Take II – Posting this as a new build because the other build page was becoming a total mess. Replaced a whole lot of the components migrated from the old system. This write-up will be much cleaner. Long overdue new main rig build. Things I loved about the build:
- Asus's DIMM.2 is fantastic. I was not a fan at first (visually). Thought it was going to be ugly. Turned out great. Wish I had put main drive there vs. the PCH cover. It's noticeably hotter.
- OPTIONS! - This board has so many headers of all kinds for current use and future use.
- Perfect positioning of everything on the board. This seems like a no-brainer, but I've had to do some creative things in all my years of building. Everywhere I ran something coincided with the case and board. The SATA ports could not have been more perfect.
- RBG! - It's funny because I HATE RGB. I don't use the lights 99% of the time. Why do I say this, then? With RGB comes many options. Those include turning as many lights as possible off! Some which used to just have default, permanent state of on. It's nice to be able to turn them on when you need to work inside the case and not have to use a light.
Challenges: 1. The torx based retention required WAAAAAAY more force than I saw in any review video. Thought it was the board at first, but another person on the ROG forums has the same issue. After bracing the board adequately and using a mildly terrifying amount of force, the thread caught and I was able to tighten it normally. 2. My BIOS was corrupted out of the box. Easy enough to fix, but diagnosing the problem was a pain. The OLED screen would hang up on CPU, so that made things confusing. Thankfully BIOS Flashback exists and a few minutes later the Asus logo showed up! 3. RAID is screwed up in the Zenith board at the moment. Does not work in BIOS (not talking about the known lack of NMVe RAID), did not work in OS without much tweaking. Did not detect in AMDs own install from the site. Though recently, proper drivers and the RAIDXpert 2 have been added to the Asus site. 4. Lack of USB 2.0 headers. There is just one for the ROG EXT. There are so many items that use the header. Luckily, the Corsair Commander Pro has a built in hub. Wish they had just done 2 headers where the 2nd USB 3 header is.
I use this mainly for Adobe Creative Suite, virtualization, and other workstations tasks. Currently learning Solidworks & Blender.
I wanted to use another case, but the 760T fits everything so perfectly. It was a breeze to build in and I don't regret using it again! The RGB stuff stays off 99% of the time, but it’s fun to play around with. Old Rig: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/nmD2FT Screen/Desk Setup: https://youtu.be/iwQKIsquA5A Keyboard: https://youtu.be/K7BMQ372tic & https://youtu.be/2m0uGPY8PmQ
Just so it doesn't seem like I went out and dropped $10k all at once, here are parts carried over from my previous setups: 4x 8TB Seagates 960 EVO 3x Ultrawides (accumulated over 3 years, did not buy all at once) Razer & Logitech Peripherals Optimus Maximus Keyboard (Though insanely expensive, it has lasted since 2007/8 and has yet to be dethroned.) APC 1500VA
For those curious about the Enermax Liqtech TR4 360 (Threadripper Full Coverage Cooler):
I was concerned when I first heard about this cooler, since I see off and on quality concerns about Enermax products. Some say the beginning product is nice, but they cheapen later on in the run. I found the quality to be good. Pump is very hefty and solid. Every single cable is nicely sleeved. The radiator was solid. One single fin was slightly deformed. Not in any way that I think would effect performance. The rubber in all places where vibration could occur is a great touch. The tubes are extremely flexible compared to the H115i & H100i v2. I ditched the stock fans in favor of the HD120s from Corsair. Didn't want to go through the trouble of installing them only to hate them. Went with fans I know and trust.
Overall, It's good, leaves lots of room for overclocking, and lets you run the fans relatively quietly @ idle or low workloads.
RAM is actually the RGB version, not LED but I could not find those listed on here.
Note: The clocks I have listed are the maximum achieved clocks, not the clocks I run the system at 24/7.