This was built to replace an ailing X99 system. And a dead X299 system. Things happen. I use this system for occasional video encoding and 4k gaming. Anything less than 4k looks like a blurry mess to me now.
I'm super impressed with Precision Boost. With a motherboard where per core overclocking is allowed, I could do better. But as it is, while gaming, active cores maintain 4.25-4.35Ghz. Voltages and temps are constantly high. Maybe a "feature" of the motherboard. But this should be expected and checks out. I watched a Gamers Nexus video. It runs hot enough that I thought I'd messed up with the water loop somewhere. The CPU will hit 1.5v on occasion. Since I've owned FX processors, I'm ok with that. But the GPU stays cool. And so does the VRM. So, I guess it's fine.
No problems with the XMP 3600Mhz profile.
I was disappointed with radiator support in the Define R6. It can support more than I've got in here, but not if you want to install the 3.5in drives. I plan to install an optical drive because I'm from a time where you needed one and I'll populate most of the 3.5in slots eventually.
Tempered glass is way better than acrylic. It's one trend I can get behind. There are 2 RGB strips in the case. But they will only ever be blue. It's the only part of RGB that I like.
After doing builds with hard tubing, it's hard to go back to soft tubing. Hard tubing looks so much better. No one wants to see flaccid tubing in a computer. So I have attempted to hide the soft tubing as much as I could. There is also a UV LED strip. It has turned the tubing it can see brownish. You can't tell when the system is on. So no worries. It hasn't made it brittle yet. But I'll keep and eye on it. The reservoir is propped up with a collar from a compression fitting. It works. Deal with it.
I bought the motherboard for the dragon. Of course. Unfortunately it's not RGB. Which I feel is a missed opportunity.
Pic of RGB dog included. As always.