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6600k | R9 390

by KB_Evolved

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Date Published

Jan. 4, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.71GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

53.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

84.0° C

Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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

CPU Cooler

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.....

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Case Fan

Amazing looking fans and are also quiet and effective.

Case Fan

Amazing looking fans and are also quiet and effective.

Comments Sorted by:

XxD34THxX 3 points 25 months ago

Always upvote TridentZ RAM... +1

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

So far I'm very impressed with this ram. I'm curious how far I can push them. Haven't really seen what others have been able to get.

mb67 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

This is a really nice looking build!

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

That case with the lights makes me think of Tron. Nice build. 960 gb ssd awesome+1

526christian 2 points 25 months ago

Those fingerprints though.

Mydragonsfly 1 point 24 months ago

The bane of every luxe owner...

EdInk 11 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Can't got wrong with the parts selection. Enthoo Luxe, Thermaltake (well, 7 fans less mine haha)

Solid build, i'm impressed

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Curious where do you have the extra fans. I have 2 140s front, 2 120s bottom, 1 140 rear, 4 140s on top on the rad in push pull. I probably can fit 1 more on The top. The only other place I can think of would be on the middle of the case but not sure if I would have to put the hdd cages back in or not. I removed them since I don't have a need for them and to increase airflow. Maybe I can figure out a way to install 2 140s without putting the cages back in.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Oh right. I mis-calculated. 5 less lol. 6x push pull 360mm rad, 4x push pull 240mm rad, 3x front intake fans, 1x 140 rad/exhaust.

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Well I'll have to try catching up a bit. I'm getting 3 more in this case somehow. I need to fix my pressure anyway. I messed it up when I threw 2 more on the top. I will probably just reverse all of them and have my intake on the back and top. Maybe better for my Temps anyway.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

2 issues there...the PSU shroud ( I cut mine) in the way.

Could be a source of your temps concern

is the 81o C under load during gaming or benchmarking?

Your GPU Oc'd?

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

During benchmark and a really heavy oc on it plus voltage is ramped to the max. I actually lowered my oc for everyday use.

The msi 970 twin frozr I was using recently definitely ran a lot cooler. From what I've seen that isn't even that bad for these 390s though. Idk it's my first amd gpu ever. Figured I'd try it out since I'm going back to nvidia when pascal is released.

Eltech 19 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Great components, very appealing and an amazing build. I love that you used red combs with your red sleeved cables. Very lovely and it blends in well! You have my one.

Chaostiix 2 points 25 months ago

If this is average, then what am I doing with my life ;-;

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thought you had to get one first .^_^

Chaostiix 1 point 25 months ago

shhh Kappa

Yoshie@Japan 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Wow, I love the lighting, and the sleeving, great Build

LogWin 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Wow! What a nice clean and just amazing build. Thanks for sharing. The purple & red color scheme looks fantastic! Well done!

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! I thought the purple LED worked well with this build so It's probably what I will stick with. I would like to figure out a way to add a bit of purple to the actual build but I don't have a clue how to do it at this point. At some point I would love to switch to open loop cooling and that would probably be the best way to get more purple in there.

LogWin 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Do not do anything. It does look great. If you have RGB keyboard make it purple too. Will click nicely with PC. :)

Brentman97 1 point 25 months ago

Wow that's pretty bad ***!

Well done!

I hope this makes featured!

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you. I'm very happy with the end result.

49ers 1 point 25 months ago

That is a very pretty build with some nice parts too. I like it a lot.

JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

When your custom cables cost as much as your PSU

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Worth every penny.

