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MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Build

by BoyScout

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Details

Date Published

Jan. 6, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 5, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.11GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

49.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

Description

This build features the brand new MSI Z270 Carbon Pro Gaming motherboard and Intel Core i5-7600K. You can watch the build video to see how it came together.

A big thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard and processor as well as to Thermaltake for providing the case used in this build.

Now on to some benchmarks:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike v1.1 10755 38.75 FPS 75.35 FPS 29.24 FPS 35.84 FPS
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 4302 24.39 FPS 15.29 FPS 29.89 FPS 10.83 FPS
Game Settings Resolution FPS
Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 114 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 87 FPS

If you have any questions about the build let me know!

Comments Sorted by:

ziggurat666 4 Builds 5 points 4 months ago

That RAM is puuurdy... :P sad to see though that all stock clocks it's 3DMark score is literally stagnant with 6600k's, maybe + or - 50 points. Intel, you done it again :/

Side note, that's a toasty CPU with an AIO... 82 Celsius with a H100 V2? at stock clocks??? Scary

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

So the values were definitely off. Turns out when I ran the original test, I used an out of date version of HWMonitor (1.29) that didn't support Kaby Lake correctly.

After retesting this morning using the updated version, it's actually peaking out around 54C and idle is actually reading at 28 rather than 35. I've updated the Details section to reflect the corrected data.

Sorry for the confusion!

ziggurat666 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

All good, just wanted to make sure you didn't have a fire behind that pretty window ;)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

You are right, that temp seems pretty high. Doesn't seem right -- I'm going to remove that value for now and re-check the results

ziggurat666 4 Builds 4 points 4 months ago

Actually results are showing Kaby Boards are over supplying voltage.

Check it out

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

This reminds me of my own Z97 MOBO when I was having temp issues. My Gigabyte, GA-Z97X-Gaming GT's default vCore was at 1.446v which was too hot for my CPU and reduced it at 1.205v. Hence why I have a habit of double checking vCores now, every time I make a new build. Thanks for sharing this review.

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Interesting.. it may be right then. I'll still recheck the log files and probably re-run the stress test just to be safe when I'm back in the office on Monday before updating the result here again.

NoSkillzJustGillz 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

i built back in nov and my max VIII hero alpha was pushing into the 1.4s on the default settings...now i have it set to 1.29 at 4.5ghz and it jumps up between 1.29-1.34...i ran it on def (1.4s) for like 2 days but didnt have the system on much as i was just installing stuff but still kinda creepy

William12345 4 points 4 months ago

first build in this website for i5 7600k!

mrsuicide 2 points 4 months ago

question, is it necesary to have a Z270 chipset mobo for the new kaby lake CPUs?

Gooberdad 7 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

No. It's still an 1151 socket. The Z270 has advantages over the Z170 though. Think of the older versions of cpu's. We've seen this before. Haswell and the Haswell refresh is a great example. Both 1150 sockets. Now you had to do some bios changes in some instances to get a newer Haswell refresh cpu to work on the Haswell mobo to boot...I'm thinking of you Pentium G3258 on an H81 mobo.

mrsuicide 2 points 4 months ago

thank you for the indepth answer! C:

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

I'm just glad it made sense. ;)

Ninja99 1 point 2 months ago

One big difference is that you need a 200 series for optane. Hopefully it comes out soon! ;)

jbinder 0 points 4 months ago

Yes.

felohany 1 point 4 months ago

NICE

Varan56 1 point 4 months ago

ITS BEAUTIFUL.

MannyPCs 1 point 4 months ago

What a quirky case, its pretty though. Cool Kaby lake build

How much better does the kaby lake i5 perform over the skylake i5?

SilverWolf149 1 point 4 months ago

According to benchmarks that have come out so far, kaby lake only has a few frames difference at stock speeds. Really the only difference between sky lake and kaby is a slight increase in clock speeds. However, overclocking is supposed to be really good with kaby.

MannyPCs 1 point 4 months ago

Sounds good, I understand that base clock speeds are not that different, but good overclocking sounds nice to me :)

bradyn13 1 point 4 months ago

Could have at least used a power supply with all black cables... Ketchup and mustard ruining the case and gpu for me.

Wolfemane 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

This numbers seem kind of low for that CPU/gpu combo?

Cool Kaby lake/z270 build

ziggurat666 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

About right with no overclocks and only Turbo kicking in on an Intel i5/1070 combo

ricciardivfx 1 point 4 months ago

Nice looking build! Where'd you snag that M2 shield from?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

The shield came included with the motherboard. Pretty handy for hiding an otherwise unsightly M.2 SSD.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Does it do anything thermal-wise?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Yes, it has a thermal pad under the heat shield intended to help keep the SSD temps cooler.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Nice

Jerome54 1 point 4 months ago

Pretty cool!!!
Does it come with the mini ITX MOBO too? :-)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Sadly, no -- it doesn't appear so.

