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BangBuck OC Nano w/ Benchmarks

by efegue

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Date Published

Jan. 24, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 17, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.55 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.706 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

9.204 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

Description

I built this machine with the purpose of making an emulator machine that would be capable of handling cemu, dolphin and some windows games at 1080p60 with vsync enabled.

I didn't want to spend too much money on this but I also didn't want to compromise on the base parts of the build, so I could easily update in the future by simply exchanging the CPU/GPU. The idea was to buy a cheap CPU and overclock it to at least 4.5GHz so it could handle cemu well, most of the "modern" emulators need single thread performance, when overclocked, the i3 can perform as good or better than a base i7-6700K.

Building

Building on the Nano S was a breeze, you're not compromised by space at all, the case could even be smaller for my build as I'm not using watercooling, lots of empty space on it. I've bought an extra intake fan to give that extra cooling.

I've also decided to go SFX, so I could have an extra gap between the GPU and PSU for extra cooling. Keep in mind that this PSU have short cables, so you'll need extensions. The v2 of this PSU (which is the one I have) already comes with an SFX to ATX plate converter which I only found after it arrived, anyway the converter I bought separately have an extra grid so it's nice!

I've choosen the Nano S, because I wanted a small case that wouldn't compromise on cooling and that it could also fit an high-end air cooler, such as the Noctua NH-D15S, I'm really happy with my choice, the case is quiet and performs really well.

Overclock

Getting the most out of your hardware while overclocking takes a while, to get an overclock really stable you have to do lots of testing if you want the best overclock possible with a good balance, meaning acceptable voltage and performance. Sometimes you might think it's stable and it ends up cracking up in some app or game. The following clocks is what I consider stable after playing for more than 2 hours Tomb Raider and multiple hours of stress testing tools such as realbench, aida64 stability test, prime95, intel burn test and multiple benchmarks, as you can check below.

Temperatures while gaming reach max 62-65º for the CPU. While stress testing running the max temperature was with RealBench, it reached 80º max (running for several hours).

Part OC Voltage
CPU 4.55GHz (bclk 123MHz) 1.390v CPUID
RAM 3444MHz 17-17-17-37 1.350v CPUID
GPU (core boost) 2100MHz
GPU (memory) 4600MHz

Benchmarks

Program Result
Dolphin 5.0 Benchmark 301 sec screenshot
CineBench R15 (single) 194cb screenshot
CineBench R15 (multi) 498cb screenshot
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 1764 screenshot
3DMark Fire Strike 10333 link / screenshot
3DMark Fire Strike (graphics score) 14120 link / screenshot
3DMark Time Spy 4039 link / screenshot
3DMark Time Spy (graphics score) 4418 link / screenshot
Rise of the Tomb Raider (dx11, very high (anisotropic 2x), vsync triple buffered) 59.91 fps screenshot
Rise of the Tomb Raider (dx11, very high (anisotropic 2x), vsync off) 87.81 fps screenshot

Part Reviews

CPU

Bought it with OC in mind and for single thread performance. I'm really happy with my choice, with an OC to 4.55GHz (easily achievable) you get better single thread performance than a i7-6700K (with no OC), insane value!

CPU Cooler

I've wanted a great cooler since I was OC'ing and I didn't want expensive WC cooling AIOs that perform roughly the same and are noisy. The cooler performs just as expected, it's really good and keeps my OC temps low :)

Motherboard

I wanted a good OC motherboard with premium features, that's what you get with this board. You can BCLK OC even with the latest official BIOS (7.10 at the time of this review).

Memory

Nice price/performance ratio and they overclock well.

Video Card

For this emulator build I didn't want an expensive card, because the GPU wasn't the decisive factor in emulator performance, but the price for older cards/inferior cards such as 750Ti and 1050Ti were close or simply too expensive to justify the difference in performance, so I ended up choosing the cheapest 1060 I could find.

I'm pretty satisfied with it's performance it handles 1080p60 with vsync very high settings in every game I've tested! It also OC's well, got 2100MHz+ core boost easily.

