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Silent Air Cooled X99 Build

by Matrinix

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 3, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 2, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.11GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Introduction

  • This is my first build since early 2007.
  • I have been using a notebook and PS4 as of late, but wanted to get a high-performance desktop to replace them.
  • I will be using this desktop for gaming, software development, and content creation. I also wanted it to be ready for the Oculus Rift.
  • The temperatures may seem a slight bit high, but the goal was silence over low temperatures as long as the temperatures stay low enough to keep the hardware from throttling.
  • I added an additional case fan to try to get the system to positive air pressure to reduce dust. Also, I am hoping that the total airflow is improved by adding the additional case fan.

Design Decisions

  • I wanted an Intel 6-core/high-end desktop platform processor.
  • I wanted a graphics card that would be great for 1080p gaming, have DirectX 12 support, and that would support the Oculus Rift when it comes out. I was considering an AMD Radeon R9 390 but I have seen reports of it causing crashes in some games I like to play. I also decided that an NVIDIA graphics card would be nice to have since several games are using GameWorks now.
  • I wanted to do 2 x 500GB SSDs in RAID 0 to get 1TB of storage space and get the added performance.
  • I wanted a silent computer with minimalistic looks but still have room to grow for potential upgrades to Broadwell-E, Pascal, SLI, or NVMe.
  • I wanted to stick with air cooling for now because it is what I am comfortable with and I have heard of reliability and noise issues with all-in-one water coolers.
  • I wanted a DVD drive for the few instances when I would need it. By getting an internal one, I can take advantage of the noise dampening from the case and save one of the USB ports.

Benchmarks

  • 3DMark Fire Strike: 10228
  • Unigine Heaven DX11 (1920x1080 8xAA Ultra Quality/Extreme Tessellation): FPS: 54.7 / Score: 1377 / Min FPS: 16.4 / Max FPS: 118.0
  • Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood (1920x1080 Maximum DirectX 11): Score: 11023
  • CrystalDiskMark (MB/s): Read - Seq Q32T1: 1028 / 4K Q32T1: 439.3 / Seq: 974.2 / 4K: 32.54 | Write - Seq Q32T1: 1038 / 4K Q32T1: 408.9 / Seq: 876.5 / 4K: 105.3

Part Reviews

CPU

All of my games work fine on this and I have ample performance to run VMs, compile code, and render videos. I just think it is odd that is has less PCIe lanes than the other HEDT processors.

CPU Cooler

My CPU is a slight bit warmer than I would have hoped but it is still within acceptable range. The heatsink can be a bit difficult to install and even with the screws tightened all the way it could still pivot if enough pressure was applied. The fan has a noticeable sound that seems like a cheap bearing/motor. It's a good value, but if you are willing to pay more, it may be worth looking into more expensive options. I ended up having to buy a different fan to replace the stock fan in order to get the temperatures and noise to a more acceptable level which may not have been needed if I had bought a more expensive CPU cooler from the beginning.

Motherboard

Works flawlessly so far. Looks clean. It had most of the features I wanted. The only thing I would add is more control over DC case fans, but I haven't really seen any motherboards that offer that.

Memory

Great performance and price. Nice quad-channel kit for use on the X99 platform.

Storage

Great performance and price, especially when used in RAID 0.

Video Card

This graphics card allows me to play all of my games at either Very High, Ultra, or Maximum settings at 1920x1080 and 60fps. Also, the fans do not spin unless the temperatures get high enough which help in my endeavors to build a silent PC. Even when playing a game, I don't notice any noise from the graphics card over the sound from the games.

Case

Nice looking case that is easy to work in. My only issue is that it is huge and doesn't prevent me from hearing the annoying bearing/motor noise from the stock fan included with the CPU cooler. I connected the case fans to the built-in fan controller and have them set at the lowest setting which provides decent airflow with barely noticeable noise.

Power Supply

The power supply is silent most of the time due to the fan not spinning unless the load warrants it, offers 1000W of power, and is on the Tier 1 list for PSUs. My only issue with it was that the cables can be difficult to work with.

Optical Drive

It does what it is supposed to and the anti-vibration technology helps reduce noise.

Wireless Network Adapter

Works as expected. Disappointed that the PCB is green, I would've preferred black. Wish it had three antennas instead of two.

Case Fan

This fan is barely audible when running in low RPMs and even at high RPMs while you can hear the fan, it is not a harsh sound. I used this fan to replace the stock fan on the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO in my build because the stock fan made a harsh mechanical noise even on low RPMs. With this fan, my CPU temperature dropped down by around 3 degrees on average. As an added bonus, it looks nicer because of the color ring.

Case Fan

Nice fans that are quiet when run at a low setting via a fan controller. These are the same type of fan that are included with the Fractal Design Define R5 and match the black/white color scheme of that case.

Monitor

Pretty decent monitor for the price but lacks full sRGB color gamut. I expected it to have full sRGB since it's an UltraSharp but I guess 96% is decent enough considering how much I paid for it. Also, it occasionally has quirks that requires power-cycling the monitor, but it is rare.

Keyboard

Very nice gaming keyboard and I really like the RGB LEDs.

Mouse

Works great. Like the adjustable weight, RGB, and the DPI button.

Headphones

Great headset. Sound is great and like the ability to mix my phone audio in with my PC audio.

Comments Sorted by:

Mason54 16 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build! The cable management looks really clean as well. +1 from me!

detechtive 1 point 23 months ago

This is my first build since early 2007.

This must have been a HUGE upgrade from an 8 year old computer!

noap7 1 point 23 months ago

Great build! How well does that mouse perform? Would you recommend it?

Matrinix submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I like the mouse and out of the ones I've used it is what I prefer; however, my brother has a G502 and its really nice if you like right-handed mice. Basically from my opinion, the G502 is nice if you are OK with a right-handed mouse with no RGB but want the ability to customize the weight, and the G303 is good if you want an ambidextrous mouse with RGB but cannot customize the weight.

noap7 1 point 23 months ago

That's great to hear! Would you mind measuring your hand for me? (End of wrist to tip of middle finger)

Matrinix submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

About 9.5".

Matrinix submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Now that the G502 Proteus Spectrum is out, I would recommend that unless you want an ambidextrous mouse.

trish7582 1 point 20 months ago

Your situation with this CPU cooler is the very FIRST that I have heard complaints about. I am getting my research done for my new build and I chose this cooler based on many great comments. I was going to go with the Dark Rock Pro 3 until I hard the raves over this piece. If I buy the Cooler Master Evo I don't want to mess with buying a new fan

Matrinix submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I haven't tried them so I'm not sure how much better they are, but if it were me, and I had the choice to do it over again, I probably would've gotten a CPU cooler from CRYORIG or Be Quiet! (I may still do it down the road if I upgrade the CPU).

I definitely think the bearings in the OEM fan included with the Hyper 212 EVO is junk and is what was causing the noise I couldn't stand.

Also one other thing to be careful of, I broke one of the fan mounting kit brackets on accident by tightening the screw just a little too much (cheap plastic junk).

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