We wanted a motherboard with RGB LED support to allow us to easily add a software controllable strip along the LED light channel in the DUKASE V2. The ASUS Strix B250F with Aura support fit the bill perfectly. We also wanted to upgrade the CPU Cooler to something a bit nicer than the stock cooler just to improve the look of the build through the case's large side window.
One other change we considered was replacing the included rear fan with either a non-LED fan or something that could match the RGB lighting elsewhere in the case. If you wanted complete control of the colors, that'd be a good choice, but we decided to embrace the static color fan and power button LEDs. We used the lighting zones provided by the ASUS Aura software to create a complimentary lighting scheme around them.
A special thanks to ASUS for providing the motherboard and graphics card used in this build.
And now, some benchmarks:
|Benchmark||3DMark Score||Graphics Test 1||Graphics Test 2||Physics Test||Combined Test|
|FireStrike v1.1||12822||88.87 FPS||74.78 FPS||21.27 FPS||30.11 FPS|
|FireStrike Ultra v1.1||4262||24.19 FPS||16.19 FPS||2.49 FPS||10.76 FPS|
|Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0||2393||95.0 FPS||9.0 FPS||203.8 FPS||Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Custom Preset: Quality: Ultra, Tessellation: Extreme|
|Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0||3835||91.7 FPS||29.5 FPS||177.1 FPS||Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Extreme HD Preset|
|Battlefield 1||High||2560x1440||101 FPS|
|Battlefield 1||Ultra||2560x1440||85 FPS|
If you have any questions about the build or components we used, feel free to ask here or on the Build Guide.