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Ryzing Dragon - RGB Ryzen

by jamesmason



Date Published

April 2, 2017

Date Built

April 1, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.025 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.005 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Video of the RGBs in action: https://youtu.be/V8MH52imhXE

Will add more info later after the system is fully tested.


Performed at 1920x1080

3DMark Timespy: Settings: Default 3dMarkScore: 7343 Graphics Score: 7335 CPU Score: 7391

3DMark Firestrike: Settings: Ultra 3dMarkScore: 5618 Graphics Score: 5538 Physics Score: 19130 Combined: 2881

Unigine Valley Settings: Extreme HD Avg: 98.4 Min: 32.2 Max: 170.6 Score: 4116

Unigine Superposition Settings: 1080P Extreme Avg: 31.93 Min: 26.50 Max: 38.44 Score: 4268

Unigine Superposition Settings: 4k Optimized Avg: 53.01 Min: 41.80 Max: 69.29 Score: 7087

Unigine Superposition Settings: 8k Optimized Avg: 23.93 Min: 20.31 Max: 28.83 Score: 3199

Hitman(2016): Settings: DX 12, Max settings, HDR off GPU: Avg: 63.80 Min: 11.90 Max: 113.63 CPU: Avg: 63.36 Min: 7.42 Max: 125.70

Total War: Warhammer: Settings: Max, DX12, Avg: 58.5 Min: 46 Max: 81

Dishonored 2: Settings: Avg: Min: Max:

Grand Theft Auto 5: Settings: Max, MXAA x4, TXAA Avg: 74 Min: 39.9 Max: 108.5

Ark: Survival Evolved: Settings: Max Avg: 41 Min: 27 Max: 46

Civilization 6: Settings: Ultra, msaa x8 Avg: 62.35 Min: 15 Max: 125 AI Turn Time: 18.86

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Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I bought this for it's looks more so than it's performance, but it does it's job nicely. Keeps my AMD R7-1700 at only 73C while running prime95 stress test, can't complain about that. In a non pure stress test, kept it down to 64C.

The the fan mounts on it are convenient as well, they're pretty easy to take on and off, if you need to, which I did a few times during the system build.

It comes with a black "faceplate" for the top if you don't want the silver one.

Thermal Compound

Seems to work as advertised. Since I used it on a new system, I don't know if it performs better than stock thermal paste or slightly cheaper thermal paste, but the reviews said it was the best one out there (for a not extreme price) and it does it's job as my CPU stays within acceptable temps during prime95 stress test.


Worked for a week after I bought it, then one of the ram sticks RGBs failed, and it reported the wrong memory profile claiming it's XMP was 4024mhz. So I had to RMA it. Hope I get a working kit in back.

Edit: Got my RMA back, it died in less than 24 hours. Thought maybe my Mobo could be a problem, so I got a cheap crucial kit, and well it boots up fine. lowered to 1 star.

Video Card

A very solid card. Self clocked itself to 2.02Ghz with the nvidia boost, with fans at 100% stays 55C while stress testing, with fans on auto, stays around 68C. The fans at 100% are a bit uncomfortably loud, but it doesn't seem like it will ever get that high on it's own unless it's the middle of summer and my AC is broken and I'm playing the Witcher 4 or something.

Comments Sorted by:

Omgukk 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

You're the first build to use the MSI cpu cooler on this site. (As far as I can tell.) +1 (now peel off that plastic!)

jamesmason submitter 5 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

It seems to do pretty good, Prime 95 only got it up to 73c.

Plastic has to stay on, as I have plans to sell the system for a small profit, as I already have 4 other systems that are still modern enough: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jamesmason/builds/

cbjunior94 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I don't think I've seen the MSI Core Frozr yet, how does it hold up? Nice build, take the plastic off so you can properly see the beauty!

Donutman125 1 point 24 months ago

How is the motherboard?

zoomas 1 point 24 months ago

Why didn't you get the MSI 1080?

jamesmason submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Cause it was red and black, even if it has RGB lights.

