How To - X99 mATX Gaming Rig - Part 2

Published by Luca Rocchi on 16.04.15
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Memory and CPU



As far as the memory support is concerned, Intel's LGA2011-3 socket CPUs require DDR4 memory and given the still high cost of the modules on the market, we chose a 4x4GB kit from Corsair rated 2800MHz with 16-18-18-35 latency.

As you can see from the images below you will notice that the Vengeance LPX memory come with black low-profile heatspreaders which are perfect for those that want to huge tower coolers or even, as in our case, for compact configurations. In this article we will not dwell on the performance of this kit since we have already reviewed it a few months ago.


In order to maintain a lower total cost of the system, but at the same time have an excellent performance and a good longevity, we decided to use an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. This CPU is the first model based on Haswell-E platform and LGA 2011-3 socket. Intel's Core i7-5820K features 6 cores and 12 threads with a base frequency of 3300MHz and a Turbo clock of up to 3600MHz. Using an mATX platform that does not have a high amount of PCI-Express slots, the Core i7-5820K, with its only 28 lines, is perfect since it is able to handle a dual-GPU setup in 16x / 8x mode.

The TDP of the processor is 140W, however, our all-in-one water cooling system is able to manage all the heat produced by the CPU under load as well as under hefty overclock.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Memory and CPU
Page 2 - Solid State Drives Page 5 - Graphics card
Page 3 - Motherboard Page 6 - Conclusion

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