Description

Yori handles demanding 4K digital content using a small form-factor, air-cooled design. The system supports full-stack software development using multiple VM sandboxes, video/photo editing, bulk encoding, 3D rendering, streaming, folding and occasional gaming. The goal is to deliver a powerful 4K rig that remains quiet while maintaining good temperatures, a reliable system that requires nearly zero ongoing maintenance.

HARDWARE

Open-bench inspired, the Cooler Master HAF XB EVO case provides excellent air-cooling characteristics. The build focuses on rendering 4K content using a 7680 x 2160, 60Hz desktop. Highlights include two EVGA 1080 Ti FTW3 video cards and a pair of LG 27" 4K monitors.

SOFTWARE

The host operating system is Windows 10 Professional 64-bit. Adobe Master Collection is utilized for digital content creation. BOINC Manger folds several projects, including Seti@Home. VMWare Workstation hosts multiple CentOS Linux virtual machines hosting the following software:

Web Services: VMs hosting several RESTful microservices Web Applications: VMs for Apache, Tomcat and other web servers with several deployed websites Persistence: Multiple VMs for MongoDB, Hadoop, Cassandra, Oracle and MySQL persistence storage

The following games are also on the menu:

Crysis Metro Battlefield 1, 3, 4 Doom 2016

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

Function over form: Noctua fans may look ugly and the NH-D15 is a behemoth, but they deliver excellent performance with nearly silent operation.

Simplicity over complexity: Air cooled configurations are quickly built, do not leak water on costly components, and require nearly zero ongoing maintenance.

CONFIGURATION

Everything possible is optimized for air cooling in this small rig. The XB EVO is designed to maximize air flow, an ideal platform for air cooled configurations. The Cooler Master HAF series acronym stands for "High Air Flow". Noctua fans will be used exclusively, replacing stock Cooler Master hardware for even better cooling performance and quieter operation. The amazing Noctua NH-D15 heat pipe will keep Ryzen operating temperatures reasonable. Two 140 mm intake case fans bring in cool air and quickly direct it through the system's hottest components. Four additional fans exhaust hot air out the top and back of the chassis. This configuration is simple and effective.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, this costs more then my first car lol, very nice baller!

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

I usually build one expensive rig every 4 or 5 years, then ride it all the way down until it hurts. Rinse and repeat.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

same here, thats what im doing with my old Fx-8150 with a r9 390, built it back in 2014, now im just saving soo when i jump i make a BIG JUMP and thats to Ryzen 7 1800x with either vega 64 or a pair of 1080's even tho i perfer AMD software over nvidia but thats just me

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points
  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Two 1080Ti's and a 1800x with only 60hz monitor!!?!

Great built, this is absolutely an ultimate build, you will have absolutely get no troubles running 4k in anything you want to do.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Correct. There aren't many options beyond 60Hz at 4K resolution. Reasonably priced commercial displays at higher refresh rates are just now coming to market, like the Acer Predator. Regardless, today it's still a huge chore to maintain average rates above 60Hz at 4K-- even with dual 1080 Ti hardware. Without turning the eye candy way, way down, there's no way to maintain 120Hz rates at 4K, so why bother spending the extra cash for something that your hardware cannot sustain? The next generation of GPUs from nVidia will eventually deliver high refresh rates at 4K, but it will be another year or two.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice compact air blower computer, looks awesome! +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

The CoolerMaster HAF XB EVO is a superb little case for air cooled configurations.

Highly recommended.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That is an interest case choice.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps the best design feature of the chassis is the horizontal motherboard configuration. There is no card sag issues like cases with vertically oriented motherboards. Despite its small size, the case will accommodate very large video cards with zero sag because it's not fighting gravity.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

High performance at its finest. Get a 4K or similar monitor so you can appreciate that hardware though.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

He has 2 4k monitors I believe

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Correct. The LG 27UD88-W monitor is a 27.0" 4K panel. Two in extended configuration provides a 3840 x 2160 desktop.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

actually it gives you a 7680x2160 lol resolution but stil thats alot of ******* pixels!!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice photography skills! The build was awesome except, the brown fans kind of messed up the black and white (metallic) theme.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Function over form.

