Hello guys! Ever since finishing the R40 Engineering Station I have had an itch to start a new project, so I will cut straight to it. The case I will be building in this time is a prototype of the upcoming HEX GEAR R80, a full size ATX case with plenty of space for a LOT of hardware, as I will do my best to prove.
This build proves as a "test build" in the prototype case to make sure that it has the thermal capacity, and space that is needed for an ultra high-end build. And what better way to do this than to cram all sorts of expensive, powerhungry and hot hardware into it!
I will be keeping this build very clean, as it serves as a statement of what you can do with basic tools in this case (so not crazy water distributing plates, sorry!)
I would also like to give a huge thanks to the sponsors that has provided parts for this project, and helped make it one of the most powerfull PC's possible to build. I would also like to thank the team from Official Nordster for the Rhino artwork in the banner.
Lets get some specs on the table:
- Case: HEX GEAR R80
- CPU: Intel i7 5960X
- Graphic cards: 4 x Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan X
- OS drive: Intel 750 ssd 1.2TB PCIe
- Secondary drive: KLEVV Urbane 480 gb ssd
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS
- RAM: 64 GB KLEVV CRASS DDR4 ram
- PSU: Corsair AX1500i
- Fan controller: Aquaero 6
- Watercooling: EK blocks, radiators, reservoir & pumps
- Fans: EK vardar
- Fittings: Bitspower
- Sleeving: E22
- Tubing: E22 solid tubing
A few renders of the case. The case follows many of the same ideas as the R40, but is just bigger so it can handle a full ATX system.
The case also supports either a 360 + 480 mm radiator, or two 420 mm radiators (if you get some extra radiator mounting plates). For this build I will be using 60 mm thick 120 mm radiators as I believe it will be more than enough to cool the hardware used.
The case is as mentioned a prototype of the upcoming R80 tower. Essentially a R40 but just with more space for stuff! Don't mind the grey paper still on the accent pack, it is as mentioned still a prototype. The case is build to be able to accommodate 8 PCI slots, and as you can see on this picture can easily handle 4 way SLI / crossfire.
Some of the main hardware that will be used for this mod. A pretty hefty combo!
However big the motherboard might be, it still looks small with all the cards put onto it.
These cards are just INSANE! I plan on overclocking everything when it is done, to see how far I can push the system.
This motherboard means business and have the specs to back it up. Really looking forward to getting this booted up!
Lets try not to bend any of these before I get the CPU in place shall we?
One of the first things I did was to drill a few holes in the motherboard mounting plate that comes with the case. This plate is made from 1.5 mm aluminium, so it is pretty easy to drill into and mount whatever you need on it.
Always guide holes when prepping to drill. This way the drill will not run off and make a big fat scratch in your work part.
Laser guided drill!
And done! In this picture you can see the plate compared to a standard R40 mounting plate.
More to come soon!