(intense upbeat music)
- I think I cracked the code.
After all this time making YouTube videos,
I finally figured it out what you guys like to see.
PC builds, and you know, I'm a people pleaser,
so I'm gonna give you what you want. (claps)
Thanks to MSI, who sponsored our video today
to prove once and for all, that their competitors
aren't the only ones who make a lot more
than motherboards these days.
(chuckles) That's a lot of boxes
and almost every single one of them is MSI.
Yes my friends it's time for the all MSI gaming PC
including, their new GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO.
So let's get cracking and build this sweet rig.
Of course even though they make more than motherboards
that's still where we're gonna start
with the MSI MEG Z490 ACE.
The key features of this puppy are of course
support for the latest Intel 10th Gen processors,
two and a half gig networking, three M.2 slots
and enough RGB to choke a horse.
Well, it's an expression.
You know what it feels like it's harder than ever
to choose the right CPU these days.
Like that's the double-edged sword
of having two legitimately good options for a change.
If we go Intel, we get called Intel shills
oh, you guys don't appreciate AMD enough
but in some cases if we go AMD, we get people telling us
"Hey, hey, you're leaving performance on the table."
Like what happened in our review of the RTX 3080.
So we've gone Intel.
We're using the 10900K,
because we're gonna be pairing it with an RTX 3080
which is a flipping fast graphics card.
And right now this is the fastest CPU for gaming.
And I say right now
because I'm filming this on October the sixth,
not the eighth, so let's see how things change after that.
- [Announcer] It changed everything.
- Next up is storage.
We're using a CORSAIR MP600, two terabyte, M.2 SSD
for a couple of reasons.
Number one, is to highlight that
while Intel's 10th Gen processors
do not support PCI Express Gen 4,
it is expected that 11th Gen processors
which will also be capable of being installed
on this platform will.
So PCI Express Gen 4
is gonna come with some pretty cool benefits
once direct storage gets actually implemented into Windows
and GPU drivers allowing similar features to what we've seen
on the PlayStation 5, as well as Xbox series.
Reason number two, is that
we don't have any Samsung 980 Pros
in the studio right now.
For RAM, we've gone with a couple of 16 gig sticks.
Of course, there's a Vengeance PRO RGB
that gives us a total of 32 gigs
running in dual channel mode.
And as for why we went Corsair.
Well, the cold hard truth
Corsair's competitors out there,
is that nobody does RGB quite like Corsair.
That is to say that nobody does RGB
quite to the extent of Corsair. (chuckles)
Now we've reached the point where we're ready to check out
our secure 500X tempered glass kit.
Just kidding, I just took it out of the box.
'Cause this thing is so freaking heavy,
I didn't wanna unbox it on camera.
It's got tempered glass pretty much up the wazoo,
includes four RGB fans and has a total
of a whopping five front USB 3 ports.
Who's plugging in that much front USB?
Oh yeah maybe this guy, Brendan?
- [Brendan] Yes. - Would you?
Oh, all right, fair enough then.
- [Brendan] 100%.
- Easily removable side panels, check.
Giant 200 millimeter fans, check.
Built-in RGB hub, check.
But I do get the uncomfortable feeling
that it might be haunted.
Like I can hear this voice.
Oh it is, they've got solid materials
in front of their fans.
I think Steve from Gamers Nexus died and he's in there.
We'll find out soon enough
if these perforations along the side and on the top here
where it seems air is intended to come in are enough
because the system we're loading this thing up with
is not gonna be very forgiving
if there isn't enough air flow.
Underrated feature the little
motherboard standoff nubbin right here.
Absolutely love it,
just makes installing the motherboard of breeze.
Personally, I like to build standing up like this.
It's an old habit and it makes it a lot easier.
Hey Colin, how much is this case?
- [Colin] It's $325.
- Huh, okay, that's not cheap certainly
but definitely fully featured.
So they include the bracket that you need
for a vertical GPU mount.
You got these nice little slides
for your three and a half inch drives.
Lots of included fans.
I'm liking it so far, not cheap though.
Good packing materials actually.
Oh, that's worth mentioning.
I get such a boner for good packing materials.
See, got that really nice foam in there and these, oh yeah.
Confusing branding though.
MSI is gonna got to get their stuff figured out.
I know they're the sponsor today's video
but that doesn't prevent me from you know,
trying to help them, you know?
I gotta help them.
What is the MPG?
What's the difference between MPG and MEG?
And what's the difference between MEG and MAG, M A G?
Apparently it's MSI performance gaming, MSI extreme gaming
and MSI arsenal gaming.
Happy to clear that up for you.
On the subject of MSI arsenal gaming,
it's time to install our Coreliquid 360R.