Always.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I love Noctua fans! Amazing build, insanely expensive for me but super awesome!

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

I refuse to use any other fan. Noctua fans are simply the best. 12 years of heavy use in 5 different computers without a single failure. They are quiet, efficient and super effective.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

XD I almost spit my water I was drinking out because I thought you bought an external cooler that was passive cooked. Didn't see the good old noctua fan in the middle

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job man!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

This is totally rad bro!!! Far out!!! I don't mind the fans really.....like to see the mechanics involved with everything now a days while everyone else likes to hide it.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

gnarly!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey did you have any issues posting with2 GPU's? I can't get my system to post with my 2 1080's only 1 will post?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

If you haven't tried this already, I would suggest that you uninstall whatever driver and related software you currently have in place. Don't use the vendor's uninstaller; instead, use Windows Device Manager to uninstall all display adapters shown. Reboot immediately. Install the very latest driver and reboot again. Hopefully that works for you. If not, I would repeat this same procedure using just one card at a time. You need to verify that both cards work (or not) when installed alone. If one card boots alone but not the other, I would RMA the card that won't boot by itself. Good luck.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't have any issue booting with both cards. I did notice the second card was not recognized until after I installed the latest driver from EVGA. Both cards were recognized in SLI after installing the driver and rebooting.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this! I am actually looking to build a machine like this. I need it to be fast and multitasking. I already have two lg ips tvs for my display. So, other than than I think this build is almost perfect to what someone else had quoted me on as well. Any issues so far with the build or with the PC running properly? Thanks

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I highly recommend the HAF XB EVO case. It is compact, yet can accommodate the largest video cards and CPU coolers. It is superb for air-cooled configurations, yet I have seen some amazing liquid cooled HAF XB mods as well. The EVGA FTW3 cards are tremendous; perhaps the most impressive thing is they provide superb temperatures with highly configurable fan curves, yet the FTW3 is just a 2-slot design, which is perfect for SLI configurations, unlike those behemoth 2.5 or 3-slot GPUs. The Ryzen 7 offers the same multi-threaded punch as Intel's equivalent at less than half the price. Truly amazing! The only snags were caused by my early adoption of the Ryzen and its first generation motherboards, all of which had teething issues early on, but most of the BIOS kinks (memory compatibility mostly) have been worked out over the past few months.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I also love the HAF EVO. Quick question. You refer to exhausting air out of the top of the case via a fan. You don't show any pictures of the case top. With the size of the D15, how did you manage to install a fan?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I added a few pictures of my one and only (pseudo) case mod: The "Noctua Top Hat". I mount a protective grill on top of one 140mm Noctua fan and place it on top of the case directly above the GPUs. It's very easy to "flip" the fan/grill in exhaust or intake configurations, measuring temperatures under load to determine which direction performs best. I have three other HAF XB EVO systems and they all have top hats. The two SLI systems are configured for exhaust, since the GPUs generate a lot of heat and temperatures drop 2C under load when the top hat is configured for exhaust instead of intake. The two non-SLI systems are configured for intake because GPU temperatures are the same regardless of top hat configuration, but CPU and motherboard temperatures are 1C lower under load using the intake setup. I realize it looks ugly but I don't care about looks: function over form always.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive, thing is a beast mate. Going to fire a few more questions your way. From what it looks like you mount the fan using just the silicone tabs? Is there not enough room to do an inverted top hat over the GPU's? How did you make the mesh for the top hat?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, the Noctua fans come with rubber anti-vibration pads that make good contact and sort of stick to whatever surface they touch. It takes quite a bit of force to move them, so I didn't feel the need to anchor them any further. Besides, attaching the top hat too firmly prevents the flexibility needed to move it around and even flip it over to find the best temperatures. Unfortunately, there's not enough room to place a full-height 140mm top hat inside the case. The Noctua NH-D15 is a bit too tall. Mesh grills of various diameters are available on Amazon. For example: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Y2XIIC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

what made you go with ryzen of intel?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

