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Alright.. So I understand it's completely overkill, and some may say useless. I guess to an extent. This started out with a 3600. I wanted a zen2 build to explore ryzen as I haven't spent hardly anytime at all with it other than years ago with the FX CPUs and had issues.

I had a 9900k I was direct die cooling. Doing some maintence one day, reassemble it and go to boot, wouldn't fire up. After an hour or so of troubleshooting I couldn't figure it out. The next day I removed the cpu and cleaned the LM as I was going to apply new anyway, and unfortunately... My dumbass cracked the die overtighting the waterblock on it. To make matters worse, assumed it was the board at first as I thought I fried something I picked up the z390 Xtreme - no waterblock as I have too many as it is. I know.. I got the aqua. That's different. Anyways so here sits a z390 Xtreme and nothing to do with it at the moment.

Rather than buying a 9900k, decided to buy a 3900x. Used the 3600 for a buddies PC I built and decided to give this monster a try. All has been... Okay. With the latest bios I'm still having issues setting any OC and custom voltage. Precision boost and auto OC works in ryzen master.. And the strange thing, when it's boosted/OCd games are seeing an fps boost. For some reason the voltage locks at 1.1 even at a stable 4.4 on all cores - again with outrageous voltages. Still tinkering with it. Need to figure it out. Games are seeing a boost, synthetic benchmarks are seeing a tremendous loss. I've read and heard about the issues but I've never been at the launch of anything, and believe or not I enjoy it.

Side note, went to install 1903 as the pc has been sitting for a bit, windows corrupted my install this morning. Had to swap to the 9940 as I work from home. Now that works over, back to trying to figure it out.

So I have the aqua at the moment, but I'm waiting for fittings and tubing, and trying to decide on the case. Doing something pretty fun and of course, over the top. It's what I enjoy doing.

Picked up the 2080 before the supers were released. Probably going to swap it once I get my second 2080 Ti since I'm going for a monster tower and a dual loop. May pick up another 2080 instead and run nvlink, or may run NV in both PCs. Depending on how much of a headache I find it to be.

Need a cable kit, going to do a custom kit from cablemod when I get the new case.

Need to pickup a gen4 drive as well.

Update: Stable at 4.3 @ 1.34 on all cores... Decent chip I guess. BIOS overclockin is not working for me. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, I'm pretty damn familiar with overclocking. Cpu locks at 1.1 as said above. In ryzen master it worked fine. I'll take it, just not a fan of software overclocking.

Part Reviews

CPU

I know once the bugs are worked out this thing will be great. Honestly not even worried about it considering the launch of Ryzen.

CPU Cooler

Blackout AIO. One of the very few. Went with a 240 because it's just for the test bench. Kick *** cooler though. I like it more than the competition because I don't have to deal with their software. Fan hub attached to the aio and powered through the one 4 pin.

Motherboard

Pretty pissed there's no code reader at this price. Same as the clear cmos and reset/power. For the price, I know x570 is expensive in general, but damn man. What's a few bucks?

Memory

Way too high of latency. Purchased this kit before educating myself on ram. Was originally for my 9900k build. The 64 GB kit I have for my x299 is what I prefer at Cas14, hynix vs bdie. Solid kit I guess. Doesn't OC past 3800 unless timings are atrocious.

Storage

Manufacturers warranty is hard to beat. Performance of an SSD. Ran in raid 0.

Storage

Kicks ***. One of the best performing m.2 drives I've owned. Haven't utilized gen4 yet, picking that up once the aqua is in place with the loop.

Video Card

Made the mistake of buying another branded GPUs. Will not use any other brand than EVGA from here on out for both thr GPU and PSUs.

Case

Only complaint is the lack of space for fans on top. If they brought that up another... Idk.. A few mm's for fans it'd be a perfect case. Very roomy. Pretty big.

Power Supply

One again one of the best PSUs I've owned. Overclockin x299 with a 9940 and a 2080 Ti had two other brands at 850w trip and shut down.

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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

oh wow but the one q is........ can it play minesweeper.

  • 7 months ago
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It can play pinball.

  • 7 months ago
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What's the H500 like for you? Thinking of using it, anything I should know?

  • 7 months ago
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The cable management is fantastic. Solid build quality. I just wish they made it so you could put a 360/fans up top under the shroud. All they had to do was raise it a few mms. I think, don't quote me on this, there's 200mm fans that MAY fit up there with the bracket removed? Haven't tried it. May be the standard h500 though. If you search them on Amazon you'll see what I'm talking about. All around a great case, wish watercooling support was better though as I'll have to upgrade the case with the aqua.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

well pinball is the only bench mark you need then XD

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

solid pc