Case

It was a breeze to build on Nano, you won't be limited by space at all on this case, it can also take 2 radiators if you want to WC. I could even use a smaller case, mine have lots of empty space! :)

Power Supply

This is the v2 of this PSU, it's silent and performs as expected keeping my OC stable. Keep in mind if you're building in the same case as me (Fractal Nano S) you'll need cable extensions as the ones provided are pretty short and that's why it gets 4*.

Case Fan

Silent and perform really well, happy! :)

Comments Sorted by:

EZTarget747 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

How was it building in the nano s? I have the define s and have been curious for how it is.

More pics would be nice, but with what I could see, nice cable management!

All in all seems like a well rounded build. What PC games do you play? I am curious how the i3 holds up.

Good build +1

efegue submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Building on the Nano was really nice, no issues at all! The case have a lot of space on the back for nice cable management and lots of space overall as you can see in the final build pic, it could be even smaller, but I get that's made for people that want to mount watercooling.

The only thing "issue", if we can call it that, is that we need to connect everything before putting that giant cooler in place, because it'll leave almost no space to connect stuff afterwards.

I'll get more pics today! When I finished the assembly it was night and the light wasn't good enough. Any particular pictures you would like me to take?

I've tested Rise of the Tomb Raider and GTA V, the i3 can handle them with no problem at all :)

Thanks for your comment!

jsoutherland89 5 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I love overclocked i3-6100 builds, and yours is no exception! +1

efegue submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks mate!

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

I can tell that the attention to detail is going to be good in this build. Description could use a little work and remember to upload those pictures plz and thx... geez I sound like your dad.

efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I'll work more on the description, it was late night when I submitted it, just wanted to get it out here or else I would probably never write it.

No worries dad! :) Any particular pictures you want me to take?

Thanks!

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

no other pictures are necessary, you just hadnt uploaded the photo of the completed build at the time

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

+1 for ocing the i3!

efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks, this i3 is a beast for the price/performance you can take out of it!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I love it. Wish I had picked up your motherboard fir my daughter's little pc and overclocked her i3.

Thumbs up.

efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks mate! Loved the whole process of assembling and overclocking it, it feels great to get the most of your hardware. You should get a z170 motherboard when you find a good deal, it's worth it!

I've seen cheap z170's doing 4.5GHz too, but I didn't want to cheap out in a component such as the motherboard, I wanted something good that can also handle high memory clock (it can go to 4000MHz), it gives me future proofing.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Very cool.

efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

_Xeno_ 1 point 22 months ago

When you don't wanna buy the switch

efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

true :)

kmdroll 1 point 22 months ago

Really cool build! I'm contemplating using the Nano S and the NH-D15S as you have, but PCPP says they're incompatible with eachother when I put them on a parts list.

Have you had any issues with clearance with the NH-D15S? Does the case side panel go on without difficulty? Thanks for answering and great OC scores!

efegue submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Yeah, but that's an error on PCPP. I've checked the part lengths before buying and it was fine, D15s is 160mm with fan and the window version of the case can fit a 160mm cooler while the normal version can fit a 162mm, you can find all this info in the official product pages.

The side panel went on as it normally would, no issues at all!

Thanks!

PCpeace84 1 point 21 months ago

Wow! Great job overclocking with the cpu and ram!

efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks!

abonawaf71 1 point 11 months ago

Great Job. But the D15S looks like it's upside down, any idea why you configure it like this?

aaron7059 1 point 11 months ago

Does the i3 bottleneck the i5 in anyway

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efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Just doing a final (hopefully) IntelBurnTest at maximum, to confirm RAM stability and overall system stability, it's looking good for the various benchmarks and gaming tests I did.

Do you want any particular benchmark?

efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Benchmarks are up, if you want me to bench something else let me know.

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efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I've got Rise of the Tomb Raider, but from the top of my head, running the benchmark with very high and vsync double buffered gives an average ~59.6fps, I'll do a benchmark again and post the screenshot. I don't have Overwatch, does it have a benchmark? I might be able to get it through a friend.

efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Added Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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efegue submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I upgraded last month to a i7-7700 and a GTX 1070, I got a really good deal on both of the components used. I didn't have any issue with the i3-6100 at all, it worked great, although for cemu, the i7-7700 works better! Yes, very late.. :D