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Old 11-10-17, 04:50 AM
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Hello OC3D community!
I'm not new to the forums but I haven't been very active here, in fact I haven't visited the forums in over a year so we might as well call it a fresh new start!

A few things about me and what's been going on. (skip to the good part if not interested)
There was a time when I was posting almost every day on multiple forums, keeping track of interesting discussions and sharing my thoughts within the big communities on the web. But I've experience a downfall not just with the things I've been doing but also with my mindset. Sharing my work and getting incredible feedback did not drive me to write new threads or even respond on my own threads anymore even if I was working on the new big thing like when the X99 was fresh on the shelves or when no one could believe the performance numbers the GTX980Ti was pumping out. Hell, even had the pleasure to build RYZEN 1800X just days after it was released, powering 56TB, yes 56TB of storage for a server! I just couldn't find a meaning in all of it thinking: ''Whatever, there are hundreds of people posting new threads about it why should mine matter.''
Well, that desperate time was pivotal. Over the past few months I've found the will and motivation in my work, all of this gave me the energy to crush my darkened side that was keeping me down for so long. Story time aside, I haven't been excited about many things lately, but I've finally come to a point where I couldn't find the right amount of time to sleep because I was so anxious of what's about to happen the next day.

And all that lead to here, this thread! And a thread it will be.
Hello and welcome! I'm glad you're here with me, sharing this wonderful moment!
It all started a couple of months back when there was a certain unreleased platform that has been building up all the hype around it. A friend of mine was quite uncertain if it was worth the wait since most of the things were unconfirmed at the time. But he found the patience to wait until it all came out. He was quite surprised with the result, hah let's be honest, we all were quite astonished over the performance of the new X399 platform! There was not a doubt in his mind what his new system will be composed of. So we started to configure up to his quite hefty budget until he was happy with what he was looking at. At that point I was almost certain I want to make it big. I felt the need to work on it harder than it would otherwise be needed. I contacted a friend with some amateur filming equipment and set a date when it will all go down.
After two agonizing weeks the wait ended, we all met, set everything up and started working on 3.200€ worth of hardware. Let's say we were all truly hyped about it.
The owner of the system requested to have the honor of unboxing all of the hardware and so he did. The ''cameraman'' did his job over and beyond expectation with truly beautiful shots, documenting every little aspect of it.
When the unboxing was over, we glanced over the incredible hardware we had in our hands! My bed covered in boxes, throwing them to the side to make room for the cameraman, we started building the system. I had to choose carefully which part goes first and which second since the motherboard is very crammed and has little room to work with so I mounted the power supply first to check if the 8Pin and the 4 extra pin connector will reach the top of the motherboard. We were very lucky to see it barely made it to the top.
''RING RING'' the cameraman's phone rang! Oh girls and their needs, don't even let us boys to have our nerdgasms. The camera man had to leave, leaving his equipment at my place so me and the Owner were left to our own resources to make footage of everything else. *cough cough* we did a terrible *cough* job *cough*
The motherboard followed, plugging in the connectors for the CPU power. Installing the memory went as usual and we couldn't forget the M.2 NVME drive which, after it was mounted, was nicely covered by the motherboard heatsink. The biggest thing and the star of the show was next, the RYZEN THREADRIPPER. And man it was satisfying to uncover all those golden pins in the massive TR4 socket. Placing the CPU in it's mounting mechanism was effortless and the snapping sound when you press the CPU down in place really put a grin on our faces! Applying an unnecessary amount of toothpast-- ahem-- thermalpaste was needed to make sure the CPU will be nicely cooled by the premium Noctua aircooler.
''But Madness, wHaT AboUT ThE GraPhiCS cArD'' Ye ye we'll come to that soon.
Mounting the 14cm noctua fan to the heatsink was a bit sketchy since it came RIGHT next to the memory stick, it was literally touching it but not touching it. Next was the behemoth that was the ASUS 1080Ti STRIX. I haven't held a single piece of hardware that was that expensive, that well designed and that over engineered. Snapping it in, hearing the PCI-E pins make that metal noise was just NNNFFFFF! Am I over exaggerating a bit? Naah!
Cable routing, aaah yes, covering the cables with that side panel will be an easy tas.... Wait, is that a case with TEMPERED GLASS ON BOTH SIDES? Ok, well then here we go. I can say I haven't done a better job at routing cables as good as I did with this and it certainly paid dividends.
After we put both side panels on and wiped all the fingerprints off the case it was time to fire it up! The owner was really scared of the fact that it wouldn't turn on but after he pressed that switch and saw a flash of RGB light in his eyes, all of that fear was gone. I can still see him jumping around when that happened bhahahah!
I was happy with the result and was looking forward to the next day when I had the time to use it before he comes and picks it up. I still had a little bit of time to film a few glory shots of it before my room was empty again.
Afterwards I had to gather my thoughts on how to make a video out of all the footage we've made. He picked up his system on Sep 28th and I made the video almost two weeks after. I guess I really needed some time to clear out the fog in my head and make it work like I imagined it!

