What do I use the machine for?
It's suppose to function as a compact/mobile secondary computer to my main Threadripper build. I work as a data science/UIUX consultant for educational agencies. Occasionally, I will need to be on the road and my MacBook Pro just doesn't have enough computing power to do the job.
I stumbled upon the Manfrotto backpack at our local Costco and noticed that the top and bottom compartments can be connected. My wife did an amazing job of jury rigging the pads that were included with the backpack (*sewing required). The Dan case fits perfectly.
A lot of the photos include the AMD cpu cooler. I installed this first to run some preliminary tests while I waited on Noctua to send me the complimentary mounting bracket. It took forever to receive it since they ship out of Austria and it has to go through US customs.
What worked well?
Everything except the RAM. I made sure to buy the correct ram based off the list AMD provided on their website. However, I believe that Amazon sent me the wrong version. I'll need to look into this further. I was hoping to receive the sticks with the Samsung B-Die.
I didn't like how bulky the wifi antenna was so I found out a way to stick it inside the case. It's located between the top panel and power supply. Wifi signal is strong. Haven't had any issues with connectivity and speed.