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Datazelle - Ryzen Threadripper 2950x 16-core

by datazelle



Date Published

Sept. 14, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 13, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


My specific need for this build was to create something that had the ability to crunch large sets of data within a reasonable amount of time. Efficiency was key.

Aesthetically, I wanted to contain all of the computer components within a smaller case and the Fractal Meshify C Mini with the ASRock X399M was my answer. This mid-size tower is packed with enough power to tackle any job I throw at it.

One issue I ran into was the Noctua NH-U14S heat sink. The overall size of the 140mm CPU fan caused clearance issues and I had to scrap it for a 120mm fan. I decided to go with the push and pull setup, so there are fans on either side of the radiator. Because of its sheer size, I decided that it be best to insert the GPU into the second PCI slot. In the photos you can see that I moved it from the first slot to second slot.

The motherboard did require a bios update to support the 2nd gen threadripper chip. A bridge bios update was required before the jumping to the 3.30 bios update. All signs point to a successful bios update. There are no apparent hardware issues.

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FurryJackman 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

The fact you fit all this inside a mATX case is amazing.

And this is the case you have actually:


Also, first 2950X build!

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for catching that. Made the correction.

Wolf88 4 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Ya, U14s are not compatible with mATX boards if you want to use the first pcie slot. They have a compatibility chart on their website for all the motherboards.

Nice build though !

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago


O_and_N 2 points 5 months ago

If you use the silver arrow tr4, you can move the gpu to the first pci slot again as the cooler is offset by 1+cm.

Qeory 2 points 7 months ago

What are the temps on the CPU with the noctua cooler? Do you think an AIO would be better?

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I’m getting readings of about 36-37c at idle and around the low 60s when processing large datasets or working in Adobe. Despite the incompatibility of the Noctua cooler with the case, I’m glad I was able to find a workaround with the two 120mm fans. In my opinion, the current setup works like a charm. Case fan splitters are coming tomorrow so I’ll be able to supply power to the two fans mounted under the top case grill. Hopefully that will shave off 2-3 degrees. I’ll keep you posted.

Qeory 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you, I too wanted to build a pc with a 2950x and did not know if an air cooler would be enough.

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I just flipped the switch on the two additional fans right above the cooler. The temp is hovering around 29c at idle. Please see the most recent photo uploaded. It's a screenshot of the Ryzen Master dashboard and the temperature reading is 29.25c. It'll even drop down to 28c. Massive improvement.

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

FYI. The low 60s temp is when I’m pushing the cpu to its limits. Normal usage is around mid 40s to low 50s.

RunningSloth 2 points 6 months ago

Cable managment must've been hell. Very cool to see an absolute unit in a micro atx case. You should save up for a more powerful graphic card

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Took my sweet time. Not much of a gamer. I take more delight in working with large data sets.

Ixxa 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Very nice rig! How is the Hynix memory holding up on Ryzen/TR+? I have a 2950X I plan to build with as soon as the Wraith Ripper becomes available in my market, and I have the exact same memory kit in my old system, but was planning on not re-using it due to all the Hynix+Ryzen issues that have been reported. If I can re-use it I'd be very happy, is your memory running at advertised XMP/better?

datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It's my main workhorse and I've done a lot of work in SSMS, Excel, and Adobe Apps simultaneously, and I haven't notice any performance issues. I never heard about the Hynix+Ryzen issue until you brought it up. I hope I don't run into any complications down the road. So far so good!

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datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

The Noctua CPU cooler was pushing down on the GPU quite a bit. It fits when forced in, but I felt a bit uneasy about it even with the support bracket. Will it impact/degrade performance in other ways? Thanks.

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datazelle submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Awesome. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.