One of the best parts of our job is all the brand new tech we get in here. Nothing’s better than coming in to find we have access to the next generation of gaming components, and getting to spend the day playing around with them. You know, for science.
With the help of Corsair, we had the opportunity to put together a cutting edge gaming rig with a brand new Aorus Gaming 9 X299 board and an Intel i7-7740X CPU that gives us a taste of what’s around the corner.
Read on to see how we pulled it off.
Build It Up
Corsair sent us their ATX 570x case, complete with built in RGB support, steel, and tempered glass. We have the black version here, but it’s also available as a Newegg exclusive in white if that’s more your style. Either way, these tempered glass cases with visually exposed fans and dust filters are all the rage these days -- they just look awesome.
A great case needs a great center of operations. The Aorus X299 Gaming 9 board is an LED enthusiasts dream come true. Everything from the I/O shield to the RAM slots is riddled with LEDs, so if you’re into lighting up your rig, the Aorus gaming line should be just the ticket.
This board is also a performance monster. It got a max of 128GB RAM at 4400, five PCIe 16 slots and triple M.2 slots.
i7-7740X and Aorus X299 Gaming 9 Build
The CPU is a brand new i7-7740X, and that means a 8 to 10% boost in performance over Z270 i7-7700k version.
To keep the super fancy CPU‘s temps down Corsair provided us with a Hydro Series H110i AIO cooler. This large, 280mm AIO is perfect for overclocking, which we’re definitely interested in doing with this guy.
For power, Corsair provided their HX750i Platinum, a fully modular PSU with Corsair Link embedded and a host of other fancy features.
We had to get a little creative with the cooling, in addition to AIO. We used Corsair’s new HD140mm individually addressable RGB LED PWM fans, fully controlled by its own fan controller.
The double 140 fans to cool the radiator replaced the triple 120s on the front. The stock RGB fans went on top and in the back, though it was a little tight getting the fans in around the hoses of the AIO cooler.
We went with a push/pull configuration for the radiator to keep the new X CPU temps low.
For memory we went with 32 gigs of Corsair Vengeance RGB RAM. With the XMP profile enabled in the Aorus BIOS, all 32GB at 3000MHz speeds were recognized immediately.
Next we dropped in a 1.2 TB Intel 750 NVMe SSD. We’re hoping to fill up the board with three M.2 drives eventually just because we can, but for now, 1.2 TB should be more than sufficient.
Last but definitely not least, we went with the large and in charge Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Extreme to finish out this next gen gaming monster.
When it powered up, we were super thrilled. The RGB everything looks great shining through the tempered glass. There’s nothing more satisfying than a powerful build that doesn’t just perform nicely, but looks great doing it.
When adding a 280mm fan in the front, you have two options -- place it lower on the front with a space above, or place it high with a space below. We went high because it looks cool and blows air over the majority of the motherboard.
The downside is there is the fan situation up top gets tight. If you’re looking to use four 140mm fans on the CPU radiator as well as three 120mm fans that came with the case, be aware you’ll need to do some squeezing to get both 120mm fans and cooler hoses to fit up top.
Also, we’re using two different kinds of RGB fans -- Corsair’s SP and HP series. The HD140 we received are part of their new individually addressable RGB series, while the SP120 are one color all the time.
Unfortunately, the SP and HP fan LED effects aren’t compatible with each other. Meaning, you control the SP120 fans that came with the case from the buttons on the top of the case. To control the HP140 fans, you need to install the included controller, which we attached to the back of the case.
Both solutions don’t allow for control through the internal software. It’s old school manual buttons unless you opt for the Corsair Commander Pro or Lighting Node Pro controllers. The Commander Pro will control both HD and SP fans as well as a host of other features like temp sensors, fans and more. But the Commander Pro runs $69 and we didn’t have one on hand.
Because the BIOS for the motherboard hasn't been finalized we haven’t been able to get any accurate gaming benchmarks, but we certainly will once everything is released. To read more about our overclocking experience with this build, check out our article on the i7-7740X CPU here.
We’re super excited about how this next level Corsair gaming build turned out. We do like the white version of the 570x, which is a Newegg exclusive. Regardless, this equipment is a perfect system for a killer Intel Extreme system.