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My 4k Titan XP Build

by jnghiem005


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Date Published

Sept. 30, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.012 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C


After a number of different setups I can say my computer is officially finished!

I started this build around the early summer time. I first started out with 2 980 Ti's in SLI. Jumped that ship and and went with 2 GTX 1080's Asus Strix in SLI. Had that setup for about 1.5 months and when the new Titan Pascal came out I decide to go a single GPU instead and i couldn't be happier. Yes, its not fast as 2 1080's, but i do find it more stable and less headachy than running SLI. All of the AAA games i play run between 50 to 80+ fps w/ no problems.

Temp wise, on the stock cooler the temperatures got too hot for my liking. I overclocked my Titan to 225/500 on stock voltage and was seeing temps around 85C. Yikes! Full custom water loop was my only option.

This was my first attempt and a custom water loop. I was definitely started out scared and intimidated to do this project. It took me about 1-2 months of research and waiting for part to finish this build, but it was well worth the patients. Overall, it was actually pretty easy. Took me about 2 days for the tube bending. I probably screwed up on a few tubes, but overall, I'm pretty satisfied the way my bends turned out. For those looking to do custom tubing, don't be intimidated. Its pretty easy! Just do your research, and be patient!

The temperatures after water cooling are much better. 57C on the GPU, and 71C on CPU. Seems like most people with WC systems get around 40C to 50C under load on the GPU. 58C on my GPU seems to be a little on the high side . I've reapplied the thermal paste on the GPU but still didn't make a difference in temps. Are my temps normal, or am I worried over nothing? If any of you people can help be out it would be much appreciated.

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AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 6 points 27 months ago

When the GPU is worth more than your entire build ......

Xizt 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

When the PC is worth more than your life.....

jk lol im not that much of a loser

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago


Leptir1 1 point 27 months ago

I am

paskowitz 1 Build 3 points 27 months ago

As a custom loop Phanteks Evolv TG owner (PCP post coming soon) I may be of some service. If you want the full details I suggest you spend an hour and read the Overclocked.net Phanteks case owners club thread.

Your temp issue MAY be you just have a hot GPU (it happens, my 980 Ti classy is a scorcher). BUT more likely it is your fan setup. There is an "optimal" fan setup for the Evolv. Also, the EK PE radiator is a high FPI rad (19). Your fans will need to be at at least 800rpm more like 1000rpm to have any real cooling effect.

In regards to setup, the ideal is as follows... FRONT: intake push, TOP: exhaust push, BACK: intake. Also ideal (but not really required and kills HDD space) is your biggest rad in the front Vs. the top because the front is less air restrictive than the top. The rear intake will also suck in fresh air for the top rad. Finally, don't fully secure the top piece. Let it rest on the clips. This greatly expands the tops ability to expel air. Trust me this has been tested to DEATH!

The BIG reason for all of this is that the top of the Evolv is very restrictive for radiators. The closer the fans are to the top of the case the less room they will have and the worse they will perform (because the air has nowhere to go). When the top fans are in exhaust push, they have a much larger volume of air to pull from and thus are more effective. In general push is better than pull as well.

Put all that together and you should see at least a 5c drop in temps, if not more. This will mean redoing your tubing, but IMO it is worth it. While you are at it, pick up a water temp sensor and tie your fan/pump speed to your water temp in Asus AI Suite Fan Expert, if you haven't already. Seriously the best reason to own an Asus board.

If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot them my way.

jnghiem005 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks for the advice. I tried taking the top cover off to see what difference it would make. My temps went down to 53C from 58C, which is awesome. Damn, wish the top of the case wasn't soo restrictive when it comes to airflow. I thought about drilling some holes on top to release some the hot air.

In regards to the push or pull config. I just watch one of youtuber jays2cents videos on push/pull and he claims there isn't much of a difference when you do push or pull. Bigger factor would be my fin density or rad thickness. I also bumped up my top and front fans to 1500 rpms and seemed to help too. Again, thanks for your help.

reaperfang 1 point 27 months ago

I think when he says push is better here he means this setup in this case specifically.

jnghiem005 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I'll experiment and see if it makes a difference

paskowitz 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Just resting the top on the clips should give you 2-3c. Your results are the same as mine BTW (~5c with the top off).

Jayz2Cents puts out mostly good content, but he makes some egregiously stupid mistakes every now and again (still uses crap Corsair fans and swears they don't hinder his cooling... yet his Skunkworks PC overheats and damages his dye). You can't test push vs pull in an open air environment and then give that advice to the general public who have a vast variety of cases (some with certain attributes). I won't go into details, but in the case (heheh) of the Evolv, push>pull because of the close proximity of the body panels. If you had a Define S with an open grate top, then the results would be closer to his advice.

If you have the spare time and tubing, I would redo the two top runs and go push (+rear fan swap). PIA, I know, but worth it IMO.

Anarchoprimitiv 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I've always wondered why Jay sticks to those corsair fans...they're cliche at this point as well

Cam84 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

My Gtx 1070 never goes over 52, I have it on a very aggressive fan curve though and I run all 8 case fans 100% and my push/pull sp 120s on 100% . It's not too loud really. If it isn't throttleing I wouldn't worry about it! Nice build and desk setup!!!

fernando551 1 point 27 months ago

When a air cooled noctua themed pc is featured but this isn't? +1 For your first custom water cooled loop..

jnghiem005 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Actually that Noctua build is pretty badass!

Lyrix 2 points 27 months ago

it is but this is way better! 1+

jnghiem005 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago


Lyrix 1 point 27 months ago

ur welcome

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

lets be real though, that sexy caselabs case.

Also it got featured before this build was posted.

Jbock 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

They are both awesome builds - the nocturna even painted his screws... love the tubing on this one... the thoughtful routing.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

: O

gamingnoah 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

you wouldn't know how jealous I am...

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 27 months ago

+1 for the TITAN X and the loop

Lyrix 1 point 27 months ago

This HAS to get featured! Awesome Build!!!

crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

+1 Great build man. Two suggestions though ; 1. make the cable combs line up with each other for the 6 pin and 8 pin for the gpu. 2. wrap the visible parts of the pump cable (electric tape maybe?)

Your build is wonderful regardless. I can see the amount of hard work that you put into it.

jnghiem005 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thks for the suggestion. Yeah, the cabling for the pump sticks out like a sore thumb, I was meaning to wrap it in black tape just never got around to it.

Xizt 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Those curves are sexier than some girls.


Hobert 1 point 27 months ago

Can I have those 2 1080s.

yamahapro13 1 point 27 months ago

Solid looking build man really only one thing i noticed that hasn't been addressed, your double cooling your loop. to drop your temps a little bit more especially on you cpu, cause you have the heat from your gpu running right into your cpu block. run your tubing out of your gpu into top rad, then run the freshly cooled liquid into your cpu block and out of the cpu into the front rad, but other than that very solid.

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds -4 points 27 months ago

I can only dream...

Also, first.

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 7 points 27 months ago

please, do not bring the cancer of "first" comments onto this website. This is a holy land.

fernando551 1 point 27 months ago

Once you tell those who post on this site with the irrelevant comments about being "first" they will swarm into the chat just to do it more.

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 0 points 27 months ago


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jnghiem005 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

oh hell no, i'm no artist. Thks for the compliment on the picture though. I got it through Amazon. Just search oil paintings.