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Meshify and Coffee Lake

by Velcade

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35 Comments

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Date Published

March 11, 2018

Date Built

March 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.67 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

I first decided I wanted to try my hand at PC building back in December. I stumbled upon this website and a few tech tubers and started getting to know the new Z370 chipset. I ordered everything and when it all arrived put it together and did an external test boot. Everything worked! I was really happy nothing went wrong, I've read some stories about the X Hero board and was nervous. I first updated the bios then OC'd the ram and finally installed Windows 10. After everything was up and running I safely stored the components in the closet while I waited for my case.

Hardest part was deciding on the case. I had finally landed on the Define R6 in gunmetal but the release date keeps getting pushed further back. On March 7th I received an email from NewEgg stating they would not be fulfilling my pre-order. I decided it was time to move on, my PC had been sitting in the closet for a month now waiting for a case.

I went to MicroCenter and found the Meshify C. A nice case to build in and quite compact. I just finished installing everything in the case last night. I spent a little time overclocking the CPU, I believe I have a stable OC at 5.0GHz. I ran Prime95 for 3hrs and saw max core temps of 81'C. I've also run CinebenchR15 and 3DMark.

If anyone has any other suggestions or tips for OC stability I'd love to hear them. Without further ado here is the finished product. Enjoy!

I have since moved everything over to the new Define R6 in gunmetal. Check it out here

Part Reviews

CPU

This ol' boy is great. 12 threads and 6 core of awesome sauce. I was able to overclock this to 5.0Ghz @ 1.38v

It definitely needs some good cooling.

CPU Cooler

The cooler is great. The fan cables could be a bit longer. I wanted to run this in a 'push' configuration and had trouble getting the cables to reach the fan controller on the radiator. I ended up switching to a 'pull' config and the cables worked out fine in that situation. I love that it has a dedicated fan hub build in, really helps keep things clean. I wish the cable coming from the pump was on top of the pump and not the bottom, it would have made it easier to hide when doing cable management.

Thermal Compound

Works as advertised. For now I have only used it on my Celsius S36 and temps have been great.

Motherboard

This is a great motherboard. The bios is easy to navigate and it's loaded with features. The XMP profile worked great for my Trident Z DDR4-3200.

The BIOS option to display CPU temp on debug led on-board after successful boot is a really cool option. I like being able to glance over and see my CPU temps.

Memory

Trident Z RGB delivers! This stuff is great. XMP 2 profile worked great. No issues hitting 3200 speed. 32GB of ram is fantastic. The color sync with ASUS aura works really well. It's nice to have everything work off a single program.

Storage

My first SSD and it's a world of difference coming from standard 7200RPM HDD. I went with this one as it seemed to offer the best value for the storage.

Storage

It's a bit loud but works great for extra storage, the high cache rate is fantastic. It was actually cheaper than it's WD Black counterpart, a steal for gold status. The 5 year warranty is also great peace of mind.

Video Card

I was lucky enough to grab this last December before they all disappeared. This card is great. The GPU Tweak II works well for overclocking and creating custom clock profiles. It's handled everything I've thrown at it so far. I am able to run 1440p 144hz high graphics for all the games I play currently (PUBG, Hitman, COD WWII, Destiny 2, Fortnite, etc.)

Case

Nice tower for a compact build. The tinted glass is almost too much, when building in a TG case you want to show off your handy work and I feel the tint mutes too much of the inside. Building in the case was enjoyable and the front mount 360mm rad position was great. PSU shroud with removable HD bay is great. Tie down points make cable management really easy.

Power Supply

Great power supply. The built quality is excellent and the 80+ Gold cert is nice.

Operating System

Windows 10 seems to come with a lot of bloatware. I don't play XBox and there were a lot of XBox related items as well as some kids games that came installed. I few minutes deleting all of that and it's nice. Will take some getting use to coming from Windows 7.

I removed yet another star because there are so many system setting tweaks you need to do before the OS is stable. Very disappointing.

Case Fan

Nice fan. Moves a lot of air. Relatively quiet. Only downside is they're not PWM fans.

Monitor

I love this thing! 1440p at 144Hz is amazing. The colors on this monitor are fantastic. It did take some tweaking in NVidia control panel to get them just right but it's a world of difference coming from 1080p at 60Hz. This was favorite purchase for the build hands down.

UPS

It's running great. Nice to have an UPS incase the power goes out. CyberPower makes great UPSs and the software is nice to monitor and tweak the settings.

Other

This little guy is working out great keeping my VRM temps down. An absolute must if you go with water cooling, without a HSF to help cool the rest of the board the VRM can heat up quickly. For $5 it's the best insurance around. The ASUS z370 line includes a 40/50mm fan bracket mount for this area.

