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Datazelle - Ryzen Threadripper 2950x 16-core

by datazelle


My specific need for this build was to create something that had the ability to crunch large sets of data within a reasonable amount of time. Efficiency was key.

Aesthetically, I wanted to contain all of the computer components within a smaller case and the Fractal Meshify C Mini with the ASRock X399M was my answer. This mid-size tower is packed with enough power to tackle any job I throw at it.

One issue I ran into was the Noctua NH-U14S heat sink. The overall size of the 140mm CPU fan caused clearance issues and I had to scrap it for a 120mm fan. I decided to go with the push and pull setup, so there are fans on either side of the radiator. Because of its sheer size, I decided that it be best to insert the GPU into the second PCI slot. In the photos you can see that I moved it from the first slot to second slot.

The motherboard did require a bios update to support the 2nd gen threadripper chip. A bridge bios update was required before the jumping to the 3.30 bios update. All signs point to a successful bios update. There are no apparent hardware issues.

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FurryJackman 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

The fact you fit all this inside a mATX case is amazing.

And this is the case you have actually:


Also, first 2950X build!

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for catching that. Made the correction.

Wolf88 4 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Ya, U14s are not compatible with mATX boards if you want to use the first pcie slot. They have a compatibility chart on their website for all the motherboards.

Nice build though !

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago


O_and_N 2 points 5 months ago

If you use the silver arrow tr4, you can move the gpu to the first pci slot again as the cooler is offset by 1+cm.

Qeory 2 points 7 months ago

What are the temps on the CPU with the noctua cooler? Do you think an AIO would be better?

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I’m getting readings of about 36-37c at idle and around the low 60s when processing large datasets or working in Adobe. Despite the incompatibility of the Noctua cooler with the case, I’m glad I was able to find a workaround with the two 120mm fans. In my opinion, the current setup works like a charm. Case fan splitters are coming tomorrow so I’ll be able to supply power to the two fans mounted under the top case grill. Hopefully that will shave off 2-3 degrees. I’ll keep you posted.

Qeory 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you, I too wanted to build a pc with a 2950x and did not know if an air cooler would be enough.

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I just flipped the switch on the two additional fans right above the cooler. The temp is hovering around 29c at idle. Please see the most recent photo uploaded. It's a screenshot of the Ryzen Master dashboard and the temperature reading is 29.25c. It'll even drop down to 28c. Massive improvement.

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

FYI. The low 60s temp is when I’m pushing the cpu to its limits. Normal usage is around mid 40s to low 50s.

RunningSloth 2 points 6 months ago

Cable managment must've been hell. Very cool to see an absolute unit in a micro atx case. You should save up for a more powerful graphic card

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Took my sweet time. Not much of a gamer. I take more delight in working with large data sets.

Ixxa 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Very nice rig! How is the Hynix memory holding up on Ryzen/TR+? I have a 2950X I plan to build with as soon as the Wraith Ripper becomes available in my market, and I have the exact same memory kit in my old system, but was planning on not re-using it due to all the Hynix+Ryzen issues that have been reported. If I can re-use it I'd be very happy, is your memory running at advertised XMP/better?

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It's my main workhorse and I've done a lot of work in SSMS, Excel, and Adobe Apps simultaneously, and I haven't notice any performance issues. I never heard about the Hynix+Ryzen issue until you brought it up. I hope I don't run into any complications down the road. So far so good!

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datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

The Noctua CPU cooler was pushing down on the GPU quite a bit. It fits when forced in, but I felt a bit uneasy about it even with the support bracket. Will it impact/degrade performance in other ways? Thanks.

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datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Awesome. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.