Minerfantasyy 1 point 24 months ago

Any ram clearance problems with CPU cooler?

jamesmason submitter 5 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

yes, on the first slot closest to the motherboard, high profile ram like the tridents won't fit. But those aren't the primary ram slots on the mobo so it works out. Though if you didn't have a dual fan setup and switch the CPU cooler fan to only a pull situation you wouldn't have ram clearance issues.

d43m0n 1 point 16 months ago

just figured id say that the reason your gskill ram died is due to it not being fully supported for ryzen yet. they even have new versions of it coming out specifically for ryzen, apparently if you dont use any of the control software, or only use one at a time with nothing else open at a time then it wont die. the software is still beta on ryzen.

Muttonsourdough 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I am doing a build soon with Ryzen and G. Skill ram. Can you explain the issue a little more?

d43m0n 2 points 16 months ago

rgb ram or just g skill ram?

its only the g skill rgb ram and ryzen. anyways people have been having issues with using multiple lighting softwares and even just g skills software and it killing their dimms. the way the rgb works is it writes to a section of the dimm thats normally locked out, however they had this all figured out at least with intel systems, which prevented the dimms getting corrupted, however ryzen has had some issues.

and also g skill didnt stand behind the warranty for alot of people.

new kits https://wccftech.com/gskill-amd-ryzen-optimized-trident-z-rgb-ddr4-memory/ https://www.anandtech.com/show/11866/gskill-announces-new-amd-compatible-trident-z-rgb-kits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARfK-YLaPZo&ab_channel=Intermit.Tech

if you decide to use trident z rgb ram wait for the new kits and be sure its the right one. or get an asus board and only use their software, as ive heard there havent been any reported issues if you only use asus software. ive also heard of people being fine with just g skill software but i remember reading somewhere that some people had issues with only the g skill software installed and something like hwinfo.

basically dont use the lighting software any of them while other programs are opened that access the dimms(anything that reports systems info or details pretty sure even task manager would be bad but not sure)

normal g skill ram is fine. its basically the whole reason no one ever did controlled lighting on ram before, it add risks and layers of complexity that can cause serious issues.

however you can fix them yourself if you take precautions so as long as you werent looking to change it all the time or dont always have certain programs open and remember to close them when changing lighting you should be fine. however if you do go that route DO NOT EVEN INSTALL the g skill software. i also wouldnt use any other lighting programs like even for a gpu other then the asus one that can control everything if you have the right parts.

keyboard stuff should be fine but i havent been able to find much.

side note ive heard of the corsair rgb dimms having issues too. and ive heard both had issues on x299 and other intel platforms but its much rarer since things are similar. its only in fully support on z270 and a few other things from what i remember other stuff is still in beta.

Muttonsourdough 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

That makes sense. Thanks for the reply! The kit I'll be using is not RGB but I had been considering one for another build. I'll stick with a monochrome kit

d43m0n 1 point 16 months ago

well soon there will be ryzen specific kits, and likely the software will be fixed at some point. you can also fix it yourself and do prevatative measure with a program called taiphoon burner i believe, anyways you can read the files on the dimms and such and if they mess up you can fix them yourself.

but yeah if you dont care about lights you can find the non rgb kits pretty cheap though finding the right color can be a *****.

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ILuv2geam 1 point 15 months ago

Hey there. Glad to see a similar build to the one I just made for my little brother. I'm having catastrophic issues though, such as not getting any video output. It worked finally and that's when I installed the OS, but was having performance issues and no mouse/keyboard input recognition. Shut it down and now no video out again. Did you have any issues such as these? I have a feeling it's my RAM, as I have the same as you (perhaps only 3000mhz), same motherboard as yours, but with a 1600 instead of 1700. Hoping you had similar problems and resolved them. Thanks for any response

jamesmason submitter 5 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

what you might want to do is update the BIOS by downloading it onto another computer and putting it onto a fat32 USB drive.

It's a somewhat uncommon problem with the "non-launch" ryzen CPUs.

jamesmason submitter 5 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

my mouse and KB are also plugged into the leftmost USB slots, they don't really have any special fancy software either, that a razer keyboard might.

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