Description

This build is intended for continuous numerical hydrological (groundwater, surface water, and atmospheric) modelling. Agua is housed in a temperature-controlled, independent electrical supplied (with backup generators) server room. The machine will not be overclocked, as it is intended (and optimized) for long-term, continuous use.

2x 1TB M.2 has been RAID-0'd in the creation of the system's scratch drive, which, as per CrystalDiskMark, yielded 6.7GB/s read and 3.9GB/s write speeds.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 9 points

It's fun to see a PC used for something like this. Not that there's anything wrong with gaming or media use, but it's interesting to see the other uses in the wild.

  • 18 months ago
  • 6 points

lol that GPU!

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

I find it humorous that this build isn't water cooled. Just as a continuation of the whole water themed use / name.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Love seeing these purpose-driven builds - the parts lists are always very interesting. Given the name and function, I wouldn't have been able to resist the urge to build a full-blown custom loop, but no one's ever accused me of making good financial decisions XD. Great build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you going to run Windows on the machine under normal use, or was it just for testing? I don't know about hydrological modeling, but I thought a decent number of modeling and computational machines run some Linux distribution...

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

My first intention was to run Linux; however, at the time, in order to get the NVME raid up and running, I had to rely on Windows drivers.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Greetings from a fellow Threadripper user for computation!

Any comments on the UPS? Thinking about getting one as well. I assume most of the load is taken by the CPU, in such case, can the Noctua cooler get the job done? How is the performance so far? We have observed that using Threadripper, while it comes with higher clock frequency on the paper, actually performs slower compared with some old Xeon chips.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I've read, Threadripper performance issues may relate to RAM. Ryzen in general needs fast RAM for good multithreading due to the Infinity Fabric being tied to RAM clock speed. I read an article (probably on Phoronix) showing a massive performance penalty if you have fewer than 4 RAM sticks, since Threadripper is 4-channel. Since Threadripper is NUMA, if you have the SMP emulation mode enabled or your OS doesn't support NUMA-aware scheduling, it will perform slower due to memory accesses often having to cross to another CPU die. Related: https://www.anandtech.com/show/11697/the-amd-ryzen-threadripper-1950x-and-1920x-review/3

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Agua is connected directly to UPS, plus the server room where is sits has it's own backup generator and independent power supply. As for the cooler, I went with Noctua based on some reviews showing that it performed well, plus the server room is temperature controlled. Much of the build was dependent on the where the machine was to be stored; it's rare that I have such luxury.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome! Perfect application for those Threadripper CPUs.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

When you have more GB of RAM than the price of your GPU by 4x as much. Or your CPU has more threads than that price... Yet still perfectly balanced.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Why that gpu tho lol

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

quite simply: there's no monitor attached to the machine. I log in remotely.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, a fanless CSM ASUS GPU would be better with active airflow, then you would only have to worry about the case fans. The tiny fans on these cheap GPUs are a really big point of failure.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Q4648d/asus-geforce-gt-1030-2gb-video-card-gt1030-2g-csm

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, so i have a aorus x399 gaming 7 mobo, and it has a few bent pins, i want to fix, whats the purpose of this build exactly, and how can i build and resell it?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU is actually perfect for this CPU. I think the CPU might be bottlenecking it!

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont know what value you see but what i see is 1969 CAD so in USD it would be 1540$ which is straight up insane

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

its $1660 USD... my god that's insane..

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