Milkyway is an ATX, standard form factor computer based on the Intel Z690 chipset and represents the best flexibility of being a hybrid workstation and a gaming machine. It was designed and built on the MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY-X motherboard for its high memory overclocking potential. It is powered by a hybrid 16-core, 24-thread Intel Core i9-12900KS with an all-core P-core clock of 5.2GHz, an all-core TVB overclock of 5.6GHz as long as all cores are under 60°C, an E-core overclock of 4.1GHz and a ring ratio of 44. It is paired with an NVIDIA RTX 3090 Founders Edition and features 32GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR5 memory tuned and overclocked to 6800MHz with a CAS latency of 28-39-40-28.
For the operating system, it uses a single WD Black SN850 512GB PCIE 4.0 NVMe SSD operating at a blistering 7GB/sec and dual 4TB Samsung 860 EVO solid-state drives in RAID 0, creating an 8TB ultra fast storage pool for games and creative workflows..
Airflow is handled by a passive array of 12 Noctua Chromax fans consisting of two fan types. The first 6 Noctua NF-A12x25 fans work in tandem with the Corsair iCUE ELITE LCD Display liquid cooler in a push-pull configuration to provide cooling for both the CPU, VRM and memory. An additional 3 Noctua NF-A12x25s work as an intake at the bottom of the case, directly cooling the GPU and other add-in cards. Lastly, 3 Noctua NF-S12As work together to exhaust the air pulled in from the top and bottom of the case, out of the right side of the case.
With the use of the Corsair Command Pro, the combined NF-A12x25 and NF-S12A fan array has the capability to operate at 0 RPM when the system is idle or under light load. The intake and exhaust are controlled by the temperature of the GPU and only turn on when 50°C has been exceeded and can run all the way up to 2000RPM should the GPU ever reach 75°C. With this variable fan control setup, tis means that the system remains exceptionally silent at idle, moderate use and gaming.
Milkyway aims to be a quiet, efficient and no-compromise 16-core, workstation and 4K 165Hz gaming machine designed to be expanded upon indefinitely.