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Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, appreciate it!

It was an older build, and it has changed dramatically since then. However, I still think that Threadripper mATX builds are just so damned fun. Crazy to think you can fit 32 cores, dual GPUs + M.2 expansion card in such a small form factor. It was definitely fun, but everything ended up moving into an Evolv X with a full custom loop.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: Road Less Travelled

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Levi, appreciate it. Still wish I had both FEs in there, but I can't really complain overall.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: Road Less Travelled

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, there are still some ghosts in the machine. Most of this will move into a Thermaltake View 71 once the Radeon VII GPU drops.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: Road Less Travelled

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

It was kinda weird, this build snuck underneath the PCPP radar it seems...lol. I use it for development work, virtualization, video encoding/rendering, and streaming. The temps are very, very good, but I seem to have a bad Vega FE card which kinda sucks as I had to pull it from the loop leaving one GPU.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn't a necessary part of the build. Any large files get stored externally from the computer on a NAS that has around 32TB of capacity.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Watercooling does help, but it does take up space. Replacing GPU fan/heatsinks with GPU waterblocks will make the cards smaller, but you'll need to add radiators which can make things more complicated.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I never noticed any, but the Enermax was only meant to be a stop-gap between builds as I'm currently running it on a custom loop at the moment.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll still need airflow. Building an mATX build with those components is very doable, but I wouldn't recommend this particular case for that project. The tempered glass is too close to the case which restricts airflow to where you'd mount the radiators.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You could, but this case doesn't have great airflow so I'd probably go with another mATX case to be honest.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

You could, yes. Right now, the build has changed significantly from this photo as I've changed motherboards (mATX to ATX) and GPUs (GTX 1080Ti to dual Vega FEs). The only issue with an mATX build is that if you have fewer slots to work with for expansion cards.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No, no overheating issues to speak of. The SSD has performed flawlessly.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate the advice, but I've checked the VRM temperatures at 100% load on the Taichi X399M. All of the temps are well within operating specs for the MOSFETs. I'm not concerned that the 2990WX is going to toast the mosfets at 250W. If I were overclocking I would probably look for CPU + VRM blocks so I wouldn't have to compromise on CPU cooling to get the VRMs down in temperature.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it looks like the Gigabyte board didn't really have what I'd call proper heatsinks for the VRMs. My favorite E-ATX motherboard for Threadripper is still the MSI MEG X399 Creation: 16 VRM phases and proper cooling go a long way with respect to overclocking. Also, while I do enjoy Hardware Unboxed, there are some things that they don't exactly do well. Phoronix did a better job (IMHO) of figuring out what the 2990WX does well, and what it doesn't do well. Also, L1T does a pretty bang-up job on their TR reviews as well.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

As I commented on earlier, the glamor shots of the motherboard had the 1950X in it. I didn't take any with the 2990WX inserted in it unfortunately (mostly because I forgot to).

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, appreciate it! The thermals are in check, but there's a bigger issue: there are too few good mATX cases out there. I have a Parvum S2.5 ordered (and still waiting on) and almost all of the parts in this build will go into that case. The benefit is that I got to "stretch" the case as it's custom, and I don't have to worry about the design not having great airflow :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It's mediocre at best. This one suffers from tempered glass syndrome where the tempered glass gets in the way of airflow.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

The 2700X is a great choice and should handle that with aplomb :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Just remember that the 2990WX isn't a gaming uber-CPU. Yes, you can game on it, but it is definitely geared more towards more "prosumer" tasks like rendering, encoding, etc. Unless you have something that can actually utilize those cores, I'd recommend going with a 2950X. If you can't use 16 cores, then I'd go with the 2700X. It's a great CPU and does many, many things well. It also won't bankrupt you :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn you and your on-die GPU... ;)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're looking to build a small(er) Threadripper build, then it's by far the best (and only) option. The board's been rock solid for me, but remember: I'm not overclocking the 2990WX, and if I do it will be very, very minor. Hope that helps :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a great question, but since I don't own or really play GTA, it will probably remain a mystery to be honest... :) Also, thank you very much.

Comment reply on sysdmp's Completed Build: Reaper v2 (Gentoo Linux threadripper workstation)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build, glad to see another 2990WX build here on PCPP :) Also, love the setup and how you're using it. Great build!