So this is a triple 120 millimeter liquid cooler
that if MSI's marketing is anything to go by,
should be a perfect match with our other MSI product.
In fact there are pictures of both this case
and this radiator on the back of the motherboard
with a clever pin header location,
making them a perfect match.
Eew that's a gross spider, go away.
No, no, don't go under my rug.
Well no, I'm not gonna kill it, it's a spider.
Spiders are good, they're our friends.
Just, I just don't want it here, that's all.
This threw me for a bit of a loop here.
I saw this thing embedded in the radiator
and my immediate response was, oh, okay.
It looks like MSI came up with the,
admittedly quite cool idea of putting the temperature sensor
for the CPU cooler in the radiator,
so that you could actually adjust the RPM of your fans
based on coolant temperature.
But what it actually is, is a pump.
So this is the way that MSI
has gotten around that AC tech patent.
They also claim that it helps improve
the longevity of the pump because it keeps it away
from the heat source, which is of course the CPU.
The coolant will not be nearly as warm as the CPU itself.
With that said, there's a coolant buffer
in between the pump and on CPU itself anyway.
So I don't think it makes that much of a difference
but hey, what do I know?
I'm not a MSI's engineer.
That's a pretty neat idea
especially given that it sits right in the dead zone
right under the hub of the fan.
Like you're probably not losing a ton of cooling potential.
- [Brendan] Because of the flow.
- Oh, interesting, very interesting.
So you're actually using the outer edges of the radiator
where your water is hottest, which as Colin found
in a recent video, you guys should go check that out
when you're done with this one, does make a difference.
Having the most cooling potential
where the water is hottest.
One thing I don't like that much about this approach
is that they've only put a cable management spot
over here on this side.
See, to get this out without mushing the cable.
But what I actually wanted was to have it oriented this way
with the cable coming out the other way.
So MSI, I would love it if you guys put a slit
on this side as well, so I could go out that way.
Fairly minor but just you know, there's only one orientation
that I would really recommend in this particular case
for the fan so that pulling air down into the case.
And the reason for that is twofold.
One, it makes cleaning the radiator pretty simple
because it's just two thumbscrews to slide it out.
Pretty cool, little mounting mechanism.
And number two, the fans are pre-installed on the top
blowing air down.
And you don't want to be,
you don't wanna have them fighting each other.
Also from a lighting standpoint, reason number three,
we're gonna have RGB lights here
so there's no point putting the fans up above the rad.
We want our RGB lights right here, right?
So we can have RGB everywhere.
From the front it's gonna be a sick looking system.
From the back, even with all this pre-dawn cable management,
it's gonna be a bit of a challenge.
I couldn't help noticing that the built-in RGB hub
which has eight slots on it.
Only has two of them free.
So, it looks like for the fan is for the radiator.
We're gonna need to take advantage
of the Daisy-chaining feature here.
If I can figure out which one is which
so that we only use up the one port.
Then for the fans, we're gonna have to use
the included three way splitter
to plug this into the CPU fan header,
and then this, into all three other fans
and then we'll just like (groans) cable tie it down.
Okay, I went from happy
about the abundance of headers on this motherboard
that made it super easy for me to plug in
all of my system fans and all that cool stuff to being...
So now I'm disappointed,
because there's literally a picture of this case
on the back of this motherboard box.
This case has two of the older style USB 3.0 connectors.
This motherboard only has one of that style header.
So two of my USB ports of the front are gonna be dead.
Now MSI can solve this problem by just including a USB two
to USB three adapter so that I can have two of them
just be USB two, but still work.
But it doesn't appear to be included for now.
So they could still make me happy.
While you might say
that an HX1000 power supplies is overkill.
We've actually found in our RTX 3000 series testing
that in videos recommendations for power supply,
for the first time that I can remember
might not be overkill.
And in fact, you might be better off
going with something even higher than what they say.
Because there tend to be these spikes in power draw
that can trigger the overkill protection
of a lesser power supply.
So 1000 watt power supplies.
For the first time in the 10 years they've existed,
they're not pointless.
One thing to watch out for,
if you've got a longer power supply is look at this,
not a lot of room between this hard drive cage
and the back of the PSU.
There's no way I'd be able to plug in cables right now.
The good news is most people
don't have a ton of hard drives these days
and you can remove this cage.
It looks like there's a couple of screws in the bottom.
So we're gonna pop this out
to give us some more room to run all our cables.
We've got two options here.
We can either match these cables,
'cause this power supply
is a little bit on the long boy side
or we can actually use this cover plate here
to (groans) fill in the gap.
Which do you prefer?
- [Brendan] Cover plate.
- Cover plate, oh, all right, well that's easier.
The more I use this case
the more I'm kind of rooting for it here.
