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Threadripper Workstation - Rendering + Picture edit.

by t_and

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76 Comments

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Date Published

Jan. 8, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.59GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

Description

Since already a long time now, I've wanting to build a new comp in order to substitute my old Dell M4700 (which served me good for 5 years during my Architecture career).

Thanks to many forums and builds in this page, I decided to give AMD a chance and build a Threadripper set in order to be able to render with good quality and not spending all nights for it. At the beginning I was wondering to buy a 1900X, but then I saw it made more to sense to invest a bit more in order to go for a 1920x. Together with 16GB Flare X CL14, I've had no problem when building it all, and with the newest BIOS I could set all parameters without any problem.

I've just tried to overclock it shortly, but I've seen that almost no one gets over 4GHz. I'll check what mine can do. I wonder if it makes sense to OC it, when it can get to 4GHz by itself with turbo. Not sure I need 4GHz@24/7 if it gets to the proper speed when needed.

Only problem I had so far is that CPU-Z Only recognizes the memory as Dual channel, and not as Quad. I followed the user manual and the ram modules are in the right place... :S Shouldn't it be automatically recognized as quad ? Or should I set something in the BIOS?

I did a small test in 3dsmax+vray, and a render that took almost 4h in my old laptop, it only took 55 min in this beast (I know both machines play in a different league, but still, it's a beast when rendering with so many threads)

In order to get a nice look and full control, installed a Commander Pro, and I need to say I'm amazed how good and cool the Corsair software is :D. I find it really useful to set the vents color according to CPU temperature (when rendering I can easily check how it's doing).

Finally, I bought a G610 in order to check if this new mechanical keyboards where as cool as people say, and I need to say it's really comfortable to wright ;)

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You can check some of my work here if you would like to ;) (More renderings will be coming soon, and also with better quality ;) )

tarenders.wordpress.com

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Thanks for reading!

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supermattdab0ss 1 Build 6 points 8 days ago

Featured? +1

t_and submitter 1 Build 3 points 8 days ago

English isn't my mother tongue sorry :( What do you mean by featured? ;)

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 4 points 8 days ago

The featured build is the build that gets put on the front page. I think your threadripper rig is worthy of being a featured build.

adjective 1. made a feature or highlight; given prominence:

t_and submitter 1 Build 5 points 8 days ago

Aha! Done ;) Thanks for the explanation!

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 5 points 7 days ago

Congrats on the feature!

t_and submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

Thanks to you ;)

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 4 points 8 days ago

Welcome. Learning languages is very difficult.

pegotico 2 Builds 5 points 7 days ago

Congrats on the featured!! +1

Only problem I had so far is that CPU-Z Only recognizes the memory as Dual channel, and not as Quad. I followed the user manual and the ram modules are in the right place...

You already updated bios to latest version and it seems you are using the correct slots for quad channel which are 2,4,6 and 8.

Your problem "might" be the ram. From what ive read, you need to stick with QVL with this motherboard.. Take a look at this topic on overclock.net.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1637549/offical-gigabyte-aorus-x399-gaming-7-owners-thread

http://download.gigabyte.asia/FileList/Memory/mb_memory_x399-aorus-gaming7.pdf

Gskill only has the 4X8gb showing as compatible with threadripper. The 2X8gb kit shows as being compatible with ryzen. Not saying it wont work....While many can say its the same, its not.. when you buy a quad kit, it is paired from the fabric. Also they can use a different die. Manufacturer would only guarantee that it would work correctly if bought in kits of 4 (This is from corsair).

https://www.gskill.com/en/press/view/g-skill-releases-amd-compatible-trident-z-rgb-kits

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/memory/popular-memory/amd-ryzen-threadripper-compatible-memory

t_and submitter 1 Build 3 points 7 days ago

I really appreciate your help!

I did buy the 4 module package in order to avoid this kind of problems so I guess it shouldn't be the incompatibility between the modules. Thats the one I've got: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232623&cm_re=flare_x_quad-_-20-232-623-_-Product

I'll check the thread you posted and see if I can find what they discuss about this "QVL" (which I've never heard of :S).

Thanks ;)

tragiktimes101 3 points 6 days ago

The QVL stands for qualified vendor's list. This list references the DIMM's that have been tested and certified to work at rated speeds and timings on their specific motherboard. It has been less important in the past than it is now with Ryzen and TR.

Drente 3 points 8 days ago

What are the thermals like ?

t_and submitter 1 Build 4 points 8 days ago

Around 30°C in idle. With a small test I did with an OC@4GHz and 1.35 Vcore, it got around 60° with Prime. Quite OK no? The cooler isn't almost impossible to hear and works perfect ;)

Drente 2 points 8 days ago

That sounds about right. Personally, i would stay at 4.0ghz and maybe play around with the memory timings. Good luck !

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Actually it's pretty stable at 4 GHz (it passes: blender, cinebench with normal average score and wprime). BUt the other day crashed after 1h playing assassins creed. I'll retry now with new drivers. Don't want to push a lot the Vcore as 1,35 is the max recomended from AMD.