Got to love the EVGA G2 and GS with their amazing performance and great price. I picked the G2 up when it wasn't on sale also. A majority of the time the cables are probably more expensive than the 750w G2

JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

yup i've got the b2 version of the 750w so silent

actechy 7 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Nice work! It's obvious you put a lot of time and thought into this! Little things like the cable combs really make a difference +1

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you. They actually made more of a difference than I thought they would. I'm glad I ordered more than enough because I broke a couple trying to get them perfect. Wasn't the easiest part of my build lol. That probably had more to do with me than anything else though.

actechy 7 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Nah, not on you, that's a major complaint everyone has with pretty much any combs. I just ordered some cheap ones on ebay, bought extra for that very reason

ÐËÄÐPÖÖL 1 point 25 months ago

I'm in love wit da ASUS....I'm in love wit da ASUS...Nice build! Now just need you to drop it off at my house...lol

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Cool but what's your opinion of Asus?

I can drop it off just give me your bank account and social security number so I can see where you live and you are who you say you are Mr. Deadpool.

ÐËÄÐPÖÖL 1 point 25 months ago

lol...Honestly i think Asus is one of the top manufacturers. Like any company they have some products that might not hold up as expected but that's just the nature of anything man made. As far as the bank account and SS# let me clear it with Harley to make sure I can have company.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

+1 just for the case! What are your thoughts on it?

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

It's a really great case. High quality parts, great looks, and easiest cable management I've ever dealt with. The leds are also a huge plus imo.

I haven't been completely happy with the glass though. I plan on replacing it with just a full piece of plexiglass so it's just a full clear side. I haven't heard of anyone else having the same problem as me so I think it's just a rare isolated incident that happened during shipping or something. There is a tiny Crack and a couple smudges that aren't coming out. I planned on replacing it before I bought it so I wasn't overly concerned.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Ok, would you say it is worth the extra $50 over the Enthoo pro?

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

It was for me because of more liquid cooling options(I'm going with an open loop soon) , the led on the outside plus connectors on the inside and 2nd ssd bracket. Guess it depends on if those things are worth it to you.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Would you suggest over the pro for my build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $418.57 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $104.20 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $154.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory A-Data XPG Z1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $73.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB FTW ACX 2.0+ Video Card $597.99 @ NCIX US
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $109.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $115.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1760.57
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $1710.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-08 21:12 EST-0500

I apologize for the late reply, I was sleeping

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I think the pro is perfectly fine for you.

I'm not a huge fan of the mobo and I'd go with the corsair h110i gt for the 140mm fans but besides that I really like it.

I like it because I believe I helped you with some of this a few weeks ago.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

i have to say it.. that ram and that motherboard really look good together! They make a perfect pair! :)

Considering it is a power hungry and always hot AMD I've been really impressed with the Strix cooling.

Of all the 390s, the ASUS is the one that runs the hottest.. The best would be the newer sapphire nitro with backplate.

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah they are a great pair IMO. They look better together than I thought they would and I had high hopes when I bought those two components.

My friends gigabyte runs hotter than my Asus but other factors could come into play. I'm in the low 80s(81 degrees while running heaven) during stress testing with Max voltage and power limit, 1195 core, and 1705 memory so I'm pretty happy with it.

Edit: I made some adjustments yesterday to my case and put two more fans in plus a couple other things that I thought would improve ventilation and my max temp during heaven with the above OC is 76 degrees. So I guess it worked and I'm very happy with that number. I was closer to 90 degrees before making any adjustments and running stock if I remember right.

The numbers I just got on Heaven is easing my urge to upgrade already. Should hold me off until Pascal is released at least.

Flunkos 1 point 25 months ago

I really like those red "things" that hold your 24 pin cables in place. Is there a way I can get something like that without the cables themselves? I don't really know what to search in Google to find it :P

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

You referring to the Cable Comb's? Just google Cable Combs. These certain ones are CableMod Cable Combs.

Flunkos 1 point 25 months ago

Yea, funny, I was looking at many builds, and the very next build I looked at mentioned cable combs, haha. The only thing that is deterring me is it seems many are saying that they are brittle.

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I have em on my parts list and I thought mentioned it at one point. you order more than you need because they are very cheap and can break while installing them. They are basically necessary for sleeved cables imo.

