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post #171 of 2434
How does the white case look in person? I'm leaning towards white, but so far photos aren't as flattering compared to black but I know that this could just be the pictures.
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The Ford of pc hardware - the black drive face plate. It would be worth the effort, imho, to either paint that drive's faceplate either to cover the lettering, or to paint it white.
The Aquaero is fine, but that drive face is like looking at that dog in The Little Rascals comedy - with the drawn-on raccoon eye circles. Just sayin ... Otherwise, looks like you're getting on ahead with all the adjustments and solutions for all that gearage ! Must keep you busy

Raccoon eyes, lol.
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How does the white case look in person? I'm leaning towards white, but so far photos aren't as flattering compared to black but I know that this could just be the pictures.
It's definitely not high gloss, it's matte white. Unfortunately in pictures it tends to pick up the yellow from light bulbs, which makes it look off. Looks better in person.
Granted, it's more of a utilitarian shade, but I like it.

Got the new board installed and leak testing the loop.
post #173 of 2434
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Couple of quick shots of the new board. Had to use the flash on these so not so great.


Going to wait till morning to fire it up. Hoping my RAID is preserved, I'm also loading a modded BIOS with the RAID ROM in it for TRIM.
post #174 of 2434
Yah, definitely a downgrade on the mobo's blue heatsink blingage. GL with that in the AM. I see that you're using the now popular Modsmart 3 wire bundler, nice ! I saw that on Lowfat's build log. Looks good.
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socketus daily critique on my system colors. tongue.gif
Yeah I'm going to fire it up when I get enough coffee downed.Have a bud over at TT with this board, he seems pretty happy with it.
I love that slide out mobo tray, I was able to drop the gpu's in as a unit outside the machine. Hopefully I didn't fubar any slots this time, it's hard to see them with the blocks installed. I started to go with the Swiftech bridge and maybe should have for less install hassle.
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meh, i think this mobo looks good too, but since its mostly black/grey, its like an empty piece of paper with lots of colorful pencils surrounding it. basically you can match anything with this board. but yeah, those blue heatsinks did stand out biggrin.gif
     
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Had some problems flashing the BIOS, Qflash isn't working but I finally got it done. I think the gpu temps could be better, something I need to check out. But all in all it's up and going.
Got all 5 drives online and a backup finished, x45 overclock. I need to fine tune the OC and later on when I get the AQ5 controls set up better I'll try to push the clock a little more and see how this board plays and do some testing with Afterburner a bit.

My blue wire came in today so I hope to start working on the gpu wiring this weekend. Ordered some more sleeving but I got enough to go for a while. Thought I would sleeve the USB 3.0 in white, and white SATA sleeve and more b-magic made up my order from Nils.

Going to leave the board in for a while and see if it grows on me. If not I may swap my other UD5H in. The heat sinks on it are sort of faded out but I can always swap the sinks from the board I pulled out.
post #178 of 2434
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I've decided to swap boards and put my other UD5H in Merlin. The UP4 TH is alright but I much prefer my UD5H to be in my best rig.
I'll check back in the morning, but after that I'm not sure how long it's going to take, so I may be AWOL for a while. wink.gif
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I've decided to swap boards and put my other UD5H in Merlin. The UP4 TH is alright but I much prefer my UD5H to be in my best rig.
I'll check back in the morning, but after that I'm not sure how long it's going to take, so I may be AWOL for a while. wink.gif

Oh, I thought the UP4 looked great in there...
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post #180 of 2434
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I did too, but the UD5H has more features and better suits my use, as well as having more USB 3.0 ports which are more useful to me than Thunderbolt. Fine overclocking board as well.

The UD5H is now installed, but my poor Switch is sitting in disarray. It will take some time to put it back together with the UP4 in it's new home. sadsmiley.gif
Once again the removable motherboard tray has been a fabulous time saver. The open architecture of the SM8 has both pros and cons, but no doubt speeds up removal and installation of parts.
Sometime down the road it might not be as open. That's all I'm going to say about it right now. wink.gif

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