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SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS CPU @ 3.9GHz | GPU CFX @ 1266MHz | RAM @ 2.4GHz
Cinebench - 16 Core 1661cb | Single Core 155cb | MP Ratio 10.56x
3DMark Sky Diver - Overall 42313 | Graphics 68458 | Physics 17134 | Combined 25492
3DMark Firestrike - Overall 18873 | Graphics 27235 | Physics 19827 | Combined 5593
3DMark Time Spy - Overall 7880 | Graphics 7841 | Physics 8109
Unigine Valley - FPS 91.9 | Score 3845 | Min FPS 32.7 | Max FPS 160.2
Unigine Heaven - FPS 100.0 | Score 2519 | Min FPS 9.1 | Max FPS 216.1
GAME BENCHMARKS CPU @ 3.9GHz | GPU CFX @ 1266MHz | RAM @ 2.4GHz
Dirt Rally - Total Frames 15878 | FPS 77.31 | Min FPS 60.89 | Max FPS 100.16
Metro Last Light - Total Frames 21433 | FPS 125.16 | Min FPS 21.11 | Max FPS 267.59
GTAV Ultra (no FXAA) - FPS 21 | Min FPS 9.2 | Max FPS 70.7
Tomb Raider - FPS 165.4 | Min FPS 122 | Max FPS 214
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Mountain Peak)- FPS 137.8 | Min FPS 69.39 | Max FPS 198.14
RYZEN HAS RIZEN!
Ok, silly puns aside, as the self-proclaimed AMD fanboy that I am I have been waiting for Zen and then Ryzen for quite some time. It has taken until now to get a hold of a motherboard for this system. I had it rush delivered so I could assemble it this weekend and get the system going. This system will be used for gaming and streaming.
Now I did not design this build on a strict budget as you can probably tell. I did compromise in certain areas (1700 instead of 1800x along with my previously use 850 EVO and WD HDD) to keep the costs sort of in check. Let's talk about the hardware.
CPU - AMD RYZEN 1700 3.0GHz (currently overclocked stable at 3.9GHz)
I waited on the reviews before choosing my CPU. There were only three to choose from but after reviews came in it looked like all these chips performed about the same when clocked at the same speed. The buzz was and still is that you can get near 1800x performance if you overclock a 1700 to the same speed so I decided to go with that. On top of that you also get the sweet new Wraith Spire RGB cpu cooler. It looks great though I did opt to go for something else. I had no issues getting the system overclocked to 3.8GHz with a 1.375 vCore setting. I am going to try for 3.9GHz later but this setting worked stable my first try.
CPU COOLER - CORSAIR H110i
Other than slightly louder than I'd like fans on higher settings the H110i is a pretty great cooler. I do have to say though it would be nice if the coolant piping was a bit more flexible. I initially wanted to mount the radiator the opposite to what it is in my build but this works ok.
MOTHERBOARD - MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM
This was not my first choice of motherboard. In fact I was not considering this until a few days ago when I realized I could be waiting a while for stock on anything else (funny story I do still have an ASUS board on backorder than apparently since it has been processed I can't cancel) so I overnighted this so I could build my system this weekend. This board was a breeze to work with. I haven't tried upgrading the bios yet but I do plan on doing this shortly. This motherboard looks great in my new Phanteks case.
MEMORY - G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 32GB
I love G.Skill. They're extremely compatible memory has gotten me out of countless issues and to this day I prefer to buy G.Skill whenever I can justify it. In this case I justified buying this RGB kit for an obscene amount of money cuz RGB. So far the RGB has been OK. It appears that one slot on my motherboard will not allow the RGB effect to change from the standard rainbow effect so hopefully either an update to G.Skill's RGB software will help fix this or a BIOS update. I also have not been successful at overclocking the memory up to the 2933MHz this system is supposed to support. Hopefully a BIOS update will fix this as well.
STORAGE - SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB / WD Caviar Blue 1TB
These are a carry over from CAPSUPREME. Both absolutely solid storage devices and I would not hesitate to recommend both.
