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You'll Get Caught Up in the...

by gbch


Right now I use it for 1080p @ 60Hz gaming in the bedroom but I have dreams of 1440p ultrawide or 4K.

I have this paired with a Crossover 2795 1440p monitor overclocked to 100Hz. I just upgraded to Windows 10.

I'm upgrading from/abandoning an FX-6300. The 970M Pro4 I was using supports crossfire but due to the position of the pci-e slots there was just not enough room between the cards to prevent thermal unpleasantness. I couldn't even get 3dmark to complete a run. Intel micro atx boards leave a full slot's width between the cards and I haven't had any issues yet.

I'm from the Cthulu school of cable management anyways, but shoving what you can in the basement is pretty much this case's only option.

It puts the smackdown on my other systems, but a processor swap for the other two is in the works.

Thanks for reading.

Part Reviews


I'm sure I'd never notice a performance difference going with a faster i5 or a Xeon, but it still gnaws at me knowing this is the bottom of the Haswell i5 stack. Works just fine though, no complaints.

CPU Cooler

A holdover from the FX-6300 version of this build. Very easy to install, just flipped the back plate to the Intel side, re-positioned the screws & bam! It didn't do the best job of cooling the FX but it's fine here.


If it was SLI-capable too I'd give it a 5th star. Otherwise it is the board to get for micro-ATX crossfire on a non-K chip.

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mapegl 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

What are your temps under heavy load with those two GPUs?

I love the sight of two so beatiful cards in CF.

agent031693 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I came here wondering how someone with crossfire in this case overcomes the gpu placed in the middle of the motherboard. Mine gets suffocated. Outside GPU doesn't see more than 55c, the inside one however, without underclocking and putting a steep fan curve on it was seeing 89c regularly. I have one 140mm fan directly above the two gpus pulling air away and out, and with that and an aggressive fan setting/mild underclock for the inside GPU, I can't get it to stay below 77c.... I'm using to RX 580s

Phillip.Phillip 1 point 38 months ago

Those GPUs will break your monitor. Loving the crossfire decision. +1

Oldsnivy100 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Two R9 290's for bedroom gaming........... "i want two R9 290's for gaming"

sjsvb 1 point 38 months ago

This case is a complete nightmare to work in, I had it for a few months before switching to the much nicer S340. Also, you sure you can not already run 1440p? One 290 already matches a 970 in performance, I am sure two of them could run at 1440p...

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 38 months ago

Yeah, the 970s are overpriced by around $50.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 38 months ago

290 $weg

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 38 months ago

You just need a 4K monitor. Heck, a single 290X will do ya.