Photo editing and casual gaming. The 3950X is a brilliant cpu - extremely fast, easy to cool and not over the top expensive. Was lucky to get it two days after it was introduced.
Only used Apples since 2006, this is my first PC build in 13 years. And the combination of the hard- and software I'm using, gives me the same smooth experience as my Apples (that was completely different 13 years ago :X ).
16 cores and 32 threads of blistering performance. It made its competitor slice the prices in half.
Have played with it for one month now, used PBO and manual overclocking, but stock speed suits my usage best. PBO adds just a few percent of performance, with a large increase of power consumption and heat. Manual overclock means no core boosts to 4.7GHz.
Cinebench20 performance numbers: Stock: ~9260 (~3975MHz, 1,1V, 57°C). PBO: ~9660 (~4125MHz, 1.3V, 75°C). Manual OC: 10100 (average 4300MHz, 1,28V 75°C).
The Fractal Design is all about quietness and it keeps the 3950X cool with ease. It is inaudible on its Auto-setting, where it spins pump and fans at the lowest possible levels. I've activated the PWM-setting and tweaked the pump and fan curve in the bios. This results in a cooler cpu and therefore faster boosting cpu (the 3950X boosts better with lower temps). It is no longer inaudible, but still can hardly hear it.
Very solid 8-layer PCB board. A bit overkill but I wanted a board with one of the best power deliveries. I've de-installed Asus AI suite: the fan curves sometimes didn't load properly after the pc went to sleep. I'm using the bios for the fan curves.
Chipset fan runs at inaudible speeds (chipset stays at around 48-50°C) and the VRMs stay at low temperatures as well.
5 stars if the Asus software was a bit more polished (had a challenge with Aura sync/Armoury Crate as well)
Does what it needs to do: enable XMP (DOCP in the Asus bios) and it runs 3200 16-18-18-36 CR1. However, no room for overclocking/tightening the latencies (not that it really matters for overall performance)
AIDA64 score Read/Write/Copy/Latency: 49700MBs/46500MBs/51500MBs/74.9ns
I'm not a fan of Samsung devices because of their unintelligible user interfaces and poor designs. But when it comes to storage/memory, it's the best.
Opted for the FE because it was the cheapest 2070 Super option. Also, I really like the looks and build of the Nvidia cooler.
I'm using EVGA's X1 software to dim the green RTX logo and give it some more performance: memoryspeed is up from 14Gbps to 16Gbps and the gpu now boosts to 2115MHz but quickly settles at 2040MHz during the whole game.
Full Adobe RGB gamut, hardware calibration via Spectraview II and 4K on 24" -> stunning picture quality. Only use it for critical photo editing. (actually I have a white unit, but only the black (BK) is listed).
120Hz and G-Sync. Full DCI-P3 color gamut. Next to being brilliant for gaming, also very usable for photo editing.