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the radiant - sff ryzen workstation

by carrefinho



Date Published

Oct. 11, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.9 GHz


This build is my main system, for Cinema 4D, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop, and 4K gaming, in a college dorm. I was initially using a 2016 Razer Blade but it is simply not powerful enough to run games on a 4K monitor, and is really noisy under load.

I've been planning this system for quite some time and was to wait for the Core i7 9700K. However on launch day, I found out that for 30 bucks more($419 for 9700k on newegg), I could get both a 2700X and a X470-I at the local Micro Center. Thus I've jumped ship to Ryzen. I don't need that extra gaming performance on a 60Hz 4K display, for that my GPU would then be the limiting factor.

The rest of the system were as planned, expect maybe the cooler. Originally I decided on a Noctua NH-U9s but the Wraith Prism is serving me quite well, if not a little noisy.

This is the first time I've built a PC all by my self and there were a few difficulties. The NCASE M1 is quite well thought out but it is still a SFF case. Cable management was a little challenging and getting the graphics card in was especially painful.

I've got 1800 on Cinebench R15 which seems normal for 2700X and couldn't really bother to benchmark the GPU since it works fine running 4K 60Hz at 2050 MHz in Forza Horizon 4 and I'm happy with that.

Part Reviews


Great value and incredible multi-threaded performance, comes with a decent cooler as well. The relatively lower gaming performance doesn't really matter if not running high refresh rate monitors.


Working fine. The only annoyances are that the IO shield for some reason doesn't fit on my case, and Wi-Fi seems to be a bit slow.


I've tried overclocking but it seemed that they don't wanna go any higher. Anyway they are sufficiently fast for my scenario, and Trident Z RGB is imho the best looking rgb ram out there.


Crazy fast. TLC doens't bother me.


Great secondary SSD. I could still recall the days when a 240GB 840 EVO costed this much back in 2013.

Video Card

Brought this beauty all the way from the other side of the pacific ocean. Still a beast and I don't see a reason to replace it.

Power Supply

A refurbished unit for 81 bucks. I might replace it with the newer Platinum version since there is a little bit of coil whine.

Case Fan

Totally silent and moves air.

Comments Sorted by:

Ploof1012 2 points 6 months ago


carrefinho submitter 1 Build 3 points 6 months ago

There you go moar pics. :)

Ploof1012 2 points 6 months ago


hunterIV 1 point 6 months ago

Gorgeous build! Really like the RGB theme. What color are you using?

carrefinho submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

A slightly red-ish orange. It's not as bright IRL as in the pictures, less glowy but more vibrant.

Knissel 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

looks perfect man. I love the SFF builds so much this one is a fav

gangobangins 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey there. Do your RAM working exactly at 3200Mhz? Can you confirm you have this Part No. model - F4-3200C16D-32GTZR ? Cause im planning a build on 2700x too, and have some difficulties with picking up a proper RAM in 32gb capacity with 3200Mhz+.

carrefinho submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah I do have the exact kit. I am able to run this kit with XMP profile enabled, and also with slightly improved timings at 16-18-18-36(instead of 38). I couldn't manage a stable overclock at higher frequencies or better timing. This kit is Hynix M-die I believe, which aren't great at overclocking but they do work at XMP speed in my case. There is also a similar kit that G.Skill claims to be AMD optimized for an extra 30 bucks, F4-3200C16D-32GTZRX, notice the extra X at the end.

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carrefinho submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

I've yet to try a aftermarket cooler. I expect a U9S upgrade to be primarily a reduction in noise, but not much in thermals. Will update if I make the change.