Cooler Master sent us their MasterCase Maker 5t and MasterAir Maker 8 to use in a build, so we started from there, embracing the hot rod red paint job on the case to guide the rest of our part selection. ASRock had just sent us their Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 motherboard to check out as well, which matched up perfectly. We reached out to EVGA and they kindly provided us with the red edition of their GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Elite Gaming video card to keep the color scheme going.
The distinct lighting from the MasterAir Maker 8's translucent cover tied in well with the case's red light bar, but we wanted more, so we grabbed 32GB of G.Skill's Trident Z RGB memory so we could add a nice Red/White gradient lighting coming out from behind the cooler.
In general, the high end finish on each of the components worked well together. The paint job on the case looks like something you'd find on a new car, not a case. The motherboard looks sharp and matched up well to the case internals. The red on the SC2 Elite is a bit brighter tone than the others, but the textured style provided by metal fan grill looks great. The graphic card's RGB LED lighting lets us further add to the component lighting shining through the Maker 5t's tinted glass.
A big thanks to our friends at Cooler Master, EVGA and ASRock for providing their products to use in this build. You can watch an archive of the build livestream and check out the Cable Management Time Lapse to see how Barry cleaned up things for the final look of the build.
And now, some benchmarks:
For our testing, we used the motherboard's "Easy Overclock" feature which took our i7-7700K to 4.603 GHz and enabled the built in XMP profile for the memory at 2400 MHz. We left the GTX 1080 Ti at it's default 100% power / 82C temperature targets. There's definitely some room left for further overclocking on the memory/GPU with a bit of tweaking.
|Benchmark||Score||Graphics Score||Physics Score||CPU Score|
|FireStrike Extreme v1.1||13127||14593||14517||--|
|FireStrike Ultra v1.1||7124||7218||14449||--|
|CineBench R15: Single CPU||200||--||--||--|
|CineBench R15: Multi CPU||1001 (4.99x)||--||--||--|
|CineBench R15: OpenGL||151.53 fps||--||--||--|
|Game||Settings||Resolution||Average FPS||CPU Usage||GPU Usage|
|Battlefield 1||Ultra||2560x1440||126 fps||76.3%||89.9%|
|Battlefield 1||High||2560x1440||132 fps||71.5%||95.9%|
|Ghost Recon: Wildlands||Ultra||2560x1440||62 fps||42.9%||98%|
|Ghost Recon: Wildlands||Very High||2560x1440||93 fps||36.6%||97.9%|