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Z490 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce

Discussion in 'Watercooling' started by Hewligan, 28 Jul 2021.

  1. Hewligan

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    Well, my ridiculously extravagant purchase of an unused Z490 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce motherboard has materialised. A gigantic package arrived and this thing is immense.

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    I have a soft tubing loop (13/10), and I actually love the look of the soft tubing natural runs. The system will include my i9 10900KF, 32GB of HyperX, D5 Next pump and reservoir, an RTX 3080 in an Alphacool water block, and a 9x120mm external gigantic Alphacool radiator.

    I will be using a Core P3 case, which is a bit tight for this motherboard but I will make it work.

    I will post some photos as the build progresses.
     
  2. cavemanoc

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    That look amazing! Is that an integral CPU waterblock?
     
  3. Hewligan

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    Yes. A giant (multiple KGs) CPU and chipset (and VRM and 10g LAN) water block / heatsink.

    It is a total beast.
     
  4. Jay85

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    Nice was looking at these for the Z390 platform last year but the price even back then was just too much for what it is. Maybe one day i'll invest if prices drop below £700 lol, they seem to be anywhere from £900 to 1.3k now!
     
  5. Hewligan

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    £520!!!! £1200-1300 new.
     
  6. Jay85

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    Got yourself a good deal there haha, still takes me back abit to see how much they cost new.
     
  7. Hewligan

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    Much to my surprise the build went very well, and the machine was up and running in maybe 3 hours. I really struggled to connect the two RGB cables under the monoblock, but my son came to help and that made all the difference.

    The front IO adapter is brilliant. Really simplifies plugging all those little bits in and also keeps the mess hidden.

    I still have work to do. My daughter really wanted to play games with me so I had to do a quick plumbing job and just reused my old soft tube runs (they miraculously all fit) and got the system filled and booted up. I will rework the soft tubing runs in a week or so when I return from a family holiday.

    More to follow. I will get some photos and a few other issues (and how I resolved them) posted up today and tomorrow.
     
  8. Hewligan

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    Cannot get images to show. Will use a different uploader later today.
     
    Last edited: 29 Jul 2021
  9. cavemanoc

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    Great job - and discount!! Images aren't showing for some reason - opening them in a new window only shows the controller? I love everything about the board, except the fact that they are effectively charging $800 for a waterblock. Seems to be ripping off the top end, just becaquse they know someone will pay :mad:
     
  10. Gavster

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    Very nice that Hewligan and the amazing discount makes it a great buy, looking forward to the pictures :D