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This was originally setup on a cardboard box to add to my Folding@Home power for LTT's Folding Month. I decided to keep it around as a test bench and have tested a TON of RTX cards for use w/ F@H and other compute heavy tasks. It will stay in the config through the winter, but I will use it as a traditional test bench when I have new parts arriving/departing that need to be put through their paces. There have also been 4 motherboards, 3 PSUs as I was testing boards with different PCIe layouts. While it's not a gaming system, I did order a bridge to see what the #s are like against my 2080 Ti in 3D Mark. It will get here after Christmas though and I won't have time to run benchmarks til then anyway.

Why RTX cards? They are far better than the 1080 Ti @ folding and were only $699. Pascal cards are becoming scare with the 1080 Tis out of production and I was able to sell my 1080 Tis for a good price.

Things I loved about the build:

  1. I became intensely curious about the HAF XB Evo for seemingly no reason, but I'm certain glad I bought it! The first thing of note is the build quality. I was afraid that this case would ding and scratch easily, but man... it's solid and painted really well. I've rebuilt this system w /various mobos, PSU, GPUs, and CPUs and it looks like it did on day 1. There is also something to be said for cable management. This is an older case, but everything was very well thought out. There are soooo many tie down points that it was really easy to give cables a permanent home while allowing them to route in a way that keeps them in place while making a board swap easy.
  2. There's something to be said about the Noctua traditional aesthetic. I am glad they welcomed change and now have more current colors available, but their brand identity lies in the brown colors. It was the inspiration behind the name "Hot Chocolate." That and the 2080s keeping the house warm while folding.
  3. Once again I went for a look that did not rely on RGBs to gain its identity. I wanted a simple and clean look given the fact that the parts in here will rotate.

Challenges:

  1. So, the ROG Front Base goes under "Challenges" simply because I bought it for looks. I wanted something to break up the monotony the 2.5 bay covers brought to the front of the case. I knew going in that it was just going to be an information display given the lack of support for modern ROG_EXT equipped boards. Just adding this note here so that someone doesn't buy it thinking it will work with the C7H. It merely shows rounded clock speed #s, temps, and fan speeds.

In closing, still can't believe it took me this long to get around to building a test bench. I guess I really don't mind running things on a cardboard box. Just looks a whole lot better now. I opted not to use the vast storage options in the HAF, but I have over 100 TB of NAS based storage in the house, so an OS drive is really all I need. The hot swap option in this case is awesome though. I might throw a drive in and keep test software on it, but... I really don't need to.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 11 points

You did it dude. You're the first person to make a build with Noctua fans look nice. +1000

  • 11 months ago
  • 4 points

Great looking pc man, I'd call it a feature.

Did you apply a greyscale on everything but the noctua fans? :P

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yes, that's basically what did. Everything else was black anyway, so I figured it would be a cool effect to give the picture set a continuous theme.

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks absolutely stunning, enjoy the beautifull beast

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

I really like the look of the Noctua brown in this bench. I guess it's just the photography, but they almost look like real wood. Really nicely done all around.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Calling this one for a feature, the cable management is so clean

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely insane build man. Very impressive!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Those Noctuas are damn beautiful, great build

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

holy crap it looks so good!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I love all of your non-rgb builds, one question what is LTT Folding Month?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's a month where people crank up their folding activity. Usually not gaming the whole month and just throwing as much power at it as possible.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Where is the feature pcpp?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it'll happen. The brown Noctua fans have less... fans lol

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like you have two MSI RTX cards in the last picture. Did you have those originally and swap them out for the Turbos?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've had just about every brand of RTX 2080 and some 2070s/2080 Tis in there at some point while I was doing some testing.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

is there still room for a 200mm top fan with the D15? I have the XB EVO myself, and want to better cool my vrms and gpus!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Not inside, but I have a 200mm Noctua mounted to the top.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

On top outside?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, though now that they're blower cards, it's not all that necessary.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask why you chose the Crosshair VII? I'm not criticizing, I'm just curious as to why all the high end Ryzen systems have the Crosshair VII as their motherboard.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Literally only so I could use the ROG Front Base.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build! How’s the noise the the 2080 blower cards?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad at all under 60%. Above that it's a jet engine. Though it's seriously diminishing returns over 60 anyway.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I have your own video card and know that it is bending down even slightly. The reason is the lack of the backplate. Did you notice it too?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, on both.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What camera do you use?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Mind if I ask what type of lense are you using? You take great photos.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

For PC shots I mainly use my 50mm f/1.2L, 100mm f/2.8L, or 24-105mm f/4L. Also, thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. I was looking for a build with Ryzen 7 2700x+Noctua Fans and NV Link RTX 2080 Hows the performance on gaming? and is the RMx 850 enough for 2 2080's since I pretty much have the same Power Supply, GPU, CPU, and the motherboard that is just 1 tier below this one. I liked to know since I was planning on adding another rtx 2080 to my current first build? That's if it fits in my case tho LOL

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah. No power issues at all. It runs F@H 24/7. Got the bride for when I go dual 2080 Ti on my main rig. It works nicely for benchmarks, but in reality games (I play GTA V the most) there is a visible glitchiness sometimes that accompanies SLI. little annoying has higher refresh rates.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response, seems like I'll be adding another 2080 gaming x trio in the future

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, how's the temperature on Turbo rtx in full load? thx

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Like most other blowers I have used, it's around the 80s under full compute load, and about 75 under full gaming load.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How the Noctua fans fit there with rams under?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Fits fine. There are cutouts in the fin stack for RAM clearance. No heat spreaders on the RAM.

  • 11 months ago
  • 0 points

this guys is a noctua rep for sure

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

That's be awesome if I was... free fans!

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