Well this is one hell of an upgrade. For the past five years I've been using my 4770k/1060 computer and it was time for something more powerful.
This new computer is primarily for workstation use (hence the 32-core CPU). My workloads include all kinds of engineering work, primarily CAD and CFD. The 64 processing threads come in handy for workloads such as finite element analysis in structures, meshing CFD models more quickly, and of course solving CFD models more quickly. What's even more useful is that I can be using several high-performance applications simultaneously without compromising the performance of either of them. Based on Cinebench scores I've achieved about a 7.3x increase in multi-core performance compared to my 4770k (and this is without an overclock). And, to match the CPU horsepower, the immense amount of RAM is extraordinarily helpful for the sort of thing I do. Especially CFD can eat up this amount and even more RAM quite easily. Overall this CPU really makes my productivity experience a lot better.
The GPU horsepower of the 2080Ti comes in handy for some productivity tasks as well - it facilitates working with large CAD models and visualizing CFD results. I thought this might be a little bit overkill - but today I observed one of my CFD packages maxing out my GPU. So it's safe to say paying the RTX tax was worth it.
In terms of non-productivity work... I am an avid flight simmer. I was looking for a bit of a performance boost in X-Plane 11 and looking to upgrade to 1440p. This is where I am very pleased with Threadripper. It is an excellent workstation CPU and still a very capable gaming CPU (though it's worth mentioning X-Plane is more CPU-bound than other games). I'm seeing about an 8% single core performance improvement compared to the 4770k (and the i7 has a 300MHz clock speed advantage). This definitely shows up in X-Plane; I am able to crank the settings up pretty far and get acceptable frame rates.
In terms of issues that I had:
RAM does not run at the full 3200MHz. I was able to get it to 2933, but out-of-the-box it was at 2133. This doesn't seem to be too unusual with Threadripper (especially with how much memory I have) but it would be nice to get the full 3200MHz especially since Ryzen likes fast RAM.
The pre-installed IO shield did more harm than good. It had these tabs at the top which interfered with the case. There were no instructions in the MB manual as to what to do with them, and I had to remove them entirely to get the MB to seat properly. I found myself quite frustrated during the build process and I certainly expect more from a $450 MB.
My GPU arrived with a bent bracket to mount to the case. This meant the PCIe slot was misaligned and could not be installed. Bending it back was easy enough but I expect a lot more for a GPU of this caliber.
Other minor comments about the components I chose:
The case is overall very nice but I have a few gripes. It barely fits an EATX board. The bottom of the board is right on top of the PSU shroud which means things like USB3 headers are kind of jammed in as opposed to neatly installed. Additionally, due to the backplate on my MB, I had to cut the rubber cable management grommets in half in order for my motherboard to seat. With both of these issues - Corsair has more than enough room to move the MB mounting up a half inch and the rubber grommets to the right a half inch and solve both these issues. It would be nice to see this so it can fit EATX boards more easily. Additionally, a little more room in the back for cable management would be good, especially considering that with the cable needs of my system, I had no hope of getting the cable management bracket on. Final complaint on the case - when picking it up it seems that everything I grab is a movable door, removable filter, or some other non-rigid thing. I'd definitely rather have filters and such, but it means that I'm always worried about breaking something on the case when I'm moving it.
The motherboard, considering the market they're trying to hit, seems like it's a little bit off in the style department. Between the 10Gbps Ethernet and explicit statement that it was designed for the 32-core 2990WX, it's clearly a workstation board. Yet, they advertise it as a 'gaming' motherboard on the box, despite nobody in their right mind buying a 2990WX for gaming. And the gaming styling - between the eagle thing and the Aorus logo - looks kinda out of place on a board that, based on its features, seems to be aimed for workstation users. Overall though I think the motherboard looks decent, and I wouldn't buy a case with an enormous side panel window if I didn't want to show off the MB.
In terms of the value proposition, I think it is excellent. Obviously nobody should spend this much on a PC without a good reason to, but if you need serious horsepower for creative or engineering application, a Threadripper-based build delivers excellent value in my mind. As one point of contact - this cost about 2.5x as much as my old i7 build, and delivers well over 7x the multi-thread performance, and manages a noticeable improvement in gaming performance.
Overall though I can't overstate how good of an opinion I have of Threadripper and the fantastic changes to the PC business that's being brought about by AMD.
What can I say... this CPU is a beast. It absolutely destroys my productivity workloads and is still a capable CPU for when it is time to blow off some steam and play games. Considering how well this CPU performs and its price, I think it delivers excellent value for those that need such a powerful CPU.
This cooler has quite good performance and has kept my 2990WX nice and cool. My one complaint about it is that Corsair Link consistently just doesn't work well. I can control pump speed, but controlling fan speed seems to never really work. But in the end, my CPU is cool and noise is low so I'm happy.
Overall quite a good motherboard. It is handling my 32-core CPU like a champ and has had minimal issues. That said, the issues I did have were quite frustrating. The preinstalled I/O shield did more harm than good; the tabs on top of it interfered with the case and there was no clear guidance as to what to do, and I ended up having to remove them entirely in order for the motherboard to seat properly. I expect more from a board this expensive.