Memory timmings work fine since the first day I setted them at CL14 ;)

Problem is...CPU-Z Only recognizes the memory as Dual channel, and not as Quad. I followed the user manual and the ram modules are in the right place :S Shouldn't it be automatically recognized as quad ? Or should I set something in the BIOS?

Drente 2 points 8 days ago

That crash happened in game mode ? btw the quad channel issue might be related to the frequency/timings. Try using the 2933 or 3066mhz xmp profile and see if that works.

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

I'll try that too thanks ;)

skyrise 2 points 7 days ago

Try CPU voltages anywhere between 1.25V and 1.35V. But It's most probably mainboard or VRM related.

Try using AMD Overdrive for overclocking, instead of manual BIOS settings.

If you use manual BIOS settings, then it is better to compensate voltage drop with LLC instead of overvolting. For example 1.25V + medium/high LLC, instead of 1.35V + low LLC.

Gigabyte boards have some problems with fast RAM timings (CR1/T1). The GPU is also Gigabyte, so it is possible it has some VRM problems.

I have had both Gigabyte mainboard and GPU and I have had the same stability issues when gaming for 2+ hours.

Powerful config, despite the above issues.

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks for your comments!

I've been using already amd overdrive but I feel more comfortable directly in the BIOS. I'll try the 1.25+medium/hich LLC and see what happens with it.

Shame that you also had problems with it... But it will usually stay more than 2h if it's rendering, I don't usually stay that long when playing. (Guess it's gona have to be a heavy scenario if it could manage the ones I did before in less than an hour...)

Thanks ;)

Linka 1 Build 3 points 8 days ago

"I did a small test in 3dsmax+vray, and a render that took almost 4h in my old laptop, it only took 55 min in this beast (I know both machines play in a different league, but still, it's a beast when rendering with so many threads)"

I know that feel 100%

t_and submitter 1 Build 3 points 8 days ago

It's a good one eh? ;)

Tetsuclaw 4 Builds 3 points 8 days ago

I did a small test in 3dsmax+vray, and a render that took almost 4h in my old laptop, it only took 55 min in this beast

Tell me about it, in April 2017 I upgraded from a FX 8320 @ 4.7 GHz to a Ryzen 7 1800x @ 4.0 GHz and adobe premiere pro was never the same. A 10 minute 30 fps video before took about 12-13 minutes to export and now I can get a 10 minute 60fps video exported in 5-6 minutes. Workflow when doing work also has picked up quite a bit too. Let's not mention the cost savings on the power bill lol.

You basically have it all for a production PC, a beast CPU, a well performing GPU for programs that can use the GPU, and 32GB of ram is basically the sweet spot for ram in a content creation PC.

t_and submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

That was the aim, and so far I haven't been able to really push it with heavy work, but it really feels like it's gona be more than capable of it ;)

Thanks!

CheeseCakes 3 points 7 days ago

This build can rip more than threads...

It can rip cables!

t_and submitter 1 Build 3 points 7 days ago

I hope it can rip my renderings in 1/4 of the time it needed before ;)

CheeseCakes 2 points 6 days ago

Cool!

ipadguy1360 2 points 7 days ago

what the heck is that mouse pad, Lol but that threadripper pc looks like a beast.

upvote

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

One I've got with and OCB purchase hahaha! Might not be the nicest but it comes with the palmrest and it's really comfy. Do you know any well konwn brand that produces something similar with palmrest and nicer? (which isn't difficult to be more...)

Thanks!

ggggovi 2 points 7 days ago

Cool build. I like how you mounted that radiator. Might do the same.

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks! I wanted to have all the RGB fans but also wanted to profit from the ones that came with the cooler. So I thought it would be a good idea to use them in push pull on top, and leave the one below blowing cold air to the GPU ;)

ESPI 2 points 7 days ago

Amazing build and amazing cable management! I also have the Corsair HD120 fans + Node Pro... and organizing all those cables nicely was a big nightmare for me . But you have done a very nice job! Congratulations for the featured.

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks! ;)

It really was a mess when I first mounted the fans to test if they worked... But then with 2 well invested hours and some "roll" cable managment, was able to get it pretty clean I think ;)

dominicc_02 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

Nice dual-monitor setup! How are the lag/latency on the U2515H?

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks! I'm even considering a third...but now this model isn't anymore in production (there is already a substitute for it). Can't never get enough space for working while rendering+adjustments+3d model+PS+etc... For me it works fine, I guess a 144 one would make a difference, but I'm happy with them ;)

B.D.85 2 points 7 days ago

Good job on push pull. I love seeing a good push pull setup, and nice choice in processors.

