Joined on 12/26/20
Excellent & Powerful Machine
Pros: - Top tier parts that will enable doing just about anything the average user would ever want to do for quite some time to come - Overkill for gaming, but with 4K resolution at high refresh and with VR becoming more and more developed and accessible, this will is ready to handle it. It crushes games with room to spare. - Excellent look (when the RGB is all hooked up correctly and the software is tuned to preference. I'm not sure if it's the only solution, but I set up EVGA Precision X1 software to set the RGB on the GPU) - Wires are routed tightly and cleanly - it looks really good (but in my case I had to swap places between two of the RGB connectors to the appropriate hub in order to get all 6 fans to light up) - I've only been able to get the GPU up to 80C so far, playing around with demanding games and max-everything settings on the NVIDIA controls and in game settings. At low activity it can easily drop below 40C. 60-70C is common for many games even at maxed settings. - The 5950x is a real gem. You will likely never come close to pushing it to its limit, meaning you can focus on the other parts as you upgrade it in the years to come.
Cons: - RGB lighting on fans only appeared for 5/6, with one on the top being unlit. This was my first ever PC so I really had to start from square one in my troubleshooting effort. In the included iCue control software I could see that all 6 fan LEDs were present, meaning they were connected to the RGB hub. I played around with lighting them up one at a time in the software and was able to zero in on 4 and 6 looking suspicious. So I set aside my fear of messing up the tightly set wiring and was able to wrangle out the RGB hub which then allowed me to swap #4 and #6, which thankfully restored lighting to all 6 fans as seen in the pictures. I'm not sure if I did it right, or if it could be better with some other solution, because it still seems like one of the fans is not fully lit up. The lone output fan opposite to the 3-stack only has lighting on one side, but this isn't too noticeable head-on while the fans are spinning, which is almost always anyway so it's not a huge deal. - The iCue software does not recognize or detect at all the Corsair RGB lighting on the cooler head itself. As seen in my pics I wanted all static RGB of one color. I have to leave the cooler in a rotating RGB rainbow mode because I cannot find a way to gain control of it, or have it be detected in the iCue software. I am considering calling ABS to see if they know of a way. - The above cons are all cosmetic - the machine does what it advertises it should do based on the high end parts it is composed of. I am very happy with its performance so far.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this if the price tag is not a problem. It is admittedly steep, but before buying I did check what the cost would be if I were to assemble it from individually purchased parts myself and that sum was not much lower than the price of this excellent pre-built machine. It's priced high but fairly. If you want this performance now you're going to have to overpay thanks to the global parts shortage and sky high demand, especially for GPUs like the 3080ti (which barely underperforms the 3090 mind you, and may as well be considered nearly the same).