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AMD Ryzen R5 1600X CAD build

by mikeyc38


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Date Published

May 18, 2017

Date Built

May 1, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

630 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.5 GHz


This is my first PC build in 10 years to replace a faithful but tired AMD A64 4200 X2 based system on Windows 7. The purpose of this build is to support my computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM) activities which require a high performance workstation for geometry definition and 3D ray-trace rendering. The Ryzen 5 1600X satisfies on all points with amazing value-for-money performance.

GPU: AMD Firepro W4100 2GB VRAM Cape Verde GPU. Good value for money card for 2D and light 3D Models. Supports up to 4 Displays (HDMI)

Case: Gamemax Falcon RGB White. Very similar to the AeroCool 800 but with 1 rear fan, 2 front fans with multi-colour LEDS whose colours are changed by the supplied remote control! it also has a fan controller built in as well. The case can accommodate 240 AIO water coolers in the top, if the total thickness does not exceed 65mm. In the front position there is a bit more room. The case has great features and many holes to run the wiring and have a clean interior. I paid £45 for the case and it is amazing value for money. Has better features than cases costing twice as much. Nearly forgot to mention are the case filters on the top, bottom (by the power supply) and front so your case will stay nice and clean inside!

Cooler: Corsair H60 v2 mounted in the top of the case drawing cool air through the radiator. With this setup I get around 35 to 40c idling temps which is fine

SSD: Samsung PM961 NVMe 256GB. This is the OEM version of the 960 EVO at a greatly reduced price (£100). Out of the box it gave 3300Mb/s read 1400Mb/s write. Results in a 10 second boot time aft the bios screen!

HD: 2TB Seagate Baracuda. Nothing more to say. great fast, reliable hard drive

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Memory Kit. This is CL15 ram and it appears that Ryzen is quite sensitive to RAM type at the moment. Bios upgrades in the future should fix this. Better to buy CL14 or CL16 ram (3200 Mhz) at the moment. My ram is currently running at 2133Mhz and the performance is good enough.

Motherboard: Asus Prime X370-PRO. The last Asus board I bought lasted over 8years and as I plan on keeping this system a long time, I invested in a good quality board. All the features I could ever need - and more!

OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. Required for my CAD software and future proof.

The only overclocking I plan to do on this system is for the RAM to bring it up to full speed once a stable BIOS has been released. Otherwise it is fast enough for my needs at the moment. The Ryzen is still a new system and is still being developed so if you are not prepared to be patient, then choose another platform. But if you want good performance now and a good upgrade path without having to change everything in your PC, then RYZEN is the way to go. You won't get better value for money performance than RYZEN

Part Reviews


Finally, workstation class performance at an affordable price. If you are not into CPU overclocking buy this - it does it for you automatically as the workload increases. Thank you AMD!


Absolutely amazing value for money. Best purchase decision made in this build


The Gamemax version of this case (Falcon RGB) is absolutely brilliant for the money. See the online review of this cases at KitGuru. Another good purchase decision!

Comments Sorted by:

aprofile 3 Builds 5 points 21 months ago

Might wanna deleted the £5 windows price cause it could get flagged.

mikeyc38 submitter 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago


aprofile 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

No problem. Sweet PC man

mikeyc38 submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Thanks! I've got the memory now running at 2933Mhz and it gives a small improvement in the Cinebench OpenGL framerates (2 fps) and the rendering numbers are up by 24 point on the previous 2133Mhz ram speed

aprofile 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago


velvetxcat 2 points 21 months ago

You're wasting that CPU by only using a 2GB Firepro! Pop a 1060 or RX580 in there and we'll be talking :D

mikeyc38 submitter 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

Yes I know, but it is biased towards CAD and productivity! A RX580 probable might be a good comprimise though.

Linka 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

How is the FirePro? I'm looking to pop in a workstation class myself and I just wanna know if it's a good fit (Radeon Pro WX 7100)

mikeyc38 submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Hi Linka. Sorry for the delay in replying. It works well with the CAD package I am using (Turbocad Professional pro v21). Rendering and manipulating large CAD models is much better than my previous machine. Because you have budgeted for a WX7100 this has at least 2-3 time the performance of my W4100! so I don't see any problems. The 1600X is more than capable of feeding your card. I guess it depends on what CAD/Rendering package you are using.