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  1. #51
    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array Braegnok PC Specs
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    MotherboardAsus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex
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    Memory (part number)F5-6400J3239G16GX2-TZ5K
    Graphics Card #1Nvidia RTX 3090 FE
    MonitorDell AW2721D
    Storage #12TB Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD
    Storage #24TB Seagate FireCuda 120 SSD
    CPU CoolerEK-Quantum Velocity2
    CaseTT A700 TG
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    Thanks Silent Scone@ROG,

    I guess seeing is believing lol,.. after reading the manual several times before ordering the MZ690A,.. after removing the M.2_1 heatsink and my card fit in the top x16 slot.

    I was still in disbelief thinking I must have misread something with the lane configuration, this is too easy.

    For active backplate clearance simply pull top m.2_1 heatsink and leave that slot empty, use M.2_2 slot for x4 OS drive and GPU will run at x16.

    Nicely done Asus
    Last edited by Braegnok; 11-27-2021 at 12:57 AM.

  2. #52
    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array Braegnok PC Specs
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    MotherboardAsus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex
    ProcessorIntel Core i9-12900K
    Memory (part number)F5-6400J3239G16GX2-TZ5K
    Graphics Card #1Nvidia RTX 3090 FE
    MonitorDell AW2721D
    Storage #12TB Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD
    Storage #24TB Seagate FireCuda 120 SSD
    CPU CoolerEK-Quantum Velocity2
    CaseTT A700 TG
    Power SupplyCorsair AX1600i
    Keyboard Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate
    Mouse G502 Lightspeed
    Headset SteelSeries Arctis Pro
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    This MZ690A build went smoothly, is hands down the fastest default system I've ever built. Truly amazing how responsive everything is and I'm running default settings with XMP 1 mode on the memory. Will be running on air cooling with air cooled 2080 Ti,.. till I get a CPU water block, I ordered the EK-Quantum Velocity2 block yesterday December 8, 2021. EK-Quantum Velocity2 D-RGB - 1700 Copper+ Acetal CPU water block for Intel Alder Lake – EK Webshop (ekwb.com)

    EK shipped my block this morning, I hope to have it around December 16, 2021.

    Default settings, XMP 1

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  3. #53
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array iBruceypoo PC Specs
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    MotherboardROG Maximus XIII Apex
    ProcessorIntel 11600K i5 binned by Silicon Lottery - 5.5Ghz ST Benchmark capable - 5.3Ghz Daily OC
    Memory (part number)F4-5333C22D-16GTES @ 5866Mhz 21 32 52 1T Daily
    Graphics Card #1AMD WX-4100 workstation card/Nvidia RTX A2000 (Coming Soon)
    MonitorLG 32in 2560x1440 32QN650-B
    Storage #1WD_Black SN850 500GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
    Storage #2Intel Optane PCIe Add In Card 280GB SSD
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-P1 Passive/Active Cooler with Noctua 140mm Industrial PWM fan tuned at 800rpm
    CasePrimochill WetBench SX Pro test bench
    Power SupplySeasonic TX-700 fanless titanium
    Keyboard HHKB Hybrid Type-S Snow Edition
    Mouse Logitech MX Master 3 graphite / ROG Gladius II Origin
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    I'm going custom water too. Instead of the Noctua HUGE passive air cooler, creating a custom AIO waterloop with NO reservoir.

    Because scientifically, you can simply use any high-gravity port as a reservoir.

    Not too crazy though, implementing large quantities of Sorbothane to isolate D5 pump rotational noise energy and purchased this EK Quantum Magnitude waterblock.

    Bought this EK Quantum Magnitude CPU waterblock today direct from EK for $265USD, yea it was not cheap.

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    Hoping it gets here very soon. for my work computer

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  4. #54
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array iBruceypoo PC Specs
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    MotherboardROG Maximus XIII Apex
    ProcessorIntel 11600K i5 binned by Silicon Lottery - 5.5Ghz ST Benchmark capable - 5.3Ghz Daily OC
    Memory (part number)F4-5333C22D-16GTES @ 5866Mhz 21 32 52 1T Daily
    Graphics Card #1AMD WX-4100 workstation card/Nvidia RTX A2000 (Coming Soon)
    MonitorLG 32in 2560x1440 32QN650-B
    Storage #1WD_Black SN850 500GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
    Storage #2Intel Optane PCIe Add In Card 280GB SSD
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-P1 Passive/Active Cooler with Noctua 140mm Industrial PWM fan tuned at 800rpm
    CasePrimochill WetBench SX Pro test bench
    Power SupplySeasonic TX-700 fanless titanium
    Keyboard HHKB Hybrid Type-S Snow Edition
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    That Noctua passive cooler was HUGE! Now, it's gone.

