It is a 1-8 port hub.
Thank you, I am glad you like it. I have had no thermal issues. Under normal every-day load I rarely hear the CPU fans, and then they are pretty quiet. When benchmarking I stressed every component for long periods, both incrementally and all at once in order to heat the system up as much as possible (CPU, GPU, RAM, M.2)--I did not observe any throttling, though it did get toasty ;-). I am very happy with my Noctua, and am also very happy that it will never leak. The box was tighter to build in than I anticipated, but everything fit just fine once my fat fingers were out of the way, and it boasts plenty of ventilation. All the best on your friend's build.
As an experiment I moved the GPU up to the top slot, after adjusting the Noctua cooler up by 6mm. Benching showed slightly better results for the GPU, but the CPU now runs a bit warmer. The GPU backplate radiates a lot of heat, and due to its proximity to the CPU fans that heat gets sucked through the Noctua fins. Not a deal-breaker either way. Too bad the MOBO is x8 for the second PCIe slot, as it would otherwise be perfect.
The order of the full-size PCIE lanes on this board, from the top down, are: 16, 8, 16, 8. For more details see the manual (https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/X399-AORUS-XTREME-rev-10#support-manual).
I had the same concern initially. Slot one places the backplate of the GPU right up against the CPU cooler. After benchmarking the GPU for several hours in a closed case its temps never rose above 72C. So far so good.
An absolute gem! The connection to your family history and the plaque are amazing. Love the photo background and leaves, very nice touch!
It has been over a year with daily use--no problems at all.
Cool build--your pics reveal a talented creator! Nice hack for cooling the VRM ;-). If you have time some benchmarks would be a plus :-).
It comes with two 140mm fans (Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 fan, 1000 RPM), one in the front and one in the back. They are easily repositioned, and the case can handle several more. For full specs see http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-r5-white-window.
Hopefully its included ;-). Either way, Phanteks was great to interact with, and the bracket fits perfectly. Cheers!
I requested an AM4 bracket from Phanteks with proof of purchase. At the time their site said nothing about compatibility, so they sent one to me for free. After opening the cooler, it ironically contained said bracket, giving me two ;-). It mounted without a problem, and looks really good IMO. Hope yours comes with one, too. All the best.
Thank you, I am glad you like it. My apologies for the tardy reply. The LED was warning that it detected no VGA signal (I did not have a monitor plugged into the GPU for the photo-op). I had no issues at all other than the bios: the regular and Arctic boards do not share the same version (not sure why), so the update bios failed until I realized that I needed the Arctic version. After that smooth sailing!
I looked into the not-posting issue and found a number of other builders with similar experiences--some were related to incompatibility issues between this mobo and the Ryzen 5, and others resolved after a bios update. Hope you solve the problem (or already have)!
I appreciate the constructive input! My next PSU will be more carefully researched....
Thank you for the complement. The fully modular black sleeves were the draw at the price-point. What PSU would you recommend for a system like this (with an eye toward a GTX 1080 ti)?
Thanks, glad you like it ;-).
It would be a beautiful addition, if it was for me ;-).