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The Matte Monster

by Dino325



Date Published

Jan. 29, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

86.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


Started with a i5 6600k and Asus Z170 Pro Gaming. After the release of the new Kaby Lakes decided to return the Z170 and i5 for a i7 7700k and Asus Z270E Strix. Managed to oc to 4.8.. Pretty happy with how everything turned out until I get a water cooler and push up to 5ghz

01/30 Update: Replaced the Evo 212 with a Corsair H100i v2. Also going to be swapping the ram for 2x8gb g.skill trident z rgb 3000mhz sometime soon. Managed to push to 4.9ghz with peak temps reaching 86*c with Vcore set to 1.240. Ran IBT on very high to confirm. Tried pushing to 5ghz but temps got into the mid 90's. More pics of the setup inbound.

02/01 Update: Added G.skill TridentZ RGB ram. Absolutely beautiful looking..

02/07 Update: Got my Dell U3415W in and am in love ;-).. Never going back! Also got my Rockit88 delid kit and am now hitting 5ghz stable at 1.275ghz with temps at 76C on the hottest core. Putting it through some real life testing to see just how stable it is and we'll see.. The delid managed to bring down the temp 16C from the hottest core on my IBT VH stress tests on 4.9ghz...

Part Reviews


Overall a great CPU so far and don't regret trading the 6600k for it. Only thing holding back 5 stars is what seems like hit or miss with temps when pushing 5ghz. I really want to hit that mark and I thought swapping for the H100i would do it but not quite there yet.


Best investment out of everything in this build honestly. 13 second boots into Windows is so nice!


Gorgeous case with it's huge side window. NZXT has perfected cable management in this case with it's attached plastic clips. A++

Comments Sorted by:

progamergay 2 points 27 months ago


PCpeace84 1 point 27 months ago

Simple and beautiful. How is the 1070 BE? Where did you get the EVGA BE? Did you get a thermal pad to apply to the inductors so it won't over heat? Thank you.

Dino325 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Loving the 1070 man. I got it off Amazon third party for $359. I haven't messed with it as of yet.

Dino325 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

New photos updated with new cooler

Dino325 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Updated photos added with new TridentZ RGB ram

dallinaio_o 1 point 26 months ago

Are The ram rgbs are fully customizable

Dino325 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

They will be when G.skill releases their tool this month but not as of yet. They will sync with ASUS's Aura at that point too.

chadwickthecrab 1 point 26 months ago

This is hot. Love the subtle lighting. Think I might steal your design.

jack.38 1 point 25 months ago

Hey quick question, how are your frames with that EVGA card on that monitor? Want to pair those two up.

daykeem 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Do you get 86 degrees under load with a benchmark or just normal use?

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