    I need a waterblock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iBruceypoo View Post
    THIS is decapitated poo.

    I need a waterblock, NOW!

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    The new 1700 Quantum? I was able to get one from EKWB fairly quickly last month. Took around 1.5 weeks.

  6. #56
    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array Braegnok PC Specs
    Braegnok PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex
    ProcessorIntel Core i9-12900K
    Memory (part number)F5-6400J3239G16GX2-TZ5K
    Graphics Card #1Nvidia RTX 3090 FE
    MonitorDell AW2721D
    Storage #12TB Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD
    Storage #24TB Seagate FireCuda 120 SSD
    CPU CoolerEK-Quantum Velocity2
    CaseTT A700 TG
    Power SupplyCorsair AX1600i
    Keyboard Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate
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    @Bruce,
    You might want to reconsider not going with a reservoir.
    I swapped out my old noisy D5 dual head module last year with the Optimus Absolute D5 Reservoir System https://optimuspc.com/products/absol...-pump-included

    The Xylem D5 Pro pumps use SATA power instead of Molex, are PWM control in your BIOS fan curves to adjust pump speed. I run mine at full-speed for 24-hours after filling loop, than back fan curve down to 50% depending on CPU temp in BIOS, the pump generally runs at 2600 and is inaudible at that speed.

    @SilentScone,
    EKWB ships items vary fast, I think customs plays a big part in how fast item moves through, as if they inspect your package it will take weeks to pass through customs,.. I got lucky this time my block went through all customs quickly this time, will arrive early.

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  7. #57
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array iBruceypoo PC Specs
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    MotherboardROG Maximus XIII Apex
    ProcessorIntel 11600K i5 binned by Silicon Lottery - 5.5Ghz ST Benchmark capable - 5.3Ghz Daily OC
    Memory (part number)F4-5333C22D-16GTES @ 5866Mhz 21 32 52 1T Daily
    Graphics Card #1AMD WX-4100 workstation card/Nvidia RTX A2000 (Coming Soon)
    MonitorLG 32in 2560x1440 32QN650-B
    Storage #1WD_Black SN850 500GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
    Storage #2Intel Optane PCIe Add In Card 280GB SSD
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-P1 Passive/Active Cooler with Noctua 140mm Industrial PWM fan tuned at 800rpm
    CasePrimochill WetBench SX Pro test bench
    Power SupplySeasonic TX-700 fanless titanium
    Keyboard HHKB Hybrid Type-S Snow Edition
    Mouse Logitech MX Master 3 graphite / ROG Gladius II Origin
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    Another hardware brother told me to get the Optimus Signature CPU block, but I figured its only a very short CPU ONLY loop, so all the top 5 CPU blocks will most likely work about the same.

    Went with the EK Quantum Magnitude nickel-plexi D-RGB, since my last water loop 2016-2018 included an EK nickel-plexi block and it had great service life, everything remained so clean inside the loop. I used the Mayhems Blitz kit, Mayhems clear tubing and EK coolant worked out really well.

    Again going with the Mayhems Blitz Parts 1 and 2.

    The Hardware Labs SR2 Multiport rads love them low FPI like 9 great for silent/inaudible builds, my carbon black 280mm has never been wet, and the AquaComputer D5 PWM designed to work with the Aquaero 6, also never been wet, and already have a zillion Bitspower deluxe white ultimate fittings and rotaries and pass-thrus so I didn't have to buy very much.

    EK Quantum Magnitude CPU block
    EK ZMT tubing
    EK Cryofuel concentrate clear
    Mayhem's Blitz kit
    Noctua 140mm Industrial 2000rpm PWM
    Sorbothane Hemispheres (4) 1.25in diameter 30 durometer (to isolate/decouple the D5)

    Yea, that Optimus reservoir, the smaller one. looks really nice @Braegnok, I might grab that one if I have any issues, but with the SR2 Multiport rads, there's (8) ports so any gravity high point can act as a fill port and bleed off the excess air when filling the loop, then cap it off with a deluxe white Bitspower stop fitting and I should be good, no res needed.

