Originally Posted by Jeffinslaw
I, for one, appreciate the update. Very sorry for your loss. I look forward to seeing what you do with your case
It's with that intention in mind. I always appreciate it when closure is offered. I mean we started something here
so it's a good idea to let the rest know if it's moving forward or not so we can all move along to other more important prospects.
Thank you for your condolences & the encouraging words, it's much appreciated! Really is!
Originally Posted by She loved E
Yeah that is all is needed after a long tiresome battle! Thanks brudda
Originally Posted by catbuster
Stay strong, waiting for updates
Even though it's hard, since March of 2016, I took the opportunity to save a portion of what I made every month to allocate on projects I had started ambitiously but never got around to completion. Believe it or not, I've got a whole load of projects spanning from residential restoration work to making minor modifications to system's that are already in service. It occurred to me that when you take a stance, things fall into place and the rest come along accordingly. So I took a deep breath, began going about aforementioned projects' needs and figure ways of executing them in my state of limit.
The first thing I did was scour the interwebs for a board that will accept my processor. With the Z97 platform all but gone I was going to have to settle for second hand goods or sell my unboxed processor for less than half(assuming) simply because Skylake can be had for cheaper+people in my region would think otherwise about a person selling a brand new processor. Go figure!
Ebay came with results though since I'm located in Bangladesh most buyers felt I'd skim them off their product and be away with the dough. In spite of giving reassurance and my credentials, it was of no use, I wasn't making any progress. Last ditch, after some brain storming, was by posting a thread in the OCN marketplace, here
. Before long I was in contact with a seller and he met the requirements with the accessories and package. Seller was kind enough to hold onto the product until end of May when I made the purchase and the package sent out. Fast forward a couple of months and it was in my hands!Woohoo!
For those who know me on the Brotherhood and via PM correspondence's I travel between two residence's one in Dhaka and one in Chittagong. Pretty much all the pics I took prior to today were set in Chittagong but I've decided that I'm going to station myself and my projects in Dhaka for easier access to resources and ofc work hours. I brought along my trip from Chittagong the block, processor, FrozenQ Flex tank res and a couple of black SATA cables which'll come in handy when I fire up the (pseudo)new board.
The Akasa SATA cables were originally purchased for use inside the Splash case but after noticing how slim they are, not having much "meat"
for the sleeve to cover and for the heatshrink to get a good grip on it, I've kept it alongside to serve as guinea pig material. Hey
, all's good in the name of modding, right?
The board's packaging has an ominous feel to it with all the blackness and the rugged typography, it really looks like this was on set of an Alien movie in a dark setting and there's something lurking within.Ah
, the I/O port cover which caught on from modders in the community and by now is seen as a staple with every board maker. To think that they brought that trend to the industry after the modders thought of it.
The material used is exceptional and the face that is exposed to the end user/viewer has a brushed aluminium texture to it. If only EVGA could include a template for their text then it'd be a child's play painting the I/O cover in a palette of your choosing.Bubble wrap!
It's good to see that the back I/O ports for audio have a separate port to allow plugging in a headphone while you have your speaker setup as is. Nice touch for those who have a headset plugged in all the time and not use front panel ports.
I also feel like the back I/O shield could've had the wireless antennas ports around the left edge of the shield to make for easier cable routing and the antenna's would be better off in a chassis that will have the board in an upright position.
Going along the edge of the board I was trying to figure out where a capacitor(found in the anti static bag alongside the board) might've come loose or if it was an added spare by EVGA
Failing to find a missed cap, I decided to google the board and found one of the audio capacitors came off. Literally the solder holding it to the board came off as though it were stuck on with (simple)glue. I broke out my soldering iron and some solder to get about fixing it and if it wasn't then it'd have to fall in line as a bad purchase.
Crude level soldering/repair but we'll see when the board fires up...here's hoping!
Please take note of the power delivery area and the contact made by the heatsink.
This would be the second time in my life whereby I've purchased Creative Audio equipment. The first being an Audigy 2 ZS Platinum so I'm hopeful this chip will not disappoint when compared to Realtek's ALC1150.
Pins don't seem to be bent. It's also a good thing to take notice of the DIMM slots since they have 1.5v embossed onto the slots. Hmmm, does that mean the IMC shouldn't be running over 1.5v...
das ist klar!
...and slide contents
and lock! Cherry popped!
I also noticed there were some finger print marks on the chipset heatsink so I set about cleaning that and whatever else needed some touchups.
The VRM heatsink had to come off since I could see some stain marks, what looked like a few drops of coolant got on to it. This is nothing system or life threatening but it's always a good idea to inspect your second hand goods before and after purchase. Me being many miles away from mashpoa
, I did the latter
More reason for concern?
If you look closely around the VRM area the thermal tape used between the heatsink and VRM's is seemingly squeezed out. That happened when I applied some extra force to the heatsink screws under the board. Mind you, I've got Fujipoly 1mm thermal pads in my other residence and if it's warranted, I'll bring them over to this project. So far my experience with Fujipoly's are that they make for an awesome upgrade to expand your cooling potential.Pro tip: When dealing with watercooling coolant, stains, debris or dirt on a board always use isopropyl alcohol with some cotton swabs to get to those hard to reach places.
The chipset heatsink felt very coarse at the tip of my fingers. They look and feel amazing though it's a magnet for dirt and debris to collect and show up as an unsightly mark when taking pictures. Do note, when you deal with texture treatment of this sort, you can use wet wipes to clean them. The extra surface treatment also helps with heat dissipation due to an increase of surface area(on a minute level).
Now that has ended up being pretty sparkly clean.
That's all she wrote for this episode. There are more updates en route.@mashpoa
- Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!
You've helped make this go one step further!Edited by Lutfij - 7/31/16 at 3:11pm