Description

ASRock offered us their new Z270 SuperCarrier, so we decided to put together a high-end Kaby Lake system to show it off. You can watch the build video to see how it came together and the Cable Management Time Lapse to see how we cleaned things up after the build.

A big thanks to ASRock for providing the motherboard and NZXT for providing the CPU cooler used in this build.

A quick note on the case:

Overall, we were happy with the results from our first build using the Anidees AI Crystal. The finished system looks great and offers some flexible options for making the cable management look good. However, the tolerance for installing the GPU (due to the cutout/cover for the GPU brackets) can be limited with certain motherboards, including the SuperCarrier. If the motherboard has anything tall at the edge of the board (in line where the GPU sits) it can just block the GPU bracket from getting into position. While it would work fine in most situations, it was a close fit in this build that required precise placement to avoid scratching up the SuperCarrier's vanity plate below the GPUs. And we do mean close -- an extra millimeter or two would have made it a non-issue.

And now, onto some benchmarks:

Benchmark Overall Score Graphics Score Physics Score Combined Score
FireStrike v1.1 23,723 39,794 13,406 8,254
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 9,091 9,717 13,495 4,610
FireStrike Extreme 1.1 15,787 19,410 13,380 7,413
Benchmark Score Min FPS Avg FPS Max FPS GPU Utilization GPU Min Temp GPU Max Temp Notes
Superposition 1080p Extreme 3,814 22.97 28.53 33.34 100% 54C 82C
Superposition 4K 6,219 35.56 46.52 59.74 100% 55C 84C
Superposition 8K 2,880 18.14 21.55 26.18 100% 50C 84C
Unigine Heaven 4.0 4,538 40.8 180.1 334.1 -- -- -- 1920x1080 / Fullscreen / Ultra
Unigine Valley 1.0 5,793 35.1 138.5 204.0 -- -- -- 1920x1080 / Fullscreen / Extreme HD
Game Settings Resolution Average FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 122 FPS
Battlefield 1 High 2560x1440 133 FPS
Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 185 FPS
Overwatch Ultra 2560x1440 199 FPS
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Ultra 2560x1440 68.25 FPS

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesomesauce! Nough said! :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks -- glad you liked it!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is so sleek; I love the sort of dark 'aura' the motherboard and the cooler give off in this case!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you liked it! We were pretty happy with how it came together.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Now this is a build I think just about anybody would love to have regardless of their aesthetic preferences.

Once again, the PCPP staff sets the bar high for anyone building something even remotely similar (including myself.)

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the compliment -- and glad you enjoyed the build!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard M.2 slot #0 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6Gb/s port is disabled. The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6Gb/s ports are disabled. The motherboard M.2 slot #2 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6Gb/s port is disabled.

Is this thing right???

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That's correct. Just something you have to keep in mind as you populate the M.2 ports that you will lose (disable) a corresponding SATA port. For example, in our build, we used the upper M.2 slot (M.2_3), which disables SATA3_3.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Support 4way sli?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the SuperCarrier motherboard supports 4-way SLI.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i change PSU to Corsair RMX750 because i want to take Cablemod ? And awesome build :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Shouldn't be a problem.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Should i buy this for streaming and playing rust and Gta 5?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice setup. I love the case theme your PC is sporting. I have the same case, but it is Rosewill's version.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think an X62 or this Thermaltake - Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 40.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler are possible alternatives? Looks like there's empty room up top? Just curious if there was a reason for it

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The specs for the AI Crystal list support for 240, 280 and 360mm radiators up top, so any of those should fit. Though as with our build, you may be limited on the orientation if you keep the existing front or rear fans in their stock positions.

Also, an interesting side effect of the 140mm top mounts is that unless the fans/radiator use flat screws (most are rounded), the magnetic filter on top will likely not sit perfectly flush. The magnetic strips are essentially positioned along the 140mm mounting holes. If you look at the two pictures we took of the top of the case, you can see the screw mount locations and how even with the 240mm radiator, the end screws cause a little bump unless we put the filter on slightly forward from where you'd expect it to sit.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh okay makes sense! Thank you!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for doing this build!! I really like it. I have a few questions. I tried to find the NVidia card mentioned, but it seems like it's limited to one vendor at the moment. Could I replace it with EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Cards? You mentioned a spacing issue with the GPUs you were using and was curious. Also, does the PSU you have in this build provide enough buffer for other components to be added? Lastly, does the ZOTAC bridge provide any benefits over other bridges or is this for aesthetics? EVGA has their own bridge and was wondering if ZOTAC was better?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The nVidia cards we used were founders editions available only through nVidia directly. You can certainly swap them out for something else. One thing to consider is these use a reference cooling design which pushes the air out the back of the case, whereas most non-reference coolers (like the FTW cards) will push air out all sides of the card. It should be fine with those 3 fans pushing air across the system, but it will likely have a different temperature profile (the extra heat from the higher clocked cards will impact that as well).

You can edit this build to play with changes to verify if there are any compatibility issues. It looks like the 1080 FTW is fine. The main thing to watch for when swapping GPU's will probably be the card length. Our compatibility engine should catch any issues like that.

The spacing issue is going to happen with any GPU paired with this motherboard and case. The motherboard has a plastic cover over the sound card area (right below where the GPU mounts at the back of the case). In most cases, this wouldn't be an issue, but the version of the Anidees AI Crystal we had didn't give you much room to work with for the PCIe slot bracket to fit. It's definitely a notable quirk of this case which will only happen with certain motherboards. That said, with a bit of careful alignment and "gentle" pressure, it's not a huge deal.

We've not tested that specifically, but I wouldn't expect any significant difference between the bridges, so long as they are the High Bandwidth ("HB") versions. Our decision was purely based on aesthetics and what we could get in time for this build. We loved how the Zotac one looked, and since we had vendor neutral nVidia cards we weren't looking to make it "match" anything else. We've used the EVGA ones in the past as well and I think it would look nice as well with this motherboard.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thanks for the advice! I didn't even dawn on me to look at the air distribution with the graphic cards. I'll definitely take that into consideration when I build my system.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of clear fans did you use? They look great.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are the Anidees AI-FAN-W14 fans, which come included with this version of the AI Crystal case.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!