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ITX Skylake - Version 2.0

by rfeni



Date Published

March 18, 2016

Date Built

March 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.44 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


I will be posting better photos tonight

I built my first PC a couple weeks ago, and like in all things in my life, it wasn't enough. That build, which was the base for this is here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/NrNNnQ

My goal quickly went from budgeting with an eye towards high end performance, to just going for high end performance with some overkill.

Now that i've done this twice, I have a much better feel for what I want and how to visualize it in the chassis. It's a shame I cant do one of these a week! Haha.

Part reviews are below, with the exception of two items that I feel I need to write about.

3D Mark Scores: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/11168258 http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/11168348

The Phanteks Hub. This is not a true PWM hub as stated in the part description. It is a controlled hub for variable voltage fans. I did a lot of reading on the various hubs out there and the motherboard needs. You need to read you user manual and understand the pinouts of your cpu_fan, sys_fan, cpu_opt etc. With my motherboard, and the hub connected to the sys_fan pin, I am able to setup a nice curve based off temperature but adjusted by voltage. If you do not set this up properly you WILL have your fans running full speed.

I originally was mounting two 120mm fans on top of the radiator tray and was going to cut the lid for a push/pull configuration. However, during mockup I put the stock sp120l fans up there and was appalled at the sound. Once I realized that they were all running full speed, and that the sp120l sounds like a turbine spinning up, I pulled and decided to see how things go without the pull fans. So far so good.

The LED strip. Yeap. I paid over $20 for a led strip. I LOVE IT! The strip is magnetized, allowing you to mount it virtually anywhere in your case. I played around with a few locations before settling on aft of the radiator to illuminate the rear of the case. Why have a case window if you can't see chit?!

Part Reviews


The latest and greatest, right? I originally was going for a 5820K for the crunching power, but after realizing that I had made a purchasing mistaking in motherboards for X99 I weighed what i'd be really using the PC at home for, and opted for the 6700k. I OC'd it right away to 4.4@1.35v and eventually settled down at 4.5@1.3V I am very impressed with this processors performance.

CPU Cooler

Another changed component! I started out with the H80i GT - and while that performed well I knew it wasn't going to continually meet my requirements. This clc fits perfectly in the radiator tray of the evlolv itx chassis, with room on each side for positioning. My only complaint would be the lack of orientation of the corsair logo on the radiator itself. It'd be simple to do a single design that fits both sides of the radiator regardless of positioning. Obviously not a performance issue, but it bugs my attention to detail aspect.


I purchased this solely based of Maximum PC's review of it, as I was not versed in the market at the time. I am quite pleased with the features it offers and it meets every need you have in an itx chassis. The bios is easily navigated though could be a little more precise in description. Most importantly, the manual as all pinouts clearly labeled, which was important in this build (I'll get to that later). An added bonus is the ability to enable to disable the audio light, it's red, so it can be a detractor for the eyes.


Overkill? Yes. Looks good in the build. I opted for 2666 over any higher because I frankly do not see the need.


Fast. Reliable. Samsung Magician is awesome. Not much to say here, it's an SSD.


I am using this for my primary storage drive. It performance as expected for a spinner!

Video Card

This GPU is incredible. I originally had the GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ and was happy there. However, with the release of the division I quickly realized how soon it'd be where I wanted more. Enter the FTW, yay. I am waiting on my monitor, but currently have everything i've done set to max and maintain 85+ FPS at 1080P. This one came with a black plate, which really cleans up the bay.


When venturing out to build my first computer I knew I didn't want anything the size of a atx tower and found this beauty in a Maximum PC review as well. The case is great! There are many, many, options for cable routing. The slide out radiator tray is a great feature. The front of the case mounts either a single 200mm or two 140mm fans. There are removable filters are the front and bottom (psu). Multiple mounting locations for harddrives or other peripherals.

Cable management is this cases best attribute. I was able to tidy up quite a bit and leave the rats nest we see in many build behind.

Power Supply

I started out with a 650, bumped it up to this when I added the new components. I love the modular platform and how it helps with cable management.

Operating System

Love it or hate it, its here. I personally love W10. I seamlessly move from my work environment on 7E to this.

Case Fan

Nice fan - good specs - choose your own rings.

Case Fan

I have these mounted to the radiator and connected to the cpu_fan pin. Great specs and do their job well.

Case Fan

These are mounted in the front of the case. I chose them for the leds and decent specs. However, I may be changing them to a higher static pressure fan in the future. They look great and are performing well.


