Haha -- I was surprised at how well so many cables fit behind that column :)
Thanks! I did. They're actually in the build now, but didn't arrive in time with everything else and I wanted to post this as one of the first Kaby Lake/Z270 builds, which it was. I haven't updated pictures, and I think answered two other people who asked this very thing. In fact my write up even says I'm waiting on custom cables.
"This is also missing my sleeved cables. Unfortunately, they couldn't arrive quite as fast as everything else, but they'll go in when the (future) 1080 Ti and watercooling blocks/rad/pump/tubing/etc do."
Just plug in your fans to the motherboard CPU_FAN CPU_OPT headers instead of into the Link, and plug in the Link's pump header into the AIO_PUMP Without the USB controller, I believe the pump runs at 100% all the time, but the fans are controllable via the AI Suite just like any other fan. The AI suite is kind of a mess, however.
598C: Closed back instead of open back. Smaller soundstage and worse for gaming positional awareness/immersive sound, but also doesn't allow any sound to leak out. Good if you need to use your headphones in public/in an office/around people you don't wanna bother.
598SE: Just the 598, but in black.
598: Open back, same as 598SE but in the cream color that personally doesn't appeal to me.
Thanks dude! I just got my sleeved cables and need to repost the build with fully sleeved cabling, but been lazy :) Hope to do it some time tomorrow
Hey dude! The sleeved cables I buy are CableMod ModFlex, in the U.S. they can be bough through Performance-PCs or Newegg, and in Canada I believe their retail partner is NCIX. You can also just google their website and there will be more info :)
I bought the regular length, not short or long:
CableMod E-Series ModFlex™ Full Cable Kit for EVGA G3, G2, P2 & T2 - Black
Hope this helps!
Thanks dude! I considered it, but I liked the look better this way and the H100i is temporary until I get whatever nVidia's next GPU is and a waterblock for it (already have my CPU block and radiators/pump/res from previous build), so it stayed like this :)
I didn't use any of the USB2.0 headers as I'm controlling my H100i fans via the built-in motherboard fan headers/don't care for pump control, but I can see your point.
I could probably fit it, but it's kind of a tight fit against the I/O part of the motherboard's armor (the H100i doesn't get in the way), and it covers it up. I actually have a ton of extra ML120s and HD120s laying around but probably won't bother for the time being :)
People are right, you definitely don't need this mobo for gaming! I chose it for a combination of looks and the ability to integrate it into my custom watercooling loop down the line. You could easily get one of the $150-200 Z270 mobos and have near identical gaming performance.
Awesome! They were all backordered when I got mine, luckily I found it locally :) good luck with the build!
Love it so far -- absolutely fantastic features, easy to navigate BIOS, and overclocking to 5ghz was a breeze. Also an amazing amount of tools. I've had gigabyte boards before and they're great, but I think ASUS kills it in terms of tools and features.
Hey, thanks! Yah it was pretty straightforward -- I mounted the H100i as far towards the front as possible in the adjustable rails. I can't see anyone having issues if you're only using 2 fans, but I could see 4 fans (push/pull) being problematic.
Nah. There's virtually no difference at all for games at drives of that speed.
I'd look into getting it updated -- the pre-loaded BIOS on my board was from 10/16, and the latest was released 1/4. Awesome results though!
Did you download the AURA software? It should be in the "Support" section and then "Drivers" for the MAXIMUS IX Formula. You might be able to adjust it on there, but yah, mine did light up even before I configured it in AURA :/
SOOOO ya..the 960 thing. I realized I'm a complete moron yesterday, and you're right, I did try to install it wrong :D when installed properly, there should be no issues.
As for overclock, I updated the BIOS and just selected the 5ghz profile (multiplier set to 50), and am at a stable 5ghz. Just ran Intel Burn Test and Prime95 for 2 hours and the system is rock solid at this clock. I'll have to go ahead and try to overclock it further later on, but for now I'm happy at the stellar stable results at 5ghz.
Yoooo what's up dude..so I took a lot of naps today, and still haven't OC'd my **** lol. maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow morning, but I'll report back. Is that at stock voltage or did you bump it up at all?
Very true, I'm locked @ 1080p/300fps in OW , feelsgoodman.
I ordered them simultaneously, but they won't be here until Monday :) I'll update then. Trust me, I hate the non-sleeved cables too.
I'll report back later today once I've taken some time to try an OC :)
Most reports have it performing identically, clock-for-clock. The gotcha is that it can reportedly overclock to 5ghz+ easily. I haven't tried OCing yet, but I will dive into it this weekend and report back.
Awesome build! Super clean and I love the colors you chose. Awesome use of the best fans in the biz -- Noctua :)
Hah, yah, it was once gibberish to me too.
A DAC is a Digital to Analog Converter, fancy name for a sound card, usually external in this case.
An AMP drives more power to a headphone in order to make it sound better/louder.
