Description

I bought these components during Black Friday 2019 and assembled over a three week period.


+++++ Build Challenges +++++

Form Factor - Mini-ATX is truly small, leaving you little room to manoeuvre. Attempting to unplug a cable can be extremely difficult if you cannot reach it. Bring pliers and willpower to shred fingers.

Dark Rock 4 - is not compatible with this mobo I had to send it back and replace it with the new slim version so I could actually install RAM.

PSU Extension Cables are mandatory - the case design makes it impossible for regular 8-pin leads to wrap around and power the mobo, yet there is no advice or guidance on this.

Z390-I case screw locations - requires the GPU to be installed after the Mobo, since case screws are obscured by the card. You cannot pre-attach, instead you must wiggle the card in afterwards.

H210i White Case Bar - for a promoted feature, is pretty terrible. It's incompatible with the 2070 Super, since the GPU cannot sit flush with it installed. If you did manage to force it in, it blocks a 15cm area of GPU vent exhaust. It obscures the GPU release switch - I had to take apart the front of the case to get to it. Even with highly controlled cabling, it puts undue bend stress on the main CPU 24-pin slot. It's been binned.

H210i Panel Access - Metal side was easy quick-release, but the glass side requires a lot of pressure from you. This is entirely eclipsed by the front panel, which refused to budge until I let out a primal scream of fury and ripped out with enough force to maim a polar bear. I hope I never have to remove it again.

Win 10 USB Installation Issues - Apparently it's a known 'feature' that W10 Creation Media may fail to install via USB 3.0 slots due to missing drivers. The Z390-I fortunately comes with 2x 2.0 USB slots at the rear but this took a while to figure out.

ASUS AI Overclock - Kept hopelessly setting my CPU to 5 GHz at idle, which resulted in a bluescreen within about 15 mins of use. It's meant to learn and adjust... it did not. I gave up and I'm using Intel's stock 4.6 GHz boost (with Xtreme Memory Profile / XMP) turned on.


+++++ Build Pros +++++

Be Quiet Fans - are truly silent. The rig is inaudible (at least to me) during normal use.

M2 Storage - is fast. My god it's fast.

Z390-I - comes with in-built mobo lighting. I was not expecting this.

RTX 2070 Super - can handle RDR2 in 2k resolution at 90 FPS. Really glad I did not shell out more for the 2080.


Load testing temps was obtained using Asus RealBlender for a 15 min sustained period of 100% utilisation, monitoring system temps using the NZXT controller software.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

the motherboard picture shows RGB lighting....?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it has rgb

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

i was responding to when he said "comes with built-in mobo lighting. I was not expecting this."

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fit a 3 slot GPU in this case?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The regular XC is 2 slots