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Return of the Gene! ft. 5.4 GHz 8600k

by Bozosilvia



Date Published

Dec. 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.493 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C


This build started after the rumor of the Gene XI coming out and I knew I had to get away from ITX builds and move up to big boy sized components. Everything was purchased used/new with parts reflecting how much I paid for it. This was over a course of 3 months and to top it all off me holding out a week because I didn’t want to mess up my first custom loop! All in all I think it turned out great! I may need some more RGB though... and Blizzard needs to fix their Problem where my OC crashes their game. But for my first custom loop, I enjoyed it a lot! And got really lucky with that 5.4 GHz at 1.36v.

Part Reviews


Love this CPU! Great gaming CPU. It is currently delidded and lapped by yours truly. I think I got a little lucky being able to hit 5.4Ghz


Super expensive but a beast motherboard! I guess it’s kinda worth it in a way!


Favorite case. TG, Great airflow, and just awesome looking!

Comments Sorted by:

SwiftSeb 6 Builds 7 points 4 months ago

Rog Gene is the most underrated motherboard imo. mATX being my favourite size, this is heaven.

CodyJames91 1 Build 5 points 4 months ago

How were you able to get ahold of Z390 Gene in the US?!

Bozosilvia submitter 4 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

eBay is a life saver! And worth the wait!

cyc88 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Hey! You're the guy on hwswap!

Hansen1 2 points 4 months ago


BetrayedPredator 1 point 4 months ago

5.4ghz at 1.36v? Damn son

Mine does 5.3ghz at 1.4v (haven’t bothered with lower)

I tried 5.4ghz at even 1.5v and hit issues

Just__The_Tip 1 point 4 months ago

First of all, fantastic build. Second, im planning on buying a meshify mini and installing an H100i at the front. However, my card is the 1070Ti Strix, so Im not so sure about clearance since its such a big card. Your 1080Ti is exactly the same length, but the Strix air cooler portrudes a little bit after the PCI. With that said, can you please tell me how much of a gap do you have between the graphics card and the front fans? Thank you!

ooferino 1 point 4 months ago

8600k+z390 gene? Are you planning to upgrade or did you just want the best mATX z390?

Broxx 6 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

This is such an all around nutty build!! In a good way lol.

I NEEED to get my hands on a Gene and push my 8600k over 5.0

Keatononame 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Came here to check out that board, wish Asus had tried a gene z370, my board's only comfy at 4.9. nice clocks and lap dance.

Jam31337 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Looks just awesome! Very nice build! Please share RAM speeds and OC profile used for it.

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