Bengal Rig Update 3


Bengal Rig Update 3


Those of you who have been following my gradual upgrades on my Bengal Rig will recall that last time I did a major upgrade I had a big change going from my original i7-2600 and GTX590, to a Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force and a GTX 980.

I hoped that this would see me into the foreseeable future, given how slowly Intel change their feature set. Of course I am also the poster child for the famous Albert King lyric "if it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all" and thus I switched to Z97 right at the moment that Z170 motherboards appeared with their support for DDR4 memory, and M.2 drives became the weapon of choice for anyone seeking a zippy operating system. Until now I had used a pair of Corsair Force GT drives in RAID to achieve 1GB/s speeds, but here at OC3D there are so many read and write operations with spreadsheets, images and graphs that eventually one of the pair bit the dust and the second soon followed. 

One of the negative elements of having orange as my colour of choice is always a limit on available parts, so whilst the Z97X was orange, it didn't have an M.2 slot, and with only six SATA ports available the storage situation rapidly reached critical mass.

All this meant that the upgrade which I hoped would see me well for a few years rapidly became both out of date and hugely limiting. It is time for a change. Now I'm aware that Kaby Lake is due for release in a few weeks, but a serendipitous state of affairs meant that ASUS decided to change their premium motherboards away from the famous red and black of old into a dark grey and orange colour scheme, whilst also promising that their current range of ROG motherboards can be updated to support the forthcoming Intel CPUs.

A motherboard which has the orange colour scheme I crave, DDR4 support which I was lacking, M.2 support which I was equally short of and plenty of SATA ports for my motley selection of variously sized SSDs whilst being married to support for as yet unreleased processors meant I had the perfect motherboard at the perfect time. Now I just needed the rest of the parts to hopefully achieve the futureproof state of affairs that my previous refresh was meant to supply.

So let's see what I ended up with shall we?

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