I build this PC as a replacement for my old X99 system now that we have hexacore processors on the mainstream platform.
CPU at 4.2GHz @ 1.17V
GPU OC to 2.0GHz
RAM OC to 3.2GHz (rated at 3GHz)
Idling around 42°C and 84°C at full load (stress-testing); steady around 70°C while gaming.
While the Node 202 is much smaller than my old EVOLV ATX case; it delivers the same performance, though it is quite a bit louder...
Cinebench: 1393 pts
Packs quite a punch at the footprint of an original Xbox One!
A really solid processor! Beats or at least ties with my OC i7-6800K (4.4GHz) and fits in a Node 202! (mITX)
It's having a hard time cooling my i7-8700 but that's somewhat expected... the backplate was somewhat hard to fit in the Node 202, but did fit in the end...
If it was about $50 less It'd be a good buy, but Coffee Lake (Z370) boards are for some strange reason about that much more expensive than the (same?) Z270 counterpart...
While 8GB is on the verge to a bare minimum today, the memory itself is really high quality as to be expected from Corsair. Had no problems running them at even higher frequencies than they're rated for.
Probably the best SSD money can buy (on a budget)
Salvaged from a Seagate Expansion Portable HDD, works like a charm!
Cheapest 1080 I could find, not performing like my EVGA FTW 1080 but really close! (2000MHz vs 2113MHz on the core)
Somewhat hard to work with, but that's to be expected when building SFF...
Doesn't get very hot, which is nice in the Node 202 enclosure... It should also be at peak performance (efficiency) at load with my i7-8700 + GTX 1080 Build.
Microsofts best OS to date
I had some ghosting problems in the beginning, but it seems to have been a bad DP cable. A very solid monitor for productivity and gaming, though I'd recommend higher refresh rate over 4K if only for the latter.
Fun concept, but not very practical in action. Though a great feeling keyboard with some advanced functionality, with even more to come!
Probably the best feeling mouse I've ever tried, I rarely use more than 5-6 buttons; but the ergonomics are (for me) on point.