I put this together to add to my Folding@Home power for LTT's Folding Month. It consists of a CPU and GPUs I already had. After I posted some early photos on Reddit, someone contacted me wanting to trade my 2x GTX 1080s for an unopened 2080. This was ideal since it's more PPD than both cards while drawing less power. In the dual 1080 form, GPU temps were around 79 and 83 degrees for the hotter card. This is fine since all it does it sit there and run Folding@Home.
Things I loved about the build:
- Dual chamber cases are just a joy to build in. There are SO MANY tie down points in the back and room to run everything. Makes the fact that the board is larger than most mATX boards not really a big deal.
- This board really makes use of the extra space. Plenty of fan headers in convenient spots.
- No RGB light show to upstage the components. I like a good RGB build, but sometimes you just want to admire the components. Really enjoyed focusing more on the aesthetics of the components than lights.
- This board is big! It covers almost all of the grommet holes. This made it so that I needed to be very careful when running things. A lot of cables needed to be run underneath the board, so it wasn't screwed in until I was confident about the position of everything. All in all, it was pretty easy, but still a fun challenge to route everything.
- I had to order a whole bunch of fans to get them all the same color. Didn't realize there was so much variation among the Noctua Redux fans. Some were REALLY dark and almost green.
All in all this build was a breeze. Really like the Asus OC card. No LEDs at all and it's got an interesting pattern on the backplate. It's odd that it's so thick, but skinnier width wise than the STRIX cards. Guess it made sense tooling wise.
This PC generates almost 2 Million PPD in folding GPU+CPU. I'll let it fold through the winter, then repurposed it. Plenty of power to do anything else I may need later on.