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a good question. If you're gaming, then you should definitely look at the 2950X as it performs better overall in that department. Gaming has been an issue on the 2990WX, but nVidia fixed most of those issues with the 399.24 release (not all of them, but a good portion). However, outside of gaming, there are real benefits like encoding, rendering, and virtualization which are all things I tend to do here. TL;DR: I can put all 32 cores to great use and see some significant benefits with respect to performance.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's sad. Hopefully one day AMD will release a CPU with a decent amount of cores ;)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Actually, the have specific SCART cables for PS1 and PS2 with descriptions on what makes them different and scenarios why you would need the different versions. The cables I ordered were specifically CSYNC cables and were known good online for going from the PS[1:2] to the OSSC. Also, My Life in Gaming is soo good. :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, definitely appreciate it.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Got mine from Retro Gaming in the UK which should work pretty well. A little expensive, but well worth it.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, thanks ;P I'm hoping the next build is even better...

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Close, but not quite. It's an Analogue SuperNT. It gets the job done, but the FPGA in it isn't faster than the 32-core Threadripper.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't mess around.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, the SuperNT does straight HDMI out. However, for the PS1 and PS2 not pictured, it goes [Console] -> [SCART Cables] -> [Hydra MINI] -> [OSSC] -> [HDMI] -> [Capture Card]. Hope that helps :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not a question on whether it can, it's a question of if my breaker panel can give it enough power before it melts ;)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Appreciate it. Analogue makes a great piece of hardware with their SuperNT :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a little box with some big power behind it...lol. :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, but my wallet completely disagrees...lol. I'm working on remedying that, but let's just say it's a long shot as there are only three slots, and I need all three of them. Adding a second 1080Ti would literally kick out the 10GbE fiber NIC in the bottom ;)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

If I can get my hands on a second Vega FE, then I'll go that route. Otherwise, it'll just be a single Vega FE as I have the block mounted and ready to go on that card. The other issue is that a second GPU kicks the HDMI capture card out of the build as I only have three PCIe slots which are all populated (GPU, capture card, 10GbE NIC)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

For the build, thought that HD-series fans would look better overall. Also, as the sole lighting inside of the case, it made better sense. Might've also already had 2 HD140s lying in a box...

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm debating putting in two Vega FEs to be honest. The build should end up being 100% AMD by the end of it. Still debating what to design into the pump/res in CAD at the moment. I thought about grabbing a 2080Ti, but until I get firm numbers in-hand then it's just an idea.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

I'm not sure how much the VRMs could handle. I'd recommend going MSI MEG X399 Creation or Gigabyte's behemoth if you want to really get some current into the CPU, but none of the older boards were built with a 250W CPU in mind unfortunately.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, though the build is a bit messy for my liking. Hopefully when the Parvum case comes in I can start work on making a better 2990WX build :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, appreciate it! Figured the new CPU deserved some love on PCPP...however, I'm hoping to get the new case here soon and put something a bit more noteworthy up ;)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wish there was an mITX board for Threadripper. The ASRock X399M Taichi is mATX, and I would say somewhat capable of OCing. The bigger issue is that (1) as a 250W CPU there really isn't that much headroom on the CPU or the VRMs, and (2) my power supply would not enjoy the endeavor.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm disappointed, thought there'd be more ;)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

Some of these parts were in a previous build like the motherboard, GPU, RAM, SSDs, monitors, custom cables, audio gear. Some were new like the CPU, CPU cooler, and case. While the outlay for all of it is expensive, the expense has been spread out over time. :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks, appreciate it :)

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Precursor

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard shows a 1950X which was a placeholder before the 2990WX shipped. Unfortunately, I didn't grab any photos with the 2990WX in place before the build.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Titanic

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, it's triple 480s as there are two in the basement/pedestal and one at the top of the build. ;) It would explain why the build was a two-person lift to even move.

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: Winter Decending

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, appreciate it! XD

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: Winter Decending

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it :) I wanted to go monochromatic after my last build, and figured this would be that perfect opportunity. Of course, the next build will be a bit more colorful, but that shall have to wait for another day...

Comment reply on jamesthebard's Completed Build: The Titanic

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Just plug and play. There's been no issues with PCIe bandwidth on the 8x slot, and the scores I've seen with respect to various benchmarks have been right in line with expectations.

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