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Little Light {Ryzen 7•1080Ti Hybrid}

by ericide

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Date Published

Sept. 24, 2017

Date Built

Sept. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.57GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.02GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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 :(

Storage

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 ;)

Storage

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.)

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Operating System

Besides the obvious, it's a USB 3.0 stick that installed the OS and completed setup in less than 10 minutes. Neat.

Monitor

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.

Keyboard

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.

Mouse

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.

Headphones

Comfortable, compatible with consoles, and matches my build.

Other

Very useful but uses a severly out-dated molex power connection. Had to use sata adapter.

Comments Sorted by:

om3gA_3 3 points 5 months ago

I like the cayde 6 pop toy

frntpressure 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

first build with this case and Cayde -6, he gets my vote

Chocothunder 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

Awesome build!! How was it building in that case, I've been waiting on a Tempered Glass release on the Evolv ITX case, it looks so beautiful! Also how did you mount both your cpu cooler and gpu cooler?

ericide submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Many thanks! It's my first time building in itx so it probably seemed more difficult than it actually was. Just need to be mindful of what needs to be installed first because as you progress into the build, and should you forget something, you're going to have to unmount a lot of hardware.

First I installed the cpu into the motherboard (along with the ram and m.2) and then I mounted it in the case. Afterwards, I installed the GPU into the pcie and left the radiator hanging off the side temporarily. Between the card and cpu's radiator I only had 10 cm of clearance. That's fine enough for when everything is completely built but practically impossible to work in. So I took off the 12-16 screws that secured the top panel and dropped it in from above. With the top still off, I also installed the rear radiator. Once everything was secured, I put the top panel back on and slid the top fan tray back into place.

Chocothunder 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Cool, I'll make sure to plan out my steps first before building.

MysticGoat 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

hey man i have a few questions, is it possible to remove the psu shroud? and is the case made of aluminium or plastic? the build looks great many thanks

ericide submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Unless you're really determind, the shroud is fastened with rivets. I was hoping Phanteks would've used thumbscrews like they did with the little drive tray that hangs over the GPU, but nah.

Case is entirely aluminium except for the front and the border-frame it latches onto. The detachable front's structure is made of plastic but has an aluminum front as well.

Jäßßäwöçkëë 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

This is insane. We have almost identical builds. I haven't picked up my cpu yet but besides that identical for the most part.

supersquidman 1 point 5 months ago

Nice build! How is the onboard wifi?

ericide submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks but I can't tell just yet. My area is still recovering from Hurricane Irma at this time and we just got internet re-established not that long ago. Fwiw, the wifi identically reports the same speeds I get on Ethernet. Speeds here around 12 Mbps/6mbps at the moment. Before they were at 75mbps/16mbps.

supersquidman 2 points 5 months ago

Oh thank you. Good luck with recovery. :)

MysticGoat 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

good luck with the hurricane man

ericide submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

UPDATE:

My internet speeds has been restored (along with my k/d ratio subsequently on Overwatch ;p ).

Speedtests report 85 mbps down and 13mbps up. My router is fairly close at about being 10 feet away but with a wall dividing it and my pc. Thanks again for the well wishes.

Ranz7979 1 point 4 months ago

From what I read I saw BOTH the X370 and the B350 had the foam padding/thermal issue by the heatsink.... is it a problem ASrock fixed so that if I buy one I'll get the corrected version? I wonder if they all come with the issue and only when you write them they send a replacement with a metal plate instead of the thermal pad??

ericide submitter 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

That's what I did initially. But it took ASRock so long to send the piece I was able to return the X370 and get a B350 with the corrected heatsink. Seems like they listened and are now shipping them like that now.

Amd-Ryzen-Pro 1 point 4 months ago

Just gonna say this. D2 is trash compared to D1.

SlackPackSam 1 point 3 months ago

Is your GPU having troubles with restricted airflow?

ericide submitter 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

*oops my bad, thought we were still talking about the other build.

Initially I was running into airflow restriction because of my radiator configuration. This case really only has one viable point for fresh air intake and that's through the front which should have fans pulling air in with as little restriction as possible. After I did that, temps dropped down and positive pressure sustained within the case giving me the temps I posted here. So to summarize, if done properly, not at all - for hybrid and reference cards. I still wouldn't recommend this case for air cooled cards.

SlackPackSam 1 point 3 months ago

Ok, good to know. I was talking about the other build earlier by the way, sorry for the confusion! lol

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

How's the noise level on those Cooler Master fans? I've had a MasterFan 140 Air Pressure and the harmonic vibrations near 2000RPM and noise at higher RPMs weren't really tolerable, easily surpassing 30dba when it starts it's harmonic vibrations or at max fan speed. Have you had better luck with the Air Balance fans?

ericide submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Funny, I actually went with the air pressure fans initially and got rid of them for the same reasons. The air balance is quieter in my experience but also produces a slight harmonic vibration during boot, still not as bad as the air pressure. For reference, the fan for the gpu runs at max (no way to control it) and for the cpu I have them topping out at 70%.

*In my current build that is. This one is retired.