    I shy away from pump-res combo subassemblies, since the extra mass of the res and coolant make it much more difficult to isolate the rotational noise energy generated by the D5. The pump on it's own with a flat base is easy to isolate, (4) large Sorbothane Hemispheres placed underneath between pump base and test bench mid-plate should absorb all the noise as a gravity-only mounting.

    Here's my Aquacomputer PWM D5, got it years ago and never been wet...

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    Also have (9) of these radiators 6carbon black and 3satin white. lol About time I used them lol.

    https://hardwarelabs.com/blackice/sr2/280-mp/
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  8. #58
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array iBruceypoo PC Specs
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    MotherboardROG Maximus XIII Apex
    ProcessorIntel 11600K i5 binned by Silicon Lottery - 5.5Ghz ST Benchmark capable - 5.3Ghz Daily OC
    Memory (part number)F4-5333C22D-16GTES @ 5866Mhz 21 32 52 1T Daily
    Graphics Card #1AMD WX-4100 workstation card/Nvidia RTX A2000 (Coming Soon)
    MonitorLG 32in 2560x1440 32QN650-B
    Storage #1WD_Black SN850 500GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
    Storage #2Intel Optane PCIe Add In Card 280GB SSD
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-P1 Passive/Active Cooler with Noctua 140mm Industrial PWM fan tuned at 800rpm
    CasePrimochill WetBench SX Pro test bench
    Power SupplySeasonic TX-700 fanless titanium
    Keyboard HHKB Hybrid Type-S Snow Edition
    Mouse Logitech MX Master 3 graphite / ROG Gladius II Origin
    Headset/Speakers Creative Pebble V2
    Network RouterLinksys WiFi 6 MR9600

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    Hey Braegnok bro, also got some MDPC-X custom length custom PSU cables being made up by Mod-One, woohoo.

    Molex 4-pin pwr to the Aquaero 6
    24-pin to the Maximus XIII Apex
    (2) 8-pin to the Maximus XIII Apex

    Yea, I finally got sick of looking at the Seasonic "stock" cables. lolol

    All in MDPC XXX-White WooHoo! will blend so well with the new SNOW keyboard!

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  9. #59
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array iBruceypoo PC Specs
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    MotherboardROG Maximus XIII Apex
    ProcessorIntel 11600K i5 binned by Silicon Lottery - 5.5Ghz ST Benchmark capable - 5.3Ghz Daily OC
    Memory (part number)F4-5333C22D-16GTES @ 5866Mhz 21 32 52 1T Daily
    Graphics Card #1AMD WX-4100 workstation card/Nvidia RTX A2000 (Coming Soon)
    MonitorLG 32in 2560x1440 32QN650-B
    Storage #1WD_Black SN850 500GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
    Storage #2Intel Optane PCIe Add In Card 280GB SSD
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-P1 Passive/Active Cooler with Noctua 140mm Industrial PWM fan tuned at 800rpm
    CasePrimochill WetBench SX Pro test bench
    Power SupplySeasonic TX-700 fanless titanium
    Keyboard HHKB Hybrid Type-S Snow Edition
    Mouse Logitech MX Master 3 graphite / ROG Gladius II Origin
    Headset/Speakers Creative Pebble V2
    Network RouterLinksys WiFi 6 MR9600

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    This little res looks really nice. Maybe I will add a reservoir. Hmm thinking.

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array iBruceypoo PC Specs
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    MotherboardROG Maximus XIII Apex
    ProcessorIntel 11600K i5 binned by Silicon Lottery - 5.5Ghz ST Benchmark capable - 5.3Ghz Daily OC
    Memory (part number)F4-5333C22D-16GTES @ 5866Mhz 21 32 52 1T Daily
    Graphics Card #1AMD WX-4100 workstation card/Nvidia RTX A2000 (Coming Soon)
    MonitorLG 32in 2560x1440 32QN650-B
    Storage #1WD_Black SN850 500GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
    Storage #2Intel Optane PCIe Add In Card 280GB SSD
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-P1 Passive/Active Cooler with Noctua 140mm Industrial PWM fan tuned at 800rpm
    CasePrimochill WetBench SX Pro test bench
    Power SupplySeasonic TX-700 fanless titanium
    Keyboard HHKB Hybrid Type-S Snow Edition
    Mouse Logitech MX Master 3 graphite / ROG Gladius II Origin
    Headset/Speakers Creative Pebble V2
    Network RouterLinksys WiFi 6 MR9600

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