Alright folks, I'm back again for my 3rd build. This is probably my coolest build yet. It's going to be an editing PC for a friend of my dad's I built myself. I loved working in the Evolv, although the back side panel is a bit gross because I'm quite awful when it comes to cable management when not in the front. Some things to note is something plugged into the motherboard caused issues booting. It gave a Q Code 98, which is input connections failed to I guess be found. I unplugged everything and replugged it back in one by one till I found the NZXT USB HUB to be the issue. I left it unplugged and used a different keyboard and it worked great. Easy Windows 10 install. I got all the drivers installed no sweat too. Me personally, I do not like the cable management. I kind of flopped on some parts. The VGA cables are horrid. Kinda everywhere but kind of not. It's weird. The back of the 24 pin in the front is slanted, which bugs me personally, but you can't actually really see it unless you look in and try to. The Kraken cables are bad in a way too. The one that goes over the top VRM heatsink bugs me. And the front USB 3.1 was in a bad spot on this motherboard for this case. I would've liked it to the right next to the 24 pin. And to overclocking. I'm really new to the PC game quite honestly. Only 15, 3 builds in. The last 2 builds has EZ overclocking features. The MSI x370 Krait didn't have nearly as much overclocking features as this one. It's pretty crazy how much more freedom this Asus BIOS has over the MSI one. Anyways, I got an UNSTABLE 1.35v 4.0ghz overclock, which I plan to maybe get 4.0ghz 1.3750v soon. It's a lot better than my personal Ryzen build which is 3.9ghz @ 1.3750v. A whole 100mhz more. RAM overclocking kinda sucks.. kinda a lot. I can't get past 2400mhz on this kit and even at 2400mhz it's still unstable. I don't get it. Might just be unlucky. But I have a few days to get it to the max it can go while still being stable till it's shipped out. It's sem-quiet too. An average of 38 decibels while idle (not that good but still..). The GPU was a great scoop too. It was 100$ flat used on Craigslist and works great in games. Shadow of Mordor at 1080p max settings ran at an average of 70fps which is GTX 970 speeds but with half a more VRAM lol.. Not much else to say. Build was great but overclocking with a new BIOS is kind of a pain. Any help with overclocks would be great to hear? I haven't seen anything like SOC in the MSI BIOS, nor BCLK overclocking. Just any help with that would be obliged.
Love the 1700 so much. Used it twice so far and doesn't fail on performance.
Pretty decent temps but only got a x52 because it fits the case better than an x62.
RAM doesn't go past 2133mhz while stable??? Asus Aura sucks and freezes and doesn't even show the motherboard on there either.
Looks great but Asus Aura software sucks and freezes when changing colors. G. Skill software works fine though.
It's a hard drive lol...at least it didn't come DOA like the last one.
GTX 970 speeds with 500mhz more VRAM. Thanks AMD.
Super expensive but an amazing case overall. Looks beautiful.
It's a PSU so there's that, but cables are pretty darn thick.
Lights up and cools fine.
Lights up and cools fine.
MORE CABLE COMBS PLEASE
Pretty good. 20$ and helps if you only have 1 USB 2.0 like my motherboard but need more.
Love NZXT RGB fans.