Completely agree. Turning off the "ECO mode" on the PSU might actually promote airflow even more.
I run a E5-1660, which is the Xeon Equivalent of that CPU, and it runs 4.6Ghz at 1.44V. I use a Cryorig A80 and it's VRM fan to keep the VRMs cool. Extra Vcore was because I run 4x8GB sticks of DDR3-1866 at DDR3-1600 via XMP at 1.5v
Your memory problem could arise from not using a XMP profile or too low VTT voltage. Remember to keep your System Agent below 1.05V at all times.
This is very good to know for adding EATX boards in the H500i. Bitwit once tried to put this exact board into a Meshify C... Well, let's say it didn't go well.
Wendell of Level1Techs introduced the concept of "Duel" booting. (Again, Install Windows on a separate SSD to your Ubuntu SSD.) It might actually be safer in the long run cause the Windows EFI manager is known to sometimes mess up GRUB. If you contain it on a separate drive, that issue can be somewhat mitigated.
https://level1techs.com/article/ryzen-gpu-passthrough-setup-guide-fedora-26-windows-gaming-linux (there's a Duel Booting section. You will need a retail version of Windows 10 to do this properly.)
You planning GPU Passthrough using virtual machines and QEMU on Ubuntu anytime? You can do "Duel" booting, where your Windows install is on one drive and Ubuntu is on another, and then when you feel like gaming, just boot up your Windows drive in a VM with full GPU passthrough without restarting the machine.
First H500M build on PCPP!
This case is very much worth the RGB bling it delivers. :D
You missed the opportunity to use this case. It's literally a turret:
Jokes aside though, good color coordination.
+1 for DIY dust filter!
Excellent well rounded build. How are thermals?
virt-manager makes QEMU/KVM easier than before. ;)
Any reason for the Manta over the H200?
Linux Penguin in case, but then Windows 10!?! Blasphemy!
You are setup for GPU passthrough down the line with the 2700X though. (Windows VM in Linux with full GPU performance)
You're lucky to get the Cryorig C7 Cu. It hasn't even started selling over here in North America with the only option to buy coming from Newegg's "First from Asia," so no retailer here has it yet.
Also nice use of zip ties to adapt the Noctua for the C7 Cu.
(You're also the first build on PCPP with the C7 Cu)
Protip, turn off overscan on your TV so that it doesn't crop off the edges of the screen. It should be something like "full pixel" or similar.
The Define R6 is an excellent choice if you plan to add a lot more drives later. You can even still add a Blu-ray burner or LTO drive if you wanted to since this is an air cooled config.
It does for XFR. Not sure why it's doing it for a manual OC unless you're using some ASUS core enhancement features (those are automated)
FYI, Any Vcore voltage below 1.4V is safe as long as you manually tweak the SoC voltage to be safe too. I would definitely not go above 1.15V SoC (that's already pushing it) and be at around 1.05-1.1V SoC.
XFR2 actually overclocks for you and it's max single thread turbo is 4.3Ghz. Overclocking manually actually limits all cores to 3.95Ghz. If you truly want a set it and forget it overclock and you don't know as much about overclocking, XFR2 does it for you.
Not really much of an improvement if you go to the latest generation unless you wait for Ryzen and Zen 2 architecture. You can still wait and hold out for a little bit, especially with that 1070.
FYI. there are still 2 slots for 3.5'' HDDs even if you use the "open" configuration of the Define R6. They are on the wall where the sleds used to slide in. You use the screws from your sleds to screw the HDDs in with the vibration dampener surrounding the screws.
I really hate to see 3.5'' HDDs lying around when there are still 2 slots for HDDs designed into the case.
The first PCI-E x16 is actually x16. The second is only wired for x8 or x4. Asus marketing is only going by the PHYSICAL length of the slot, not the electrical wiring or the BIOS config.
The AIO tubing on the Kraken is relatively flexible, you can potentially push it higher as the tubing going into the pump is hinged.
However, if Chipset RGB matters that much to you, use a Vertical GPU adapter from Cablemod so that you can still see the RGB, and you can still use the first x16 slot.
Is that a 2.5 slot 1080 STRIX making a comeback? I thought those ended with the end of production of the STRIX 1080 11Gbps cards. (Which I'm a happy last minute owner of one of the last cards from the production run)
With three exhaust fans, you could be running negative pressure if you're not careful with the fan curves. Try to tweak the right top exhaust (near the AIO) to spin slower than the rest of the fans, otherwise not enough airflow is going to the VRMs.
Is that 4.4Ghz OC only Cinebench stable? What's your 24/7 OC at?
This is a B350 board which means the 2nd PCI-E full x16 physical slot is only wired for x4. I would highly encourage you to move the GPU to the primary x16 slot unless you have a very specific reason for keeping it there.
Remember to use DNxHD/DNxHR instead of ProRes from now on if you use Premiere. the ProRes habit can be hard to let go of if you've used Final Cut Pro.
Pulling a Linus Tech Tips with whole house water cooling are we?
Seriously though, the only other person I would see doing this whole house water cooling is Linus. Good to see that there's more than one person doing crazy water cooling experiments other than Jay or Linus! :D
Don't forget exhaust fans for the heat from the AIO and the GPU. 2 fans at the rear, one on the rear and one on the top at the very rear.
4.34Ghz single threaded XFR2 is VERY solid. For a daily driver, that's more than enough, even for high refresh gaming.
Only thing I could think of is a static pressure optimized fan on the Noctua CPU cooler, that's pretty much all I can think of to increase performance.
How's Windows 7 on the 7700K? Did you have to do some magic to get updates working again? (They purposely disabled updates to Skylake and up for Windows 7)
For the 2400G, it benefits GREATLY from dual channel memory. The memory needs to go in DDR4_1 and DDR4_2 according to how the motherboard labels it. You're currently running your dual channel setup in single channel.
From the left, the sticks should be in the 2nd and 4th slots.
What's your maximum boost clock on the 2700X observed with this cooling setup? If you can get those temperatures down somehow for higher boost, you could gain some single threaded performance thanks to XFR2.
Great upgrade potential in the Define R6. Solid case choice.
Also the Prime Mobo is a good match with the 6 core. As long as you solely let XFR2 do the work, there shouldn't be any problems with VRM temperatures.
That is such a tight squeeze between the X52 and the MSI Gaming X GPU... It's a miracle it actually fit! :O
Cablemod is about to come out with something similar:
If you insist on top exhaust, a better solution would be slim 120mm fans and a Kraken X52 in the top exhaust, then flip the rear exhaust into a rear intake, and have front intakes too. You will need Fractal Design HP-12s and HP-14s to enhance static pressure.
This case isn't the best to work with in terms of 280mm radiators and long graphics cards. This case is more suited to a 240mm radiator as top exhaust.
You only need one exhaust on the top because 3 exhaust fans with only 2 intakes if the fan curves/speeds aren't balanced equals negative pressure.
There is one more 120mm fan slot where the HDD cage is. If you open up the cover of the shroud near the front of the case, then add a 120mm fan, that will help positive pressure.
That's a puny fan for the NVMe active cooling. Is it 40mm?
It's a default feature of the CPU. It's already in effect the moment you start using the processor. You can tweak it using Ryzen Master.
Can't go wrong with Seasonic Prime Titanium or EVGA Titanium...
Still, the PSU would allow for SLI GTX 1080s if you went 1440p 144hz.
All core manual OCs will actually have worse single threaded performance for programs with low thread count. XFR2 does an awesome job with single threaded performance without touching any settings. Most games aren't really mult-core dependent as of yet, so the only benefit to an all core OC is to heavily multithreaded workloads. Otherwise, XFR2 will clock higher for single threaded programs.
That's the tightest fit I've ever seen a be quiet! cooler be in for a ITX case.
Color me impressed with the custom cut tempered glass! You could potentially get better performance to noise ratios with the H80i using the Fractal Design HP-12 fan. I've been using HP-14 fans on my 280mm AIO and I couldn't be happier.
The pictures don't show the air cooler fan properly. Is the fan positioned in a pull configuration? Was it an issue with RAM clearance that prompted that move?
If the fan on the CPU cooler is in a push configuration, you're making a cavity of negative pressure with 2 fans blowing air away and exhausting where there isn't any intake. Ideally you would want a push config where the fan is on the other side of the cooler to where it is now, but if RAM clearance is an issue, a pull config where the fan is right now blowing towards the exhaust works too.
I see the PSU and the case PCI covers seems prepped for SLI. Any plans for another 1080?
2560x1080 60p at x264 Medium? Nice!
If you did dual system with a Elgato 4K 60p to capture the ultrawide video and dedicated the Threadripper system to encoding, that could free up resources on your main gaming machine should you choose to build another high framerate rig. Just something to consider, since dual system has been getting popular recently.
Interesting that it's plug and play. Unfortunately this board doesn't have a Thunderbolt header for a Thunderbolt AIC so I wondered if the RX 580 Gigabyte eGPU would have worked, if you were able to test Thunderbolt 3...
Protip: If and when Gigabyte enables Thunderbolt 3 support on this board, there is a Thunderbolt header "THB_C" for Thunderbolt 3 add-in cards.
You could remove the vacant 3.5'' drive bays for front airflow, and move the Barracuda to the bottom slot. The sleds are all identical, so you could just remove the vacant cages and move the the pre-installed HDD to the bottom slot.
Oh, ultrawide/1440p encoding... Yeah, that would kinda suffer at "Medium." For that you are better off with your current setting, but keeping in mind that if you stream a 1920x1080p game to Twitch, you can step it down from fast to medium for better overall stream quality going out.