I'm guessing you meant "FireBoy and WaterGirl"...and I had no idea who they were before i just Googled it!
Not gonna lie, the i9-9900K runs hot. The ML360R cooler seems fine, not having used any others. I have an all core 5.0GHz overclock at 1.31V, and after a 1hr CPU stress test in AIDA64, the CPU package read a high of 87C. That might be high for some, but I believe AIDA64 stresses the CPU unlike any other app, so I don't think it'll ever get that temp during normal operation. Hopefully this helps(?).
CPU temps are based on the cooler style, fan configuration and voltage settings in the UEFI/Bios. I would look more at the VRM temps of each MOBO. In saying that, from my research, Gigabyte boards seem to have the coolest VRMs of the lot. I have no problems keeping the VRMs cool on this MOBO which makes OCing more efficient. There are a lot of reviews on YoutTube of all the Z390 boards.
The mount on the case is made for a 2U wide card and doesn't support the card that well, in my opinion. The case also doesn't come with a PCIe riser cable. My gfx card is quite heavy, 3U wide and, as you thought, would sit right against the glass. This would be bad for airflow. I first saw the CableMod vertical GPU bracket, but I believe it only supports a 2U wide card, but does a nice job of positioning the card away from the side of the case. I stumbled upon the Cooler Master bracket and thought it looked to be perfect. It does a great job as my GPU temps are not noticeably higher than a standard mount in this case. You just have to sacrifice all the other PCIe slots.
NOT my phone. My Canon DSLR camera and a tripod. No flash. Lenses used 70mm-200mm and 16mm-35mm,
Started my hand at overclocking the GPU. At full load I'm currently around 2100MHz with 71C.
Oh, there was cutting and drilling!
LEDs are at root of fan blades. The ring effect is a result of a slightly longer exposure. It's not as apparent IRL. I can't help it. I work in advertising!
Very in depth. Thanks for the info!
Every computer I have ever owned has lasted 5-10 years. Here's hoping this one does as well!
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I think it's less about the fans and more about the RGB. RGB make go fast! ;)
With stock CPU settings, on full load, I get just over 70C. I'm still playing around with getting a stable OC. Idles at around 24C.
The Aorus Master MB has a plastic shroud on the VRMs. Having the fans in the case caused a minor conflict with that shroud. I suppose I could have Dremeled the corner off the shroud since they are purely cosmetic. From my research, push/pull doesn't matter for cooling the rad. It would just be for pure aesthetics.
I started with a $3K budget using an entry level Z390MB and 2080Ti. Wanted to experiment with overclocking, so it went up to just under $4K with upgrades to both. Finally, swapped the non-RGB RAM, AIO, rear case fan and GPU all for RGB ones and added RGB LED strips, a vertical GPU bracket and custom sleeved cables. Budget blown!
I did use a Dremel (for like 6secs) on the CPU pump cover, does that count? ;)
The fans in front are actually 2x200mm running in pull, based on CPU temps. The rear case fan is 140mm, monitoring VRMs, on exhaust. The 3x120mm AIO fans monitor CPU temps, set to exhaust. So, I think i may only have negative pressure only when CPU/VRMs get hot. Otherwise, I think i'm good.
The table is actually a small stand, roughly 45cm x 25cm x 25cm that I have the computer sitting on to raise it off the floor. The open section in the middle is for all the power cables.
The aesthetic is not quite right, being made of oak, so I didn't photograph the computer on it.
The mouse is a very basic Razer mouse with the standard green glowing logo. I couldn't justify paying more than double to get one with RGB control. I know, I'm cheap ;)
LOL!! Nice reference!
GPU temps are maybe a degree or so warmer than the standard mount. But not bad. I do have a monster airflow case though...and it's winter here with the window slightly open behind the computer. I'll let you know in August!