And here it is:


I have never ever done an edit like this but I think it turned out great for a short showcase of the whole system!

Now that your eyes are moisturized, let's continue to the technical side of things.
I like to do my testing strictly and thoroughly, trying to stress every inch of what the system has to offer and I can say Threadripper was a pleasure to work with!
The fact I had LESS trouble with Threadripper than with RYZEN 1800X with a X370 motherboard is a Pro on it's own.
FINALLY the Tech Spec:

AMD RYZEN THREADRIPPER 1920X
GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7
ASUS GTX1080Ti ROG STRIX 11GB
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DDR4 4x8GB 32GB 3000MHz
SAMSUNG 960PRO 512GB M.2
SeaSonic PRIME Titanium 750W
Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Tempered Glass Case

32GB of Vengeance 3000MHz memory was just a Click>Set>F10>Enter Job DONE! Works. Setting everything up with drivers and multiple windows open at the same time was like putting butter on your morning toast. The thing was flying. But flying like an owl it was, FAN calibration was insane, 380RPM on the three case fans and ~420RPM on the CPU with the GPU just passively sitting there is really out of this world, keep in mind this system is blowing everything away. System power consumption at idle was hovering around the 90W mark sometimes dropped to 71W. At full load the system pulled a little over 510W with everything at stock while the fans were ramping up to around 600-800RPM. Temperatures never went above 75°C on the CPU while the GPU stayed around 67°C. The Motherboard has Temperature sensors scattered all over it, covering all the power phases. The CPU VRM was the hottest and barely went over 70°C, everything else was in the 55-60°C zone so Gigabyte did a really good job here!

Can we move to overclocking? Why yes, yes we can, even though I shouldn't be doing it since it's not my system.
I'll start with a screenshot:


Am I seeing this right? 4.1GHz over 24Threads? Is it stable?



