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ASUS Z-170 Blackbird

by TinRoozter



Date Published

Feb. 27, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


I started making plans to build a new gaming computer earlier this summer. I was going with a Haswell Z97 system and then I heard about the upcoming Skylake processors, with the overclock oriented Z170 chipset. So my plans changed. I built this machine to primarily game, Combat Flight Sims, World of Tanks, Diablo III and etc.

The case is great, there is plenty of room to put several fans big fans all over the place. The wire management is superb, you can hide most if the cables with very little effort. There is just enough room to put a 280 mm AIO CPU cooler in the top of the case. If the rear exhaust fan location is used, like I have done, a pull or push/pull configuration can't be used. I should have positive air pressure with the way I have the fans installed. I used a piece of Plexiglass bolted to the top of the case, next to the radiator to help keep dust out. Plus it looks cool and you can see the some of the light from inside. One thing you have to be careful of, is the clearance with MB IO shrouded like on the Z170 ASUS ROG Maximus IIIV and the rear 140 mm fan on the top mounted radiator. I wound up using a Dremel tool to sand down the out side edge of the ran shroud that was next to the IO shroud. Then it fit with out putting any pressure on the MB.

I used the Intel Skylake 6600K Core i5 because the Core i7 was unavailable at the time of this build. I have the CPU overclocked to 4400 MHz from the 3500 MHz base clock. Which is a 22% increase. It runs stable and idles at a fairly cool 32c.

The Asus mobo looked great and i like a lot of it's features.

The EVGA power supplies have earned a great reputation for reliability and fully modular is the way to go for a clean build.

The EVGA GTX 560 Ti has been removed and I install a new GPU. The Asus Strix GTX 970 was later addition from Christmas. Not installed in the photos.

Comments Sorted by:

pwelch234 1 point 35 months ago

Old school gpu right there

DayQuil_Man 1 point 35 months ago

Sweet build +1. How's that motherboard? Did you run into any problems with it yet? Im looking to get the same one.

TinRoozter submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

No issues at all. Just had to get used to the UEFI BIOS. You may run into fan clearance issues with the IO port shroud. But that would be with any motherboard with one of these shrouds.

BrackenXIII 1 point 35 months ago

sir where did you put those ROG fan stickers and metal badge?

lars01 1 point 33 months ago

Hey, i am going to use the same case, motherboard and cpu-cooler. Can you explain me better what you did to fit the radiator and fans without touching the mobo? Pictures would be great:) I am going to use noctua nf-a14 pwm fan's on the radiator, and they are square shaped. I see that the fans you use are kind of circle shaped. Would this be a problem?

And by the way, is the pump on the watercooler quiet?

TinRoozter submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

The rear fan on the radiator will touch the IO shroud on the motherboard. It was pressing very hard on the shroud, so I sanded down the outside edge of the fan with a Dremel tool to make it fit better. The rear 140 mm case pressed on the same radiator fan so I sanded it down as well. I removed about a millimeter material from the fan shroud. It fit like a glove after that. Your fans will have a different size and shape than mine. You can remove the IO shroud from the motherboard if you don't want to modify the fans. There are only two or three screws holding it on.

The fans make more noise that the pump motor.

wilbro98 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

When putting the H110i GTX cooler on the top of the case, did you have to remove any drives or fans from the front or back, or did it all fit nicely?