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Ryzen Enthusiast Workstation

by EightBITParadigm

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21 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 2, 2017

Date Built

April 29, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.019 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

43.0° C

Description

I jumped into this endeavor knowing that I wanted to A) invest in some new, promising technology. And B) to restore some faith to the lagged-behind but not forgotten AMD chipset brand. The Ryzen series chipset has been tantalizing my build sense for quite some time and I decided to give it a "go!"

With building a system that functions as a workstation/gaming hybrid, it seemed perfectly logical to trust the proposed multi-threading prowess of the Ryzen series CPUs. Oh man, was I right! Plenty of researching later and the browsing of comprehensive benchmarks solidified by suspicions: I was going to invest in AMD. Ryzen 7 1700, 1700x, and 1800x all outperform even $1000 intel chips within workstation purposes. That's what I wanted, but I also wanted to play some games; and to do it beautifully! This is where I waltzed across adding a 1080 to my rig.

The Asus Prime x370-Pro MoBo pairs perfectly with Ryzen, as it should. It's engineered for that purpose, afterall! There's a 3.7ghz boost utility built into the Ryzen CPU, but it was bypassed almost immediately. I opted to Overclock via the Asus BIOS -- which are as user friendly as they come -- to much success. A system benched at 4.02ghz later and I am tackling any work order or gaming task thrown in my direction; smooth as silk. Silk? More like 1,000 thread-count Egyptian cotton!

Opt for faster RAM with any Ryzen build, as it benefits from size and speed. My choice for the 32GB was mostly a result of future-proofing. But there was some multi-thread optimization in consideration there, as well.

Caveat: Be careful in pairing the Ryzen series CPUs with MoBo and RAM options. You'll want to stick with one of the newer Asus models: Crosshair or x370 pro. These are built for Ryzen and marry the idiosyncrasies of the chipset well.

Having both confirmed Motherboard support and a verified RAM package is a MUST. Ryzen benefits from greater volume of memory, as well as quicker memory. Try for something above the 2133 standard for best results.

P.S. ditch the stock fan if it's in your budget. I slapped a Cooler Master 212 Evo on my Ryzen 7 1700 and it was 100% worth the extra investment.

Part Reviews

CPU

The workstation capabilities of the 7 series processors is unbeatable! Your setup will be out-performing even top-end Intel chips in multi-threading with little-to-no sweat.DO NOT invest into Ryzen if you're hung up on single-core processing. This chipset can be overclocked within a range of 3.8ghz - 4.25ghz. If you're comfortable with the OC environment, then the 1700 is the right CPU for anything you throw at it. The 1700x or 1800x allot for that extra ~300mhz of speed. But when is 300mhz ever been worth $200+?

Absolutely fantastic for Workstation and a beast for Gaming.

CPU Cooler

Really solid top-tier fan cooling. If you're not jumping into CPU water cooling, then this is the fan to pair most-any build with. It performs well and Cooler Master has always provided solid customer support!

Motherboard

Some users have expressed troubles with BIOS and condition of this MoBo upon shipping. However, it's a new series crafted with Ryzen in mind and it matches all of the needs for such a build. I did not encounter any such issues and have efficiently navigated the BIOS for both overclocking and simple system navigation/tinkering. Solid Motherboard, as long as you get one of the more recent shipments with updated bios and kinks more worked out.

Memory

Corsair is always a good choice. I was looking into G.Skillz RAM to pair with my Ryzen, but the Asus mobo didn't have any above 16GB that were verified and/or rated well. I fell back on Corsair (a guaranteed brand) and couldn't be happier!

Be careful to check the throttle on your Motherboard, as I had to do some tinkering with voltages to get above the stock 2133. Currently, 2666 is running smooth. I will look into getting closer to that bench of 3000 with more troubleshooting in the future.

Video Card

EVGA? GTX 1080? Yep, that basically says it all! This bad boy runs quiet, cool, and fast!

If you're looking int a GPU above the 1070, but don't want to jump into the Ti. Or maybe you can't budget it? This 1080 is top-of-the-line without breaking the bank. $528 is relatively modest for the output and graphical stress that this card can handle. No regrets.

Case

Really solid case! My only gripe is with the fact that I didn't invest in a full-tower case for future water cooling endeavors. I am using the red ATX MId Tower, not the white. Nice modest viewing window, angular design, reasonable size. I love it!

Comments Sorted by:

AdamTheMan26 2 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Amazing parts selection. I am extremely envious sitting here with my i5 and 4 cores. I am not a huge fan of the red case, nor the cable management, but that's just aesthetic preference. Would love to see some benchmarks etc... but regardless enjoy your new system!