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Sawdog 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Awesome build! I would take off the plastic cover on the back of your video card.

hi_im_snowman 2 points 12 months ago

Yep, I would second that, you wouldn't want the adhesive to have an unsightly effect with heat over time. :)

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Ah man! Is that supposed to come off? I noticed it but when I picked at the corner it wasn't peeling up. I'll have to check it again. Thanks for the help.

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I got it! Well... I had the wife pick it off, but it came off. Thanks for point that out.

Sawdog 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

That should help with temps

tarkett 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

You want to run a stress test overnight to confirm it’s completely stable and around an hour to get proper temps, and running an aio make absolutely sure you have some air on your vrm’s they can get hot on coffee lake, but welcome to the meshify master race.

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! I've try and run it over night. I do have a 50mm fan installed over my VRMs, hopefully it does the trick.

DRiV3R89 1 point 12 months ago

Any noticeable difference with 50mm fan on the VRM?

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It's been on there from day one so I don't have comparative data. Although looking through builds on PcPP 95% seem to leave the fan off. VRM temps were my main concern when I decided to dive into AIO cooling. It was a 5 dollar investment that is worth it to me.

DRiV3R89 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! What are you using to monitor VRM temps? HWInfo64 doesn't appear to report VRM temperature.

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

No idea, actually. I haven't found an easy way to monitor them. I'm sure it's cooler than having no fan ;)

tarkett 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Any airflow is better than no airflow, it should help to keep them cool.

Pcgamer097 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Great build! +1

Can you see the components inside the case with the tinted glass panel on and the lights in the room on? (like in photo 14)

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

It's quite dark inside the case, I bet you could light it up a bit with a LED strip in there. If the clear TG version was available locally I would have gotten that one.

AlexDMV 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build! I will be building a pc with similar parts in a month or two, and I was wondering... how is the tint on the case? There is a meshify C case that comes with the tg but no tint, and I was wondering if the tint is too dark or if it’s dark enough to hide the extra wires but not too dark

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It's pretty dark once the side panel is installed. Pictures 13 and 14 kind of show the difference between the glass panel installed and not installed.

AlexDMV 1 point 12 months ago

Okay. Would you recommend getting that tint or just going for the non tint

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Tough call. If you're into RGB and don't want to tone down your colors I'd get a clear side case. It's a fairly dark interior to begin with, I would have probably gotten no tint if it was an option when I picked this up.

AlexDMV 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome. Thanks man. I’m gonna go with the clear one then.

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It's been on there from day one so I don't have comparative data. Although looking through builds on PcPP 95% seem to leave the fan off. VRM temps were my main concern when I decided to dive into AIO cooling. It was a 5 dollar investment that is worth it to me.

g8trb8 1 point 11 months ago

Looks like I am a little late to the post lol. I really love the size and airflow of this case but I have a 240mm corsair h100i v2 with a strix 1080 but it doesn't look like it will fit in the front of the case. If you had a 240mm radiator with 2 fans in push, do you think they would be able to fit at the top instead of the front without any motherboard clearance?

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

It won't fit up front, the STRIX 1080 is just too long. You'll need to measure the thickness if your rad plus fans to see if it'll fit up top. I am not a big fan of AIOs in exhaust mode and with the S36 being 360 I have not looked into top mount clearance.

chidy 1 point 9 months ago

do you know if you are able to mount the fans in front of the chassis, behind the meshify? I have a very similar build to yours but with a h150i pro and a strix 1080 and would like to buy the meshify C

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

how do you like --->> Crucial - MX500 2TB 2.5" Solid State Drive?

This week, everyone dropped the price -$50, now $449. I am guessing a Father Days Special next week? I want one!!

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I like it a lot. No issues so far, I've got it about halfway full. Runs like a champ, boot times are phenomenal compared to my old WD Black HDD.

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

thanks, reviews are good

PrivatePengu 1 point 8 months ago

May I ask how you mounted a 3.5" drive in the bay with a 360 mm radiator in the front? Could you take a picture of your cable management (with clear view to the drive bays)?

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Hey there! I cannot show any photos of the cable management because this build was moved over to the Define R6 as soon as my pre-order (finally) arrived. I mounted the 3.5" drive to the bottom of the case using the provided screws and rubber grommets, if you look on page 12 of the owners manual you'll see what I'm talking about.

This case was really nice and was easy to build in however ASUS makes some long boys and I could not use my GPU and have 3 fans mounts to the radiator.

PrivatePengu 1 point 8 months ago

That doesn't leave very much space, does it? I'm gonna guess that cable management was difficult.

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

It wasn't terrible. There was room between the HDD and the PSU, there was plenty of room on the back side of the case for the cables.

PrivatePengu 1 point 8 months ago

Huh, alrighty. I'm trying to plan out a loop in my own, but I'd rather not give up my HDDs, so this is quite useful.

Velcade submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

If you remove the HDD cage you'll only be able to mount 1 HDD.