UPDATE - 11/2017 Motherboard failed on me and had to RMA. Took the opportunity to transplant the build for further enhancement. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out.
UPDATE - 10/2017: I managed to exhaust through both radiators now. I left photos of the previous radiator arrangement for reference. Max load temps have been updated.
This is a somewhat high end enthusiast build for some light 3D work, photo manipulation, and programming. Mostly I'll be using it to procrastinate by gaming in 165hz or 4k and potentially VR in the near future. Load temps are from long gaming sessions and stress testing on Unigine Superposition at 4K settings for an hour. I overclocked the cpu to 3.6 @ 1.2v for a combination of stability and performance with longevity in mind. I didn't bother with an overclock on the gpu because the difference in performance didn't seem worth the trouble to me.
The fans are surprisingly quiet, especially the stock fans on the evga aio. I lowered the pump speed on the CPU cooler to about 80%. I no longer can hear it and my temps are the same. Wish I could do the same for the graphics card but doesn't appear evga has provided the option to do so. The stock fan on the gpu rad sucks overall, I replaced that with one of the cooler master fans using a 3 to 4 pin pwm adapter.
Average temps from playing the usual games (Overwatch, GTA V, Dragon's Age Inquisition) range from 45-70° in both 1440p/4k maxed settings.
This cooler does the job very well and it's nice to look at. It keeps my overclocked CPU around or below 60c in most games and usually below 75c during testing. The software to manage it is robust although the interface can use a little work. The fans are also a lot better than expected. I'm currently using them as intake fans and find the noise level acceptable on a fan curve that tops out at around 80%. Overall, very pleased with it's performance.
It's not my ideal concept of an iTX board but it's the best of the lot in my eyes at the moment. Initially I ordered the X370 version but promptly returned it when I noticed that ASRock used a hefty chunk of dubious thermal pad under the vrm heatsink. Figured I'd save a few bucks, I opted for the B350 version and was happy to see they extended the metallic material down to where the thermal padding used to be. Temps hover around mid-50s during long gaming sessions. I might just switch this board out when more attractive options debut. Until then, this is the one to get in this form factor at the time of this writing.
These are Hynix dies, online and elsewhere said it wouldn't achieve the advertised speeds. However, I popped these babies in right out of the box and before I even updated the bios I was already clocking 3000. Silicon lottery perhaps, but these have been working flawlessly so far.
Only reason I'm docking a star is because of the janky software and current pricing oligopoly implemented by major manufacturers :(
I was annoyed by programs that were stubborn about where it would let me install them on my previous build, so I opted for a TB boot drive. NVME is nice but realistically I just wouldn't benefit from it day-to-day in my usage case. Also, about a $700 dollar price difference might have had something to do with it ;)
Really wanted to run dual m.2 but my options are limited in this form factor. Does what it says on the box, what else can I say? Using this for all non-executable files (docs, music, media, etc.)
I didn't want to deal with all the caveats of SLI so I aimed for the highest performing / thermally conscious product I can think of. If you don't care for RGB and the few extra internal thermal sensors, save yourself a few bucks / millimeters and go with the SC2 Hybrid.
Nothing really to add what other reviewers out there haven't mentioned already. I want to say the glass has a very light tint to it but could just be my poor vision. Was hoping Phanteks would use the opportunity to make a few revisions (like making the shroud removable or using rubber feet instead of foam pads) but alas, it's the same case with a glass panel. Other than that, no complaints - looks great and it was fun to work in.
My system uses very little power (~470w) but I still wanted to adhere to EVGA's recommended specs. Seeing how it was only a $30 difference, I went with this model instead. Cables are high quality and moderately flexible considering they're sleeved.
Besides the obvious, it's a USB 3.0 stick that installed the OS and completed setup in less than 10 minutes. Neat.
Uses the same panel as more expensive competitors at a fraction of the cost. Glad I went this size versus the 27" model, picture is sharper imo, gsync compatible, and can be overclocked to 165hz. Also no color banding issues as reported on the 27" model, although I believe that has been fixed on the latest revision, I didn't want to take my chances and score an older unit. I highly recommend this display for those that want performance and a conservative design.
Most affordable yet high quality mechanical TKL I found. It's not RGB like Logitech's g410 but I don't really care for it as I have a black/red build. Plus it also lacks that ugly half wrist rest on the g410 that seems uncomfortable.
EVGA makes peripherals? Cool. Wish they made a TKL keyboard too but found nothing. Interestingly the software contains options for a keyboard, so maybe there's hope for the future. The ability to adjust mouse height and being ambidextrous makes this product stand out. Not to mention it's one of the few laser mice out there which works well on glass surfaces. The RGB is a nice touch but kind of moot idea as the device has physical red decals. Buttons on the side are kinda mushy but they hold up well and doesn't seem fragile. Just wish the dpi scale buttons was positioned further back away from the scroll wheel. It's a very solid mouse, seems like the carbon on this thing might actually be legit.
Comfortable, compatible with consoles, and matches my build.
Very useful but uses a severly out-dated molex power connection. Had to use sata adapter.