A Question on Monoblocks
This is a bit of a contrived title - and I'm posting this in water cooling and not motherboards - but hopefully the reasons will become clear.
I've been saving and steadily buying bits for my next PC - and I've just hit a *huge* issue... I've been waiting for my annual performance bonus to divert to funding the most expensive parts of the build (motherboard, CPU, RAM and GPUs). Literally one week before the bonus payment hit my bank account, all the Asus RoG Rampage VI Extreme Edition motherboards were pulled from web sites, to make way for the replacement board, the Asus RoG Rampage Omega.
It's a *lovely* board, don't get me wrong... but it brings a huge issue for me (which is where the water-cooling dimension comes in). Put simply, EKWB are not going to be offering a monoblock for this board... Before I set out what this has led me to think about, here's a brief bit of background...
I'm hoping to build a machine that:
1. will be awesome at games, 3D rendering, running CUDA-accelerated video processing, etc, etc...
2. will be as quiet as I can get it...
So far I've bought most of the ancillaries I need (case, PSU, radiators, optical drives, etc). The main parts outstanding are CPU, motherboard, RAM and GPUs (the expensive bits).
Given the above challenge with the Asus Omega, I need to come up with an alternative approach to a properly cooled motherboard/CPU setup that will allow for overclocking of (ideally) a de-lidded 7980XE that has been pre-tested and guaranteed to 4.6GHz (although I'll likely only tun it to 4.4). This sort of workload is going to be very demanding of VRMs and MOSFETs and will generate a *lot* of heat, so I want to have the most robust cooling solution I can get.
All of the rest of my cooling kit purchased to date comes from EKWB (although I will likely be using Aquacomputer pumps).
I'm looking for a Socket 2066 motherboard with (good) Monoblock support. This currently seems to narrow my choices down to things like:-
Gigabyte (Aorus Gaming 3/3 Pro/7/9/Ultra Gaming/Ultra Gaming Pro/UD4/UD4 Pro/UD4 EX)
Asus X299 Prime DeLuxe/Rog Strix X299-E Gaming
MSI Gaming M7/Gaming Pro Carbon/Gaming Pro Carbon AC
ASRock X299 OC Formula/Taichi/Taichi XE/Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i9/Fatility X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE
I would be very grateful for any personal recommends from anyone running pretty much any X299 motherboard with an over-clocked i9 CPU.
I would say that 64Gb RAM, 2 x M2 Drive Support, SLI Support and good overclock potential are mandatory, with
10Gb Ethernet, 3 x M2 Drive Support would be very-nice-to-have additions.
All suggestions gratefully received.