I haven't had a mechanical keyboard since the 90's, haha. I was very hesitant to purchase one due to the cost of entry, but after a failed logitech device (during setup no less, I was mighty annoyed) I said F it and picked this at best buy. I have to say, I am a huge fan now but likely wont go beyond this here.


I love this mouse! I have never been able to adjust DPI before and it is incredible when needed. The buttons are all well placed and easily accessible by your fingers. The weights are a nice addition. I added all of them as I prefer a solid feel.


Great system, incredible amounts of configuration - no longer available new.

Comments Sorted by:

Jerome54 5 points 32 months ago

Now we're talking!!! +1!

That's a great v2 mate! Great job!!
Also kudos for the magnetic LED strip and for the quality of the photos! :-)

And it's great to see a rear fan! ;-)
rfeni submitter 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

Thanks! The exhaust fan and other cooling "upgrades" dropped idle temps by ~5 to the mid 20's and under load temps by ~15s to the high 40's to mid 50's.

Jerome54 2 points 32 months ago

Wow nice!! That was worth the upgrade then! :-)

uglymonkey913 2 points 32 months ago

Your problem is mine. I would have built a system ages ago if not for trying to aim for something higher. Question I find asking myself is what I really need vs want. Specifically CPUs originally bought an fx-8350, I bought an i7-4790k during Black Friday in November, now I'm looking at that i7-6700k you got.

rfeni submitter 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

It's a great processor. I am happy at 4.5ghz but many have gone much higher than that while maintaining adequate stability.

marseryy 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Holy **** that is a lot of ram +1 Try enabling Rapid using the samsung magician. The performance of the Samsung 850 Evo will out perform the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD. Samsung 850 in rapid = READ: 2868.59 MB/s WRITE: 2343.71 MB/s compared to Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 = READ 2168.43 MB/s WRITE: 1449.98 MB/s and so on. This is due to the use of ram as cache for your ssd. In default once you activate it, it will take at a maximum of 1 gb ram

rfeni submitter 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Already done good Sir!

marseryy 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

pretty good performance boost aye? haha :D I think they are still developing Rapid on Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD. Imagine that beast running as fast as the Intel 750 Series 400GB PCI-Express SSD SSDPEDMW400G4R5

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Wow it looks great! I'm doing a build in this case next week.

dditty 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Damn that's a powerful ITX system! Nice job. My next build will be ITX as well - mid towers are just too big for my liking. Sexy build. Enjoy!

zyc 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Was just looking at your original build then found this one and I've got to say, love pretty much all the upgrades you've made. Couple of questions though:

Are the radiator fans just normal SP120s? When you say you settled the LED strip to the after of the radiator, do you mean you stuck it to the radiator so it was facing the Mobo?

I was thinking about doing the same thing but I'm not sure how it'll turn out. Hoping your experience will help me here! :) Check out my build man!!

rfeni submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

The fans that come with the radiator are SP120L's , they're quite loud. The high static pressure 120's I replaced them with have a higher rating and are nearly silent in comparison. I went with 4 of those, 2 on the bottom pushing air through the rad and 2 on the top pulling.

I placed the led strip directly behind the radiator, as there is still room on the radiator tray itself. From there they just illuminate directly down - i'll take some more photos later on. I've actually done more cable tidying as I wasn't too happy with the exposed cables at the bottom of the mobo.

Collectivist 1 point 30 months ago

This is a sleek looking build, hats off to you. I love your choice of case.

Could I ask, do you think you could fit in a small radiator on the rear exhaust if you wished? Is there enough space if you budge the CPU cooler's radiator to the right and/or you remove some parts of the case? I'll be getting Samsung's 950 so will remove all drive cages and extras for the sake of airflow.

I am referring to radiators like that of the Gigabyte 980 Ti Waterforce or, God forbid, AMD's Fury X - they have small AIO radiator loops.

Thanks in advance.

rfeni submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I will check this weekend if I remember to. I have a H80i GT sitting around from the first version of this build that I can mockup.

rfeni submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I tried mocking up the H80i radiator, if there were no fan (even a slim fan) it would fit. The case is quite configurable and I think there are many options to liquid cool the GPU and CPU, but not having the material I or at least a block to place in the case I can't really do much more mock up.

vesalexiev 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Where did u plug the mini usb for the corsair link?

rfeni submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

On a USB header, I can't recall where exactly right now but the location of it is close to the heat sink.

GospoGospo 7 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Hey there - awesome build. I'm working on something very similar. Quick question for you - it looks like you've got the h100i v2 doing exhaust instead of intake. Is this working out?

I tried intake as suggested by corsair, but my 1070 is getting WAY too hot. I fear I'm not only blowing hot air down on it, but trapping it's own airflow.

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