Stable enough to make the CinebenchR15 run! (Bottom one is Stock. Top one is at 4.1GHz)
So how it happened? Well through my overclocking over the years I've come to the simple procedure on how to achieve the most MHz in a short amount of time (remember, I had the system for one day ONLY!). Open BIOS, set Voltage, fix the clockspeed and disable all Turbo features, get into Windows open Prime95 and HWINFO and let it run for a couple of minutes to see where the Voltages (vdroop) and Temperatures are at. Restart and set the desired Voltage and Load Line Calibration level (it was a combination of Power and LLC that were in the bios, each did it's own thing) and test again. When satisfied with the Voltage and Temps go back into BIOS and start ramping up that multiplier! Test for every increase. I was testing with CinebenchR15 this time, I didn't want Prime95 to put too much stress over the system I just wanted the Score! Reaching 4GHz with 1.35V was a 15min job, really really easy.
[Read if interested in the Motherboard power delivery: Voltages in HWINFO were showing variable readouts, all the voltages were jumping all over the place but I settled on one readout and that was the CPU readout. Here's how it looked like: Motherboard sensor was reading 1.35V at idle (Power setting at HighPerf.) and jumping all the way up to 1.39V when the system was under load, CPU VID voltage was going from 1.36V idle to 1.32V load and CPU voltage was going from 1.35-1.344V. I settled on this voltage because if I changed the motherboard Power setting to Extreme the motherboard was reading over 1.4V, if the setting was Low the motherboard read 1.33V but the Load Temperature of the CPU didn't change at all, so the motherboard had a less accurate readout.]
But going that one step further, into the void, an unknown world where you're not sure if you will reach the Windows screen or see a deadly BSOD. 4.1GHz! Come into my mind and follow me through:
We've reached the Post, the screen goes black and spinning dots appear on the screen suddenly they stop, your heart drops and you have to experience the gruesome choking of the system, otherwise known as pressing the power button for 5 seconds for the system to shut itself down. Getting back into BIOS increasing the Voltage step by step until you see the windows screen again. But the struggle doesn't end there, it has to pass the test. First try > freeze, second try > freeze, the heat is building up not only in me but in the system too! Finally I saw the great BIG Yellow line in the corner of the screen when the test ended! I have made it! I haven't felt SO much in a very very long time! This, this really was a site to behold! And it didn't even last that long since the next boot was just a normal Stock boot again. But we have our score!
After that two hour roller-coaster ride was over I had the time to stream on it and use it like a normal person would, browsing the web on an overpowered BEAST!

Now how can I sum this thread up. Is there really anything else to say. Yes there is, I mean just look at the Spec of this thing there's a whole new thread that can be written just for the Case! The lighting, the detail, the amount of engineering that went into just building a case like this, not one factor was missed. We could sit here all afternoon long talking about the things we love, stuff we love to do and work on. But why do we do it? Yes, obviously we do it to see the end result right? But deep within, deep inside we are open to surprises, things could happen that would surpass our own expectation and leave us breathless!
That is where this thread was born from. That is where the video was formed from!

Finally. Thank you for staying with me till the end, if you've made it through I thank you and adore you for your curiousness that lead you to these last words.

Until the next big thing!












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Old 12-10-17, 09:41 PM
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I am honestly jealous you had your hands on that hardware. Build also looks great and you did a great job with the video. Kept it short and sweet.

It's unfortunate you lost your ambition for PCs for awhile, but I'm happy to see you back.
My only suggestion would be to break up that wall of text a little. I did read it all.

I've been mostly skimming anything to do with Threadripper. It's way out of my price range and I know if I really delve into it I'm going to want one of my own.

Any way you could get some pics of the build? The video is good, but pics go a long way in a Rig Gallery thread, especially some TR goodness.

Oh, and welcome back. Hopefully we'll see you around more.
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Old 13-10-17, 04:43 AM
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I am honestly jealous you had your hands on that hardware. Build also looks great and you did a great job with the video. Kept it short and sweet.

It's unfortunate you lost your ambition for PCs for awhile, but I'm happy to see you back.
My only suggestion would be to break up that wall of text a little. I did read it all.

I've been mostly skimming anything to do with Threadripper. It's way out of my price range and I know if I really delve into it I'm going to want one of my own.

Any way you could get some pics of the build? The video is good, but pics go a long way in a Rig Gallery thread, especially some TR goodness.

Oh, and welcome back. Hopefully we'll see you around more.
Thanks!

I was still enjoying everything PC related, I just didn't see the point of documenting it or sharing it, it just felt like ''more work.'' But I still enjoyed it.
Hhaha thanks for reading the whole thing. I really did spurt out a lot in one place. Don't expect it to be like this every time. Besides I feel like I'm gonna be gone for a while again.

Coming to the pics, I don't have any. I literally have no proper pictures of it, It's because I only had it for that one day, I had to set it up, drivers, software, benches, I even took the time to OC it which I wasn't even planning to. Plus I had to make those last shots of the thing. All the equipment was picked up right when I finished with the recording so I just didn't snap any photos of it. I know, I'm hitting my head just thinking about it. I have some pics and I will post them but they're not that glorious.
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Old 13-10-17, 05:16 AM
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Welcome back and an interesting read! the vid was well done too.
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