Description

Update of my original Dual AIO build. Swapped to a propper sized case and a full ATX board. Filled the 3rd M.2 with a 970 Plus, and doubled the RAM. 9900K CPU overclocked to 5.0Ghz with no issues, but I currently have no need for OC so I run it at stock 3.6Ghz. Temp alert is set for 60C and very rarely goes off. GPU is still on stock clock. Im definitely not using the full capabilities of this board, honestly it was a splurge because it was pretty and I wanted the best Gigabyte offered in Z390. The Crystal 680x case is absolutely stunning, would be a perfect case for custom loops which is in the future for me. Just love the quality and feel of this case, definitely recommend it! The only part of this build I don't recommend is the graphics card. The 2080 is a fantastic architecture, but this particular card has been troublesome for the price. Notably the LED power wires that come from the GPU to the radiator fans. They come in an incrediblely annoying bunch, zip tied to the water lines at very odd lengths. The fans are staticly hard wired to the GPU. You cannot remove them with out splicing wires. If you need to move the fans for any reason you'll notice that the wire lengths do not allow for any other configuration, meaning the fans cannot be mounted on the outside of the radiator. In the process of moving the fans (to mount the cooler on the outside of the case with the fans on the inside) one of the 4 pins on the connector, that is odly split in the middle of this jumbled wiring, broke off because it is extremely thin. It's not a standard 4 pin with a good toothpick sized pin, the pins on this are thinner than a mechanical pencil and break even easier. So now red doesn't work on one of the fans. I understand that the fans need to run off the GPU to change speed with GPU temperature but I would of liked to see the fans come as a separate, replaceable, assembly with the GPU featuring 4 pin connectors on the chassis. This would allow you to run different branded fans for look, efficiency, or continuity in the case(every other fan in my case is corsair so having them all matching would be nice)

P.s. Makes a good cat bed!

Part Reviews

Video Card

Great card plagued by poorly designed fans.

The 2080 is a fantastic architecture, but this particular card has been troublesome. Notably the LED power wires that come from the GPU to the radiator fans. They come in an incrediblely annoying bunch, zip tied to the water lines at very odd lengths. The fans are staticly hard wired to the GPU. You cannot remove them with out splicing wires. If you need to move the fans for any reason you'll notice that the wire lengths do not allow for any other configuration, meaning the fans cannot be mounted on the outside of the radiator. In the process of moving the fans (to mount the cooler on the outside of the case with the fans on the inside) one of the 4 pins on the connector, that is odly split in the middle of this jumbled wiring, broke off because it is extremely thin. It's not a standard 4 pin with a good toothpick sized pin, the pins on this are thinner than a mechanical pencil and break even easier. So now red doesn't work on one of the fans. I understand that the fans need to run off the GPU to change speed with GPU tempature but I would of liked to see the fans come as a separate, replaceable, assembly with the GPU featuring 4 pin connectors on the chassis. This would allow you to run different branded fans for look, efficiency, or continuity in the case(every other fan in my case is corsair so having them all matching would be nice)

Aside from that this has been a wonderfully performing GPU,with the temps never exceeding 60c. And it is gorgeous.

Monitor

Really great monitor for the price but the power jog button doesn't hold up well to moving. And the frame isn't very durable. Shouldn't be a problem for most people but was bad for my situation as this is mounted in a semi-truck

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Your cat nailed it: Cool build! +1