CLX Ra: Design And Build Quality
Inside the massive wooden crate sits the custom configured CLX Ra, a large and heavy system measuring 21.3x9x22.6 inches (HxWxD). The parts are housed inside a familiar case, the In Win 909 with tinted tempered glass side panels held in place with thumbscrews. It's the same chassis Maingear uses for its X99 SuperStock and like that one, Cybertron was able to pack the CLX Ra tight with top-shelf gear.
Doing this system any sort of justice in pictures without being a professional photographer is an exercise in futility. That said, were able to show some of the lighting effects that shine through the Ra's smoked, tempered glass side windows. Cybertron offers several LED color options, if going that route, along with an RGB option to change the color on a whim.
The front panel ports rest on the left side of the case near the bottom and towards the front. They consist of three USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, a reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port, and the power button. We'd prefer these to be on the top of the chassis or at least higher up where they would be more convenient to access, especially since the rear I/O ports are so difficult to access (more on that in a moment).
Make no mistake, this setup is intended for the discerning gamer who doesn't want to fiddle with graphics settings in order to obtain playable framerates at crispy-high resolutions. With the tinted tempered side glass panels tossed aside, we can see the two burly MSI GeForce GTX 1080
Compared to NVIDIA's reference blueprint for a GeForce GTX 1080, MSI's Gaming X model brings factory overclocks to the GPU and memory. There are three modes:
- OC Mode: 1,847MHz (boost), 1,708MHz (base), 10,108MHz (memory)
- Gaming Mode: 1,822MHz (boost), 1,683MHz (base), 10,010MHz (memory)
- Silent Mode: 1,733MHz (boost), 1,607MHz (base), 10,010MHz (memory)
This angled view also provides a look at the all-in-one liquid cooling solution that keeps the Core i7-6950X chilly. It's attached to a large radiator that is installed into a rear chamber separated from the main system area. The unique design keeps things looking clean and leaves more room for airflow, but it comes at the expense of convenience.
Taking off the right-side panel offers the easiest access to the motherboard's ports. We tried going in from the other side and while we were ultimately successful; our knuckles rubbed against the spinning fans a couple of times.
The best course of action here is to connect oft-used peripherals such as the keyboard, mouse, and headphones to the rear before firing up the Ra. That leaves the three side mounted USB 3.0 ports available for things such as external flash drives, digital cameras, and so forth. These are just the intrinsic mechanical limitations of the In Win 909 chassis, which is very high quality and looks great but is just simply a bit impractical in this area.
What are we waiting for, right? Let's fire this beast up...