Description

I haven't been a strictly PC gamer since 2010, it is incredibly bittersweet to be back at it. I miss having an all-in-one PC with superior graphics with lots of games to choose from, but I do not remember exorbitant prices for GPUs and game franchises that I once loved becoming MTX money pits.

I have recently been able to explore rendering and cad design with co-workers and it has allowed me to acquire an RTX 2080 Ti with partial reimbursement by my employer. I am very fortunate to do so as I really don't agree with the pricing and would hardly consider this a gaming GPU anymore.

Anyways, this is now primarily a workstation PC for days when I work at home or times where I am learning the basics of rendering, cad design, and deep learning. I do use this for gaming occasionally, a lot less than I would like. I game in 1440p/165 and this graphics card more than does the job, and when it can't it is usually because the game is poorly optimized for PC.

Plus, I really don't have much interest in newer games coming out beyond Cyberpunk, Dying Light 2, and eventually GTA VI.

Hopefully I am wrong, but I might end up leaving gaming as a hobby entirely as I am really enjoying the new design programs and rendering side of things, and I just don't see myself getting anymore incredible single player stories with the way the industry is headed.

GPU Journey = ASUS Dual RTX 2080 OC --> ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC --> EVGA GTX 1660 Ti --> EVGA FTW3 Ultra 2080 Ti --> EVGA FTW3 Ultra RTX 2070 Super --> ASUS ROG Strix 1660 Ti OC --> ASUS ROG Strix 2080 Ti OC --> EVGA FTW3 Ultra RTX 2080 Ti [Final]

Sold computer with the 2080 Ti Strix OC, FTW3 is my favourite out of the Strix, Gaming X Trio, and FTW3 Ultra.

My FTW 3 can overclock to 2115 MHz with stability and 2150 with some issues occasionally, I usually leave it at default 1935-1995 when gaming, unless I play a demanding game and want the extra frames. Seeing as I use this computer more for work than gaming it sits at the default setting with a passive fan curve most of the time. Throughout all my testing it has never gone past 70 degrees (hit 70 when I did 2150 test), hovers around 60-65 depending on load. Heaven benchmark was a slight overclock of +80 @ 2055 MHz.

i9-9900K score(s) on Cinebench R15 are clocked at 5.0 GHz @ 1.35V.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is an excellent CPU for entry-level CAD and render design, as well as some occasional 1440p gaming. It can get a bit hot under full load, but I have never surpassed 80 degrees under a Corsair H100 AIO. Just wish the pricing could be a bit better as it really should have been an i7-9700K imo. Hopefully, AMD creates better pricing for Red & Blue going forward.

CPU Cooler

Excellent AIO cooler, keeps my overclocked i9-9900k (5.0 GHz) around 70 degrees under heavy load on balanced settings. The RGB pump outline is nice, the installation was incredibly easy, and this cooler gives me a lot of room to fool around with overclocking.

Motherboard

Everything you could ask for in a motherboard and serves as a good balance between the Z390-F and the Maximus XI Formula as it sits right in the middle. The reason I like this board over the lower tier ones, is the stability of overclocking. I used to have a Z390-E and it was very picky about stability when it came to overclocking to 5 GHz, whereas the Hero lets me experiment a bit more without issue. Plus the extra usbs and bios/cmos flashback buttons are nice to have as a safety net.

Memory

Easily sits at 3200 MHz and can easily be boosted further, but I feel no need to do so with 32GB, plus they are realll purdyy.

Storage

Boots and loads everything almost instantly, blazing fast transfer speeds, still holds incredible value next to its 970/960 successor. Well worth the money as a boot drive if you have M.2 slots available.

Storage

Loads up every game I have on it very quickly and has had no issues, solid unit, questionable price, hopeful for longevity.

Video Card

This card is an absolute monster, it is incredibly overclock-friendly, excels at more than just gaming, and does everything at an extreme level, including its damn price.

I would recommend this to people who are doing graphic design, video editing, and enthusiast-level gaming at 4K 60+FPS or 1440p 120+FPS on Ultra, or all of the above. I would NOT recommend this to people who are strictly looking to game, I would push them towards an RTX 2070 & 2060 Super if they really want ray tracing, or a GTX 1660 Ti if they can live without it.

This GPU has obvious positives, but does not come without negatives. My unit likes to sag, so I had to get a support brace to compensate for this. The Precision X1 Software has a lot of details and temperature readouts with ICX2 which are very helpful and informative, but it loves to crash on me around 50% of the time, hopefully with new patches and updates it will become more reliable.

The biggest downsides to this card are due to NVIDIA and not EVGA, price and ray tracing. Yes, ray-tracing is incredibly beautiful and could very well be the next thing for games and graphics, but it is simply not readily available in most mainstream games. When it is available, it carries with it, a hefty performance drop in FPS, and while Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) was created to counter this performance drop, it is available in even less titles than ray-tracing is, and thus, it is still unproven.

Case

  • Beautiful Aesthetics
  • Includes Fan & LED Hubs
  • Soft close magnet doors
  • Smoked tempered glass
  • Good airflow

  • Awful Fan & LED hub placement

  • Awkward backside cable management
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • PSU shroud should be full length
  • The design at the top is awkward

I love this case, but the cable management was incredibly annoying. I do not want the HUBs located in the front of the case because it will look ugly, with all the fan cables hanging around, but having them in the back nullifies 3.5/2.5 trays depending on where you place them. I kind of wish that the shroud for the PSU extended all the way to front like the NZXT H700 so I could hide the hubs in there and have the option of storing the trays there as well.

Beyond those complaints, this a solid and beautiful case that is worth the price premium. The negatives I mentioned do not detract from the 5 star rating as they are my own personal nitpicks. Except for fingerprints being everywhere.

Power Supply

This is overkill for my system, but it was the same price as all the other HX link models at the time of purchase, so I thought, why not. Takes up a bit more space in my case than its 850/750 counterparts, but it still fits and does its job without making much noise, if at all. I will probably be able to keep this unit for the foreseeable future.

Case Fan

These fan are bright and vibrant and are the best looking in the Corsair lineup in my opinion, they do their job and work well enough in Corsair iCue with loads of customization options that are nice to fool around with.

Still have to mention that performance wise, I feel like the ML120 series is quieter at higher RPMs.

Keyboard

Gorgeous keyboard with lots of functionality and customization, but it comes with a hefty price tag that may deter some.

Headphones

This headset does its job with superior sound & noise cancellation and I would have zero complaints if it wasn't for the fact that I had to RMA one of these after it was no longer able to receive audio.

On top of this, I do regularly have issues where Discord cannot pick up my input, but allows me to hear everyone else clearly. It is really odd because even after troubleshooting everything, the xbox app is the only thing that fixes this issue. I didn't dock another star for this as I am not sure if it is a Corsair issue or a Windows 10 issue. Just thought I would mention it.

Speakers

They are nothing incredibly special, but they certainly do the job for the price they go for. The sound quality could be better as I get some fuzzy noises occasionally. Solid 4/5.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

why did u switch from a 2080ti to a 2070 super ??????????

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

$1200 CAD for 20 extra frames in 1440p, gonna wait for the next generations from both Nvidia & AMD. I'm hoping for some big competition.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't forget about intels new graphics cards

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I know absolutely nothing about Intel’s upcoming GPUs lol, but hey, more competition is always welcome.