctua radiator optimized fans.

Also, why the 1080 ti over the 2080 8gb? Because of the VRAM? I tried looking for 2080Ti (triple fan) but couldn't get one for MSRP, and looking at benchmarks, decided to go with 1080Ti instead of 2080. Yes, VRAM was part of decision but significant reason was performance of RTX (real bad).

what cable extensions would you recommend? I bought "Phanteks Universal Extension Cables Kit". I think it's a good value, however, it comes with only 1 8-pin EPS cable, so bought a separate "CableMod ModFlex EPS 4+4 pin Extension" cable. You may not need it depending on your motherboard. Quality is decent but sleeves are thinner than a good CableMod custom sets and might take extra time to bend them your way.

Do I need the radiator screw set? If you intend to use push/pull with 3 extra fans, you would need extra set of radiator screws. Otherwise everything comes with AIO or case.

Here is my part list so far Your link shows no parts, may be it's private or you didn't save it as a part list yet? Try putting that url in incognito, you'll see.

Hope this helps, sorry for the delay.

DeepPuffin 1 point 3 months ago

Nice build!

Just curious, do you get full NVME speeds from each of your two M.2 drives?

Did you have to do anything to get them both set up to run at NVME speeds?

I’m looking at this motherboard and CPU and am a bit confused about the speeds at which two M.2 NVME drives will run and specifically whether you can get both to run over the chipset’s PCIe lanes for NVME speeds or whether one of them will run only at SATA speeds.

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

They both will run at full speed (PCIE 3.0 x 4). Just make sure you install the Samsung NVME drivers because the default Microsoft NVME drivers don't push them to their limits.

DeepPuffin 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you so much.

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Np.

acp11 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

nice build! just for curiosity can the side door come off without opening them all the way? my desk is kinda cramped and I need to remove the side panels often. Thanks

xboggart submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Depends on how much you can open them. They don't need to be at 90 degrees but they do need atleast 60 or so to come off!

millandavid 1 point 1 month ago

How is the placements for the LED strips? I've been looking towards this case but I didn't want to waste the LED strips I had already purchased. Is there place for 4 strips?