Description

This system is for every day use and gaming. Had an issue upfront with installing Windows due to a BSOD every time I set X.M.P Profile to 1 (3200Mhz) though install was stable at 3000Mhz (Profile 2). After a the cloud of stupidity departed from me I moved the 2x8GB sticks from DIMM slots 1&3 into 2&4 and X.M.P profile 1 worked like a charm. I guess the old standard is still the correct standard when it comes to this board and memory. 2&4 must have been what Gigabyte used during QVL testing, so my recommendation is to stick with it!

CPU under the Deepcool 360 Castle is icy! Putting it under a Cinebench load or a BOINC project for about an hour the 2700x chilled at 59-61C. During gaming (Witcher 3 Ultra settings, never went over 38C).

The GPU (EVGA 2060 KO) does run hot like all reviewers have stated. Same game (Witcher 3 Ultra settings) it sat around 69-71C during entire gameplay. However, with the 011 Dynamic XL, I am running three Antec Prism 120mm as intake at the bottom and when I removed the dust filter I dropped the GPU down to 66-69C. Not a huge difference, but if any of you are out there really hurting with temps, give this a try. Toss that filter back in after gaming though so you don't have to clean dust out all the time.

Gigabyte Fusion 2.0 worked perfect with all three of my ARGB products, Antec Prism 120 ARGB fans (5 pack), Deepcool 360 Castle AIO and of course the motherboard itself GIgabyte x570 Aorus Elite. Haven't had any issues at all with it, syncs really well. (Note - with the Antec fans, remember to hold down the mode button on the controller for 3-5 seconds for Fusion to pick it up)

Only thing that I haven't used from this list is the M.2 at this time, it is stuck in shipping. Though I will update this after I get the part.

Fun build. If I had to say what was the one piece that just blew me away with quality and functionality...the Lian LI 011 Dynamic XL is such a easy case to work with. Any time you find yourself worrying about placement, wire management, etc.......the Dynamic comes through to solve your concerns immediately. It will be hard for any case to win me over during my next build. This may be my case for life.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Crazy easy install. Fans went onto the rad just fine, just have to screw with confidence. Running BOINC projects using 95% of CPU, this AIO kept a 2700x at 57-60C. Same with Cinebench, never reached higher than 62C. Aesthetics are outstanding. Synced up with Gigabyte's Fusion 2.0 without issue. Very happy with this purchase.

Memory

This memory surely has the looks to compete with any 2x8 sticks out there. Outstanding memory out of the box, I made one mistake in putting the sticks in 1&3 DIMM slots at first which would only unlock the 3000Mhz setting/profile on this motherboard. After moving the sticks to 2&4, the QVL X.M.P setting kicked in allowing for a stable 3200Mhz.

Case

Six stars! My latest build was a joy due to this case. Every time I found myself wanting to make a cable go somewhere else, create a new look, re-imaging lighting, this case allowed for all to become reality. From the looks alone, the extra accessories, hot-swappable drives (which are AWESOME!), 4x magnetic air filters, I guess I could keep going........ Let's just say all my hardware will go way before I ever get rid of this case. A perfect case in my opinion!

Power Supply

More than enough ports and cables to run a modern system. I have read some reviews mentioned the cables are stiff. Though I did not experience any issues with cabling. If you look at my build pictures you can see I wrapped these quite tightly without issue. All cables come in a slick black lining and overall is a very impressive PSU. I will update this in ten years and let you all know if the endurance is solid!

Case Fan

I was going to start this review by stating "for the price", however, I honestly think this product deserves more praise then just comparing performance to price. These are outstanding fans that could be selling for more mainstream prices. I am also happy that Antec is coming back to their roots, quality, quality, quality. Solid fans and good controller. Highly recommended!

Monitor

This monitor does not compete with the top-of-the-line monitors, please understand this when you purchase it. HOWEVER! The amount of quality you get for the price is outstanding. When you unbox it and power it on you will be immediately confused on why you bought this monitor. It basically comes default with the worst picture settings, not kidding. Like someone in QC adjusts it before shipping or something. However, just tap your Windows key and type in "Color management." Go through that setting tutorial and your monitor will outperform the price immediately!

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

What are your future plans for the system? The case is great for custom water cooling and you made the right choice for a 360mm AIO to fill it in the mean time.. But I think the X570 board might have been better used with a 3600 cpu for similiar pricing.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, I bought the x570 to future-proof for sure. I will be sticking with an 8+ core down the road as well which is about a delta of ~$150 which I used to pad onto some of the other parts. Though the 3700x or future chips (5700?? Because AMD used 4000 series for their laptop chips for some reason) will be in play, just got to get my use out of this 2700x first.

As of water cooling, yes that will be a task for a day when I am a bit richer of a man :) though I can't wait to start that project.

Thanks for the question!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

would you recommend the castle? I have a very toasty R5 3600 under the stock cooler, and I'm looking for a good rad...

Super clean, though...+1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes I would. I will eventually be using a push/pull with the same Antec Prism 120mm pulling from the inside to continue the color effect (and to gain more cooling, though I don't really need it currently it will only be for cosmetic effects). Though just with a push config I have zero complaints. I have not kept it under constant load for more than two hours, so my recommendation is based on constant load for 120 minutes or less. However, I think it would do just fine for an extended period of time.

And thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

No problem!

I only play AAA games or 3D design for (at most) 3 hours at a time

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am about to use the same CPU and GPU combo, how good is it like in terms of fps , like in apex legends or Modern Warfare ir similar games . Thks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The following FPS are based off entirely stock clocks:

Witcher 3 (Ultra settings) 90-120 FPS PUBG (Very High) 120-144 FPS [random maps]

These are the only games I have tested so far. I have verified I do have the TU104 chip on the RTX 2060 KO. Don't think there is much of a different for gaming, but for disclaimer reasons only for comparisons. Once I get back to the system i'll toss a few more benchmarks towards you as well.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thks Bro 👍👍👍just but the processor one piece to go

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Okkk thks,. I appreciate the info... That would be awesome

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Update - Benchmarking with Unigine Heaven 4.0 at High Settings with Lian Li 011 Dynamic XL bottom Air Filters pulled out, 3x Antec Prism 120mm intake at the bottom of the case and using EVGA Precision X1 (for only maxing GPU fans to 100% no manual OC) the GPU sat at ~65C and I pulled a score of 5091. (202.1 FPS, Score 5091, Min FPS 41.8, Max FPS 363.9)

Additional details: Render: Direct3d11 Mode: 1920x1080 fullscreen Tessellation: Disabled

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Same configuration as above but Extreme Tessellation Score: 3440 FPS: 136.6

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is a super build and I am looking to do one just like yours. However, I am not sure about the Castle radiator on the side as it creates a shado in my opinion.

Is it possible to stick the rad and 3 fans on top of the case?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes you can put the rad on top, side or bottom if you wish. I agree with the shadow in the corner. I will be picking up a 3+2+C Antec Prism kit shortly. Three RGB fans will be daisy-chained to the current fan controller and will be put on the rad creating the push/pull configuration. Not only looks will increase but should be able to drop my CPU temps down a couple more degrees.

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