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Skylake RX 480 Box

by Zommben


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Date Published

July 19, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.3 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

84.0° C



This build is my 3rd, but first mini ITX build. Used mostly for gaming at 1440p.

Part Reviews

i5 6600K This thing is a beast, but my previous CPU was an i5 3570K. I had both clocked at 4.2GHz and I only got about a 20% increase in speed in benchmarks and games. I have no doubt this will last a long time. Stays incredibly cool in this small case with the H55, staying in the 50C range when at 100% in a stress test.

Corsair H55 Smallest decently priced cooler that would fit in this case, does a great job. I can hear the pump working but its very faint compared to another part I will describe soon.

Asus Z170i PRO Gaming Mini ITX Nothing to complain about here, the board is very well laid out. BIOS is packed with features and all kinds of settings. I haven't had much of a chance to OC the i5 more than I have; which was as simple as turning up the multiplier. On board Wi-Fi is fast and even the little things like having a padded IO shield were nice additions.

Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB Nothing to write home about and nothing to complain about either. Very good value for money. I bought one stick so I can upgrade to 16GB easily in the future.

Intel 540s 240GB M.2 SSD I got this on special and I prefer using Intel drives for reliability. This thing is fast and the M.2 form factor was a big help in the small case.

Silverstone SG13 The reason this build is so small. I love this case, the layout is amazingly efficient. Not too much wrong here Silverstone really nailed it. The only complaint would be to include some thumbscrews for the top panel. Luckily I had some that where the right thread from my box of screws. The price for this is really unbeatable. I'd have happily payed even 50% more for it. If Silverstone ever made an aluminium version to keep the weight doen it would be an instant buy from me.

Silverstone SX500 SF PSU Now here is where the only negatives of the build are. You see in my country (New Zealand) the Corsair SF450 is sold out everywhere. So I decided to go with the Silverstone. It powers my build like a dream, HOWEVER there is a huge problem with this PSU that is apparently quite common. The fan is thermally controlled, and the PSU only needs the fan to spin slowly to keep it cool. GREAT you might think? A slow fan means not much if any noise. Well you're wrong; when this fans spins slowly it makes an awful clicking noise, similar to one you would hear on a mechanical hard disk that is searching. Its easily the loudest part of the build. I am keeping an eye on stock levels of the Corsair SF450 and will immediately replace this PSU with one. Other than that the cables supplied are a nice short length and it seems to be made of a high quality material.

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KeenDreams 5 Builds 4 points 32 months ago

Great itx build, very neat. Does New Zealand use the same currency as Old Zealand?

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Dat Pikachu Tho.... Save up the candies 4 le Raichu

Oh yes oh yes oh yes another pokemon go joke

Cool build! :P +1

Zommben submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! And yeah he's pretty cool, got him from the Pokemon Center in Tokyo

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Nice! I'd love to go there someday :)

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

well,getting a rx 480 seems a better and more future proof deal for me since you know anyway its up to you

Zommben submitter 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

I am tempted to get one and get an LG 29UM68-P to go with it for free-sync. But if I was to get a 480 it would be a non-reference

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Youd have to wait until mid august to get a custom 480

Selicos 1 point 32 months ago

Benchmarks say 1060 over the 4gb 480 but the 8gb 480 may be close in $/performance depending who you ask.

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I see that you've gone down the 480 route. Good choice. 0

Zommben submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Yep, the 1060 is about $50 more expensive than the RX 480 here. Plus none of the models in stock in NZ dont even fit in my case. I just jumped on the reference RX 480 since I couldn't be bothered waiting any longer. Really happy with it though!

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Actually, how are the temps and noise levels on it? I'm planning on building a PC with this same exact case and an RX 480. It's going to be an HTPC so noise matters to me. I've actually built 4 different PCs in this case already so I'm really familiar with it, but I haven't used an RX 480 yet. So I'm wondering about the noise/heat it produces in that case. Also, fan speed and clock speed if it isn't much to ask?

Zommben submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The temps in this thing are pretty strange, but not terrible. Ive set the power limit of the card to +50% which stops the card from throttling. And set minimum fan speed to 2200 (inaudible) and max to 2700 (Can hear while PC is muted but not in gameplay). I've set the state 7 frequency to 1300 and memory to 2200Mhz.

Heres where it gets weird, at idle I can have 27C and another day it can be 50C. Ive seen this reported with other users and it seems to be some strange driver issue that pegs the core clock higher than it needs to be under certain conditions.

Under full load though it gets to around 84C. Never been over that. So nothing to complain about at load. Just hope the idle temp issue gets sorted sometime. Though its not a huge issue.

This is all with my i5 at 4.5Ghz 24/7. But that never goes over 50C anyway.

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Awesome. I just saw the photos you put up, it looks absolutely stunning. The RX 480 and this case are a perfect match. I'm certainly going to do this now, when I can. I will probably wait until AMDs Zen CPUs come out, and hope that there is a good selection of mITX mobos.

Especially since today they just benched their 8C/16T Summit Ridge CPU vs a i7 6900k both @3.0Ghz in a Blender render test, and AMD won. The hype train is taking off.

Tide_Pods 1 point 31 months ago

NIce build! May I ask how does the rx 480 hold up with 1440p, possibly with triple A titles? and how's the monitor too? my choice right now is choosing between 144hz at 1080p (with a gtx 1070 or rx 480 nitro) or 60hz at 1440p (only the 1070, for now).

Zommben submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The monitor is pretty good, nice colors since its IPS and it can OC to 75Hz easy. I am tempted to replace it with a 21:9 FreeSync monitor though.

Witcher 3 1440p settings on high with AA with no hairworks - 50-60 fps BF4 1440p settings maxed - about 70 fps Rocket league 1440p maxed about 120+ GTA 1440p with most settings on high gets around 70 fps

I'd say its decent for 1440p gaming at 60fps if you are willing to just slightly turn down some settings like shadows to get there.

Tide_Pods 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you! I will be going with a 144hz, 1080p though since I found about DSR which let's me render 1440p resolution on a 1080p monitor. Pretty great feature!

Zommben submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Nice, but I wouldn't recommend using the DSR feature as it wont make too much of a visual difference and it will be more difficult to render at 144fps.

DeaththeKidd 1 point 27 months ago

How does the Video card run for you i was thinking of using one in a build but didn't want to pay that much. I guess I'm asking if its worth it?

Zommben submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Its gotten a lot better with AMDs great driver updates over the past few months now. Its on par with the 1060 in most games now, crushes it in DX12 and its gonna be a whole lot more future proof with AMDs FineWine TM tech ahah.

Yeah man its a great card, all I play at the moment are Dota 2 and BF1 which it handles at both maxed out settings at 1440p over 75FPS (I am for this since my monitor is OC'd to 75Hz).

No regrets buying it. It is a little noisy with the default clocks and voltages but I have been able to undervolt the card to where its not much of an issue anymore.

byruomgi 1 point 26 months ago

Cool build! I'm planning to buy the same GPU to my SG13, but I'm not sure if my 140mm air fan will fit. Do you think it's possible? In the 6th photo I see there is some space left.

Thanks in advance! +1

Zommben submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

It'll fit but don't try a 140mm radiator if you ever go with an AIO

Jeddie2022 1 point 24 months ago

Very neat, really do hope mine turns out like that

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