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I Built Riddick around May 2013 and as I had more recently been reading about M.2's and the speed's which could be obtained from using them, I fancied some of that as I was thinking of purchasing a Sony PS4 for gaming but decided to upgrade my PC and use that instead for simulation games.

I was going to purchase the Asus Z97 Pro WiFi motherboard so brought the Samsung 2280mm M.2 then decided to go for a gaming board instead so the M.2 was going to be too long for the Maximus VII slot but the use of a PCIe card was the get out clause as I had already purchased the M.2

(I was lucky I wanted to use the x 4 bandwidth this adapter card as this purchase may have been a waste of money as the Maximus VII's M.2 slot is only 2260mm long).

I also watched a tutorial about the heat the Samsung M.2's can dissipated when writing large files which is no good when this is meant to be sitting on your expensive motherboard so I purchased and imported a PCIe/M.2 adapter card with a heat-sink from Australia which could then be cooled by the new Industrial Noctua fans..

I installed the M.2 card and booted up and after playing with a few things in the Bios, got it to boot on the M.2 but as it was a Friday night and was very tired, couldn't get an Ethernet connection and installed windows again which then gave me 2 versions of windows which was NOT very cost effective. I then realised, I had not installed the Ethernet drivers which i then did. I had a little tinker with it for a few days then updated the Bios and wiped Windows ready for a fresh install on the M.2 which is when the problems started.

It took 4 weeks to work out with the help of my pal Luke that I had installed Windows using a flash drive and NOT the DVD which I had thought I had used originally on the Friday night. (If your having this problem, checkout a tutorial from RamCity Memory on YouTube which shows you how to install Windows 8.1 on an M.2 "on your PCIe slot") .

When I built Riddick, I used Nocuta Fans which are the best fans for the job but it didn't look the best, so when I read Noctua had released these industrial (black) 3000 rpm fans, I purchased 2 x 12" for the Corsair H100i and 1 x 14" for the case exhaust. These fans blends so much more with the Motherboard and other items in the build and cools the system in seconds and they roar when booting up. I will probably get 2 Noctua Industrial 2000 rpm for case intake fans over the next month to keep in line with the aesthetics.

I'm now looking at upgrading the case, possibly to Fractal Design R5 and install a serious water cooling system for the CPU and Motherboard. This PC will eventually be used for F1 simulation games and I will be making full use of my G1 GPU with the purchase of 3 Asus PB287Q 28 inch Widescreen Ultra HD 4K LED Monitors (or something on par) in the near future.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1. However the sizes for the M.2 and slot are too large. They're saying its over 2 meters.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thanks for the comment, Not sure what you mean, the M.2 is around the length of an average thumb drive, once you install it on the PCIe card, you install that on the PCIe bus, there is no issue with length as you are not installing it on the M.2 card which is situated just behind the I/O shield.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The dimension looked like it said 2m for length, I didn't realise it was width and length together.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

I see what you mean, I have now entered some benchmarks for you to see.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, my bad

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the M.2 explanation. I played it safe with a SSD for now. So glad I did, since you mentioned it was a pain to configure and then didn't go crazy with speed praise. I'd check out Acer for monitors when you're shopping as well, but can't go wrong with Asus.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thanks for your comment,

I know what you mean about getting the M.2 going but now its up and running and I have been through the ringer with it, I know how to get it up and running so its all good. I will re-test then publish the benchmarks later today but the speeds are awesome.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

God damnit I'm beating myself on the head every time I see a lit up wind force card...wish I had known the 3x version I got didnt light up before I bought it =/ super build man!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

thanks for your comments, It's looking like ill need another one just like it to run 3 x 4K screens but it does look awesome.

2 will look twice as awesome, Looking to see of they have started making waterblocks for them yet.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Guys, these are the stress test results: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo

Sequential Read : 1033.929 MB/s Sequential Write : 923.449 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 687.620 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 845.288 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 37.418 MB/s [ 9135.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 92.327 MB/s [ 22540.8 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 418.174 MB/s [102093.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 197.344 MB/s [ 48179.7 IOPS] Test : 1000 MB [C: 26.2% (124.7/476.0 GB)] (x5) Date : 2015/05/26 11:26:14 OS : Windows 8 Professional [6.2 Build 9200] (x64)

Cinebench R15 OpenGL: 132.22 FPS CPU: 876 cb CPU (Single Core):172cb

Temp: Idle 35.c Load 80.4c (During Cinebench)

If you would like me to do another test, please let me know what and i'll be happy to.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I am going to build something similar soon. I have the same card but have read that it is incompatible with the R5 if the second modular HDD cage is not removed but your photos show that it might be possible. Can I keep all the HDD cages alongside that card?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Guys, It's been a few months now with this build and I have now got my Playseat® WRC sim seat and Thrustmaster T500 system with F! wheel. I have been racing for few months now and Riddick PC and it doesn't miss a beat. Seen no issues with stuttering or rendering issues. Yes, my PC does get loud but I live in a flat and it can get very warm in here so I'm ok with the fan noise, for now!!!
When I do, it'll be time to go full water cooling which will cost me a but as the case I want will cost around £500 and the water cooling equipment will cost around the same. The only thing I "don't" have interest in at the moment is custom cabling. So if you live in London UK and are a dab hand at cabling, let me know.. I bought a Synology 1815+ NAS and have been tinkering with that which is why I have been away from new mods for Riddick. I will do another stress test soon and see if there is a difference since the last one was when all was new.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

He has 3000RPM Noctuas on there so ~50C is doable

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, thanks for the comment, I will try the stress test again and update on the H100i temp again.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Been trying to update that temp, do you know how ?

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. your first comment in 3 years of being on this forum. Me thinks you are Dony or a big fan.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, 3 years on the forum doesnt that I come here every day or even every week. I just started using this site more over the past 2 months.

  • 59 months ago
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It's more the point that you have been here for a long time and your first comment is rather bold 'perfect build'. I'm not knocking your opinion, I was more curious as to why your first comment after 3 years was so bold, short and on this specfic build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If you Look at my older build, "Riddick" you'll see I did say quite a lot and when I was upgrading and buying the parts I was adding comments but for some reason I cannot post them.

Thanks for your post

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry mate, i was commenting on someone else but they have now deleted their comment. Your build had a lot of good information. 10/10.

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