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i7-6850K EVGA GTX 1080 FTW SLI [Ashen Comet]

by jyml99



Date Published

Aug. 4, 2016

Date Built

July 31, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.721 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C



I have a PS4, an Xbox One, and I have been playing PC games on gaming laptops for over 6 years. I always believed console gaming would suffice most of my gaming needs, and I was too lazy to bother myself with building a PC.

Then one day I decided to pick up XCOM 2. I've played XCOM: Enemy Unknown on my gaming laptop so I expect it to run just as smooth for the sequel. Guess what, the game recommended me to play it at LOW settings. An Asus ROG gaming laptop with GTX 765m, struggled to stay above 30 fps after I spent 1.5 hours trying to keep it stable at medium settings.

And I snapped. This is not why I chose to play on a pre-built pre-configured gaming laptop.

The last PC rig I built was back in summer 2006, it's about high time I join the PC Master Race.

Part Reviews


Currently overclocked at 4.1GHz. Fast, stable, and cool, no complains here.

CPU Cooler

The stock fan comes in 3 settings: Performance (2100rpm), Balance (1800rpm), and Quiet (900 rpm). They are quite noisy when not set at Quiet, and some may even experience the weird clicking sound.

Other than the noise, the cooler serves its purpose.


The board supports Broadwell-E right out of the box, and it's been working like a dream. Very stable, easy to overclock. Although the software could use a bit more improvement, but still overall a very good motherboard for X99 platform.


Crystal disk mark benched at 2552 MB/s and 1526 MB/s sequential Read & Write. This slick little stick of SSD is F.A.S.T.


Spacious interior to work with. After dismantling the 3.5" trays this is a dream for air cool or even liquid cool builds. The only bone I'd pick would be the side doors are a bit too easy to open.

Wireless Network Adapter

Easy to set up, great range and reception.


Probably the cheapest 27" IPS 144Hz monitor out there, and it's beautiful. FreeSync and Gsync models are differentiated with only a single letter in their model number and the price tag.


For just 2 speakers they pack a lot of oomph in the sound. Clean and glossy design, audiophile level of sound quality. Best $250 you can spend in any sound devices.

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gfunk62984 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

Nice build......definitely went all out. +1

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! Still waiting for EVGA's HB SLI bridge, that thing goes out of stock almost as fast as the 1080s!

dax_olesa 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

holy mother of rgb this is some sweet rig, well done

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thank you! I set the motherboard and CPU cooler RGB to reflect the temperature, so when the color switches I'd know what's up.

Tpgeee 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

Now that right there, is awesome idea.

NuMaKa 3 points 32 months ago

This is totally a beast! +1 for you. Wish you can have a bigger monitor, or may be higher resolution.

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

I know right! It's an overkill for just 2K gaming =_=. I heard Asus is aiming to release a 4K 144Hz monitor by end of this year, let's see what they come up with!

Genesisrhapsodo 1 point 30 months ago

hell yeah! could use some more 4ks in general to for some competition. i dont want to pay $1000 dollars for a good 4k monitor. im looking at maybe a vizio 4k tv thats 43 inches and only $400.

RustySmith 3 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

Nice build I also have SLI 1080's and a 6850k, +1 for sexiness

Snikpoh 3 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Nice rig. Top notch. I'm running one FTW. I want to run 2 just because. Any significant BL bleed on that monitor?

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

None. The only thing that's bleeding with this monitor is my wallet.

If you have more money to spend I'd suggest you get the PG279Q model, which comes with G-Sync. The MG279Q has FreeSync, I bought it solely because it's probably the cheapest 27" IPS 144Hz monitor out there.

Snikpoh 3 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

I had 2 PG279Qs. Both had unbearable BL bleed. Dissapointing for such an expensive monitor. Went with the DELL S2716DG. TN panel but still quite good and has Gsync/144Hz, 2K rez. Hope yours serves you well. I really wanted to keep mine but I couldn't live with them for $800. Again, kickass setup. Enjoy

huangtu 2 points 32 months ago

Get the HB EVGA SLI Bridge!

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Working on it!

fir_nev 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Top notch build U got there. Pleasing on the eyes

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks for the compliment bud!

Darkness3840 2 points 30 months ago

And you joined it with a bang.

