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Jota Tech's Black Box

by jorgeildv



Date Published

July 3, 2016

Date Built

June 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.088 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.252 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


REASON FOR THIS BUILD: I made it for 3D & video rendering, multiple renders at the same time. very beefy CPU for this task. This is the first part. It's not finished, but it's working. A workstation designed to editing on-the-go. The SSDs are in RAID 0 for not bottleneck the network comunication and/or the CPU.

CHALLENGES: 1. The Heatsink of the RAM it touching the CPU fan frame, but, it NOT twisting the RAM and/or the RAM base. 2. The MB only have 1 PWM fan header, so I use a splitter for the exhaust fans, but the fan that comes with the case (a 200mm 3-pin fan), is conected a 5v converter running about 40% always-on. 3. For the SSDs, I needed to use a different SATA cables. The original idea was to use a braided blue SATA cable, but it comes with a 90 degrees connector, so, its almost imposible. Right now I'm looking for 2 black straight SATA cables, and then, the futures WB HDD will have the blue cables. 4. The cable management is stressfull, thanks of the size of the case, that's the reason I'll be looking for a modular PSU and buy a custom color cables. 5. I'll recommend to use another tall CPU heatsink, like CM EVO. The Artic Freezer 13 CO is awesome, in strees tests the CPU will go up to 64c and the CPU fan running at 60% and 55c running at 100% (if you configure in the ASRock software to full speed always), but the situation with the RAM, for some people, this CPU fan will be out of the equation.

Future Implementations: 2. Replace the GPU (EVGA GTX 1070, MSI GTX 1070 Armor, or ASUS GTX 1070 Dual)

Optional Upgrades: 1. Modular PSU 2. PSU Cables (custom colors and length) 3. Case (Thermaltake Suppressor F1, because comes with side filters and is the same chassis of the Core V1)

Passmark Test: (Updated 9/28/2016) Overall: 4798 (4.5/5) CPU: 9504 (4/5) 2D Rx 480: 888 (4.5/5) 3D Rx 480: 3418 (3.5/5) RAM: 2531 (4/5) SSD RAID 0: 7331 (5/5)

Results of the Passmark Page

7/5/2016 Update: I tweak the CPU fan to run 100% when touch the 60°C, but normally runs at 30%. The rear fans turn on when the MB touch the 40°C. When I use Premiere CC or another video editing software, never use the 100% of the CPU. The Turbo Boost is always-on. In the BIOS, I put 512MB of the RAM to the iGPU (that's the highest option). change SSD SATA cables to blue. still waiting for the EVGA GTX 1070 and the HDD storage option.

8/9/2016 Update: I installed 2 Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB Enterprise HDD in RAID 1. The reason I choose this drives, is price vs WD Black 2TB (ES.3 $115 x2 vs WDB $125 x2), more cache memory (ES.3 128MB vs WDB 64MB), and is enterprise grade. I make the RAID 1 directly on Windows 10. the Speed of the ES.3 is 197MB reading & 185MB writing without RAID 1. I add my mouse (G300s) and the keyboard (K270). I put the unifying reciever inside the case. The MB have a USB 2.0 header. I connect a cable with 2 ports and used one for the reciever. Now I'll wait for the GPU. My options are: EVGA GTX 1070 Gaming, MSI GTX 1070 Armor, or ASUS GTX 1070 Dual.

9/7/2016 Update: I bought a MSI Rx 480 8G with stock cooler. It was used for $180. I disable the iGPU, because I don't need it anymore. It can run BF1 beta on 85 FPS on average. SMITE runs on more than 120 FPS. This is a TEMPORARY GPU. I still want a GTX 1070. The video render time goes down up to half time (before it wat 1:01 minutes per minute of video, now goes around 28-30 seconds per minute of video).

1/4/2017 Update: Add the monitor Dell U2913WM.

1/6/2017: Update: Change The Rx 480 and put a EVGA GTX 1070 SC.

Part Reviews


Replace the i7-4771. same specs, for less.

CPU Cooler

Extremely quiet, even @ 100%. Big heatsink = no need to ramp up the fan. I recommended.


the best SSD for price.


same speed of the WD Black, less expensive.

Power Supply

for the price, is priceless.

Comments Sorted by:

The_Boom_Boy 2 points 30 months ago

wow that's a great deal on those ssds 500 gb of raid 0 ssd space for $100 DAMN +1

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 30 months ago
Why did you get a Skylake sticker with a Haswell CPU?

Anyways, +1

jorgeildv submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

That sticker comes with the CPU. I'll buy some chrome stickers in the future to match it (G.Skill, Intel, ASRock, etc.)

Kreuzer 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

jorgeildv submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

the carbon fiber is a good idea!

DopeAF123 1 point 5 months ago

Has your RAID 0 setup failed yet?

jorgeildv submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

No, but take 35% of the ssd life.