This is iteration #3 of my Threadripper system. The previous build used the 1950X, but I was very impressed with what Precision Boost Overdrive brought to the table after seeing a few reviews. I’ve also cut down from 6 drives to two by moving to a NAS now that everything in my home has been upgraded to 10 gigabit ethernet. This meant I could move to a smaller case. I also had a pump failure on my Gen 1 Enermax AIO, so the cards really just lined up for a rebuild. They were nice enough to send me a 2nd Gen cooler which has RGB, so I didn’t have to theme around white this time.
Things I loved about the build:
- Options! The first time around, I was limited by my part choice, but it is really nice to see more modern cases with EATX support.
- Seeing AMD grow! I really do like where AMD is headed. When Intel releases their iterative chips, we’d been forced to just take a minor clock speed bump, but now with real competition comes real upgrades. The performance boost over the 1950X on paper seems like nothing much, but I see many cores boosting higher and single threaded application feel much faster. Precision boost overdrive really makes a difference. There’s only a 250~ point difference between it and my all core (4.275GHz) Cinebench score.
- Aesthetics! My 760T was good looking and all, but this O11 Dynamic is really a show stopper of a case while maintaining great thermals. Being smaller, I can have it up on my desk to enjoy.
- Cable management! It’s been great in this case. I used Cablemod extensions with Mod-One shorty cables. It was MUCH cheaper than getting a full set of custom cables and looks just as good. Lots of room to manage in this case… or be a bit messy if you choose.
- IC Graphite pads! These were quick to install and saved me from having to clean up a mess of paste when I change to the upcoming ROG cooler and 2990WX once the windows bugs are worked out.
- As with the first time I used this board, the Zenith Extreme has one of those Foxconn retention brackets that’s is insanely difficult to work with. You end up getting all 3 screws in if you ignore the order listed on the socket, but still have to use way more for than you’re comfortable with on $1400 worth of parts.
- The diagnostic screen died. A bit of a bummer on a year-old board. I don’t feel like RMAing just for that.
I use this PC for the Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, VMs, deep learning experiments, gaming, and everything things. It’s my main rig. Even when I’m at my office, I use it remotely. I use it more for creative & workstation tasks than gaming.
As far as the audio gear goes, I have a lot of headphones, but that would just make the build list look ridiculous. I love my Sennheiser HD 800 S. They have a super clean sound and are good for most of my listening library. I do switch over to my Fostex TH900 Mk2s when I want (a lot) more bass though. The RME ADI-2 DAC and iFi Pro iCan is a killer combo. The iCan being one of the most versatile headphone amps out there. It can do solid state, tube, and hybrid. The SS & Tube amp are independent of each other which is an awesome feat when you consider the size. The ADI-2 DAC has such a pure sound. It also has more features than I could go over quickly, but there’s plenty of info on them out there. The Klipsch speakers are good, not great. I wanted a nice pair that had its own DAC so that it would not take up a ton of space on my desk. These did the job and have an LFE out for my amazing Klipsch RW-12D sub.
Things left over from previous builds:
2x 8TB HDDs
128GB Corsair Vengeance RGB RAM
2x GTX 1080 Tis
Zotac HB SLI Bridge
Zenith Extreme Motherboard
Some of the HD120 fans
Optimus Maximus Keyboard
Corsair Commander Pro