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

This case doesn't offer a whole lot of room for managing PUS/GPU cables. I could put a little bit more time into organizing those front wires, but there's little room for improvement. Thanks for the props! I'll add benchmarking info to the build photos.

Justiceinacan 6 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

reads title already applauds

fynn.co 2 points 18 months ago

this is one good PC. one upgrade i would do is the monitors to 1440p or 4k to take full advantage of the gtx 1080 because i know that that card has some serious power.

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I am looking into getting a 1440p G-sync monitor. But the Asus I have at the moment is a good 'in the meantime' sort of supplement. The Dell is really just for workstation/second display purposes.

fynn.co 2 points 18 months ago

note also a bit of cable management could be good in your PC. A 1440p display i think is enough for a gaming monitor since 4k isn't really necessary if gaming is your focus. If you are doing video editing or photo editing a 4k monitor would be good but again 1440p would be good since you already have 2 monitors. But it depends on your budget.

KingKookie 2 points 18 months ago

luvs for all fidget cubes and spinners and 12-side fidget toys!

+1 for dat!

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I have been in love with this fidget device for months! I was turned onto the whole concept from the Kickstarter 'Fidget Cube' but it just didn't have enough to fidget with!

Squirrelchucker9 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

As against AMD as I am, you deserve props for this build. +1

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I decided it was time to embrace the AMD comeback! I have absolutely zero regrets with putting faith in this new chipset.

dmeekins 2 points 18 months ago

Nice Build

wbw4sv 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

What settings did you have for overclocking? I've not seen a stable 1700 at 4 GHz aside from insane watercooled PCs.

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I am currently sitting at a pretty smooth state. I haven't run extensive stress tests for 4+ hours or anything like that. But a steady 3-hour stress resulted in no higher temps than 59c and even then that wasn't consistent. Average under stress is closer to 50 - 55. It runs at 33 - 44 while maintaining basic desktop/app usage.

Settings were pretty simple to navigate on this MoBo:

CPU Clock Rate set to 4.02 via the multiplier in BIOS, VCore and GPU voltage changed from 1.31v to 1.5v, DOCP enabled -- allowed RAM to throttle above 2133 to 2666.

That's really all I had to manipulate. It took me a few rounds of tinkering with voltages to find the ideal number, but there wasn't much else to it. I am also still in the process of increasing the throttle on my memory, as it's rated for 3000.

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Went in and was able to bring the VCore voltage down to 1.425. Both AMD and Tom's Hardware recommend to stay within the limitations of a 1.375 and 1.45 range. Sitting at an even 4.0 ghz after adjustment. However, AMD does note that voltages upwards of 1.45 are sustainable. It just will -- as with any other chip -- likely start to affect the longevity of your CPU at some point.

AverageGangMember 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

HOW THE HELL DID YOU GET THE 0.02? THAT IS INSANE

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

The CPU Clock rate? Technically it runs at 4.0 but in my BIOS it's set to 4.02 so that my vCore threads are all running at exactly 4000 mhz, not 3999. Once you're dealing with more than a quad core system, it likes to throttle at JUST below any Overclock setting. Hence the slightly higher setting, giving an even 4.0 ghz rate.

virtualgmrpc 1 point 18 months ago

I am currently trying to put together a new build that I am wanting to use for gaming/virtualization(I am going to school for NetSec). Particularly regarding motherboard and processor choice do you think this would be a good setup for me?

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

For sure! The Ryzen chipset is really great for multi-threading and anything that falls into the 'workstation' category. I get so much multi-tasking out of this thing! I am a Simulation engineer and in school for video game programming, so I can attest to rendering/compiling needs being fulfilled very handily. Using a Ryzen/Asus MoBo combo would be a really solid choice. It would also save you some money from comparable Intel chips. The X370 Pro is really solid, but some would say the Asus Crosshair VI Hero is the better choice. However, you get nearly the same performance out of the x370 Pro for $100 less.

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Your running at 4ghz with a $20 cooler?

EightBITParadigm submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Surprisingly, yes. I am running below 60c under load 75% of the time. The other 25% of the time it's below 65c with Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. My CPU is technically clocked at 3992mhz for each thread, but the windows indicator registers 4.0ghz. It's OC'd with a 40x multiplier, rounded down slightly for efficiency. The vCore frequency is at 1.375 while Ryzen 7 1700 is rated for safety below 1.45. Between 1.45 and 1.55 there's lifetime degradation.

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Wow...