First time building an ITX system. Wanted a toxic/nuclear look.
- Raid0 boot drive with the Kingston SSDs
- M.2 SSD for game installs
Barracuda for media storage
2x Noctua 120mm high static pressure fans up front
- 2x Noctua 120mm high airflow fans rear and top
- 3x Noctua 92mm high static pressure fans back bottom
- 1x PCCooler RGB 120mm fan for aesthetics (HSP)
CPU is OC'ed to 4.8GHz but the details won't save
I would not recommend this RAM. It does not save RGB settings through reboot/sleep/hibernate. I had to set up an event that triggers the ASRock RGB program when I unlock my system to get it to go back to correct color without manually opening software everytime
MOD-ONE cables are very nice. I even got some post-it notes by request. :) I highly recommend these. But I wish I would have went for shorter ones
I do not recommend this case and hardware config for gaming unless you make similar modifications to what I described below
The way you see this PC built in this post had pretty bad GPU load temperatures and not optimal idle temps. I have been playing Anthem at ultra settings on 3440x1440 75hz and monitoring load temps. The GPU was sitting at about 84-86c under load (70-90%) which caused quite a lot throttling during intense portions of the game. Even with the GPU fans cranked up to 90% temps were still low 80s and the fans were far too loud. The issue being the GPU was only getting fed heated air from the front radiator, and obviously not enough air too.
What I did was use a dremel and cut three 92mm fan mounts into the bottom of the rear door and used some of Noctua's grey 92mm fans (with paint strainer fabric as a dust filter) so that they would blow cool air into the PSU shroud which the GPU pulls through the perforated top of the shroud. This unfortunately does make the PC audible at idle because I currently have no way to toggle the new fans off/on. But, because of those new fans I'm able to keep the GPU fans at 60% at the top of the curve and sit comfortably at 67-72c under load (70-90%) and it is MUCH quieter than before.
CPU Temps have not had an issue in either configuration. During idle the CPU sits at about 30c and under gaming load (60-80%) it runs about 60-65c. The new GPU intake fans of course had no impact on these temps so they have stayed the same. I've not done anything yet that puts the CPU under maximum load so I'm currently not concerned about those temps.
Old Fan Config
- CPU IDLE 30c
- CPU LOAD 65c
- GPU IDLE 40c
- GPU LOAD 85c
New Fan Config
- CPU IDLE 30c
- CPU LOAD 65c
- GPU IDLE 30c
- GPU LOAD 70c
Like this a lot. Came from a 4790k but this overclocks higher than that did.
Love the looks of this. Pump is quiet and software is very easy to use.
Solid motherboard. Having a 'clear cmos' button was super handy for overclocking. No fancy plastic shrouds and subtle LED at the bottom.
I'm not familiar with power phases but I haven't noticed anything detrimental to performance based on expectations
These are fine. Speeds in raid0 are blazing fast. I like the casing
Fast but can't do large data transfers very well. Opted to redownload/reinstall files from my old 500GB SSD instead of moving because it would have had to be done in many sections
Owned this for 5 years now. Never had any problems
Absolutely solid. Opted for this over a 2080 for 1440p 75hz gaming because it wouldn't have to work as hard in my small case.
Nice case. Wish it had a fan hub since most ITX boards don't have 4-5 fan headers. I don't like how the top fan exhaust directly out the top instead of having a raised top that exhausts out the side. My cat likes to sit on my towers.
Quiet. Works fine. Solid. Nothing bad to say
Dead silent and great airflow. Love these new black Noctuas
Dead silent and great pressure for the front radiator.
Not really impressed with this. Blue LED stuck on while I only want to use UV. Wish it had a less "cabley" solution for someone who only wants the one strip. Brightness doesn't seem to work for RGB part of it, but I'm not using that anyway.
Looks great. LED on both sides. This fan is the only reason I can hear my PC but its a cheapo RGB fan and not loud enough for me to care.