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2021/07/29 20:21:57 (permalink)
Figured I'd show you all what I ended up doing with that RX 6700 XT I found at Best Buy. I decided to upgrade my HTPC build with it. Nothing super fancy just went for a clean red and white theme in a NZXT H210 case. Massive upgrade from the GTX 1050Ti that was in it previously. Now instead of streaming games to the living room TV I can just play them there if I want as this 6700XT has some pretty decent grunt under the hood. 
 
Some quick benchmarks here which aren't too bad considering the i7 8700 CPU is going on 5 years old at this point. 
 
10,932 in Time Spy 
https://www.3dmark.com/spy/21784490
 
6,108 in Port Royal
https://www.3dmark.com/pr/1147708
 
 
Specs: 
Intel i7 8700
AMD RX 6700 XT
ASRock Z370m iTX/AC
16GB Apacer 2933Mhz
EVGA BR 600W PSU
NZXT H210 case. 
 

 

 
Well, as with everything I build I can't just leave well enough alone 
 
So I upgraded the CPU to an i9 9900 and swapped the RX 6700 XT for a RTX 3060 Ti. 

 
Still the same look and aesthetic, but now with more EVGA flavor 
 
Ran a few benchmarks with the card overclocked to 2055Mhz core/ 16Ghz memory with a 108% power target.
https://www.3dmark.com/spy/22593967
 
While at first glance it looks like I picked up about 800 points, it's really just from the CPU upgrade that I gained as the graphics scores between the 2 cards is virtually identical at 11.9k. 
 
However, where there was real gain was in RT performance where I picked up 1.5k in score at 7632 vs 6108 on the RX 6700 XT
https://www.3dmark.com/dxr/90878
 
and this was just turned into a bloodbath when looking at pure path traced performance in RT where the RTX 3060 Ti doubled the RT performance of the RX 6700 XT
 
14.15fps - RX 6700 XT
https://www.3dmark.com/dxr/81026
 
28.20fps - RTX 3060 Ti
https://www.3dmark.com/dxr/90878
 
Not surprising as the RDNA 2 cards were never touted as DXR beasts, but AMD has a LOT of work to do in the DXR department to be competitive in a feature set comparison. 
 
post edited by CraptacularOne - 2021/09/11 13:01:54

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/07/29 22:44:04 (permalink)
    😎👍 extremely clean. Superb cable management

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/07/30 08:07:50 (permalink)
    Those are some decent benchmark scores for a budget build. 

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/07/30 10:29:30 (permalink)
    Thanks guys, as for cable management the H210 made it easy despite it being a small case it has plenty of room in the PSU basement to tie cables down as well as cable management channels on the back plate and plenty more tie down points making it super easy to tie down or tuck away what wasn't needed. This is the first NZXT case I've built in and I must say I'm not disappointed. I think it came out clean and tidy while also being half the size of my other 2 rigs 

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/07/31 05:06:19 (permalink)
    Nice job!  Very clean looking

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/07/31 06:23:11 (permalink)
    Thanks 
     
    It never really occurred to me but a friend was over and commented on my "patriotic" choice of colors for my main gaming machines. Now I've never been a 'murica type of guy but he has got me here it seems 
     
    Current state of my main gaming PC

     
    Current state of my main VR gaming PC

     
    .....now this HTPC.......

     
    That's the good ole "red, white and blue" right there for sure. I honestly didn't intend it to be like that lol I was just leaning into the theme of each build with Intel usually associating themselves with blue and AMD red/orange. I didn't want a red and blue HTPC so I decided on a neutral accent color in white for the HTPC build and well, here we are 

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/07/31 12:38:41 (permalink)
    Now to complete the process, I recommend you replace that rear fan on the HTPC with a blue color.  
     
    All in jest of course. Nicely done! 
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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/08/02 08:07:25 (permalink)
    A great looking mod. I wish I had those skills.

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/08/06 21:40:25 (permalink)
     
    Looks great.

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/08/10 01:59:34 (permalink)
    Gave you a comment in your mods rigs page

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/08/10 12:07:33 (permalink)
    Thanks Rj 

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/08/10 20:42:44 (permalink)
    clean build in a HTPC itx ... you like a challenge
     
    gave a +1 to your Mods Rigs build

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/08/12 13:51:54 (permalink)
    Thanks Cool, appreciate it
     
    though if I’m being honest this case did a lot of the work for me which it’s surprisingly ample cable management options 

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/11 13:02:04 (permalink)
    Well, as with everything I build I can't just leave well enough alone 
     
    So I upgraded the CPU to an i9 9900 and swapped the RX 6700 XT for a RTX 3060 Ti. 

     
    Still the same look and aesthetic, but now with more EVGA flavor 
     
    Ran a few benchmarks with the card overclocked to 2055Mhz core/ 16Ghz memory with a 108% power target.
    https://www.3dmark.com/spy/22593967
     
    While at first glance it looks like I picked up about 800 points, it's really just from the CPU upgrade that I gained as the graphics scores between the 2 cards is virtually identical at 11.9k. 
     
    However, where there was real gain was in RT performance where I picked up 1.5k in score at 7632 vs 6108 on the RX 6700 XT
    https://www.3dmark.com/dxr/90878
     
    and this was just turned into a bloodbath when looking at pure path traced performance in RT where the RTX 3060 Ti doubled the RT performance of the RX 6700 XT
     
    14.15fps - RX 6700 XT
    https://www.3dmark.com/dxr/81026
     
    28.20fps - RTX 3060 Ti
    https://www.3dmark.com/dxr/90878
     
    Not surprising as the RDNA 2 cards were never touted as DXR beasts, but AMD has a LOT of work to do in the DXR department to be competitive in a feature set comparison. 
     

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/11 17:50:43 (permalink)
    Nice and clean looking!

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/11 23:37:14 (permalink)
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    Nice and clean looking!


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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/13 18:31:01 (permalink)
    Nice, very clean.
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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/14 10:58:19 (permalink)
    Looks great! What does the outside look like?
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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/21 20:02:36 (permalink)
    good good job!
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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/22 00:42:35 (permalink)
    Definitely like the improvements.

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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/27 08:41:08 (permalink)
    Clean look and not over the top. I like it
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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/27 12:37:52 (permalink)
    Ultra clean little build there. I like the simplicity of it, HTPCs do not have to be overwhelming monsters, they just need to get the job done nicely.
     
    It looks like yours does that in spades!

     
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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/09/28 05:55:43 (permalink)
    Nice build. Red-Black-White colors only.
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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/10/01 06:30:59 (permalink)
    Neat, I like the simplicity of it and the good cable management.
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    Re: My HTPC iTX rig 2021/10/01 13:38:22 (permalink)
    Thanks guys, yeah I just want to make this a simple, nice and tidy build for the living room that looks nice without being too audacious 

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