Description

This was mainly indended as a high-performance Hackintosh build. I installed OSX on the Samsung SSD and Windows on the other SSD for the times in life that one can't avoid using Windows. In order to install it, I needed to install the OSX partition while booting from the Clover bootloader with the FakeCPUID spoofed to be that of Skylake i7s and installed Sierra to a temporary SATA SSD, then installed the Rehabman patch in order to make the NVME driver work, then copied the entire installation to the main SSD. After installing the NVidia web drivers and VoodooHDA audio driver, everything works except sleep. This isn't a problem though because leaving the LEDs on all day looks pretty cool, even if I can't control any of the aura stuff from MacOS.

I was going to get the Cablemod LED strips, but I ended up making my own LED strips with some 5050 LED strips I had lying around. Combined with the illumination on the GPU and mobo, it makes for a very cool build.

The Fenvi FV-T919 wireless adapter works perfectly in MacOS, but it does not seem to install any drivers in Windows.

I took advantage of the 3D printing abilities of the motherboard and other components by printing an M.2 fan holder and an ATX power connector holder. I also printed a cover for the SLI port on the GPU and a support for it because the card is so long.

In the future I hope to add an ASUS fan extension card, temperature sensors for both SSDs, another SSD fan, and RAM cooling fans. Also a third SSD for a Linux partition, which would require a M.2 PCIe adaptor.

I put the radiator in the front of the case with push and pull fans. The included Corsair fans are pushing into the case and the Phanteks PH-F140MP fans are pulling the air through. There are two more PH-F140MP fans exhausting out the top and one PH-F140SP intaking through the back.

Even at full CPU usage at the full 4.5ghz turbo frequency (tested with the Cinebench CPU rendering benchmark), it doesn't get above 62 degrees C with this watercooler. Idle is around 30 usually.

Update: I set up a simple 4.8GHz overclock and now the full load temp is around 86. The speed is worth it though. Geekbenck scores 6334, 22486: https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/3055497 and the stock GHz benchmarks were 5768,20216: https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/3000809

Part Reviews

CPU

What a great CPU! Runs great under Mac OS with some work (spoofing Skylake fakeCPUID), and I don't have to wait for anything to load now.

CPU Cooler

Good looking AIO. Cools my 7700K very well even at full load.

Motherboard

Good motherboard for the new Intel CPUs, especially useful with the dual M.2 slots for my 2 SSDs.

Storage

Good budget SSD and very fast for the price.

Storage

Mind-blowingly fast drive for Mac OS (needs work though because it's not supported natively).

Storage

Good, reliable, fast, quiet storage drive.

Video Card

There's nothing quite like a 1080. Apps and animations run smoothly and heavy graphics applications never seem to slow down visually. Works well with the new Mac OS drivers.

Case

Very good looking case. Went together well and all my components fit well, except the HDD needed an extra bracket to fit in the bottom of the case because the original brackets needed to be removed to fit a front 280 radiator. I give it only 4 stars because every time I turn a screw or take it apart, I always get the impression that it is a budget case. The parts aren't of the highest quality, but it is a budget case. Also the acrylic window has already gotten a few scratches.

Keyboard

Great clicky mechanical keyboard if you don't need expensive RGB illumination. It also works well with Mac OS, unlike the Corsair keyboards I've tried. I use it mainly for typing and it works very well for it. I however recommend the HyperX Cloud headset if you want to block out the sound sometimes.

Mouse

Good budget mouse with a few issues. It is pretty solid and I like the feel of it. However, the red LEDs that are on all the time are a bit annoying. Also, the DPI adjustment needs to be redone every time it loses power, which it does a lot when I turn off the USB hub to kill the LEDs. Also, sometimes in Mac OS if i press the middle click button and accidentally scroll at the same time, it will stop working properly and I need to unplug it for a second.

Headphones

Good sound, good noise cancelling, feels good to wear for long periods of time. I haven't really used the microphone much but I tested it and it sounded pretty good. I like the included extension cables.

Custom

Very nice monitor for anyone looking for a low cost 2K monitor. It has a very adjustable stand unlike the competition, and very nice matte display finish. I have noticed no light bleed from it, and the IPS panel makes the colors look really good. The small bezel is also useful if you have more than one. I'm considering getting another.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow way to go on this beast of a hackintosh!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

either flip the rear fan around to exhaust or get a filter on it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you doing Push Pull Configuration on the radiator 4 Fans

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Currently with 4 Phanteks PH-F140MP fans.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you use an optical drive in the top 5.25 bay with that radiator in that case?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes i'm sure it would fit if you don't have two 140mm fans on the top. The clearance in the front is fine though.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Can your 280mm radiator fit on the top of the case with push pull?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

No, with 4 fans and the radiator on top it runs into the ram and gets very close to hitting the water lines coming off the CPU block.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

If you were to do a 1080 SLI, would the PCIE lanes not be enough for one of the M.2 SSDs and the Wifi adapter because the CPU only has 16 PCIE lanes?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

The SSDs and wifi adapter go through the lanes on the PCH, so the cpu lanes are still free for an SLI configuration.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

My new build is similar to your with the case, Aio, and etc. But seeing your temperature is kind of concerning because you never know when your Aio is going to fail on u. Btw have you also try mounting the liquid cooler on top to see if its better?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I built it I delidded the cpu and now it never gets above 65 degrees under load. If i mounted the cooler on the top I could not use a push/pull fan setup.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It's Fractal design's silent series 40mm and even at full speed I can't hear it. The rear intake helps maintain positive internal pressure which helps keep it free of dust.

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