VIDEO CARD - ASUS RADEON RX480 8GB REFERENCE (CROSSFIRE)
These were pulled out of FARPOINT (my old main gaming rig) and they work a treat in this case. I love the 480 and the performance in crossfire is pretty good thought that depends on the game.
CASE - PHANTEKS ECLIPSE P400S TEMPERED GLASS ATX Tower
I fell in love with this case the first time I saw it. And then Phanteks is like, well you don't love it it enough so TEMPERED GLASS! And so I bought it for this build. The white accents look awesome and the MSI board really sets off the inside. I haven't installed the included RGB ribbon yet but I will soon. This particular tower came with a bad power button cable (some kind of short in it somewhere but I just hooked up the power to the reset switch. The tempered glass looks great but the 4 screws holding it in is not the best way to hold the glass in place. I much prefer INWIN's implementation with the 303. Other than that the case was a dream to work in and worth every cent.
POWER SUPPLY - EVGA SUPERNOVA G3 750W
I have a G2 of the same PSU in FARPOINT and have been super impressed with it. Very quiet but the best part is that it's relatively small for the power output. While I don't really need 750W now I do intend to upgrade to Vega when it releases and I assume I will need more power to run those cards.
OTHER - BENQ ZOWIE 24-INCH CONSOLE ESPORTS GAMING MONITORS
I got these on sale for 260 bucks each a short time ago. An absolute steal for the specs. Dual HDMI, VGA and DVI inputs makes this monitor a real great value. I wouldn't want to go much bigger on a 1080P panel however as the pixels are not quite as dense as I would like at this point. I had a 1440P Samsung Syncmaster before this at 27 inches and I can say while the IPS Samsung has better colour overall I think once I have both these Zowie's dialed in they'll look pretty good for TN panels.
Overall this build took me about 2 hours to complete. The h110i was a big part of that and then cable management was the rest. I didn't cable manage as nicely behind the motherboard and I have been strategic in my not showing a picture of that.
I may buy another P400S and transplant FARPOINT into it in the future.
Let me know what you think guys.
By far the best value out of the 8 core 16 thread Ryzen chips. I was able to achieve a stable 3.9GHz overclock albeit at a higher that I'd like voltage (being kept cool by a h110i) but not too concerened. With that overclock that makes this chip nearly as good as an 1800x. Really happy with this chip so far. Can't wait to see what happens with more optimization for Ryzen in the future.
I like the Corsair brand but they always stick the cheapest and loudest fans with their AIO's. With a custom fan curve though you can make this AIO pretty quiet. Mine came with a twist in one of the tubes that made it really hard to handle and manipulate in my case.
Great motherboard but too expensive. I do have to give credit where it's due though, the advanced settings interface for the bios on this board is very easy to work with compared to the ASUS interface on my old 970 Pro Gaming.
Through no fault of it's own this kit is not very compatible with Ryzen. However the same kit but at CAS 16 3200 is very compatible. Keep that in mind when looking at these. That all said, the beta software for the RGB effects is a little buggy but I seem to have gotten that all worked out now and these sticks look amazing in my build.
"Like a Rock!" Solid performance all day and night with this SSD.
Performs as well as a 7200 RPM HDD can. Love me some WD.
After some fan curve setting changes this becomes a very quiet card unless being pushed really hard on an overclock.
Everything was great except a bad/pre-shorted power button. Instead of RMA'ing I just hooked the power button up to the reset and everything is good now. A pleasure of a case to work in. Wish it had a but more height above the motherboard for 280 AIO clearance.
Had a G2 previously and the G3 is even better. I like the small footprint of this PSU for the wattage given. Really nice sleeving too. No ketchup and mustard anywhere to be seen.
So far the best monitors I have ever known. Performance is really good. Would have liked to have seen dedicated buttons for the volume but it's not a deal breaker in the least. For a monitor in this price range to have 2 HDMI, 1 DVI and 1 VGA is really special.