Project Matte is a personal build that I planned as part of a system upgrade from my PHOENIX build. I wanted to completely move away from RGB (where possible) while sticking with my concept of taking a highly built-in case and do something original with it. As with all my builds I had an aim of learning a new technique. This was learning how to make my own cables.
Yokai Custom Cables is an Australian company who are rapidly gaining popularity for their high quality and unique cable designs at a great price point. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for excellent custom cables, or who are looking for any products to make their own cables. Yokai’s team are very informative and approachable for all questions regarding cables and their construction and I, again, cannot recommend them enough.
I took inspiration from several builds when planning the cable management and wanted a very neat and structured design. I had cable channels 3D printed and screwed them onto a custom back plate that I designed. I used radiator fan mount screws through the acrylic back plate into the unused motherboard standoff holes in the case to create a 5cm space between the central manifold and the rear plate which was enough space to have the fan controllers and other SATA and MOLEX cables.
In addition to the standard PCI-E, 24-pin and EPS cables, I also shortened my BE QUIET fan cables into exact lengths for the 8-slot fan hub from SINGULARITY COMPUTERS. This allowed all fans to be run only using tow PWM cables form these hubs to the motherboard.
Making these cables is a painstaking but highly rewarding job. It is the best way to ensure that you will have perfect length cables for your system.
WARNING! If you get the wrong pinout of your cables you can catastrophically damage your components. Before you start visit Yokai Customs, or solosleeving’s website and check the correct pinout for your PSU. Additionally, you should buy the Dr. Power II Universal ATX Power Supply Tester. This tester is brilliant and will show you if you have done something wrong before you destroy your components.
I couldn’t be happier with the build. The Strix 3080Ti remains in the 50’s for all scenarios with the EK Waterblock active backplate and block. The 5900x is excellent as you would expect. The overall look and feel of the build is exactly what I wanted.
As always, if you have any questions please ask.