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This is definitely the most overkill system I've ever built. I needed something that could handle heavy multi-threaded workloads but also wanted to use it for 4K gaming. I settled on the X399 platform since threadripper is great at highly threaded workloads. I mainly use it for discrete element modelling and processing astrophotography images. This processor is significantly more adept in these situations than my previous 5th gen i7. I went with the 2970WX over the 2990WX mainly because of cost. Micocenter had a significant discount on the 2970; it was half the cost of the 2990.

The only downside is that threadripper can lag behind in lightly threaded workloads like gaming. I figured that since I would be gaming at 4K, it wouldn't be too noticeable since you are usually gpu bound at that resolution. However, I was surprised to discover that I am cpu bound on some games like Shadow of the TR at high settings. Frame rates are still 100+, but even that apparently cannot saturate two 2080 ti cards at 4K with a TR cpu. It's close though, worst case has been about 85-90% usage on both cards, so I'm not too bothered by it.

After adjusting the timings, I was able to get a stable overclock on the ram at 3330Mhz and the dynamic boost enhancement in the bios consistently turbo's several cores to 4.2GHz. The small ram overclock actually caused a huge 2000pt difference in Time Spy. I assume that benchmark must be very sensitive to memory bottlenecks since Cinebench showed almost no change.

Overall, I think everything worked out pretty well and graphically intensive games look amazing. I fired up the witcher 3 and couldn't believe the visual fidelity coupled with how smooth everything was. I know most people are against 4K gaming, but after building this, I don't think I would ever want anything less.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

My wallet is already crying just by looking at it. It's an amazing build, love the blue color.

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Fantastic build! Excellent job with the water cooling setup, looks amazing! How do you like the View 71 case? Im looking at maybe moving out of my Meshify C to something a little roomier for 2080ti sli setup. Top shelf stuff!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I think the view 71 is a great case. Airflow is good despite having glass panels on all sides, and the case is roomy enough for lots of hardware. The only issue is that although the case supports e-atx boards, a board that big will cover the cable ports. Not sure if that will be an issue for you.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great story. Great build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. This sounds amazing.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely been enjoying it so far

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

love the soft tubing

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, this was actually my first custom loop.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking build. I've got the same case and going with 420 and 360 rads as well. Are yours push on the front and pull on top?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No, they are all blowing inwards with the back fan blowing outwards. I found that having a net positive pressure setup is ideal because of all the gaps in the case. Otherwise, dust could be an issue.

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