An audio interface can include both of the above, but also have inputs for recording audio from mics/instruments. In many cases, it also provides power to the mic so it can work properly.
But yah, overall, using an audio interface/DAC/AMP will improve your playback and recording quality over using the onboard soundcard. There's a ton of variance in how much of a difference it makes depending on the quality and price, and my setup is pretty entry-level. Audiophile gear gets expensive fast, and I'm definitely no audiophile.
Nice! Thanks for the update dude. It seemed sketchy to me putting the M.2 under the armor, but, then again, I might have been being overzealous, or maybe I should've just left the armor looser.
Anyways, let me know what your experience is!
And hah, thanks dude! I'm quite pleased with it, love looking at it, just can't wait to get my sleeved cables.
As for the monitor, that's a Focusrite Scarlett Solo audio interface. Serves as a DAC/AMP for my headphones and an audio interface for my AT2035 mic!
Yup, 960 EVO. It looked/felt to me like the NVMe's PCB was bending when mounted and the armor is installed over it, but it's not unthinkable that I was being overzealous and/or did something wrong. As for using a PCIE NVMe and M.2, I haven't tried it, but I'd be surprised if this board didn't support that. They make a big fuss about how you can use multiple M.2 drives for an M.2 RAID setup in the marketing material.
Do let me know how it goes, im super interested in hearing your experience trying to mount the 960 under the armor!
No updates so far, tweeted them twice. The good news is the drivers included in Windows 10 seem to be enough to get you up and running, either that or at least the NIC drivers were there (I use wired ethernet) and it downloaded appropriate drivers via Microsoft.
If you're installing an M.2 NVMe, I'd use the included bracket and mount it in the bottom M.2 port. It seemed to me removing the armor to mount it underneath meant the PCB for the NVMe was bending once I put the armor back on. Either that or I did something wrong there.
Good luck! Don't hesitate to shoot me a message if you have any other questions.
Yup! It's ~10 screws in the back and then it pops right off.
I took it off at first to mount the M.2 drive in the concealed M.2 port (under the armor), but mounting it in that position seemed to "bend" the NVMe's PCB when I re-fastened the armor, so I just attached it to the bottom M.2 port with the included bracket instead. I'm just going to wait until more people have the board to hear what the talk is on mounting M.2 drives in that port and bending with the armor.
Ah yes. True!
It does have a shroud, just not sure how perceptible it is in these pictures!
Thanks! A man can dream :)
Thanks dude! CableMod ModFlex cables are on the way, slated to arrive Monday :) Will update then.
The 570/460X must be some of my favorite cases out right now! I'd say do it. It's also really easy to build in once you have the glass panels off, and they're super easy to remove with the thumbscrews.
Any time dude!
Thanks for the kind words dude!
I'm sure the 7700K will run very comparably to the 6700K for streaming performance, unless any of the new technologies have a large impact there. I haven't gotten a chance to test gaming + streaming to see what the overhead is, but will have some time to do so this weekend.
As for overclocking, that is one of the allures of Kaby Lake. ASUS has stated that, with a preset profile, it is possible to overlock 80% of i7-7700Ks to 5ghz+ using their ROG MAXIMUS line of motherboards. Unfortunately, ASUS has not yet pushed the BIOS update with this profile, and I didn't have enough time last night when I got done with the build to tweak and overclock manually. I will dive into that over the weekend, for sure, and report back with overclocking results.
As for streaming -- I briefly (1hr-ish) streamed the beginning of my build last night, up to getting the NVMe mounted and motherboard in the case, but then my power went out and my stream went along with it :/ I do play to stream some Overwatch one the build is up and running! My (barren) twitch channel is: twitch.tv/GentleEclaire
Thanks dude! Will most definitely do.
I hear you dude! I used to live in Florida, where the only upside was being close to PerformancePCs, so watercooling parts were delivered basically overnight on the cheap. Living in Silicon Valley now has its own set of perks.
Good luck with your build! Would love to check it out once it's done.
Thanks! I was lucky to have a local retailer that was stocking the Kaby Lake processors and ASUS Z270 motherboards yesterday :)
Most definitely! I'll update for sleeved cabling and for 1080 Ti/watercooling. I have the CPU block/pump/res ready to go, as soon as the 1080 Ti is announced I will get an EK block for it and start working on the acrylic tubing :)
Hah, close enough! Just happy to be amongst the first few :)
Pretty sure! At least until my power went out for one of many times .. finally finished it at 2am :)
Yes it is. It's the ASUS extended fan controller that comes with the Maximus VIII Impact. Uses a 5-pin connector to add 3 independently controllable PWM headers and 3 thermistors.
Whoa, really? Where at? Would love to see it!
Thanks bruh. I was trying to go for muted with the red, instead of EXXXTREME GAMERZ RED. Glad it came through!
Thanks! I always try to go the extra mile on my builds with soft tubing to make sure it looks good! I think for my next build I'll be ready for hardline+bending.