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Hello everyone!

We are back again with another AMAZING project with Asus South Africa and Cooler Master South Africa! Dubbed Project Iris :cool:

This system will be entered into the Cooler Master World Series and will be our first ever ALL IN ONE system!

Looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you again, so let's begin...
 

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So to give some context and reasoning behind the Iris build, many people spend many hours behind their computers.

Whether you are a gamer, developer, creative artist, or corporate individual, at the end of the day (unless you are taking precautions) will suffer from a great deal of eye strain.

Enter Project Iris, the system that will not only be raising awareness of this everyday issue, but will also highlight some features of the Asus brand that I'm sure some of you out there was not aware of.

As this system is an AIO, it will contain the monitor built inside the chassis. This project is really exciting and I am honoured again to be working with Asus SA and Cooler Master SA! :D

Being Sphinx Mods, we aspire to be the first in many regards, and push the boundaries for gorgeous mods that provide a true emotion and meaning behind them. With that being said, I will also be unveiling a new type of water piping, which would require one to be even MORE accurate when making runs to the various pieces of hardware throughout the build.
 
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such a tease...

create a thread like this with no 'warming up' pictures :( :(
 

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Picture time!

Asus South Africa graciously provided their latest Z270 ROG Maximus IX Formula for the Iris build, thanks so much guys!



Opening the box is such an experience!



The amount of extras that this motherboard comes with is so amazing! Just check at all of those stickers! :D



A close up shot of the high bandwidth SLI bridge that comes with this beautiful piece of hardware.





Here is a shot of the M.2 Sata reinforcement bracket that is mounted at the bottom of the motherboard.



Inside of the bracket, one can see the different M.2 drive sizes that are supported by the Maximus IX Formula.



Now the new lineup of motherboards from Asus comes with RGB Headers on the motherboard (Just in case the Aura sync was not enough for you :p), the Maximus IX Formula has two RGB Headers.

The bottom one:



The top one:



Another AWESOME feature that the Formula IX has is the built in EK waterblock for the motherboard!







Another AMAZING piece of hardware graciously provided to us for the Iris build, is none other than the Intel Core i7 7700K! Thanks so much guys! :D



Some closeup goodness:





ROG's awesome SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection! :D



A closeup of the PCI Express clips that also glow with light! :D



With their patent pending PCI Express reinforcement, Asus Safeslot will protect your motherboard in the long term from the new beefy graphics cards that are dominating the market today :)



Here's a closeup of the 24pin connector for the motherboard:



This is for those of you who like to savor the plastic removal process...





Can't wait to see the Aura on this!



Some more plastic pulling goodness!





Doesn't that look so much better?



Featuring an AIO PWM Connector!



Even though you might not see this part of the board, it is nice to see how much pride was taken in the design!





Here's a closeup to the really discretely placed Start and Reset buttons on the Maximus IX Formula.



Final plastic pulling goodness on the motherboard...





 

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Hey everyone!

I know the build log has been a bit quiet lately, that's because I'm waiting on the monitor from Asus, and once I have it I can continue with more work on Iris :D

So hang in there guys, a new update will be coming soon!
 

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Just a question, when doing sponsored builds like this, what happens with it when it's finished?
 

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Just a question, when doing sponsored builds like this, what happens with it when it's finished?

Hey Ravin'

For sponsored builds, they are normally used to emphasize a new feature or message that the brand is trying to accomplish. With it being on permanent loan, meaning that they are stored with me, however when the brand has an event, for example this weekend Sinister will be at an event in Cape Town, I will need to send the machine to wherever it is needed.

I hope that answers your question :D
 

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Hey Ravin'

For sponsored builds, they are normally used to emphasize a new feature or message that the brand is trying to accomplish. With it being on permanent loan, meaning that they are stored with me, however when the brand has an event, for example this weekend Sinister will be at an event in Cape Town, I will need to send the machine to wherever it is needed.

I hope that answers your question :D

Ahh okay, it does indeed, thanks bud :)
 

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Cooler Master World Series 2017 has officially started!

The build log for Project Iris has already been added in the running, and Project Sinister has been registered for an entry! :D
 

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24 days with no update!

What's happening bru?

Hey there! I'm sorry for the time since my last update, I've recently started my new job at ASUS South Africa!

However, I have started a collaboration on something for this mod with UFDisciple...

More updates will be coming through soon I promise, just been a really hectic past few weeks :D
 

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So I heard you sending [MENTION=32408]Fox22743[/MENTION] some asus freebies haha

Congrats on the new position ,would like to meet you in person at rage this year your talent is remarkable sir thank you for sharing with the community
 

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Firstly, congrats on the new job!

Secondly, get cracking bru! It's like marrying Hayden Panettiere and then she goes on religious retreat. Not what you want to hear!
 

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So I heard you sending [MENTION=32408]Fox22743[/MENTION] some asus freebies haha

Congrats on the new position ,would like to meet you in person at rage this year your talent is remarkable sir thank you for sharing with the community

Haha thanks hey! I'm glad that the community has grown so much over the past few years, and continues to grow.:cool:
 

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Firstly, congrats on the new job!

Secondly, get cracking bru! It's like marrying Hayden Panettiere and then she goes on religious retreat. Not what you want to hear!

Thanks man! I'm definitely going to be providing some updates really soon, I have the monitor and need to do some HD Goodness so that will be up next, and then I'll begin working on the chassis.

Guys I am so excited for this one, to be working with the brands involved is incredible!
 

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Happy Saturday everyone!

Back with another update, finally had a chance to take some photos of the monitor for Project Iris... none other than the ASUS PB238!

This is an IPS 1080P Display Port supported panel, which allows for the panel itself to be rotated to portrait orientation on its stand, and can be swiveled left or right as well.

Of course keeping to the message of the Iris build, this monitor comes featured with the ASUS Ultra Low Blue Light feature, which actively works to reduce eye strain :cool:

Man I love the design on this thing, check it out!



With an awesome tilt feature, this monitor really has a wide range of uses!



Some close ups...





A shot of the alignment markings on the base of the PB238 :D

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Just in case you are a USB port power user ;)

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Every bit of this monitor's design was so well thought of!

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Some detailed specs for those of you out there who need it... :cool:

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A shot showing the various connections that the PB238 has!

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Hey everyone!

Man have things been busy lately!

However I have some awesome news, although a bit late...

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I bought a 3D Printer! Got this beauty from Beyond Customs! Thanks bud, it is such an amazing machine :cool:

And yes, that was printing an ASUS ROG Cable comb... :p
 

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Hello hello!

Hope you are all well :D

Want to provide a small update on the build, more in the 3D printing area...

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I downloaded the ROG Fangrill from the ASUS website where you can print from any 3D printer! :cool:

This was during the printing phase... Estimated 8 hours to print:confused: Hahaha!

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So how are you all spending your human rights day?

I decided to spend more time on Iris, I bought the aluminum on the weekend, so let's begin...

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Here's a rough estimate of where the motherboard will be placed in the system:

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Such attention to detail, man I love ASUS products!

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