6 cores at 4.2 ghz with 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM and a GTX 970. This is a lot of power in a relatively small package- one of the smaller cases with room for full-size everything for MicroATX I've seen.
This build is the culmination of my 10+ years of random building of PCs. I went from an AMD diehard struggling to get an FX-8350 to work on a 3+1 power motherboard (lol) and I came from the Phenom II X6- the Phenom X4 and Athlon X2 etc. before it as well. I decided to go big when I switched, and went for the X99 platform because of its potential power. And fu** do I mean power.
The boot time is incredibly fast due to the SSD, and obviously gains in gaming performance come in loading scenes and assets. 4TB (3 on a 5400, 1 on a 7200 RPM) combined storage means tons of content and no worrying. This thing laughs at most processor-intensive things I do. Rendering 30+ FLAC audio files to M4A and MP3 takes seconds versus the minute(s) it typically takes. Handbrake laughs at encoding videos and only takes 30 mins for 1080p60 versus what I imagine would be a lot faster encoding time if I gave it the headroom in RAM.
Most games run at Ultra / 1080p / 60FPS, as of 2015. Typically I can push 1440p downsampled and keep 60FPS, depending on the engine of course. GTA V lets me do this and it's pretty glorious. MGS V was exceptional in higher-than-1080p. 4K gaming is totally possible if you want to settle for 30 FPS- at which it never seems to tip below with Nvidia Adaptive Sync set to half refresh rate. While not gaming console-sized, it's portable enough to throw a GearGrip Lite on it and take it around- monitor in tow or easily connected to any HDTV.
Temps never go above 60 for the CPU at full load, 71 for the GPU at full load (DirectCU2 is no joke, ASUS), and I installed a side panel with an intake mesh and a dust filter behind said mesh. The case has no real solution for cable management except above the inverted PSU and possibly within the front panel if you're not using it for airflow. It was not designed to have a view inside via a side panel, but just enough management keeps what's within view pretty.
If you're wondering what the name I gave to it is: "Outer Heaven" from Metal Gear. My MacBook is "Metal Gear RAY" and my gaming HTPC is "Metal Gear REX."
Incredible floating point performance from 6 cores/12 threads. Overclocking to 4+ghz turns it into a viable gaming processor for years to come as well.
Great cooling for the discounted price I found it for
Feature-packed. Great BIOS.
Good performance. 3.5gb issue shows when running high res games (rendering at higher than 1080p). F---ing huge.
I inverted the case side that holds the power button and replaced the mobo-facing side with a vented/holed panel that Bitfenix sells. Very cool looking little powerhouse.