Not quite the same (due to colors), but if you really want the shield you could go with an M.2 drive like the Plextor M8Pe we used in a recent build that is available with a heat sink shield. The ITX version of the Gaming Pro Carbon puts the M.2 SSD on the back of the motherboard though, so if you're just after the thermal improvements it could work.

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

thanks, had the same question

May restrict air flow around the M.2 slot

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

7600k!

Where'd you find the M.2 shield? Did it come with the 600p?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

7600K, indeed.

The M.2 shield came with the motherboard. Definitely a nice touch.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Trend, perhaps?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I'd be a fan if does. :)

Cam84 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Awesome build!!!!! I wish kaby was better than it seems to be, my i7 6700k @ 4.7 ghz seems safe for another year :( I want a reason to get excited for an upgrade

omnikron702 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

nice video card I have the same one

ooogy 1 point 4 months ago

i reaaally hope msi makes a quicksilver version of the 1080ti...nice build btw

ClawZdaPro 1 point 4 months ago

how did u mount the gpu like that? i am also interested in using that case

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

The case has an optional vertical GPU mount you use with an extension cable.

ClawZdaPro 1 point 4 months ago

ohhh

RDowns 1 point 4 months ago

Compared to this Skylake build by manirelli it did pretty bad...

https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/13017649

VinnyPlaysGames 1 point 3 months ago

if i where to build this what would the replacements be for the ram in a black and red?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

If you are just looking for the same brand/design, newegg does sell their "knight armor" style Team Dark memory with a red accent instead.

VinnyPlaysGames 1 point 3 months ago

awesome ill get pick it up

Pierce_Lowe 1 point 3 months ago

Is it possible to turn off the leds on the mobo??

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yes -- all the RGB lighting zones can be turned off.

Pierce_Lowe 1 point 3 months ago

Ok, thanks :)

Drewthatgeek 1 point 2 months ago

This build is absolutely beautiful... Inspired me to buy this case

Ordinarily_great 1 point 2 months ago

Is Radeon RX 480 the same as GTX 1070? And what makes GTX 1070 2x expensive than the RX? Is it because the G-Sync technology?

djbassel 1 point 1 month ago

Very nice build! planning on having the same, but with EVGA GTX 1080 SC

Ordinarily_great 1 point 1 month ago

I always wanted to see someone that builds with Pro Carbon Series! Now I know that the Motherboard is recommended!

DiabloBlanco 1 point 1 month ago

I'm new to building PCs, so how did you get the GPU in another direction?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

This particular case can be purchased with an optional riser / extension card (to connect the GPU to the PCI Express port) and mounting bracket for a vertical configuration.

DiabloBlanco 1 point 1 month ago

Awesome, thanks!

edselholden 1 point 1 month ago

Do you know if this same config can support an i7 and a 1080? Amazing build ! What would you step up too if you were to upgrade the AIO cooler?

DPRutledge 1 Build 0 points 4 months ago

I loved the video and the build looks very nice, but it's in desperate need, in my opinion, of some colored LEDs

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

The LEDs are all RGB.. I'll see if we can get a couple more pictures that show it in one of it's more colorful modes.

DPRutledge 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Awesome :-)

Chowderblue -1 points 4 months ago

Never understood open case chasses. Isn't there going to be a huge dust problem? i mean this looks sexy but the open chasse can't be good... could it?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It's definitely about the look, especially if you use it as intended and mount to a wall. Dust is certainly something to keep in mind when you chose an open design case. You'll probably want to keep a can of compressed air nearby. :)

JudahRoars 1 point 1 month ago

Would a dust cover be appropriate for when it's shutdown (ex: taking a road trip)? I imagine it would have to be a non-static material? Just curious.

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

That's an interesting idea. Don't imagine it would hurt if you could find something the right size.. it might be effective.

That said, this system has been sitting out since we built it back in January. The occasional puff of air from a compressed air can has kept it pretty presentable.

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BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

Hmm.. well, to be fair, we did water-cool our CPU. That makes it kinda different, right?

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Hmm just a little, with the newest cpu, mobo etc....

And for those too simple to understand.

IT WAS A JOKE! :) this means you too InvaderGir

InvaderGir 1 point 4 months ago

The current featured build uses a custom case likely inspired by this case, definitely not a copy.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Reread the conversation. It's a joke. This is obviously not a copy cat. It's also our first i5 7600k and Z270 mobo. This is baddass.

InvaderGir 2 points 4 months ago

Ah ok, it's hard to read sarcasm online sometimes lol.

And yes, it is the baddest of asses.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Ok that

And yes, it is the baddest of asses

Is funny

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Oh no!

"I'm offended by that!"

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