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////COOL CUBE////

by ApeWithRock



Date Published

Jan. 23, 2018

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Case mod for huge GPU: To make this MSI Gaming X GTX 1080 fit, I had to cut out a piece of the case and also the top cover-- Without that mod, the GPU cables were near impossible to connect, and also, the top lid would not close completely because the cables were protruding out too much. I used a dremel to shave off some of the plastic.

The H7 fits!: Thermaltake states the maximum cooler height allowance is 140mm. The Cryorig cooler is 145mm but still fits with no clearance issues-- Anything over ~148mm will touch/push against the case window.

The RAM works!: ASRock does not list this RAM in their compatibility list, but after a phone call to G.Skill, they have confirmed that it should work after loading the XMP profile. I have it overclocked @ 3200mhz and it seems to be running just fine.

Delidding the 8600K: I have delidded this CPU with a $15 tool from ebay and a vice clamp. You can use the Kaby Lake delid tool for this CPU as they have the same heat spreader design. I did not do any temp tests before delidding so I have no baseline, but I can tell you that my 7700K was never this cool. This 8600K idles at 25C. A quick Cinebench test brings a max of 55C @ 4.8GHz @ 1.25V.

Overclocking on the Asrock Z370M-ITX/AC: The Asrock Z370M-ITX/AC uses a different UEFI/BIOS than the other Asrock ITX mobos-- This one has no option for overclocking "All Core", and so you must use the "Per Core" option or use the Asrock Tuning software to overclock, which is what I have done until I can figure out how to properly overclock on this board.

Part Reviews


When compared to the 7700K, this CPU is pretty amazing-- mostly in thermals, and has huge overclocking headroom! Also, this CPU scored slightly faster in Cinebench when compared to the 7700K. And it's cheaper.

CPU Cooler

They say its the best value cooler to buy.. Pretty big though. Easy to install.

Thermal Compound

I was told this is some of the best, and cheapest, thermal paste to get.

Thermal Compound

Essential for delidding CPU's.


ASRock's low-tier ITX mobo-- Doesnt have HDMI 1.4, and if you dont have a GPU, the max resolution and framerate this mobo will run is 4K @ 30fps. Has WiFi and Bluetooth though, which is nice. UEFI lacks a few features-- One being the ability to overclock on "All Core" mode. Overclocking is possible but dont expect to hit the highest potential of your CPU. Not a very visually pleasing mobo either. Does the job though.


1.25V @ 2133mhz but it is advertised as 1.35V @ 3000mhz. (because those are its overclock specs)


I guess it's faster than 850 EVO... I havent noticed much difference tbh. Makes sense though as the prices are pretty similar.


Beware that this is a not a 7200RPM HDD but is just fine as a storage drive. Nice price.

Video Card

Huge and heavy and has pretty lights.


Great value ITX case. $5 more for the "snow" white one.

Power Supply

Paid $65. Gold+ rated and fully modular. This is what you want...or a 600w if you want to be extra safe.

Operating System

worst crap ever.

Case Fan

great for the price.


None of the presets do any justice. Even after visiting http://www.tftcentral.co.uk to see the best settings, I found that this monitor has a blurryness to it. "Vivid Pixel" setting looks blurry at 25, but at 50, it looks too grainy. I wish you could set it to 30-35 but that is not possible. If you are in the market for a 1440p144hz monitor, the other option is the Dell SG2716DG which is a TN panel with awful motion blur, but the picture quality is good (even foir a TN panel) and is not blurry like this ASUS. Motion blur versus blurryness-- Your choice.


Possibly the best buy in this whole list. Built like a tank. Cherry MX switches. Replaceable key caps. Seriously heavy and built like a tank.


Good sensor. Great for hardcore FPS gaming because its small and lightweight. I gave it 4 stars because it doesnt come with spare feet, and it NEEDS A THUMB GRIP. I have to use a knife to cut into the plastic to make for a grip.


Best sub $100 headphones. Such good sound-staging. Sounds are very realistic and I often mistake sounds coming from headphones with sounds coming from my environment. Neutral, flat, studio headphones with accurate sound. Highly recommend these.

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HomieMcBro 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Real nice build! Very similar to my own too. How'd you get a 1080? I'd kill for one

ApeWithRock submitter 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

thanks buddy! Ive been scoping your build lately actually...Very nice. I was very lucky and got a 1080 used right before Ethereum hit. Im sort of choked I had to cut into my case, and also, look at how it bent my motherboard! I didn't notice until I posted these pics lol..

HomieMcBro 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Ah nice. Ouch on that mobo haha. Nice work!

annasoh323 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Color me impressed you could fit both an H7 and giant MSI cooler in an ITX build. Those temps are impressive for a snappy six-core like the 8600K. I do hope a BIOS upgrade will help you with the overclocking options. I am running a delidded 7600K but with the much smaller C7. Temps are manageable but I see the wisdom of enclosures with larger cooler clearances when it comes to both temps and noise. However, the V1 may be just a bit bigger than I have room for in my small setup but more power to you. Very impressive build.

ApeWithRock submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! yeah I am impressed with this CPU compared to the 7700k. Was able to push to 5.0ghz today and it still only peaks at 60C during Cinebench, though I havent tested with prime95, aida64, and intelburn yet so

TheTrollTolls 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Nice build. How are you liking the asrock? I just completed my ITX using the same case you chose. I opted for the Asus mobo though.

ApeWithRock submitter 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! This is my second asrock board. Previous board was MSI and the UEFI on that one seemed better-- Maybe cuz it was a mATX instead of mITX, but I could tell you this asrock ITX UEFI lacks "All Core" overclocking, and just doesnt look as nice. Could change with future update maybe..

MrSplendid91 1 point 1 month ago

Hi mate Can you please upload the front? Meant what did you remove, have familier problem with it with my 1070. Your are most welcome to send me the info or just post it here. Here is my contract info. Asi9111@live.dk

ApeWithRock submitter 2 Builds 2 points 21 days ago

All you need to do is dremel/shave off some of the plastic to make fit for the cables but be careful not to shave too close to the edge like I did or it looks ugly. (as you can see in the pic)

MrSplendid91 1 point 16 days ago


LeonSantJennings 1 point 1 month ago

hows that cooler holding up? i heard this cpu can get pretty toasty so wondering how you where doing?

ApeWithRock submitter 2 Builds 2 points 21 days ago

this is the coolest cpu ive ever had...Idles at 25-33....Under regular loads, it only goes up to about 45-50... And the most Ive seen max out at was 60. I have zero cooling issues in this case. I believe the CPU delid made this possible.

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