The Racecar

I started my next project. It’s a new system that is specifically for extreme overclocking.

Goals

Modularity

I want to be able to swap out parts every 6 months or so, when the next release cycle comes up. Whether it’s Intel or AMD on top, I want to be able to bench it. Dynamically updating parts is the easiest way to do this.

Overclockability

I want to push the GPU, CPU, and Memory as hard as I can, seeing how far I can go before things break.

Fast

Racecar go BRRRRRRR!!!

Fun

What’s the point of building something like this without having some fun doing it?

(*) Denotes currently in-use

Hardware

Case

  • (*) HWBOT OpenBenchTable - Something modular that I could easily swap out parts on that’ll last me a while.

Memory

  • (*) 2x kits of 16GB(2x8gb) DDR4 4000 CL15 memory, running at 4300 c15

Intel Platform

z490 (2020)

  • (*) EVGA z490 Dark Kingpin Edition - Don’t blame me. It was on sale at Amazon. I would have preferred the z490 Apex, but they’re out of stock everywhere.
  • i9-10850k - Good to go to 5.2ghz on water
  • (*) i9-10900k - Binned to 5.4ghz on water

    AMD Platform

    x570 (2020-2021)

  • Asus x570 ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero - The best overclocking motherboard currently available for the Zen3 Platform.
  • AMD Ryzen 5900x - Binned to 4.75 on water, can PBO to 5.2 comfortably

GPU

Nvidia Ampere (2020)

  • EVGA 3090 FTW3 Ultra Gaming - Has an analog VRM and beta BIOS will go to 500w. You can actually push a lot further than that using shunt mods or bios updates if you know what you’re doing. You’ll definitely need at least a water block, if not LN2, if you do start going down that road.
  • (*) Asus 3090 ROG Strix OC - Has a digital VRM that you can control via an external EVC2SX controller. I recommend checking out ElmorLabs for more information.

Cooling

Air

  • (*) IceGiant ProSiphon Elite

    Water

  • Heatkiller Pro IV Copper - It’s pretty and darn well close to the best, even for a block released in 2015.
  • Alphacool NeXXXos xt45 1080mm Nova Radiator (Part Number: 14349) - 3x3x120mm fan radiator, for a total of 9 fans.
  • Arctic PWM fans - Best CFM at low noise.
  • Koolance EXC-900 Chiller.

    LN2

  • (*)KingPin Cooling TEK-9 ICON v5