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Critical Glass

by Jebus5000



Date Published

Dec. 2, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.192 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


Used mostly for gaming and internet stuff. Had an old i7 920 build with a gtx 285, so figured it was time to upgrade after 7 years.

If you have any questions, comments, hints, etc. please let me know! I'd love to have some tips on how I can better manage the cables, fan placement, etc.

Part Reviews


I haven't had much time to play around with it. Shadows of Mordor hardly uses any CPU power for a real test, so it hovers around 55C during gameplay (1920x1200, ultra, etc). Using Prime 95, it gets around 72C after about 5 minutes of load.

CPU Cooler

I'm surprised how well this not only fits my current build, but how well this transferred over to this new i5. I had to play around with the motherboard mount (not difficult) to get it to mount to the chipset, but it was hardly an issue. I'll be able to give it a better review once I run something that actually pushes the CPU a bit more.


Great looking motherboard. Wish the 24 pin connector was a bit higher to night up better with the cable slot. Also, it would be nice if the motherboard was about 1/2 a cm wider (or right case mounts 1/2 further inward). The mounting slots are toward the far left edge and the center or the board. However, the board ends up being flimsy on the far right side of the board, so connecting the USB3 cable and 24 pin PS cable felt sketchy. Other than that, ideal board for me. I'm just getting into overclocking and etc., so it has the 1-button 'Game Boost' that takes my 6600k to 4.1, but it also has the ability to manually adjust the multiplier and etc. I'll play with that a bit later.

Video Card

Got the card on sale and regret nothing. At my resolution (1920x1200), it works and runs everything beautifully. I'll upgrade to something excessive when I get a high resolution ultrawide or something. Other than that, 75C during gameplay with full settings. 90+ fps on Shadows of Mordor.


I now know why so many people buy this case. I was hesitant, at first, because of the price and the size. I regret nothing. Every penny feels justified, just make sure to order the Phanteks LED strips with the case when you pick it up. The fans are superb (but plain) as it's graveyard quiet.

Power Supply

Cables are stiff. It was a bit of a pain to route. I think I'm going to get some white cablemod cables very soon. The cables themselves are a bit excessive with the added extensions as well (for a simple build like mine). Each SATA power cable has about 3 SATA slots. Also (more problematically), the 6 pin PCI-E cable has another attachment for larger graphics cards. However, it gets in the way, so I actually have it sticking out of that slot on the bottom of the case on a regular bases to prevent it from pulling the graphics card down.

Comments Sorted by:

Eclisoul 5 points 27 months ago

Phanteks Evolv strikes again.

Duncan034 5 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

An AMAZING case might I add.

Dehriz 3 points 27 months ago

One of the best PC Builds in the phanteks evolv cases, 1+

Duncan034 5 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

What about mine D:

Dehriz 1 point 27 months ago

Yours too! XD

Great Cable Managment

ryanp83 33 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

what about mine? lol. this case is one of my all time favorites to build in!

Dehriz 2 points 26 months ago

Yours is also really well constructed and yes that is very true XD

Matty_h 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

What about mine lol

Dehriz 1 point 26 months ago

Yours too! XD, I really like the nzxt kraken and the leds!

ten8yp 5 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I would get some corrugated black cable piping for the wires going away from the computer towards the desk...lol. I know thats not the cable management you were talking about. Not a bad job on that with regards to the case though. Beautiful build. Love the Evolve case for sure and all the components are very much my taste as well.

Jebus5000 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Thanks for the feedback! I definitely want to do something about the wires on the back of the case. However, I'm probably going to get rid of that crappy Ikea table soon and replace it with something appropriate.

andrej4life 2 points 27 months ago

Very nice build. I'm looking for something on the same budget for my lil bro. Would you mind posting some benchmarks, that would help a lot :)

Jebus5000 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Benchmarks for what? The most expensive part, by far, was the case. You could save quite a bit if you go with something like the s340 or etc.

If you're looking for CPU and GPU benchmarks, check out this channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalFoundry

The videos are very well edited, they have much more technical knowledge than me, and they'll be much more accurate with their benchmarks. Hope this helps.

andrej4life 2 points 26 months ago

I was thinking you could post 3DMark results. There is an demo version of it on steam for free if you don't already have it purchased. That would help a lot!

Jebus5000 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I ran it and got 4097 on my GPU (updating driver right now) and 4084 on CPU. I'll update the driver and post a screenshot of the score eventually (later this week).

andrej4life 2 points 26 months ago

4097 on the Time Spy benchmark? That is very good. There are also 2 more modes there you can test: Firestrike & Sky Diver.

Jebus5000 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago
Schoologykid123 1 point 26 months ago

gud pc, cancer setup

Jebus5000 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

IDK what cancer setup means lol

I have an idea. Wololo.