Description

So, this is literally the precursor to the custom loop build that I'm aiming for. Most of the parts are installed in the system (except for the Vega FE which can't be due to it already having a waterblock) and everything is looking really good. Right now, the system is my main rig and used for rendering, streaming, and the occasional game (thanks nVidia for finally fixing issues with your drivers and the 32c/64t behemoth for the most part).

Also, apologies for the potato photos: the follow up to this build should remedy that significantly.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 8 points

Not quite enough cores, but nice build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks, appreciate it :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

That's a nice Super Nintendo you've got there

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

What do you use to scale retro to HDMI? OSSC or Framemeister? I noticed the Everdrive and had to ask.

  • 13 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 :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Ah, OSSC.

Do make sure to get the right sync type for your SCART cables, cause cheap ones don't really disclose that well.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

If they did physical tests on it on actual Sony PVE CRTs, then you should be fine. If you want to know more, My Life in Gaming did a whole thing on SCART RGB from the PS1 and PS2.

  • 13 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. :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you run into any issues OCing the 2990wx on this MITX board? great build BTW!

  • 13 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.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I see. I was planning on picking up the 2990wx myself, but wanted something not EATX, and was worried about overclocking headroom.

  • 13 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.

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  • 13 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.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Now whoever said you need a big rig to have some big power, is sadly mistaken.

Also WOW, that looks really amazing, great build +1

  • 13 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 :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

You better buy 2 RTX 2080 Ti's and run them in SLI, lol. +1

  • 13 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.

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  • 13 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)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

So the case came with LL120 fans, and did you just prefer the HD fans?

  • 13 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...

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, definitely appreciate it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Not enough GPU to CPU power.

  • 13 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 ;)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Well... good luck.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

But can it run Crisis on 16 virtual machines simultaneously?

Alien grade technology build!

  • 13 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 ;)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Monster cpu! +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't mess around.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Your specs are awful

:) +1 love the build

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

lmao why so few cores am i right

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

word brother

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

What made you choose 2990WX? According to PassMark 2950X has better performance than the 2990WX, but only by 6%, and is $849 cheaper. But that is just one benchmark. My curiosity is peaked. Thanks. +1

  • 13 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.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful PC, which framerate do you get on GTA?

  • 13 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.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Few suggestions: If you are going for a water loop eventually, make sure u get a monoblock for the motherboard that cools the VRM. The heatsink on that motherboard is not good at all and will cause component degradation given u r running a 32 core. I know EK has a monoblock for Taichi x399 motherboards be sure to check them out

  • 12 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.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are running stock it should be perfectly fine. But since u r building a custom loop anyway I would suggest to get that monoblock because u dont want the vrm temp to hold u back

  • 13 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.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice white glowing little Box ;)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1. But how much do u recommend the motherboard?

  • 13 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 :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank u very much, it’s because the only threadripper motherboard I have heard of being good was the asus rog zenith one, now I am thinking about wether to get the new threadripper 2990wx or just get a 2700x with an asus x470 mobo and water cooled with the same price

  • 13 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 :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, guess I’ll go with 2700x since most of what I’ll do is streaming and gaming, and I little video editing

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, how do you find the cooling for this case?

  • 13 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.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, this is always my fear with these small form factor cases. This looks absolutely stunning but if it cooks itself I don't think I can justify it :/ Wonderful build though my friend.

  • 13 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 :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is the chip in the picture a 1950x?

  • 13 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).

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive. Is there no issue of over heating with the Graphics card so close to the m2 card?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I put two RTX2080s in here?

  • 11 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.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

So what’s the right route to take if I wanted an i9 cpu and dual 2080 GPUs? Can I cram it into this box?

  • 11 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.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

would water cooling help? Point is, I'm trying to stick with the smallest form factor possible for an i9 and two 2080s

  • 11 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.

  • 11 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.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

So it's been a couple months now and I noticed other people have had trouble with galvanic corrosion on the Enermax AIO. How's yours holding up? Any weird rise in temps?

  • 11 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.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did u only use ssds and not a hard drive

  • 9 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.

  • 13 months ago
  • -1 points

lol bet the Nintendo is faster than this build.

  • 13 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.

  • 13 months ago
  • -2 points

So exactly do you realise how much money you just spend?

  • 13 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. :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

:)

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  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Naw, my A12-9800e beats you all

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  • 13 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 ;)

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

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

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

More like... ThreadRipped off... hehehehehe

Ok I'll leave now