One of our favorite activities is the inevitability of a new PC build when a new SSD form factor is introduced. It’s the reason to dig in and try to build a system that’s unique and, if the enjoyment we had with this MPCIe Test Bench is any indication of success, we have succeeded in our goal. InWin, Corsair, Crucial, HighPoint, Intel, and be quiet all played their part in supporting this build and to each, we give two thumbs up and say thank you.
Component selection for our Test Benches is a healthy mixture of purchase and relationships, many of which have been established for some time. Our choice of components is very narrow, in that, we choose only what we believe to be among the best available and links are provided to each that will assist in hardware pricing and availability, should the reader be interested in purchase.
|InWin D-Frame Open Air Chassis
|ASUS Maximus VI Z87 MotherBoard
|Intel Core i7-4770K CPU
|Corsair H100i CPU Cooler
|be quiet Dark Power Pro 10 1000W PSU
|be quiet Silent Wings 2 PC Fans
|MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk Gfx Card
|Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 1600Mhz Memory
|Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
|Corsair Vengeance M95 MMO/RTS Laser Mouse
|NetGear R6300 AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router
Our choice of chassis was a bit unexpected and a big thumbs up goes to InWin for suggesting and sending this chassis along. Having a price tag of about the $400 mark, it is somewhat niche, however, it enables the builder to shape his or her own system. Very few components are restricted to set positioning and a quick look at pictures above and below will show the Corsair H100i radiator moved from where it originally sat to the right side of the D-Frame chassis.
be quiet is relatively new to North America but very well established with a large fan base in Europe. Our choice for the Dark Power Pro 10 PSU was initially influenced by our history with their Silent Wing Fans, however, this PSU also offers an overclocking key for single or multi rail use, as well as complete cable management.
This You Tube video gives a quick look at the system in action and provides further thought with respect to our component choices: