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EVOLution- Threadripper Edition

by EthanJL


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Date Published

Oct. 11, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.025 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


This build has been my passion project all the way back to 2014. This is why I decided to call it EVOLution. It does not even come close to resembling what it originally looked like back when I started on it. My last run of upgrades literally had me down to re-using my storage drives and my PSU (which was way overkill when I originally bought it for this exact reason), otherwise everything has been built from the ground up.

This is the first time I have used AMD for anything. I have been a diehard Intel/NVIDIA guy since I started building computers a few years ago. Aside from a bad call on my original choice for an X399 motherboard (the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon), my Threadripper 1950X has been phenomenal. I had to RMA the MSI board twice after both of them had the exact same issue, and after fighting with Newegg to get a refund, I decided to switch to Asus. This is literally probably the best motherboard I have ever owned. Very little tweaking was needed out of the box to get everything stable. After this experience with MSI, and past experiences with their braindead customer support people, I think I'm going to be an Asus guy from now on.

If anyone is curious, eATX motherboards will work in the Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 as long as the mounting holes are in the standard ATX layout. You do lose a few cable routing holes as the motherboard pretty much covers them up, but that didn't bother me too much.

Update: My first custom loop is complete! Pics have been updated. I also added some pictures of the space behind the motherboard tray to show my (attempted) cable management, lighting/fan control hubs, and pump/res placement.

Update 2: I think in the next few months or so I will be moving my build into the Fractal Design Define R6 and possibly adding waterblocks to my 1080ti(s) towards the end of the year. I will probably be doing a new "build" on the site here so people can still see this one and use it for reference. Happy 2018 everyone!

If anyone has any questions, feel free to comment or PM me. I love talking about this stuff.

Part Reviews


The single best CPU I have ever owned. Low temps, and higher performance than any Intel chip I have ever used. Bravo AMD.


Possibly the best motherboard I have ever had the pleasure of using. Pretty much good to go out of the box.

Video Card

Absolutely blazing fast and easy to use. No proprietary software for fan control unlike EVGA's iCX technology. Stable OC of 2025MHz using MSI Afterburner.


Building in this case was a breeze and actually relaxing for a change. Plenty of room for cable management, and the fact that my PSU is out of sight and out of mind is a bonus. Great cooling performance as well. I just wish there was a bottom fan filter.

Comments Sorted by:

Baconator_NoVeg 3 points 18 months ago

If you don't mind me asking, how hot does your Threadripper get? I've read from a lot of places that the Threadripper demands an active water cooling loop even without overclocking. I see you're using the Corsair H100i. How well is that working out for cooling it? (Looking at building a Threadripper 1950 X PC and just looking for real answers from real people.)

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Idle is around 35C and the highest I’ve seen under load is around 60C without an overclock. Sorry it took so long to reply. Never got a notification lol.

graysonbrose 3 points 17 months ago

Hands down one of the nicest builds I have seen here. Great cable management. Love the RGB. Also, is that a custom sleeve for the H100i. It could just be the lighting.

KoeppColto024470 3 points 17 months ago

Cablemod Came out with Custom Sleeved cables for Corsair Hydro Gen 2 series and the NZXT Kraken series not too long ago.

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Yep, it is CableMod’s sleeving kit for AIOs. Awesome product.

yusuf-pc7 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Clean and awesome build! +1

I have also ordered parts for a similar threadripper build, so that should be coming soon.

Anyway, it is a very cool color scheme, one which I haven't seen before, and I think you pulled it of well!

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you! I was thinking a Joker theme from Batman.

harshaaithal 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Great build. I am also building one with a same motherboard. Unfortunately running into issues. When i connect the power only the LED components light up and nothing happens after that. No display on mother board lcd, no beeps, no CPU errors lights, fans dont spin. Not sure if its the power supply or the issue is with the MB. Power supply I am using is seasonic 750 W, using a 1080ti OC from gigabyte, 1950x, Asus zenith X399

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Might be a dead motherboard if you don’t get a post code.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

That's a ton of SATA power splitters. I commend you for avoiding Molex to SATA adapters cause of the horror stories associated with those failing and causing electrical fires.

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Yeah I hate molex. I only use them if it’s absolutely necessary. That’s the main reason that I decided to go fully modular with my PSU when I originally built a few years ago.

JeDeergab 1 point 15 months ago

My old build showed sparks when I did some testing I ended noping out of that hardware

ayodh 2 points 15 months ago

Lovely build.

I am trying to build a very similar setup (TR, Asus Zenith Extreme, ASUS 1080Ti SLI). But I want to use a Enermax TR4 360 radiator. Do you think it will fit if the radiator is mounted on the front? Will it completely block the front cable cutouts?

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I used to have a Corsair H100i V2 mounted to the front of this case. It took a little bit of finagling to get cables past it, but it worked. Just so long as you only plan on doing either push or pull. I don't think that by design this case supports push/pull if you have the radiator mounted to the front with a full size GPU.

ayodh 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks! I gave it a try and it was too little space, so I went and got a 280 rad. My setup was inspired by yours - so looks nearly identical (except a few minor tweaks). Still waiting for a few RGB fans - will post it soon.

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Let me know when you do! I’d love to see it!

ayodh 2 points 15 months ago

Will do. The fans are taking forever to show up.

MRTKO78 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago
thermophile 1 point 17 months ago

how well did your memory OC? any stability issues?

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Literally just used the predefined XMP profile and it booted at 3200MHz no problem. My memory kit was on the QVL however.

johndaughtridge 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

What post code were you hitting on the MSI board? After 6 weeks of stability I hit a D0 (cpu initialization error) tonight that won’t go away and won’t boot.


EthanJL submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

I think it was stuck at D0 or AA depending on the scenario. Been a while.

rickylaw86 1 point 14 months ago

How did the E-ATX mobo fit into the ATX case? Still have enough port holes for other cables?

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

This board has standard ATX mounting holes. It just covers up some of the cable routing grommets.

DARTHVADER69 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Wait a second... isn't Corsair - Air 740 ATX Full Tower Case and Asus - ROG ZENITH EXTREME EATX TR4 Motherboard NOT compatible?

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Technically no. The Zenith Extreme uses standard ATX mounting holes, so it mounts just fine. It just covers up half of the first row of cable routing holes.

DARTHVADER69 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! I guess it is so roomy that it is not an issue. I was about to pass up this awesome case due to being "incompatible"..... I love the PSU is out of the way... such a clean look. Love your rig.

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! Glad I could help!

newfieboy1983 1 point 13 months ago

Beautiful build. Nice color, and parts selection. Love the overkill on this build, and the eye for detail. I happened on your build when googling "Air 740 & Zenith Extreme", as I already have an Air 740 and I'm upgrading my Asrock Taichi X399 to a Zenith Extreme (poor performance, and horrible support from Asrock).

Some differences in my build. - Enermax TR4 360mm RAD (front mounted) - EVGA 1080ti FTW3 - EVGA 1200 Watt fully modular PSU

A lot of my other components are actually the same.

With my 1080ti and the mounted Enermax TR4 360mm I still have plenty of room between the back of the card and the RAD, so for those wondering -- its no issue (with the Asrock Taichi X399 or any motherboard really)

Congrats on a job well done -- I'm going for a slightly smaller overclock at 3.8ghz, but kudos on the 4ghz and the RAM getting 3200 MHZ out of the box.

Hope this lasts you a great long time. Or until Threadripper V2 is out. :)

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you for the compliments! It means a lot. Working on getting a PC centric YouTube channel off the ground later this year so the input helps! I’d love to see your rig when you get the Zenith in there!

newfieboy1983 2 points 13 months ago

I'll be more than happy to report back once it'll all done and cleaned up. Its a rats nest of cabling at the moment, as I've kind of just pushed all the cables in the PSU area of the case. I too had/have a Youtube channel and used to do some tech review videos -- now its mostly down to gaming and content creation. Keep me in mind when you get your channeling up, perhaps a collaboration -- or you can pop onto our groups Teamspeak to swap notes on the Zenith. FYI -- tonight is the night I put the Zenith in -- just got the delivery notice from the courier.

Zentain 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, amazing build. Could yo upload a full setup photo? That´d be nice. Thanks pal

EthanJL submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I would but this system is no longer assembled.

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