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White Christmas

by Ophaniim

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5 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 28, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.1GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Just to get this out of the way, my girlfriend named this machine White Power as a joke with me because she is a walking meme.

Now the build itself was my first, Everything runs great on extreme or ultra settings, I can currently run DOOM at 4k Ultra with minor dips into the 40-45 in the more bloody areas of the game, not many games I can't play at true 4k on high settings though.

My only con of this entire build is the case, I was highly disappointed with how hard is was to cable manage and keep everything tidy, lots of wires were streched and parts of the case do not look good.

All in all, the entirety of the 3 days of its life I have had no problems overclocking or issues with thermals. hopefully things stay that way.

The case was a disaster to build in, the Z-170 A was awful to install into this case, it BARELY fits in the case, the very bottom of the motherboard is touching the PSU cover. And the SSD cages cables poke into the bottom of the motherboard making cable management look bad.

The case has no rubber grommets to help me achieve a nice cleaner build, I have spare wires from the front panel that are hard to hide, And there is NO way you will be able to fit a 5.25 bay in the top 5.25" bay unless you actually cut the spare fan controller headers off the front panel.

Airflow was a problem in the case as well, the fans seem to be sucking air from all tiny openings of the case, so I swapped the cheap blue LED fan in the back exhause with the BitFenix fan and cranked it to run at 80% speed at all times to keep air moving, I moved the cheap fan to the front of the case to at least get some airflow going. At the same time there is no way to mount a fan on the front of the case without a lot of modding.

Front panel door HAS to be open to get proper airflow. this is not a good thing to me.

Anyways i'll get to my benchmarking now.

I have the CPU overclocked to a 4.6 GHz stable for some reason 4.7 would crash, but I think I can tinker with the voltages a little more to grab the 4.7.

The GPU is overclocked to 2100Mhz, while the memory is clocked to a 4200MHz, (I could be wrong, this is my first time overclocking a GPU.)

Unigine Heaven engine at ultra/extreme settings at 1440p achieved a score of 1451, and 57.6FPS average (120.4 High, 28.0 Low) GPU never got over 64c

Realbench I got a total system score of 144636. But the test i ran before that i got about 4400 more score for some reason, not sure why the gap but I did get a picture of that.

Cinebench was quick with a score of 1022, and the second run a 1018, not sure the gap still.

Overall, aside from the case, I really enjoyed this build, running games at 4k is fun, no 30fps gap is great too, even if I have to tone some settings down to achieve it at times.

DOOM normally is running about 45-80FPS 4k Ultra Fallout 4 I have to tone down some anti-aliasing at 4k to get the smooth 60fps but that's not a big deal. Infinite Warfare (I play the zombies) runs always at 50-75 FPS at 4k Max settings as well.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very solid CPU, hyperthreading does its job here. Ranked a great 1022 on Cinebench with this overclocked to 4.6GHz.

CPU Cooler

Dead silent, and keeps the 6700k cool at 4.6 GHZ under load. wish I could give it a 4.5 stars because the loop cables were hard to work with but I'm sure it was my Case's fault.

Motherboard

No problems here. BIOS is easy to get to, and its easy to overclock things and crank up fan speeds. Love that it has 3.1 and a type C. Hopefully will add an M.2 Drive soon.

Memory

Good RAM. Heavy workloads on after effects show that I do need 64 gigs to do more. 32 is great right now though. Love the white coloring.

Storage

Using this as my Boot drive, I get into windows in about 12-15 seconds. 6/5

Storage

My storage drive for games. Super fast, hardly have no wait times. I have had no problems with it so far.

Video Card

Absolute Monster in games, Its a good sweetspot at 1440p, but I can achieve a few games at 4k with smooth 60fps. easy to overclock and never gets over 70c. Wish I could have two.

The White color scheme is a nice touch too.

Case

Wish I did not buy. I know it is a 50$ case, but cable management was awful, the frong SSD drive cages poke into the usb 3.0 and 2.0 hubs on the bottom of the motherboard, no holes or rubber grommets to push cables away, No airflow for fans unless you open the front panel, Everything is really crammed in this case, the main reason I bought it was because of the actual look of the case, which looks great. Not a recommended case for a 1st time builder.

Power Supply

the cables that come with it are great quality, No problems getting things plugged up. More than enough power for my build though.

Comments Sorted by:

Duncan034 3 Builds 3 points 26 days ago

Have a look at the S340 elite for a case upgrade :)

Ophaniim submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 days ago

I am seriously considering case upgrade, Thanks for the suggestion.

LordThirdEye 1 point 26 days ago

if you're upgrading i suggest getting some sick custom sleeves to match the case

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arrin 1 point 26 days ago

WHITE POWWA!

AuraNightheart 1 point 26 days ago

As an upgrade, white S340 Elite with some black and white sleeved cables from Cablemod... it would look absolutely stunning. Nice first build!