UPDATE 3 Turns out there are huge improvements but only in certain games right now. The Division is supposed to be a 50% improvement with the bridge. Unfortunately, I got it on Xbox before this build and don't want to buy it again just to test.
UPDATE 2 Benchmarks at the bottom!
UPDATE: Nvidia SLI HB Bridge installed. Here is the unboxing, install and benchmarks. For some reason it lowered performance,
not sure why yet, still researching. https://youtu.be/cL7oV5PcIig
Pictures can also be found here: http://imgur.com/a/I3vI9, hoping this site will support imgur one day.
This all happened within a couple of days. Started talking about new computers on Memorial Day, my friend introduced me to this site on Tuesday, I made a build and was going to wait for the 1080s to become available, then the same friend found that Micro Center had them in stock on Friday of the same week. Went down there with the plans of getting just the video cards and decided to just buy the whole system there!
The case was the only thing that gave me some trouble. This case was just released back in May and it seems like most places don't have them in stock. I managed to find it on GigaParts.com and when it came it was in the packaging for the non glass model. Turns out it as the correct case inside the box, but it was really confusing for a while.
The case is amazing and worth every penny. There are tons of tie down points and places for everything. My 2 favorite things are the fan controller and the LED controller. The fan controller lets you pug in up to 6 fans and then is connected to 1 CPU fan slot on the motherboard. Then all the fans are controlled by the controller.
The cases LED controller replaces the restart button and lets you change the colors manually, jump into 'breath' mode where it slowly pulses on and off on color, or cycle mode that cycles through all spectrum of colors. Next steps is to install the Riing 12 fans on the top. I'm planning on making some mods to the fans to connect them to the LED controller so the case can manage the colors of the strip and the fans.
Cable management was what took the bulk of the time. Having that glass door on the back means you really need to up your cable management skills. I think it turned out well, and even thought I'm not going to see it day-to-day, I still would have known.
Problems: The radiator was installed in the front and caused some minor challenges. I was only able to connect the top and bottom screws on the right side of the radiator. I crossed my fingers that the pressure from the hoses. Luckily, it's working just fine, no rattles.
Other stuff: Disk: Went with an M.2 for super fast performance. I also have a second SanDisk Extreme PRO (240GB) in my old PC and plan to team the drives together through windows to make one single 720GB disk RAM: Yes, I know that I will need to overclock the ram to actually get their full potential. I plan on doing that soon.
Benchmarks Ok, so I had some issues because they gave me the wrong 6700k processor at first. Pro tip - If you are getting the 4.0ghz 6700k, it doesn't come with a heatsink, so that's how you know if you've got the correct box. Also, it say 4.0 on there somewhere if you look really hard.
So here are the numbers using 3D Mark Fire Strike Ultra:
Before Nvidia SLI HB Bridge
4.0 No Overclocking: 8,707 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/8921299
4.8 OverclockL 9,001 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/8785323
After Nvidia SLI HB Bridge
I have no idea why the benchmarks went DOWN after the upgraded bridge, I'm still trying to figure that out. Turns out there are huge gains in certain games (ie The Division). Looking forward to more games getting patched for this usage.