Description

Mars Redux

Part Reviews

CPU

Lets face it, you know why I went with this CPU... The packaging! Of course, it is nice to see all 16-cores hit 5Ghz!

Motherboard

I've been a fan of Gigabyte for many years. The Aorus line caught my attention and specifically the Aorus Pro. It doesn't have added components to go bad like integrated WiFi, yet still has a bunch of newer features that make it a nice bargain board.

Storage

Carried over from my previous build. Still running after nearly 5-years, so I got that going for me, which is nice! I'm about to place these into a PCIe M.2 adapter card and install the 2 new 512GB ADATA M.2 drives in RAID-0 on the Aorus Pro.

Storage

The latest addition to MARS, dual ADATA M.2 drives in RAID-0.

Storage

After 8-months of service, this drive died. Steer clear of PCH MICRO on Amazon. According to Seagate, they sold the drive to me, and others, AFTER the warranty had expired. This is making it extremely difficult to get the drive RMA-ed, and I haven't even asked about data recovery yet.

Storage

Carried over from my previous build. Still running after nearly 5-years, so I got that going for me, which is nice!

Video Card

Carried over from my previous build. I'll upgrade to a GTX 2080 TI when the prices drop.

Case

This case is glorious! Shiny tempered glass on the front and both sides, included 5-ARGB 120mm fans, plenty of room for a long graphics card, 5-more fans, 4x 3.5" drives, 3x 2.5" drives, AND a custom hard loop liquid cooling system!

Power Supply

Carried over from my previous build. Only a year on it and all is well!

Case Fan

To match the included case fans. Great color, smooth animations, and very quiet.

Monitor

Battle station upgrade! From different sized 1080p monitors (27", 40", 23") to triple 32" curved monitors (2x Samsung 1080p & 1x Viotek 1440p). They all have great colors, no dead pixels, and are crystal clear.

Monitor

Battle station upgrade! From different sized 1080p monitors (27", 40", 23") to triple 32" curved monitors (2x Samsung 1080p & 1x Viotek 1440p). They all have great colors, no dead pixels, and are crystal clear.

Custom

I'm still not sure if I used enough of this stuff, not enough, or just the right amount? It was easy to spread on the nickel plated copper cpu water block, but took forever to get a light coat to stick to the top of the i9-9900K and that's with using triple the amount called for in the instructions. However, my i9-9900K only hits 33C (91.4F) under full load on a 240mm Custom Hard Loop. Of course, it's the only thing being cooled, but it still has yet to break 37.7C (100F) since I powered it on for the first time.

Custom

Needed a resi-pump bracket to mount my resi-pump just above the end of my GTX 1070 Ti FTW. It does the job.

Custom

Liked the idea of not blowing a seal/o-ring from too much pressure. So far, everything is dry!

Custom

Needed some extra fittings for plumbing in the temp/flow meter. They work!

Custom

Needed some extra fittings for plumbing in the temp/flow meter. They work!

Custom

Beautiful white color flowing through the 16mm tubes. The white reflects whatever color I have the LED fans set to. It's like having all of the coolant colors in one!

Custom

Due to not having enough PCIe lanes to run dual M.2 drives and all 6 SATA connectors simultaneously, I needed to cram in a few extra ports. It's small, simple, no-raid, just ports. It does the job for my 3x 2TB and 1x 4TB drives.

Custom

This thing is kinda cool! Nice little display for temp C and Lph or temp F and Gph. My only complaint is that the power connector should have been placed on the back as opposed to the top.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ik your going to upgrade but is that 1070ti bottle necking you at all?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the delayed response. I've been busy loading up the new rig!

I don't believe the 1070Ti is bottle-necking anything. Granted, I'm not running the latest and greatest games but back when it was in my I7-6700K it handles Monster Hunger World with no problems. Currently it pushes 2x 32" 1080p Curved Samsungs, 1x 32" Viotek 1440p, and my HTC Vive and barely breaks a sweat.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the speeds of the adata drives? If you don't have solid numbers then I'll be happy with how long it takes for your PC to boot up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the delayed response, I've been enjoying my new beast!

Boot time from Powered Off to Windows Logon screen is about 22-seconds with Gigabyte FastBoot disabled.

Here are the Crystal Disk Scores:

CrystalDiskMark 7.0.0 x64 (C) 2007-2019 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World: https://crystalmark.info/


  • MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
  • KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

[Read] Sequential 1MiB (Q= 8, T= 1): 3181.543 MB/s [ 3034.2 IOPS] < 2616.05 us> Sequential 1MiB (Q= 1, T= 1): 2537.385 MB/s [ 2419.8 IOPS] < 412.90 us> Random 4KiB (Q= 32, T=16): 1573.731 MB/s [ 384211.7 IOPS] < 1325.83 us> Random 4KiB (Q= 1, T= 1): 33.625 MB/s [ 8209.2 IOPS] < 121.59 us>

[Write] Sequential 1MiB (Q= 8, T= 1): 2833.742 MB/s [ 2702.5 IOPS] < 2954.83 us> Sequential 1MiB (Q= 1, T= 1): 2059.859 MB/s [ 1964.4 IOPS] < 508.38 us> Random 4KiB (Q= 32, T=16): 1591.072 MB/s [ 388445.3 IOPS] < 1312.60 us> Random 4KiB (Q= 1, T= 1): 117.873 MB/s [ 28777.6 IOPS] < 34.57 us>

Profile: Default Test: 1 GiB (x1) [Interval: 5 sec] <DefaultAffinity=DISABLED> Date: 2019/12/09 13:07:50 OS: Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 18362] (x64)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thanks, that was a lot more in depth than I was prepared for.