You're not meant to spend your time looking at this hardware. Nothing in the darkness of this sawed-off mid tower beckons your attention. There's no attempt to embellish or distract from the main event, made possible by a secret society of top-shelf components conspiring against their own eminence. From this sardonic union a morbidly meta anti-idol is born to create a transcendent experience apart from itself. Behold . . . or whatever, it doesn't care.
It can be argued that immersive 3D rendering is more lifelike at the highest possible refresh rate, not the highest possible resolution. With barely room to breathe over the power supply, this smoldering behemoth ray-tracer lunges for 240 frames on a brilliant 1080p e‑sports monitor, moving as many pixels as a 4K squinter at 60Hz. Almost unnoticed, the pipsqueak sidekick GPU dishes mundane refresh rations to secondary screens. Lounging in the top slot, baring its op-amp-encrusted shoulder, a sultry studio-ready DAC sound card pumps pristine audiophilia directly to in-the-ear electrostatics for even more intricate sensory saturation.
A unique result of grit-blasting the chopped panel's outer surface, microscopic expansion of the metal on one side creates a smooth & subtle convexity. The swollen stainless grimace exhales volcanic heat under heavy GPU load — a reminder that air cooling & tight spaces are not for the timid (or sensible) to combine.
Learned in the process
Motherboards don't deliver all their features simultaneously. This won't come into focus until you crowd your system with bandwidth-hungry devices. I changed my Z390 late in the game, having discovered a requirement for more robust PCIe lanes.
XMP acceleration of four DDR4 sticks is not to be expected as with two. You're going to need manual overclocking skills & a tyrannical motherboard to approach full speed with a full load. For now, I'll just keep a pair of 8s boxed in reserve & use the XMP boost with 16 GB. I can console myself with the option to run a slower 32 GB if I ever need it.
Setting up RAID 0 storage is easier & more enhancing than I expected. Optane makes it so filthy fast, I can't even justify owning it. I should be doing more important things with gear like this. Shame on me.
Noctua is a world-class manufacturer. I made a special request for clips to hold a larger fan to my heatsink, ready to pay what they asked. All they wanted was a look at my purchase order & they sent me these pieces quickly without charge. Twice the number I needed. From Austria. That is what you're paying for when you buy Noctua.
Thoughtfully designed, versatile, perfect for builds accentuating fans while downplaying branding.
What made the difference for me here is the PLX chip, allowing me to use more PCIe slots without sacrificing the bandwidth I had lost in my previous motherboard selection. Not a total game changer, still reluctant to XMP boost more than 2 DIMMs, but it's a very capable Z390 that should be plenty for anything I'm likely to do.
These are faster than I need, so it doesn't matter much that I couldn't run 4 at high speed. I'll have to learn about manual memory overclocking to get what I paid for.
Good God y'all.
I'm using these for game libraries. Something on the faster side will help prevent that loading-time lull when your immersion is most in jeopardy.
Reasonable & reliable on its own, plus a smart way to supplement limited storage of a faster SSD.
The most expensive part of my most expensive PC. A Steam friend saw me playing Quake II RTX & I sheepishly admitted to buying this ludicrous hot rod, then pretended not to enjoy the palpable envy coming through chat. Mine is smothered in the bottom of a compact case, so I underclocked it for 80°C. But it's a future-proofer with power to spare. That's what I keep telling myself about the 4-figure price tag.
This was my first SeaSonic purchase & I'll be going back to them for my next one. It's nice when something unglamorous like a power supply comes in a package like this.
If you don't like little fans, you probably don't like little dogs. Both can sense that you are evil.
This one will scoot more CFM than its 10mm cousin if you can spare the depth.
Bigger fans are the future, mark my words. I've been saying it since the fans were little. Noctua isn't denying it.
Please stop using the word "buttery." It's time to stop. You don't put butter in your eyes.
If you're like me, loudness & resistance are not your favorite characteristics of mechanical keyboards. Allow me to suggest the "Speed Silver" switches G.Skill put into this model. The mechanism is perceptible but not at all overbearing. This RGB customization software is decent & the keyboard has its own memory to save your changes. For these nice-to-haves I think the price was very fair. 1 star off for the bright red-only indicators for num lock, caps lock, etc. Almost flawless for my purposes.
This is a next-level mouse, no doubt about it. I'll never take full advantage of its programming features but I have been driving & flying in games just by tilting it in my hand, which is novel if nothing else. Other than that, it has all the buttons you'll ever want & comes with its own piece of luggage to store the various attachments you can swap out to your liking.