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Arctic R5-Ryzen 7

by nahnahgames



Date Published

May 22, 2017

Date Built

May 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


Built to replace my wife's very dated Dell Dimension 9100. Its purpose is primarily her new workstation with four monitors, and secondarily as a multimedia machine with a bit of light gaming. Perhaps I will talk her into a beefier card at some point.... Most of the parts were purchased through Amazon (all Prime) except the mobo (New Egg). Two additional drives were added from her original system (an inexpensive SSD and mechanical drive). The mobo only has four SATA ports, and the build needed at least five, hence the SATA pcie controller--an easy solution.

The only build issue was minor. Before the Phanteks cooler arrived I contacted them for an AM4 adapter--though they responded quickly, the one they sent did not fit. After looking at the brackets that came with the unit itself I happily discovered a correctly sized AM4 bracket ;-). So, even though it is not advertised as Ryzen ready, mine was. Temperatures for both the CPU and GPU are well under control, even under several hours of synthetic stress-tests designed to create heat (Aida64).

The Fractal Design R5 is an absolute joy to build in, could not have wished for more. Cable management was easy as well, making everything look crisp. In spite of the larger cooler and case fans, the build is fairly quiet, even under load.

The mobo bios updated without a hitch, is intuitive, and works very well: the R7 1700 easily overclocked to 4 GHz at 1.35 v (silicon lottery jackpot ;-), and the memory kit now runs at its advertised 2400 MHz using the bios' built in multiplier. The GPU overclocked to 1961 MHz on the core clock, and 3579 MHz on the memory clock.

NOTE: The MSI Tomahawk Arctic employs a different bios than the Tomahawk bios (see the MSI support page for this mobo)--the regular Tomahawk bios will not work on the Arctic version of this board.

My only wish regards MSI Mystic Light, which is very bare-bones for this mobo: color options are limited, etc. If RGB is your thing, you might want to look elsewhere or install a more expensive solution. My wife wants ambient and steady blue, so not a big deal for us.

Hope you find this build informative!

Part Reviews


Overclocked to 4 GHz at 1.35 v--won the silicon lottery with this one ;-).

CPU Cooler

Though not advertised, contact Phanteks for AM4 bracket. They responded immediately to me--make sure it fits when you get it! It is also possible the unit itself already has an AM4 bracket in its hardware kit, so double-check.

Thermal Compound

Best non-conductive paste currently available.


Great looking board with many helpful connectors for the price. The BIOS is intuitive and works well. Four stars instead of five for the following reasons: wish it had more than four SATA ports, and the Mystic Light RGB software lacks many basic options, including full RGB control and the ability to dim the LEDs. Overall very happy with it.


Runs at 2400 MHz with MSI B350 automated timings.


Best cost per performance for a boot drive.


Best cost per performance for a bit of storage.

Video Card

Surprisingly has some decent overclocking headroom for such a low-power card; runs cool. Inexpensive all-purpose graphics solution, easily and simultaneously supports four monitors (full HD).


Excellent case, easy to build in, easy to adjust modular bays, easy cable management.

Power Supply

Primarily attracted to the price and the good looking black sleeves. Based on helpful feedback it looks like the G2 or G3 would have been a better choice based on better voltage regulation. Nevertheless, this unit comes with a 10 year warranty, and works just fine.


My second CyberPower UPS (the first is still in use), and not disappointed. Easily supports the full system plus other peripherals (modem, router, etc.).


Works great, comes with extension cables, looks sharp. Perfect for simple and inexpensive RGB.


Practically plug and play. Did not need to manually install drivers--Windows 10 took care of it automatically.

Comments Sorted by:

5yt6tiut7 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Very nice, are you looking for to get a GALAX HOF treatment on the PC?

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

It would be a beautiful addition, if it was for me ;-).

danpho888 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Very nice build.

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks, glad you like it ;-).

LostElement 6 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

NEX? High quality? eh, no.

Either way. It works, and it won't blow up, but there are far better units for the price.

Other than than, amazing and clean build! Love the elegant white theme! +1

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you for the complement. The fully modular black sleeves were the draw at the price-point. What PSU would you recommend for a system like this (with an eye toward a GTX 1080 ti)?

LostElement 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

G2 or G3 SuperNOVA. They're far superior models to the NEX. You can't go wrong with the Corsair RMx, either.

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I appreciate the constructive input! My next PSU will be more carefully researched....

LostElement 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

You're welcome.

Cheers mate! May our overclocks be high and our temperatures low :)

RunninUte 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Agent test sat.

ianenriquez 1 point 16 months ago

Hi. There. Awesome build. I am just wondering about the EZ Debug Led is lit (near the MB power supply). It showed in one of your pictures. My system which is close to similar to yours but mine did not post. I had the same LED indicator lit. Did you encounter problems at the start?

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you, I am glad you like it. My apologies for the tardy reply. The LED was warning that it detected no VGA signal (I did not have a monitor plugged into the GPU for the photo-op). I had no issues at all other than the bios: the regular and Arctic boards do not share the same version (not sure why), so the update bios failed until I realized that I needed the Arctic version. After that smooth sailing! I looked into the not-posting issue and found a number of other builders with similar experiences--some were related to incompatibility issues between this mobo and the Ryzen 5, and others resolved after a bios update. Hope you solve the problem (or already have)!

ianenriquez 1 point 15 months ago

Yes. Already solved my build issue. I bought a different brand RAM (Ballistix Sport). Now enjoying my PC. Cheers!!

ryan2949 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

What bracket did you use for the cooler, and what did they send? I currently have a B350 MSI Gaming Plus which is nearly identical to your motherboard, and Ryzen 5 1400. I am purchasing one used and Phanteks will sell me a bracket, but I might not need it if that's the case.

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

I requested an AM4 bracket from Phanteks with proof of purchase. At the time their site said nothing about compatibility, so they sent one to me for free. After opening the cooler, it ironically contained said bracket, giving me two ;-). It mounted without a problem, and looks really good IMO. Hope yours comes with one, too. All the best.

ryan2949 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I'm actually buying it second hand! Phanteks answered me immediately with a price to purchase it, but the original owner has the receipt, so I may get it for free (they said the same thing about proof of purchase), so maybe they'll let me use the original receipt. Or maybe he got the bracket!

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Hopefully its included ;-). Either way, Phanteks was great to interact with, and the bracket fits perfectly. Cheers!

Master_PChief 1 point 13 months ago

I am looking to buy the same case. Does it only come with one fan in the back?

Does it come with fans in the front where the dust filter is?

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

It comes with two 140mm fans (Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 fan, 1000 RPM), one in the front and one in the back. They are easily repositioned, and the case can handle several more. For full specs see http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-r5-white-window.

Master_PChief 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you.

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Congrats for the Phanteks AM4 compatibility!

Thats good news for hight-end air cooling.

levy_wilson 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Hows the SATA III PCI card? Looking to get it but the reviews on Amazon got me worried.

nahnahgames submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

It has been over a year with daily use--no problems at all.

Kerazivel 0 points 17 months ago

An R7/1050TI? interesting...

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