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I wanted a real play and work horse and got this. It was a year of planning and impatience building up the money for this. Should I have waited for Navi and Ryzen 3000? Absolutely. Do I regret going ahead and doing this? Absolutely not. I love this thing to bits. It's my first ever build and it's a massive beast. There are a few things I could have done different, like the NVME and the CPU cooler. With me attempting some form of video and audio production, this'll hold me steady for a long long time. Got bit in the *** with the motherboard, I didn't trust gigglebyte enough after hearing about their X470 BIOS pulls and their dual BIOS switching issues. So it was the CH7 Wifi for me. Got bit in the *** in price. Sure it was 20 dollars more than I would have wanted to pay for it, but there has been so many features on this that have saved me a lot of trouble. Sturdy as hell board too. Feel like I can run that 3900X on here no problems.

The GPU is my main focus on this build, I've always heard about Vega and how weird it is. I personally wanted a taste and to tame the beast myself, see it's secrets. Boy OH BOY does it please. Sapphire nailed this card. 39°C at O RPM? 28.4°C at Idling fan? Rarely touches 70 ON AIR FOR A VEGA? Hoowee. It's cuz of that EXTRA THICC cooler. There is one thing on this that was a pain. The coil whine. At first, anything above 70 FPS gave horrific coil whine, loud enough to be heard on phone calls and drive my Borderlands 2 Co-Op buddy nuts. Over time it "burned in" I guess and the coil whine is completely gone. 10/10 faith restored. Good job Sapphire. I love this GPU, all time favorite cooler design and look. Did an undervolt and a little bit of an OC. Lowered to 1000mV and it's running at 1552mhz on State 6 and 1667mhz right now on State 7. Memory clocked to 1100mhz at 980mhz. Holding this pretty well. I cant hear at all over the CPU fan or the case fans

The case was a tremendous joy to work in, ample room and a really nice fan hub. Love the look of it. Dark TG adds that sleek sleeper look to it until I press the power button and BAM! No one in the room expects it. Great fans too. Dead silent system. Loudest piece is the stock cooler. The case fans are a low hum you'd have to purposely pay attention to if you wanna hear them at idle. At a bigger load their a bigger whooshing hum and that CPU fan is a ROCKET. Its not a terrible noise tbh, sounds meaty all together. With some good cans I dont hear it at all. Doesnt kick up that loud during games either. Just workloads.

I love this as my first, could I have done better in terms of budgeting and parts choice? Yeah. But I picked things I specificially wanted to use to see for myself how they performed and things I wanted to have fun tweeking. Overall she's a clean gal. At some point I'll do a year later update and upgrade to her.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, albeit at a price premium IMO. I think the timing of the build bit you as there was better value just over the horizon, and although it's a good card I think the Vega 64 will definitely have trouble hitting 144FPS consistently at 1440p in AAA games going forward. That being said, you do have a little beast of a system that definitely has some chops for work and play alike. +1 from me.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah Im already feeling all that haha. In a few years time when this stuff really needs to be replaced, I'll most likely put it in another build to get some use out of it for longer. Thanks for the +1 and the nice words!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know of a good undervolt guide

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, but I got some help reading this. https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/bvvlre/sapphire_vega64_nitro_undervolt_settings/?utm_source=amp&utm_medium=&utm_content=comments_view_all Generally every card is different. So follow some guidelines in here but remember to play with how your card functions. It may reach 1680mhz at 1050mv on state 7 like mine, or it may not. There's one in particular by a user named Rapta that has a very good bit about the Memory Voltage. Take a good read on all the comments here. Good luck!