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Arctic Blizzard

by SioWolf



Date Published

Aug. 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.823 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.014 GHz


Update 2:

Overclocked the CPU to 4.5GHz and swapped out the 1070 for an MSI Gaming X GTX 1080! UserBenchmark:



Over the past couple of months I have upgraded this PC, adding an additional monitor and swapping my GTX 970 for a new Gigabyte G1 GTX 1070.


It was finally time to build another PC. And this time around I focused on productivity. I wanted a monster of a PC that could do all my video production needs with ease. And boy does this one deliver. The only thing that could make this PC better is a GTX 1070 and thats coming! I promise.

This build turned out fantastic! I've since switched out the 212 EVO for a Cryorig H7 and couldn't be happier.

See the build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMYFllUZgg0

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This cooler is fantastic! Like many are saying, it is the Hyper 212 Evo killer. I did an in depth review of its performance VS the Hyper 212 Evo here: https://youtu.be/gLvJ4XUgInQ


I absolutely love this case. Its my default case for every project and the one I always recommend to friends. Its clean and simple design is very attractive and the interior is very well planned to make building enjoyable and easy. Cable management is a breeze and there is plenty of room for most projects.


I had purchased a mechanical keyboard a while back and returned it because I didn't feel it was worth the money. The difference between it and a membrane keyboard just wasn't great enough. The STRAFE, however, was a completely different story. It looks great, feels great, and is very satisfying to type on. The red LEDs are bright and crisp as well, which I had never appreciated until I went back and compared this to my old membrane keyboard after using the new one for a few months.

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JunkaDK 1 point 31 months ago

Nice pc. I would go for faster RAM though :) AND like you said.. better GPU :)

DeltaForceGM01 1 point 31 months ago

ram speed doesn't matter 1-3 FPS faster (within margin of error)

JunkaDK 1 point 31 months ago

you could not be more wrong :) and i'm not just talking about gaming.. He uses his rig for video production. see this article: http://www.techspot.com/article/1171-ddr4-4000-mhz-performance/page3.html

In some games yes.. its marginal.. but in others.. its ALOT :)

mpnx900 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

It appears in the article he isn't changing the latency so of course 4000MHz at 15 CL (or whatever the CL is at that speed) is going to be faster than 2133MHz at 15 CL when in reality the latency scales with the speed.

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/memory-performance-speed-latency explains true latency well.

In my last build when I was using DDR3 2133 memory I tested using the Intel XMP at 2133 and then stock speed at 1600 and there was less than 1 FPS difference in gaming benchmarks.

JunkaDK 1 point 31 months ago

Well you can't exactly compare your old DDR3 system with a newer DDR4 skylake system. Also big difference between 1600 vs 2133 and 2400 vs 4000. I know 4000+ is rather "expensive", men im sure 3200mhz would not cost a whole lot more than 2400mhz.

Regarding latency it says in the article:

"On the subject of memory timings, we didn’t see a huge impact on performance when going from , say CAS16 to CAS19, and while the latency does start to creep up this is solved by going to the next speed grade. In short, low-latency DDR4-2400 won’t match the performance of slacker DDR4-3000 memory. We recommend Skylake builders aim for DDR4-3000 memory, but if you can go faster without paying much more then feel free to do so."

The latency on 4000mhz ram is 19 CL.

Alexius_ 1 point 31 months ago

Faster RAM honestly makes little to no difference when it comes to gaming, but yes GTX 1070 will give system much better performance. DDR4-4000 RAM is simply not cost effective, you could use that money and go from a 1070 to a 1080 GPU and see much larger improvements.

JunkaDK 1 point 31 months ago

Regardless of the cost of fast RAM , apparently it can make a difference.. http://www.techspot.com/article/1171-ddr4-4000-mhz-performance/page3.html

SioWolf submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Do a Google search about RAM speed and take a look around. Even DDR3 was way faster than most programs could utilize. With DDR4 you'll see little improvement from a higher speed. Because of this I went for the cheapest option that got me 16GB.

I used this source, specifically pages 4 and 5: http://www.legitreviews.com/ddr4-memory-scaling-intel-z170-finding-the-best-ddr4-memory-kit-speed_170340

JunkaDK 1 point 31 months ago

Well within the next few months i will upgrade from 2800mhz to 3866mhz, and i will post my results :) It's true , that in some games there is hardly any difference , but in some game there apparently is.. like Fallout 4.

SioWolf submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Upgraded my GPU. Not the RAM, though ):

Did you ever get around to swapping out your RAM and seeing if there is any improvement?

JunkaDK 1 point 27 months ago

I have not.. yet :)

SioWolf submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I think you'll be happy to know I went for the fast RAM in my new build ;)

TedTheOperator 1 point 31 months ago

Love the CPU cooler, I need to upgrade from stock but most CPU's coolers are ugly, I'm really bad about having everything in my PC look good.

SioWolf submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I think the H7 is one of the prettiest CPU coolers in its range. The plastic cover on the top is sleek and looks much nicer than the exposed metal.

Johnzil 1 point 25 months ago

You have very nice build! Cryorig H7 is indeed an Evo killer :) Do you have any GPU coil whine while gaming without V-sync turned On?

SioWolf submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Once the game I'm playing passes 200-300 FPS, yes. But not many games will do that.