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  • Should you Watercool your PC and a First Look at the Gigabyte Z170X SOC Force
  • Should you Watercool your PC and a First Look at the Gigabyte Z170X SOC Force


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 39:22

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    Originally recorded February 2016

    Show Notes

    Hardware Asylum Podcast on YouTube
    Most everyone has a YouTube account and a select few make good money creating videos for their adorning fans.  Sadly, to be successful you need a few things like a face for the silver screen and a sizeable upload connection but, if you can find the magical formula some of the preverbal YouTube money can land in your pocket or consume your entire livelihood.

    Those things aside YouTube is great for some things and horrible for others and while the world figures out which is better Dennis decides to experiment and see if he can convert a one of the 40meg MP3 Podcast episodes to a 1080p video for easy consumption. 

    If you get a chance be sure to check out the video and let us know what you think. 

    Related Links:
    Hardware Asylum Channel
    Converted Episode 60
    MSI X99A Godlike Motherboard LED Light Display

    Should you Watercool your PC?
    A few weeks ago Dennis published an article that asks the question “Do I Need to Watercool my PC?”  In this segment Dennis and Darren discuss the article and some of their past experiences watercooling and debate if watercooling is really needed or just marketing fluff for the upper 10% to enjoy.

    It may seem strange but you can create a DIY CPU watercooling loop on a budget.  It just takes the right selection of gear and is something the TT Premium store you can help with.. Of course there is some cost involved but for around $300 USD you can get a simple RL240 DIY watercooling kit and be on your way to exotic cooling goodness.

    Here is what Dennis suggested for the custom painted Core V51 case.

    LGA 2011 CPU Block
    280mm Radiator
    200ml reservoir
    Pump which may be combined with the res
    Hardline compression fittings
    Clear hardline tubing and bending kit

    Related Links:
    TT Premium Store
    Do I Need to Watercool my PC?
    Custom Painted Core V51

    First Look at the Gigabyte Z170X SOC Force
    Dennis has reviewed quite a few Gigabyte SOC motherboards in the past and while some versions of that board have looked good their designs pale in comparison to the latest version based on the Skylake Z170 Chipset.

    In this segment Dennis gives us a quick tour around the motherboard and touches on some of the unique features from the ornate onboard shielding and multitude of buttons to the watercooled VRM cooler and general overall design. 

    Everything looks great and while “curb appeal” may be an unconventional term for a motherboard, we think it fits.

    Episode 61 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)