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by maseology



Date Published

April 3, 2018

Date Built

March 17, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

520 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

600 MHz


This build is intended for continuous numerical hydrological (groundwater, surface water, and atmospheric) modelling. Agua is housed in a temperature-controlled, independent electrical supplied (with backup generators) server room. The machine will not be overclocked, as it is intended (and optimized) for long-term, continuous use.

2x 1TB M.2 has been RAID-0'd in the creation of the system's scratch drive, which, as per CrystalDiskMark, yielded 6.7GB/s read and 3.9GB/s write speeds.

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Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 5 points 12 months ago

lol that GPU!

slag82 2 Builds 5 points 12 months ago

It's fun to see a PC used for something like this. Not that there's anything wrong with gaming or media use, but it's interesting to see the other uses in the wild.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

I find it humorous that this build isn't water cooled. Just as a continuation of the whole water themed use / name.

bbogle86 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Love seeing these purpose-driven builds - the parts lists are always very interesting. Given the name and function, I wouldn't have been able to resist the urge to build a full-blown custom loop, but no one's ever accused me of making good financial decisions XD. Great build.

someta 4 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Are you going to run Windows on the machine under normal use, or was it just for testing? I don't know about hydrological modeling, but I thought a decent number of modeling and computational machines run some Linux distribution...

maseology submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

My first intention was to run Linux; however, at the time, in order to get the NVME raid up and running, I had to rely on Windows drivers.

LeMMingSlayeR 23 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I used to have that exact same graphics card (EVGA and everything), it wad paired with an old Pentium 4 and was my first computer with a dedicated graphics card back in 2008. Of course, I didn't use it for anything cool like this build, I just played S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Fallout 3, and TES: Oblivion on it.

Ahh... Good times.

birdmany 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Greetings from a fellow Threadripper user for computation!

Any comments on the UPS? Thinking about getting one as well. I assume most of the load is taken by the CPU, in such case, can the Noctua cooler get the job done? How is the performance so far? We have observed that using Threadripper, while it comes with higher clock frequency on the paper, actually performs slower compared with some old Xeon chips.

fatpigeon 1 point 6 months ago

From what I've read, Threadripper performance issues may relate to RAM. Ryzen in general needs fast RAM for good multithreading due to the Infinity Fabric being tied to RAM clock speed. I read an article (probably on Phoronix) showing a massive performance penalty if you have fewer than 4 RAM sticks, since Threadripper is 4-channel. Since Threadripper is NUMA, if you have the SMP emulation mode enabled or your OS doesn't support NUMA-aware scheduling, it will perform slower due to memory accesses often having to cross to another CPU die. Related: https://www.anandtech.com/show/11697/the-amd-ryzen-threadripper-1950x-and-1920x-review/3

maseology submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Agua is connected directly to UPS, plus the server room where is sits has it's own backup generator and independent power supply. As for the cooler, I went with Noctua based on some reviews showing that it performed well, plus the server room is temperature controlled. Much of the build was dependent on the where the machine was to be stored; it's rare that I have such luxury.

Vairfoley 30 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

That's awesome! Perfect application for those Threadripper CPUs.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

When you have more GB of RAM than the price of your GPU by 4x as much. Or your CPU has more threads than that price... Yet still perfectly balanced.

ITZDANNY 1 point 12 months ago

Why that gpu tho lol

maseology submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

quite simply: there's no monitor attached to the machine. I log in remotely.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Honestly, a fanless CSM ASUS GPU would be better with active airflow, then you would only have to worry about the case fans. The tiny fans on these cheap GPUs are a really big point of failure.


thomas0520 1 Build 1 point 21 days ago

ok, so i have a aorus x399 gaming 7 mobo, and it has a few bent pins, i want to fix, whats the purpose of this build exactly, and how can i build and resell it?

Okno13 1 point 15 days ago

The GPU is actually perfect for this CPU. I think the CPU might be bottlenecking it!

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Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I dont know what value you see but what i see is 1969 CAD so in USD it would be 1540$ which is straight up insane

BarkGoesDog 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

its $1660 USD... my god that's insane..

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