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks ;)

As I commented before, I wanted to have all the RGB and profit from the ones coming with the cooler, and I thought this was the best config ;)

Yes I think this is really THE processor to have fur such a job ;)

Archimedes013 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

This is a beautiful build, if you ever upgrade it, I might think about a 100-144hz Refresh rate, it is overall a nicer way to use you pc

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks ;)

I might consider it, but do you think it also makes a difference for a production workstation? Isn't that more for gaming? (even if I also game, it isn't the main aim for this build)

Archimedes013 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

It is s bit more for gaming, but if you do get it, it will probably make everything overall a bit quicker

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Not sure if I would rather invest the money in an extra 3rd screen ;)

Vill_aiN 2 points 7 days ago

Awesome build!, Also how is the Corsair 570X Case heard the cable management is bad but you seem to of handled it pretty well.

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks bro ;)

Actually I would say it isn't that bad, because it comes with many places where to attach all the cables, but yes...you see the cables, can't really hide them all the way. It was chaos with the amount of cables the RGB fans have, but as said, with some patience and "roll" management cable it has come pretty good I think ;)

Ahsen 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

beauty

t_and submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Thanks ;)

ewhac 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

+1 for the Logitech G13 :-) .

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Long life for the G13! How long has it been in the market? And still no succesor! Really good to be improved! (even if it could be already). Thought for playing but really good to set as a drawing tool for CAD

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 6 days ago

Threadripper? You have chosen well.

t_and submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Looks like and I hope so! CPU hunger is what I need ;)

MickNarsh 2 points 6 days ago

this is a rreally great build my friend it checks all the boxes really! for your uses youd need to allocate more ram and cpu power than gpu power and thats exactlly what you did! the only thing im concerned about is the push pull configuration you have because although your mass amount of fans you might be creating negative pressure of blowing warm air (by like a single degree but small stuff makes the difference) into the build. care to shed some light on which fans are blowing which way?

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Thanks man ;) I planned it for quite a long time, and when I saw the Threadrippers I said...now is the moment!

At the moment the 3 at the front + the 2 of the radiator (total 5) are pushing inside, and then the 2 on top + 1 at the back are pulling out. You think it would be better to turn the on on the back to pull air in for exemple?

Thanks for the info ;)

MickNarsh 1 point 6 days ago

pushing in and pulling out? do you mean all fans are taking air outside and putting it in?

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

hi! No no, the 5 ones at the front are taking air in, and the 2 on top and 1 on the back are tacking air out!

wpowell13 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Good lord that back end cable management is clean as hell! Kudos to you for putting in that work with the electrical table keeping that organized. Mine is a bit of a mess, even after trying to sort things out.

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Thanks! I invested some time in it ;)

Try with something like this, it really helps ;)

http://www.conectalo.com/product_thumb.php?img=images/IC/KO9379.jpg&w=250&h=140

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

Great job on your build.

Thumbs up.

t_and submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Thanks man ;)

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 2 points 6 days ago

Excellent, EXCELLENT build. Love how well thought out and planned this build is. Also love seeing our PCPP community giving you tips on troubleshooting (the RAM). Easy, easy +1 from me. Cheers!

t_and submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

THANKS! ;)

I planned it for quite a lot of time and hellp from many users and forums.

Thanks a lot for your comments and help PCPP! ;D

04vkrivor 2 points 6 days ago

THE RGB GODS ARE PLEASED...

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

They are, and so am I ;)

I even have my "Barça themed" preset ready for when we win a title this season ;)

04vkrivor 2 points 5 days ago

nice! keep it up!

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks ;)

DragionTech 2 points 6 days ago

looks great. would definitely help with my blender renders.

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

Sure would!

Im really looking forward to test it with a new project!

austormin 2 points 5 days ago

can you please describe how you connected your fans to the commander pro? I am confused which cables go where. Did you plug the power cable into the motherboard and the lighting cables into the commander pro? Build looks great BTW! just trying to figure out how to set my fans up. Thanks in advance!

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

That would be the scheme to follow:

https://i.imgur.com/sysbXH6.jpg

In my case I finally decided to buy 3 extra HD fans and then plug them all to one RGB controller (in case you have HD+SP fans, you have to use 2 diferent RGB controllers).

I controll everything through the Commander Pro + Corsair Software (which is really easy and nice I need to say): Fans speed, colors, temperatures, PSU power... I've just the water pump plugged to the Mobo cause as it isn't a Corsair product, it can't be controlled by the Commander pro.

(I'll update the scheme and repost it here and also add it in the picture).

Hope it helps ;)

iiTracer 2 points 5 days ago

When you brought your 1070 ?????

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

When did I buy it? End of November aprox, why?

iiTracer 1 point 20 hours ago

Well ,dod you brought the 1070 for thousand bucks ?

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 hours ago

Not really....why?

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

Awesome! +1

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 hours ago

Thanks ;)

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Why would you buy DDR4 3200Mhz RAm when your mobo supports only up to 2666Mhz?

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

I read it could manage 3200 "without" problems, and so far it's been going quite ok I need to say.

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

Eh, not bad!

naquan20092 1 point 4 days ago

What desk is that

t_and submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

The one I got in my room when I moved in. I'm planning to buy an autonomous one: https://www.autonomous.ai/?slug=diy-smart-desk-kit-electric-sit-to-stand-automatic-frame&modal=5

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