Update 2/1 - Painted a couple parts of the Luxe. The shroud and the HDD and 5.25'' bay cover were painted Red. The 5.25'' drive latches were painted purple. I posted some pictures also but they really are bad quality. Pictures were taken with my Galaxy Note 4 and just didn't turn out very well.
My next upgrade will be next weekend if it goes smoothly and will be a full clear glass panel.
Well here is my new build.
CPU- 4.80 core/4.70 cache 1.395v
GPU- 1175 Core/1705 Memory. +100 Core Voltage +50 power limit
Ram- 3366MHz 1.36v. Timings 16-18-18-38
I don't plan to say a ton about it right now until I get more time with it and see how these parts hold up over time.
So far I don't have any real complaints. The case did have a tiny scratch on it but not big enough for me to worry about.
I was very impressed with all the packaging. I've come to expect these little things from Asus and EVGA, though.
I spent last night Overclocking and was fairly happy with the initial results. I woke up this morning to a stress test still running at 4.7GHz Core 4.5Ghz Cache with 1.345v. Not entirely sure where I will go from here but I will update my results with whatever I decide.
I am now stable at 4.8GHz core and 4.7GHz Cache at a little under 1.4v. I can get to 4.9GHz but the voltage is just too high for everyday use IMO.
I forgot to mention. The 390 will be in my system for less than a year. I would of went with the 980 ti but I want to upgrade to Pascal when it is released so I decided to save $300 and just wait 6 months or so for Pascal.
Last night I hit 4.9GHz while staying under 70 degrees and barely going over 1.4V. Ran it until I woke up which was a little over 8 hours and didn't run into a problem. It won't be that high for everyday use or really ever outside of benchmarking and simply finding out how far I can push this CPU.
Very happy with the OC capabilities of this CPU though, obviously. Also the performance is phenomenal even without such a heavy OC. Everyday use will probably be closer to 4.6-7GHz at 1.35v
Keeps my heavily OC'd 6600k under 60. Very good looks and the interface is also easy to use and efficient. After more time with the UI I honestly am 50/50 on it. Using it with Q-fan can be a nightmare and only works half the time.
If you're looking for a top of the line closed loop cooler the h110i GT is a great option. I would put it right there with the Kraken x61 and the Swiftech 240x. It's usually cheaper than those two and therefore the best option. Only reason I didn't go with the Swiftech 240x is the fact that you can't do a push/pull config. with 2 fans on each side. The pump get in the way with 1 of the fans.
I do like the h110i GT more than the h110i GTX purely because of the hose placement on the block/pump. A lot of people think the GTX is the better product and I believe they think this because it has 1 more letter in the X. The main difference is the company that makes them for Corsair.
I originally gave this product 4 stars but I am now lowering it to 3 stars because I've had 2 of the mounting screws break off in the thumb screw. I had to contact Corsair to get new mounting hardware. Luckily I can still use it while I wait by putting the 2 remaining thumb screws in opposite corners and the temps have only raised a few degrees under load. I guess it was a bad idea to change paste and tighten it with a screw driver.....
I bought this mobo because it had every feature I could want and has fantastic looks. I really like the Bios so far while OCing also which is a huge plus. If anybody has bought Asus products they know how well this company packages their components. Before even using the product it makes you want to order more parts from them(Maybe that is just my addiction to building PC's).
So far I don't have a negative to mention.
First part of my build I'm reviewing because I'm in love with this mem. They are absolutely fantastic as far as performance and I haven't even found their limit yet. So far I'm at 3333MHz and easily stable. Considering how low the voltage is I know they can be pushed quite a bit further.
This is also the best looking ram I have ever seen. They're absolutely stunning. Even with the excellent performance I'm getting, the appearance is even better in my opinion.
At the time of this purchase it was by far the cheapest 1TB MLC SSD on the market at $250. There wasn't another MLC SSD under $300 actually. The benchmarks I've done show it's nearly identical to the Samsung 850 EVO I have.
Price to performance it was the best possible option but now PNY has released an upgraded line. From what I've heard the PNY 2211 is a very good successor to this SSD.
This GPU is HEAVY. It's definitely leaning a bit in my system. I definitely wish Asus took some steps to counteract this like they did with their 980 ti design.
I've been able to get very good OC's with this card and managed to keep it around 80 degrees. Considering it is a power hungry and always hot AMD I've been really impressed with the Strix cooling.
I've used the 970 quite a bit and after two weeks with the 390 I now can say for certain that the 390 is the better card hands down. I'm getting ** least 5 fps more on every game I've played.
I did dock a star purely because the card really is crooked and heavy. I'm definitely a bit concerned.
I ended up bending up a extra metal piece from my case I had laying around and screwing it into my psu shroud to prop up my gpu. It's black so it can't be seen and has done the job very well. It was leaning more than ever so a step had to be taken.
The Phanteks Enthoo line is one of the best on the market. They are beautiful cases and also very high quality.
I love having the ability to add LED strips to this case and have a button built into the case to control the LED's. Not only that but it matches the outside LED's with the inside. Really is a very intelligent feature on their part.
Built in PWM fan hub is also a very useful feature. I refuse to have a bunch of fan cables running to the Mobo and messing up the the look. Especially when you take the time and put the money into having individually sleeved cables.
Other great things about the case is excellent cable management, a lot of space for radiators and fans(I have 9 fans and plan on adding more), removable HDD cages,. big window, and dust filters galore.
Not much to say that hasn't already been said about the high end EVGA platforms.
The G2 and GS are the best bang for your buck PSU's on the market IMO. There is no reason for a $1000(probably even lower) build and up to have one of these in their system.
Amazing looking fans and are also quiet and effective.
Amazing looking fans and are also quiet and effective.