My work stream is highly parallel and requires lots of threads. Ryzen 7 delivers the same or better threaded productivity performance compared to similar Intel CPUs that cost twice as much. The X370 motherboards are also less expensive than Intel boards. The cost savings was applied to faster storage, more memory and faster GPUs.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

ok cool thanks for the quick response, what are the max temps your seeing running your cards SLI? ive been contemplating between those and the reference cards for SLI. Also do you think your hindered at all with the pcie lanes being limited compared to an x99 board that can support 16x in both lanes? granted with the right intel cpu

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The "free" card temperatures at full load are GPU 58C, Power 63C and Memory 60C. The "choked" card temperatures are GPU 66C, Power 68C and Memory 66C. The choked card temperatures are 5 to 7C hotter than the free card. I haven't seen a sensor on the free card rise above 65C, nor have I seen a sensor rise above 70C on the choked card. I have seen no PCIe performance delta with either GPU at full load. If you require full 16X, especially with 3 or more cards, then prepare to outlay a lot more cash for Intel hardware.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run minecraft on high settings?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, one 1080 Ti will average over 60 FPS at 4K using any settings/levels you choose.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

oooooh summer's gonna chew you up and spit your computer out lmao

GREAT build.10/10

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, and I'm not worried about the weather outside: Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring. This machine lives in a room I call the Mitsubishi Meat Locker. I just added another photo showing the monster wall-mounted heat pump from Mitsubishi that keeps the room at 20C year-round.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello!

first off - loved your build - so much so that i decided to copy your approach with the case / case fans.

as best i can make out, my motherboard only has 2 PWM fan headers (asus z170-e) and a secondary CPU fan header while is 4 pin, it's always running at 100%? - feel free to correct me if i am wrong!

this poses an issue as i currently have 5 Noctuah PWM Fans in my build list ...

2 x 140mm Front. 1 x 120mm Rear. 2 x 80mm Rear.

Do you have any suggestions for a decent fan controller? I am thinking about the NZXT Sentry 3 as it supports 5 PWM fans...

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You won't be disappointed with the HAF XB EVO chassis. Usually, the motherboard BIOS will have 2 or 3 fan speed/curve configurations (slow, normal, aggressive) to choose from. However, I think using a fan controller is a great idea and will provide you ultimate control. Good luck with your build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you mind telling me what high bandwidth bridge you used and what slot spacing? I'm trying to order a bridge and I have the same board and cards.

Also, how hot do these cards run at 100% load? I'll be using them to mine with.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The bridge is EVGA PRO SLI Bridge HB, 1 Slot Spacing (100-2W-0026-LR).

At idle, the temperature delta between the open and inner/constrained card is 3C. The idle temp for the open card is 36C; idle temp for the inner card is 39C.

At full load, the temperature delta between the open and inner/constrained card is nearly 7C. The 100% load temp for the open card is 60C; full load temp for the inner card is 66.7C.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a speed difference between the Samsung 850 EVO and the Samsung 960 EVO?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The 960 is noticeably faster, no benchmarks needed. On paper, the benchmarks are 3 to 4-times faster. During actual use, my normal work streams complete about 40% faster on the 960 EVO.

  • 37 months ago
  • 0 points

Never understood why the world uses noctua is really ugly :- (

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Function over form: Noctua fans may look ugly and the NH-D15 is a behemoth, but they deliver excellent performance with nearly silent operation.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

With both cards overclocked +66 MHz above the already overclocked FTW3 configuration using the standard BIOS setting, each card runs full out at a steady 2012 MHz. The "free" card temperatures are GPU 58C, Power 63C and Memory 60C. The "choked" card temperatures are GPU 66C, Power 68C and Memory 66C. The "choked" card temperatures are 5 to 7C hotter than the free/open card. I haven't seen a sensor on the free/open card rise above 65C, nor have I seen a sensor rise above 70C on the choked card. The CoolerMaster HAF XB with Noctua case fans can really push a lot of air through the chassis without much noise. The key is to keep the ambient room temperature at 70C for this air configuration to really shine.

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