Flunkos 1 point 25 months ago

You are correct

BornSheepDog 1 point 25 months ago

Awesome build! For my build I am also using the Maximus VIII Hero, H110i GT, and Enthoo Luxe. I am trying to figure out the best way to connect the H110i GT and case fans to the M/B before I proceed. It looks like you connected the H110i GT's 3-pin pump power connector to the M/B water pump header. From there, did you connect the H110i GTs fan connectors to the CPU_FAN power header? Did you use the Luxe's PWM module at all for your case fans? This is my parts list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/R7RdK8

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Not at my place right now but I believe every fan including the 4 rad fans are attached to the luxe pm hub. Then the hub is attached to the cpu fan on the mobo. The rad is on the cpu pump pin. I don't have any fans attached to the mobo to keep the looks cleaner. I just bought some 3 pin y cables to attach all 11 fans.

I'm at work but I'll check out your part list later.

BornSheepDog 1 point 25 months ago

Hey thanks a ton for the advice. This is my very first build so as I said I'm just trying to learn the best way to do it. I'm sure you are busy, so no rush to reply but are you able to independently control all your fans this way? Or are you limited to one speed/power curve for all of them synchronously?

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I haven't really tried messing around with the case fan speeds but I do have a custom curve for my rad fans using the corsair program. My case fans are pretty quiet or I'd probably see what I could do. With the case fans running about 1300rpm and the rad fans anywhere between 800 and 2300 my cpu Temps are about 60 degrees during stress testing at 4.8 ghz and 1.38v. I do plan on making a couple adjustments to get full control with Asus Qfan next time I dig in.

The solution maybe as simple as making a couple of adjustments in the bios honestly now I think about it. Just not something I've worried about too much. Not a person that really cares about noise level and my Temps have been great so just kind of put it off and have worried more about overclocking, benchmarks, and gaming.

BornSheepDog 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks brotha

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Well I checked out the Asus QFan today and I do have complete control of all my fans through the CPU Fan header.

Nodsense 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Hey thanks for building my pic for me lol, serious tho I have an almost identical setup arriving hopefully before this weekend and was just wondering what kind of performance your getting while gaming? Have you posted any benchmark scores yet, I'd love to hear. Nice build btw.

davess77 1 point 20 months ago

Hey KB, I'm totally new to PC building and I consider myself a fairly smart buyer but sometimes I wonder why a certain component is so cheap that there has to be a reason to why, be it performance or looks. I've been looking at all these blu-ray readers (mainly the Asus models since I prefer their logo) and a lot of the reviews say that they aren't compatible with Windows 10. Obviously you installed Windows 10 successfully so my question is how is your optical drive is holding up since it was so inexpensive compared to Asus' other models? It still reads and writes perfectly, has it stopped functioning or have you no use for it whatsoever after the Windows install?

Also, awesome idea painting those parts of the Luxe red! It matches perfectly with the purple!

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Well mine isn't a Blu Ray player so it's why its in the price range it is. You can find quite a few different brands that are similar to my Asus for under $20. You can find Blu Ray drives for under $50 but I honestly haven't looked into them too much since I don't really even use optical drives in the first place.

Like mine has been used maybe 2 times since I built this PC over 6 months ago. So I honestly didn't put much consideration into which I was choosing. I just bought it since I had a space for it and would have it just in case.

Amulsingh01 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Any problems so far with the CPU cooler? I'm still hesitant about liquid cooling.

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

No of course not. There is such a minimal risk it isn't even a concern imo. It's really rare for a quality water cooler and especially a corsair to leak.

fundando 3 Builds 0 points 24 months ago

Awesome job! Color scheme is on point.

KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Thank you very much. I definitely appreciate it because I put a lot of time, effort, and money into the visual side of this build. My past builds were always just performance and usually more than I needed so this time I decided to put more money towards the appearance. It's also just a lot easier nowadays to do it. Basically anyone can do it and especially if you want red...

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KB_Evolved submitter 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

thanks the cable management definitely took some time. Im a big fan of the mobo and basically everything about it. I thought it was the perfect mobo to pair with the tridentz ram.