System construction in the LC-Power Gaming 701B Badge_X
Now we come to the system installation. As hardware we use a AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on a MSI B350 PC Mate with 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT grey DDR4-2666. The Ryzen is cooled by an EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure and is overclocked to 3.9 Ghz. For the image output a GTX 1060 6GB from Gigabyte AORUS is responsible. Power is supplied by the fully modular LC-Power LC550 V2.31 Platinum with an efficiency level of 80 Plus Platinum.
The installation of our test system was easy to handle and quickly done. Six of the nine spacers were already pre-installed and the space in front and behind the mainboard tray is good. The cabling did not present itself as a challenge either. All cable management openings are sensibly placed and dimensioned. The finished system can be seen in our eyes.
The general space for hardware is good due to the spacious interior. A maximum of 160 millimeters of space is available for CPU coolers. This is sufficient for many, but not all, heatsinks. Even with a maximum possible length of 350 millimeters for graphics cards, hardly any wishes should remain unfulfilled. The power supply built in at the bottom can be a maximum of 160 millimeters long with an installed HDD cage without causing complications. If the HDD cage is not needed, the maximum possible length increases to 200 millimeters. In terms of an AiO water cooling, the LC-Power Gaming 701B Badge_X supports at most a 240 variant in the front.
Finally, we’ll come to the temperatures that were reached in the LC-Power Gaming 701B Badge_X. During the stress test, Prime95 and FurMark were run for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 23°C. Since the Gaming 701B Badge_X comes from the factory without a fan, we carried out the stress test in two different scenarios (standard equipment, 2x 120mm fan).
|CPU: 50% PWM (1100 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
without case fan (series)
|CPU: 94 °C
GPU: 78 °C
|CPU: 50% (1100 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
2x Arctic P12 to 50% PWM (1050 rpm)
|CPU: 82 °C
GPU: 72 °C
The LC-Power Gaming 701B Badge_X comes completely without a fan as standard equipment. This reduces the price, but provides for higher temperatures. Our system hasn’t crashed or clocked down, but especially the CPU comes dangerously close to its temperature limit. If one installs a rear and a front fan at the same height as the graphics card, the situation relaxes considerably. Especially the rear fan helps the processor stay cooler. The achieved rates aren’t a best performance, but we’ve already seen worse rates in our reviews. The purchase of additional fans is therefore mandatory if you want to install a gaming system in the LC-Power Gaming 701B Badge_X.
Lighting options in the LC-Power Gaming 701B Badge_X
The LC-Power Gaming 701B Badge_X has a chic RGB illumination ex works. For this purpose, a total of two LED strips have been attached to the rear of the fan grids on the front panel. These indirectly illuminate the visible area of the fan grills. This principle is somewhat reminiscent of the illumination of the Kolink Refine RGB. The different colors and modes are controlled only by the LED button in the I/O panel and an old-fashioned 4-pin Molex connector for power supply. An addressing via a current mainboard is unfortunately not possible. Finally, of course we don’t want to withhold some impressions of the lighting from you.
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