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Go big or go home eh ;-)

berkayipek 2 points 30 months ago

Is it ready to use new Broadwell-E CPUs without any bios update? I have i7 6850K too and I need to buy new motherboard.

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yes! the MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon was one of the few boards that came with Broadwell-E support at the time of its release. I didn't do any BIOS updates when I was building this rig, I just popped in the CPU and the system recognized it correctly!

Caminon 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Your thoughts on the G900?

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The grip was comfortable, very responsive and satisfying clickage...the dpi adjusting buttons are handy when switching between different games that require different mouse speeds. But it's too expensive for what it offers.

NerveGaming 2 points 28 months ago

Nice build dude

Skerrick 2 points 28 months ago

Your build is stronger than goku and vegeta fusion :)

Graytop_Brew 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Nice puter

MILLjosh_01 2 points 25 months ago

It supports broadwell-e right ? No prior bios update needed ?

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Yes the board supports broadwell-e right out of the box.

sampsonite77 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I can't imagine that there is a need for two 1080 FTW cards. Right?

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

You're right, at this point a single 1080 FTW would own pretty much every game at max settings.

But then again there really isn't a need for 64GB of system ram either. :P

Mlop 1 point 31 months ago

Unless you like high res gaming. Just my opinion.

Genesisrhapsodo 0 points 30 months ago

ultra high specs in true 4k and being able to do that for several years and not quite being outdated in 8 months.

sampsonite77 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

But why plan now for "several years" away? Buy one now and enjoy it. When it begins to not support games, buy another at a much lower cost.

squats 1 point 32 months ago

Meh this sucks, if you go all out, do it right and get a custom loop! Your system deserves it! Just kidding, you really went **** it and bought whatever you wanted, it truly is a nice 0 compromises build lol

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Hahaha yeah that's what everyone keeps telling me :P. Anyone can spend money to build a monster rig, but not everyone has the skill set to build a custom loop! I figured I still have much to learn in that area so maybe next build I'll try it!

Mlop 1 point 31 months ago

Okay please please please answer me this! When using those pcie slots are you getting x16 on both slots or x16 and x8? I have nearly the same set up as you except I have a 1080 FTW and a FTW DT in sli. Anyway I read that the third slot only runs in x8 in the manual and in order to get x16, x16 you need to use the top two slots. What is your experience? BTW nice build great minds think alike hahaha.

demute 2 points 31 months ago

I have the same board. For both cards to be able to run x16 you have to use first 2 slots and have a 40 PCI lanes CPU. For the setup like posted on the picture I'm pretty sure he runs it with two x8 speed no matter CPU.

This is a very big con about this mobo: first two slots are too close to each other and second card would be covering M.2 card, so you both have to put really good cooling to your GPUs and buy a PCIe extension for M.2 to run it on 3rd or 4th slot for better cooling and perfomance.

Mlop 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you! I was afraid that was the case. I own the board but haven't had a chance to use my new set up. I think it's kind of a silly decision to place them like that, but it's understandable.

jyml99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Hey sorry to reply so late, I was out of country on a biz trip for a while...

Anyway, I have the cards on slot 1 and 3, so they're running at x8x8. If you want they both to run x16 you need to install the cards on slots 1 and 2.

However, as far as I know, the performance between x8 sli and x16 sli are so small that it's unnoticeable. So for the sake of cooling it is worth it to space the cards out, otherwise, when you put them on slot 1 and 2 there's no space in between, and either one of both of the cards are going to overheat pretty easily.

And for that reason, I'm currently waiting for EVGA to release 1080 FTW hydro copper, and then I can put them in slot 1 and 2.

Mlop 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you!

DEV1LSPROD1GY 1 point 27 months ago

How's your boot speed?

Bucketnate 1 point 26 months ago

How is your PCie lane distribution on that board? I want to add two cards eventually, but also an M.2 on a PCie adapter and a PCie USB 3 card. I also have a 960 evo so how will the lanes be affected? Looking at the manual it looks like the M.2 slot will lose bandwidth (Which Im disappointed by since I went X99 to avoid this issue).

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jyml99 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks for liking it!

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jyml99 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

I'm waiting for EVGA to stock their HB bridge!! Jacob said it's gonna take a few weeks...

Also I do video editing on occasion so I figured the more memory the better.