So being able to slide this in and out while I'm working
means that it's much, much easier
than in some of the other cases I've worked with
to get it things like
the eight pin CPU power connectors up here.
We'll put Intel bracket on the CPU block now,
and this is a cool feature.
You can actually rotate the logo here
to make sure that it's oriented the right way
and then you can have your tubes
kind of wherever is most natural for you.
It's kind of nice.
Oh, they're shooting a short circuit
on the new Google speaker over there outside.
So we got crab rave in the background. (sighs)
Make sure your sub dissert circuit by the way,
we do a lot of our like first impressions
and unboxings and stuff over there.
I love the labels
for the five volt addressable RGB headphones on the board.
So there's two of them, one at the bottom and one at the top
and they're called J rainbow.
I cleaned up a few things off camera.
So we've got our front USB three plugged in,
our front panel headers plugged in down here.
Tide it up,
the cables at the back a little bit.
That's not acceptable, can you accept that?
All right, all right, we're going with acceptable.
And now it's time for my favorite part, graphics card.
It is such an exciting time to be a PC gamer.
Not because of the 3080 specifically, necessarily
but the whole 3000 series is just turning the existing
you know, price per performance ratio on its head,
it's gonna drive, once they're actually available readily
it's gonna drive pricing of last generation stuff down.
Like everybody benefits,
But there's a big leap forward in performance like this.
And then of course there's the fact that
if you can get your hands on a 3080 and you can afford it,
4K gaming is finally within reach.
I'm a big fan of the over the top approach
for the PCI express power connectors
because one of the things that it helps with
is reducing GPU sag.
Although MSI does actually include a bracket in the box
for supporting it, I don't think I need it though.
That looks pretty level which means it's time
for the finishing touch.
All we gotta to do is put these thumb screws in,
lock the radiator in place.
And that's PC building.
Let's take a look at our peripherals.
Fine, whatever, I'm over it.
This is the MPG341CQR, and it's got HDR 400 support.
It's 3440 by 1440
and of course features a high refresh rate, 144 Hertz panel
and one millisecond response times.
This right here is the Vigor GK50 Elite.
It's got individually backlit RGB keys
and kale blue switchers.
It's actually also available
with some other different switch types.
And this is the GM30 Clutch mouse
which has like a U-shaped RGB thing.
What are we waiting for?
Let's fire this thing up and see the RGB.
This looks flipping awesome.
Same goes for the top.
Damn, can you see that?
Smoked glass and RGB.
There's very few things that look better, I like it.
They even managed to get
the MSI like tacky dragon shield thing on there
and have it not look too bad.
Oh yeah, I didn't talk about
their risk stress thing they included.
They really sent over like MSI everything.
It's actually really nice, it's like super mushy.
Another thing they nailed is enough space
behind the motherboard tray
that you can actually close the door
as long as your cable management isn't horrible.
We're on ultra nightmare.
Absolutely everything running at 3440 by 1440
and we have not dropped
below the refresh rate of this monitor which is 144 hertz.
Bought a smoother.
Of course the question
wasn't whether or not this rig
was gonna run games real well I mean, it's RTX 3080 in it.
10900K, what do you think is gonna happen?
The question is whether the thermals will hold up.
Hey, there we go.
All right, the fans are definitely going now.
You can really hear the difference.
All right, flow to the check point.
Now let's pop open hardware info
and see how high we went on our temps here.
Our CPU, wow!
Our CPU is pinned at 5.1 gigahertz,
pretty happy with that.
Sitting at around 65 to no, 70 to 75 degrees, okay?
That's reasonable, with our preliminary results,
we're just gonna pop back into Doom here, reset the timer
and then what I wanna see is
after maybe another five minutes of playing,
once it's already heated up in there,
what's the minimum clock speed we see?
So the rated boost clock on this card is 1815 megahertz
but honestly I expect better more like two gigahertz
if it's actually doing its job.
- [Brendan] Hot?
- Yeah, based on how hot that glass is I'm not sure.
Really pleased with every other aspect of this system
but unfortunately I think this case
is just going to struggle
with this tier of hardware unfortunately.
The glass is hot to the touch
and if we go ahead and pop open hardware info here,
we're gonna see that our GPU clock
went down as low as 1830 megahertz.
That is technically within spec
but everything you need to know
about how hard this poor thing is working,
you'll know when I do this.
Hear the fan's turning down.
Can you hear that?
Yeah, everything else, great.
Thanks to MSI for sponsoring this video.
If you guys enjoyed this video,
we're gonna have the parts list down below
along with links for where you can buy them.
Thanks for watching and I'll see you guys at the next one.
If you enjoyed this video
maybe go check out our ultimate high airflow machine,
where we actually used an industrial fan
to put the most airflow we possibly could
through a computer case.
That was pretty fun.