There's 1 extra exhaust fan on your top exhaust config that might create a negative pressure setup. Removing the front top exhaust fan should see a better airflow situation.
Top intake on a coarse dust filter restricts a lot of air. Coarse dust filters also don't catch finer dust as easily.
Realistically, this case needs 2 exhaust fans (1 at the rear, 1 at the top) and 3 front intakes.
The top exhaust fan is currently too close to the intake fans, meaning fresh intake will just be taken out of the case in this config. All you need for exhaust is the fan(s) on the radiator.
If a 240 won't fit in the top, use a 360 in the front, with 2 exhaust fans at the top rear and rear of the case.
Care to divulge your PBO settings? 520 is Excellent for a single core score in CB20!
Do be slightly careful with the Dark Rock Pro 4 TR4, since it's TDP is only 250W, while the 3970X is 280W TDP.
There's a Thermalright cooler that is basically a Noctua D15 for Threadripper that could support Threadripper 3000 better.
Not only that, for a front intake config the EVGA stock fans loses a ton of static pressure if a filter is in front of the fans, especially on the Fractal cases. I highly recommend the HP-14 Fractal Design fans for the EVGA CLC, and connect them directly to the Mobo, while connecting the 3pin from the pump to the "AIO_PUMP" header on your mobo.
Just saying that virt-manager really helped lessen the learning curve and got you most of the way there, with final tweaks still using virsh.
It's like telling someone to make ACPI DSDT patches for Clover/OpenCore from scratch without prior knowledge.
There's stock issues with PSUs everywhere right now.
For a moment I was almost fooled this was a OpenCore Hackintosh. Then I remembered the RTX 2080 has ZERO support on macOS for eternity.
The optical drive and HDD cages do limit the amount of space for a CPU cooler though. I've worked in it before and another thing to take note is the front display requires special software to run it, and the card reader is USB 2.0 only.
The unfortunate fact is Fermi reached end of life a few years ago, so support could break in future Windows 10 builds like 2004.
Congrats on the feature!
Though the PSU has 1600W, I highly recommend moving to a fully modular PSU with at least 80+ Platinum. Corsair's AX850 is worth looking into. Your PSU is currently your weakest link.
I highly recommend changing out the fan. The included Cryorig fan has been known to have shot bearings within 6 months to a year. My C7 Cu suffered that fate.
Have you tried resolution scaling with CAS turned on? 0.8 resolution scale with CAS might just provide enough performance for 60fps. Do be sure you're on the absolute latest driver though to avoid crashing.
Noticed Detroit: Become Human. That game has been known to be extremely demanding, especially on Nvidia Pascal, requiring a GTX 1080 for 1440p High (Ultra dips below 60fps on the GTX 1080)
Have you set the framerate to unlimited in the Graphics JSON? How many FPS do you typically get?
The newer Catalina versions actually have beta support for the 5700 XT. Might be worth trying out.
Kind of insane this all fit inside a Meshify C. The STRIX air coolers are known to be a super tight fit with the Meshify C, hence why you have to be super careful with GPU length including AIOs.
Just remember to turn off Spectre and Meltdown protections and you will gain FPS as Bryan from Tech YES City can attest.
Would the O11-D XL have been better spacing wise for the large rads? Still extremely impressed to see it all fit.
That's still not a good single machine solution. I really just wish the people making these VM tools consider a single PC setup and a easy to use GUI.
You'd be surprised at how much lower latency helps Skylake-X, especially at your core frequencies. Measurable differences should come in Unreal Engine titles rather than titles that spread the load across 18 cores.
Will it go as extreme as die sanding? Is there any room for improvement with mesh multiplier/frequency to get latency down?
A 5700 would still be good efficiency-wise, 7nm vs 14nm. Consider it once prices go down on the used market for Navi RDNA Gen 1 cards.
Gamers Nexus, who made the ModMat you were working on, is gonna be super jealous how good this build turned out!
Performance-wise, there's more to gain because your CPU isn't soldered (hence delid and lapping is possible) and none of the later Spectre/Meltdown mitigations are in hardware!
Have you checked if your WD Reds are SMR vs CMR? That's important for building arrays.
Only the Define 7 XL has more bays than this so the Define R5 is still a decent choice.
Well, overnight they decided to reverse the decision and B450 will get beta AGESA to support Zen3.
You're fortunate you don't have to deal with virt-manager as that was recently deprecated. Only libvirt lives on.
A Dyson fan. Dyson likes to be different.
Are you running headless for the actual unRAID instance and using something like SSH or it's internal web interface? My experience with VFIO (similar to unRAID) is you want a board that can select the boot GPU from UEFI from whichever slot. Gigabyte boards seem to hit the nail on the head with this one.
How are temps inside the Silent Base when rendering? I know it has somewhat of a restrictive front panel in terms of airflow.
Hate to break it to ya, but the B450 Tomahawk Max WON'T support Zen3. Only the B550 Tomahawk will.
A small footstool to prop the PC up from the floor would be helpful. Attracts less dust so it won't get as many dust bunnies in there over time.
Not a problem on the newer True Gsync monitors. They're firmware updating the module to support AMD GPUs.
Never seen that Fractal AIO. I guess they've expanded their lineup.
Instant feature. A toaster makes a great ITX case!
1650 Super is definitely an excellent pick for streaming. If you use a USB Elgato capture card, you will still get superior quality with Turing NVENC vs the 3400G.
If you're running proprietary, a GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1650 Super for your host makes more sense. Less power than the 660 and should actually be better than the 660. The 1650 Super also has Turing NVENC for encoding.
Nouveau's only advantage on 600 and 700 series cards is you don't have to install drivers. It just uses Mesa.
GTX 660 is an odd choice until you consider reclocking got taken away in nouveau for Maxwell GPUs and up. Are you using the proprietary Nvidia drivers or Nouveau? A 770 4GB would be a good upgrade in that case if you stick to nouveau.
Be careful using the 970 EVO Plus on Hackintosh/macOS. You need to update the firmware for it immediately before installing anything on it. There's firmware bugs which could cause data loss on HFS+ or APFS.
Also, the memory should be on the 2nd and 4th slot to have proper dual channel memory.
If you get a PCI-E riser and a 1650 Super, your secondary PC can be a streaming PC for dual system!
I hear ya. Adobe products recently got more invasive in terms of requiring to be always online. Davinci still has problems because on Linux it doesn't support H264 at all. Only ProRes (read only) and DNxHD/DNxHR. HDR is also locked to the Studio version.
Also, Hackintosh is the only way right now to ensure you can edit ProRes RAW.
You're super lucky your 5960X is still alive. Especially if it's been benched for OC and HWBOT!
Now use the OBS build with the KVMFR plugin, then integrate Looking Glass. You got a excellent dedicated GPU setup for OBS thataway. The 1650 Super has Turing NVENC, so it can do quite a good job for real time encoding.
Since this is X299, you can get a Decklink Quad HDMI to use in vMix or Wirecast or OBS.
Since you also mentioned a DAW, A Titan Ridge Thunderbolt card for Thunderbolt audio rack equipment would also be useful. Threadripper would have been too latent for DAW work.
Latest Catalina builds actually support the RX 5700 which would go well with this build. In the future, a 5700 might be a good upgrade.
The 1650 Super would be a good upgrade to this build because of it's newer hardware decoders for VP9 4K 10bit which Netflix may be using.
With 1080 Ti SLI, definitely run Ryzen DRAM Calculator to tune your timings and enable PBO.
RDNA2 is getting hardware ray tracing anyways, so a RDNA2 GPU would make more sense for an upgrade.