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Russian Threadripper Build

by NormalDayInRussia

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I live and work in Moscow, Russia, and use my PC mainly as a workstation - my three most used programs are Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, and Autocad. I used to be an avid gamer, but haven't had much time to spend playing since becoming a Dad.

I wanted to put together a new rig to replace my old "at home" daily driver (i7 990x/Rampage III extreme). The old PC hasn't been cutting it since I've started bringing more and more work home, so this Threadripper build was intended to be on par or better than what I use at work (i7 5960x based system).

I shot a video of the build, and my shopping spree) you can check it out on youtube. I hope you enjoy watching it, the video took a while to make :) Also, constructive commentary and criticism is very appreciated, as I'd like to make more improved videos in the future. Pt. 2 will have benchmarks and testing!

The performance of this rig honestly blew me away. I did get the two 512GB 960 pro NVMe drives working in RAID 0 as a boot drive, but it was a hassle. Everything else worked pretty much out of the box, with the exception of the Zenith Extreme - its BIOS feels unfinished and unstable, even after the latest update. I've chosen to keep the processor at stock settings in bios and instead OC it using Ryzen Master within the OS, which works perfectly.

I have a custom cooling loop just for the CPU (EK EVO supremacy Threadripper edition, full nickel, Alphacool Naxxxos 420 UT60 radiator), since I don't plan on upgrading it for a few years, whereas I will definitely upgrade my graphics with a second card or a card swap in the future. The 64 GB of RAM should have been 128, I didn't find anymore sticks in stock at the marketplace when part shopping.

Stock 3.4 GHz (with my window open :) it is winter here)) at idle runs as low as 23 degrees 3.7 GHz runs at 34 degrees, this my preferred clock speed. I've gone up to 4.0 GHz, but didn't see performance gains worth the added fan noise, as at 3.7 the fans stay below 50% even under stress, keeping the cpu below 42 degrees.

In total the rig cost came out to a bit over an eye-watering 300.000 rubles, divide by 59.5 for usd. The video I linked to has a breakdown for each part.

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to reply! Reddit thread link

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drchoi21 9 Builds 6 points 14 months ago

Watercooling Loop Russian Build

better be Vodka running inside that Watercooling loop!

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

If you watch the youtube video... I did use some sort of clear liquid for the radiator flush... ;)

RamaxARG01 2 points 14 months ago

"VODKAcooling Loop"

dak000 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Jeez.. That GPU has 3! 8-Pin connectors!! Is it clocked high from the factory or do you overclock it manually?

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

The Lightning X is one of the higher factory overclocked 1080 Ti's, but the appeal for me isn't as much high clock speeds as it is the custom pcb. Supposedly because it has three 8-pin connectors, the card has a lower power draw per connector and maintains lower voltage in the input circuitry, which should allow the card to be more stable under stress. And hopefully it'll add to the cards longevity as well)

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Really like some of those bends on the custom loop. Nice work +1

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I really appreciate it, the loop took quite a bit of work to get right without corner plugs.

TrickedTrash 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

damn... that lightning x looks pretty sick

+1

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks, there's such an abundance of graphics cards right now, it was a hard choice to make. But I'm very happy with the Lightning.

SlickShoes17 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I haven't been able to find the MSI lightning for at least a month! Maybe there's just a shortage here in the US right now...

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

There's a shortage everywhere right now because of cryptomining. But the Lightning especially just isn't in stock much, I read that MSI underestimated demand for it - and add to that a layer of confusion from three different variants of the same card (physically) among both buyers and retailers!

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Powered by Vodka

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Powered by sleepless nights)

Nater650 2 points 4 months ago

0/10 no vodka as coolant

JustinHEMI 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Stunning!

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you very much)

SioWolf 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Very impressive build, and that first photo is gorgeous. Although, I'm curious - why not get a 1TB SSD instead of 2 512's? Also, are you really using 64GB of memory?

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you very much! I went for the 512s specifically for Raid 0, I wanted to see how much speed out could get out of these drives combined. As you would expect, I get about 2x the listed r/w speed.

I set aside 8GB of Ram from the getgo for RamCache, which gives another noticeable boost to drive speeds, and the rest does get used - I tend to multitask. Just last night I had a 2 GB (high dpi, 15*2 meter banner) image open in photoshop, a heavy drawing open in Sketchup, along with a host of background apps and several tabs in chrome, not to mention Premiere, rendering the very video I posted here) And the Rig was working fine. It wasn't idling, thats for sure, but it was still completely usable and stable.

SioWolf 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Very interesting! Thank you for the explanation.

eco_bach 1 point 14 months ago

Hi. Any RAM issues in regards to stability or OC'ing? I've read the recommended speed is 2666MHz.

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Strangely enough, the rated 3200MHz of my Corsair Vengeance RAM was stable before I switched over to the 0801 beta bios. Now I need to step down to 2800 for the same stability, so I'm waiting on an update from ASUS

SlackPackSam 1 point 13 months ago

These are some of the best bends I've seen in a while, very well done friend!

NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I'm really humbled by all the amazing feedback I've gotten, thanks. It's far from perfect, but I'm still happy with the result!

ggggovi 1 point 13 months ago

How is the airflow in that case ?

saq1610 1 point 12 months ago

Mother Russia is proud comrade. She is proud.

voldertort 1 point 3 months ago

DEAR BABUSHKA ITS PERFECT

thegodfaja 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Beautiful build

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NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Haha of all the words) I'll take that as a compliment! Thanks!

manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

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NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

To counterstike 1.4 at the very least!))

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NormalDayInRussia submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

so happy you guys like it. One thing about the loop bothers me, the inlet pipe - its off vertical by just a few degrees, and it mocks me every time I look at it))