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10/08/15 New fans added:
TOP: 140mm be quiet! Silent Wings 2 PWM Fan
REAR: 120mm be quiet! Silent Wings 2 PWM Fan
CPU: 2x 120mm Corsair Air Series SP120 PWM Quiet Edition, High Static Pressure Fan
Also, discovered why the GPU was not idling properly. Changed desktop refresh rate down to 120hz and turn off hardware acceleration of most application (Chrome, spotify,etc...). Gpu temps are now 33-35ºC with gpu fans OFF.
Waiting to put some juicy LEDs.
Despite overclocking like mad it's currently set to default 4.0 Ghz. More than enough for my needs.
Ironically, I suspect is the most "noisy" hardware of this build under normal circumstances. Something that I definitely didn't expect. My main complain is the pump's noise whilst idling but it's barely audible if the case is closed.
Has everything that I can possibly need and packs some good aesthetics. Really nice built-in red stripe LED.
Good-looking, efficient and cheap. Didn't go for the 2400 version due to the lack of tangible benefits.
Standard SSD anyone should go for if you don't require anything special. In the future might add another one and RAID zero.
Well...we all need a big chest of drawers at home. There is space for another two in this case.
Can't emphasize how quiet this GPU is when is not under load. It's literally inaudible! The fans only trigger if temp is above 60°C therefore, if you are not playing something 'heavy' it won't make any sort of noise. Idle temperatures are sitting at 59/60°C. Don't know if it's associated with the factory overclock or not, but it differs from what I read in several review (33-39°C). Maybe, I lack the knowledge to optimize it properly (IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS PM OR COMMENT) If If set GPU's fans in a 1:1 profile, idle temperatures sit around 43-46°C. In this scenario, you can definitely hear the GPU but nothing outrageous. Just a slight "humming".
UPDATE: 144hz refresh rate doesn't allow the GPU to run at low memory clock. Changed to 120hz when not gaming and temps are around 33-35ºC (IDLE).
Performance wise: Holy ****. Holy ****. I can ran Witcher 3 ultra settings/1440p with continuous 80-87 fps. At this stage the fans are too noisy for my standards. Nonetheless, I use open-back headphones and can't hear them on top of my music or games.
Since this is a LARGE and VERY HEAVY card, there is a slight drop. Just make sure you mount it in a fashion that compensates the drop. Additionally, I manage to support it with my sleeved cable (notice how strategically I have put a zip tie around the cable and positioned them close to the case's base). I will find an alternative to provide some additional support. I will update this build when I find a decent solution.
SLI? I dont know about this one. This stuff is so thick....but it will definitely fit but I would have concerns regarding airflow. I don't think this card would be a great choice if you need to SLI or plan to in the future. Unless...you use a PCI-E flexible extension cable.
Perfect for my needs. Slim, sturdy and cheap. Cable management is very, very easy. Some components are definitely not top quality, screws to give an example. But hey, it's so cheap! Black is matte with a nice texture, not that glossy crap. It does not leave a single fingerprint or handling marks. It's not easily scratched either. Overall, looks very premium despite its price.