Description

Finally switching over to AMD processors, and it's been smooth so far. Primarily used for gaming and a bit of ML software development for computational biology.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very refreshing upgrade coming form an i5-4590. Only issues may have arisen from the mobo with its "precision boost overclock" which seemed like a one-sized-fits-all auto-overclock. I just turned it off and my temps/voltages stabilized.

Motherboard

Came with a dead LED. Not a huge issue since my cables cover the direct line of sight, but kind of a bummer. Also had to manually update the BIOS with a cheap AM4 Athlon. Not sure if my memory was clocking a bit low due to the mobo or the CPU, but DOCP settings got it up to speed. Otherwise, it works great.

Video Card

Hopefully a future driver update fixes the VRAM clock freezing and the occasional stuttering and BSODs. Otherwise the performance is great and the fans do keep everything well within acceptable temps, especially in a mini-ITX case.

Case

First time building in a Mini ITX tower, definitely very spacious even though I used a full ATX PSU. Easy to build in, very solid parts and a nice tempered glass viewing window. Airflow has been great with 2x140mm and 2x120mm static pressure fans from thermaltake.

Monitor

I don't think I can ever go back to a non Freesync/Gsync monitor after this. The colors are very surprisingly good out of the box and I hope they last. Probably one of the best value 1080p, 144hz, Freesync monitors out there. Definitely beats the VG248QE.

Headphones

Very tinny sound out of the box but nothing that can't be fixed with some sound EQ tweaks. Good value and very convenient microphone config.

Custom

Superior and cheaper than the official EVGA braided cables.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Ooh very nice color scheme. How's it run?

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

There were a few of bumps in the setup had to do with updating the mobo bios for Ryzen 3 compatibility and installing the GPU properly (had a GTX 970 that I used while waiting for the 5700 XT to come in). My RAM was also running a bit slower than advertised so I had use the DOCP settings on the mobo to get things up to speed. I think the h200 is pretty big for a mini-ITX case, but the low temps still surprised me. Only remaining issue is the high memory clock for the 5700 XT, which I think may be fixed in future driver updates. Outside of that, things are working pretty smoothly, glad to have fully switched over to AMD over Intel/Nvidia

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

Very nice, welcome to team red haha

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build! How is the stock CPU cooler? Planned on getting the 3600.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's fantastic, keeps things reasonably cool even when boosting to 4.4GHz. Very comparable to the 212 EVO performance-wise and easy to install. The LEDs are a nice touch too, lots of customization options here.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

glad to see the pulse fits!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! I was a little worried about the clearance over the PSU shroud, but it comes to about 5mm. I don't think I could fit a thicker GPU

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi ! So I find myself too trying to find a GPU for exactly the same build that you have.

I can see your PSU is fully covering the shroud, and the Pulse is literally touching the metallic plate, but, you still having 70 C under load. Is this .. accurate ? quiet bios? what about the noise? This would improve with a smaller psu, but mine is also ATX, so your readings/thoughts will be perfect for me !

I am considering to buy a bigger case just because of this , and the pulse seems to be my only option !

Also, that stock cpu fan is just loud, I managed to fit a kraken x42 on mine and I really recommend you to do the same !

Thanks !

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The pulse is not touching the metallic plate at all, its between 5 and 10mm away from the metallic plate. The plate also has ventilation holes in it to allow for airflow. The card is a Dual BIOS card that you can manage using the switch on the back. I have it set to the performance BIOS but have altered the clock, voltage, and fan curve with the Wattman software. In addition, I've undervolted my Pulse to 2050MHz/1125mv, as the default is 1200mv I believe. It helps with the temperatures with less than a 1% performance difference, they seemed to have overvolted their cards out of the factory. I have the fan speed capped at 80% and have allowed it to go to 0 RPM when it is idling. So the sound profile is great, but it does get a bit noisy if you set it to 100% speed. You're right that the stock CPU cooler can get pretty noisy when it ramps up. I was thinking about getting a Noctua U14S. I had a bad experience with AIO water coolers so I don't think I could go back.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your answer.

Regarding the plate holes, does it really matter when you are using a full ATX psu? There are divided opinions regarding this all over reddit. If even under this conditions, you managed to have a 5700xt with 32 dbs ish (reported by guru3D in silent mode) , 70 C, loosing only 1% performance, I am definitely going for it too.

Sapphire nitro is coming out now, reported to be 2 slots too, but 30 cm length. I wonder if it would fit.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Heard the rx 5700 xt is really good except for the part where it crashes in games :( . Hopefully they fix it but sick build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The AGESA 1.0.0.3 ABB bios update fixed everything for me, super stable now. I would advise anyone to get it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend that GPU in the h200? Is it not too cramped.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

absolutely, but it's about the thickest GPU I would recommend in this case. a slight undervolt has decreased my junction temps about 10C for less than a 1% performance change. the 5700xt pulse is phenomenal.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I'm having some troubles with the drivers. I did a fresh install of Windows. Used grid to update the drivers, updated Windows then I tried to install adrenalin 19.9.2 and it bsods plus adrenalin doesnt show. I have the exact same gpu mobo and cpu as you. Please can you help meee

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks thanks! I updated the bios as u mentioned and it seems to have worked. I wna make sure everything's running properly now. Did you benchmark it or test it in anyway after?