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Post Date: 2020-09-14

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AugustV View Drop Down

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    Posted: 14 Sep 2020 at 1:51pm
Hello Everybody,

I purchased a Bolt back in 2015 and I used it for a long time, and swapped out the original titan with a 1080ti. But I am ready to upgrade and am looking for some help. I chose a lot of Corsair products, but I heard that iCue is a real performance killer, does anybody know if that is true? The specs I chose below look good to me, but wanted to see if someone with some more experience could help. I chose the 3000mhz Ram as it would integrate with the rest of the corsair products, but the speed seems a little low to me. Also, does anyone know what happened to the Corsair AIO coolers? I did not see them as an option for the Velox.


A machine that can give me about 7 years of top performance. I expect to have to replace the GPU to the new top of the line after about 3 or 4 years.

21:9 3440x1440 Gaming.

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Velox
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i9-10900K (5.3 GHz Turbo) (20-Thread) (10-Core) 3.7 Ghz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z490 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3000MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro (RGB Light Bar)
Power Supply: 1200W Silverstone / EVGA / Thermaltake (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (2TB Seagate / Toshiba / Hitachi)
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX - Upcoming Next-Gen Ultimate (24 GB)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Dual Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
HydroLux Tubing Style: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
HydroLux Fluid Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
Cable Management: Exotic Cable Management - Black - (Cable Combs with Custom Color Sleeved Extension Cables)
Chassis Fans: Corsair LL Series (RGB Fans) (Software Controlled Effects)
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled Advanced LED Lighting System (Multiple RGB Color Modes)
Airflow Control: Corsair Commander PRO Management Control Board & Software (1x Board)
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU - Up to 5.1GHz on All CPU Cores
Boost Graphics Card(s): Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Boost OS: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: USB Drive - Windows 10 Installation (Format and Clean Install)
Virus Protection: Windows Defender Antivirus (Built-in to Windows 10)
Office: - No Thanks
Mouse Pad: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
Branded Gear: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 15-20 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)
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  Quote Jordak24 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Sep 2020 at 2:04pm
I also have iCue, for keyboard, fans, ram lights, processor cooler. I have not had any problems or noticed any performance problems with mine since I received it in Jan this year.

Edited by Jordak24 - 14 Sep 2020 at 2:05pm
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Sep 2020 at 3:24am
Never heard any negative about iCue software before. That it could gimp any of this cutting edge processing is hilarious IMHO. You don't need or want to overclock the video card. it's performance is assured without making it run any hotter. Ram speed is a negligible factor in overall performance once you have enough of it for gaming. With all this over the top gear, it's curious to me you want a mechanical hard drive. No question I would want all SSD storage.
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  Quote Stellar Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Sep 2020 at 7:36am
I've never heard of iCue causing performance issues. I know that having iCue and Corsair Link both installed on the same machine causes some major BSODs, but that's about it.
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