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6700K @ 4.8 / 1070 / mATX - Super Quiet

by OaKLeYz

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17 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 27, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 25, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.075 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

Description

Upgrades in ~March 2017
SSD: Samsung 960 Pro M.2
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti
Monitor: Acer Predator X34P

For how much I truly use my computer and my current needs (mostly gaming) I opted to go with the Skylake chipset over the X99 platform. Although the extra cores would be nice looking in hindsight I'm very happy with how efficient Skylake is. I'm also very happy I went with a mATX set-up. I can see myself using more than one PCIe slot so I couldn't commit to mITX.

Also, quite pleased I held off getting all my parts until these last five days. There was a lot of good deals that met my needs.

At full load, the Corsair RM650i was needing just under 300 watts and essentially doing platinum efficiency ratings: Screenshot

16,766 3DMARK Fire Strike Result

Overclock Results
CPU: 4.8GHz @ 1.375v (adaptive) / Idle 22c Load 74c
GPU: +220MHz on Core / +500MHz on Memory Bus / 112% Max Power Limit / Idle 25c Load 78c
DRAM: Default XMP profile

Part Reviews

CPU

Very impressed with the efficiency of this chipset. It was a breeze to OC to 4.6 at stock voltage. The reviews you find online are consistent - single core performance is awesome and it still tackles heavy workloads well.

My final overclock is 4.8GHz @ 1.375v. I really tried for 4.9GHz but even at 1.425v Realbench didn't want to run. I might revisit it and try 1.45v but I've decided the extra temps and wear n tear isn't worth the .1GHz increase. At that point it's simply a number lol.

I ran lots of stress tests of 4.8GHz at 3.5v and was able to game several hours without issues but finally after about 6 straight hours I did see BSOD so I added .25v just to be safe. Placed it in adaptive mode and have been good since.

CPU Cooler

Pretty easy to install. The hoses were stiff to move but the block can actually twist so you can position things nicely for where you want. It fit well in my mATX case although I did need to configure it so the logo is upside down. I wish you could flip it around. Oh well... it handles my large overclock very well and keeps me from worrying about temps. When it came down to it, the decision to settle on my 4.8GHz 6700K came down to not wanting to push more voltage into it and not the temps. It always kept it below 80c during stress tests even with high voltage OCs.

Motherboard

I am VERY glad I went with a ROG series mobo. This being my first build I wanted to make sure I went with a solid manufacturer. The POST process is excellent and reassuring. Asus has a nice utility suite and the documentation was great. The BIOS flash process was simple and I had no problem installing Windows 10 even though there are no USB 2.0 ports.

Super satisfied with how this handles overclocking. I don't see myself getting anything other than a ROG mobo now :D

Memory

The real deal. Just as I imagined they'd be - build construction and quality is so solid. They feel great, look great and perform great. Simply applied the XMP profile and might try overclocking after a few weeks. Opted to stick with two sticks for single Dual Channel performance; no regrets there.

Storage

Working great as my single drive for the moment. Great performance and looks. The added reliability tests and warranty made this an easy decision.

Video Card

I plan on getting a 1080Ti when they release in a few months so I wanted a "cheap" 1070 to hold me over until then. I honestly wasn't expecting much out of this card but I'm pleasantly surprised. I had fears of it making some whine noises after reading other reviews but I've done multiple benchmark tests and played a lot of games and I've yet to hear anything like that. The one downside to the card is what you'd expect - fan noise. At 100% they're definitely noticeable but luckily not so annoying. The +200 core clock and +500 memory bus block modifiers have performed flawlessly and I plan on pushing it further in the coming weeks. Works great in my mATX case.

Case

Very pleasant to work in. The cable routing on the back is simply amazing. The one thing I wasn't too fond of is the 2.5" mounting location as it covers the back of the motherboard and I know the importance to keep the back of the motherboard cool is often overlooked in builds (for overclocking). Luckily there is another 2.5" mounting solution which is a cage in the shroud below which can also fit 3.5" HDDs. Even though it made things crowded with the cables it still worked great. I was hoping to do push/pull in front with the rad but I juuuuust barely couldn't do it (posted an image of how close it is). My GPU is fairly standard at 267mm so if you get one smaller then that then I'd go for push/pull. Technically you can mount the fans on the outside of the front but then you can't use the filter and I don't want to do that. The most challenging thing doing by myself was mounting the radiator because I wanted to do a push config for the static pressure fans which meant placing the fans in the case but they sort of float there until I could mount them to the radiator. But alas, I managed to do it with only my two hands.

Props to Fractal Design for including a filter in these newer cases for when you take the moduvent thing off on top. Very pleased with how well it does at dampening the sound. Love how quiet it is!!!

Power Supply

Man are the cables stiff which made for an interesting time getting the 24-pin CPU cable connected but when all is said and done I'm satisfied with how it performs. In hindsight the EVGA P2 Platinum PSUs might have been a better option but having the Link software (even though I also have it on my CPU cooler) is actually nice for measuring efficiency and load. It was doing Platinum rated efficiency at 300 watts which is awesome!

Comments Sorted by:

Yahtadi 2 points 24 months ago

Very clean! Here, take my +1

OaKLeYz submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you!

NitroOG 1 point 24 months ago

How is that gtx 1070 with the Acer Predator X34P?

OaKLeYz submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

It should be able to get things to 60 FPS but I won't have any hands on experience until around March when it's widely available. I'm not counting on it to achieve 100+ FPS so that's why I'll be getting the new 1080Ti when it releases. I assume that will be able to hit those higher numbers.

NitroOG 1 point 24 months ago

Nice.

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bdaydog 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Nice! A high quality build, but if I can ask a question, how did you manage to OC the CPU like that? I've always been a little too timid to OC, so I've never really known much about it.

OaKLeYz submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks! The actual process of overclocking in the BIOS is super simple these days. I really liked this guide by Asus: https://rog.asus.com/articles/guides/guide-overclocking-core-i7-6700k-on-the-maximus-viii-extreme/

HiiiPower 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build! Mind if I ask why exactly you had to mount your CPU block upside down? I'm was under the assumption that the hose mounting points could be rotated. Thanks

OaKLeYz submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks! The hoses are actually really stiff on the H100i v2 so when I place the block correctly I felt like there was unneeded tension basically pushing the block away (kinda hard to explain lol). But regardless of that, it would have made the hoses stick out and since this case is pretty thin, I don't think I would have been able to get my front panel on. And I didn't want to turn the radiator upside down and have the hoses come across the GPU, etc. :D

HiiiPower 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you! This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for, I'm kind've anal about my builds and have to check and plan every single detail, especially when it comes to aesthetics. I appreciate the response and your build is killer.

Young_Gunna99 1 point 23 months ago

Wow, this is sooo clean... It's a beauty!

OaKLeYz submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Appreciate it!

Cagou2K 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you for that last picture !! Also, very nice build +1

OaKLeYz submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks!

SpideySound 1 point 22 months ago

Hey! I plan on getting this specific case, however I have the ASUS STRIX 1060, which is a 298mm card.. I know I cannot mount a front intake rad with the massive card, but I was wondering what a top exhaust config would look like in this case. Do you have any pictures with a top mounted rad? what would you suggest? Thanks!

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

have you tried fitting that rad to the top of your case?

moise37 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Are you capable of putting the radiator on the top?