This is a continuation of upgrades from the original Oscar Mike system I posted in 2017 when the first AMD Ryzen 7 launched. It's been an absolute blast building with all of the new CPUs (and GPUs); in 2018 I upgraded from the X370 Crosshair VI motherboard to the X470 Crosshair VII and the CPU from the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X to the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. I decided to keep the upgrade going - to the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.
I generally only build AMD rigs on the Asus Crosshair line (I have since the very first Crosshair), but changed it up a bit for 2019.
The original color scheme was after the Ryzen colors (orange and gray hues) - the pictures look a little darker, almost red in the, but you get the idea. Plus, Orange (or "Oranje" for me) is also part of my Dutch heritage.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X|
|Motherboard||Asus Zenith Alpha|
|Memory||G.Skill 64GB @3200MHz|
|Graphics||2 x AMD Radeon VII with EKWB blocks|
|Disc Drive 1||Samsung 960 Pro 1TB|
|Disc Drive 2||4 x Seagate Ironwolf 10TB|
|Disc Drive 3||External 20TB NAS.|
|PSU||EVGA P-series Supernova 1200W|
|Case||Thermaltake X71 (modified)|
|Monitor||3 x Pixio 276H|
Other information: The cooling system consists of 2 high fin density 360mm (top and bottom mounted) radiators, a large 850ml storage tank, and a dual pump setup as a failover. The CPU and GPU blocks are also by EKWB. The CPU generally doesn't get above 50C on the highest (compute/render) loads and stress tests, and the the GPUs stay below 42C at peak. Idle temps for both are below 24C. Good temps, means higher XFR/PBO with the CPU boosting around 4.3xxGHz when pushed.
The cost of the parts is around $2000, maybe a tad little over, but for what it is, it's well below what I was expecting to spend when I started the original Oscar-Mike. Yet another thing I love about building with AMD/Radeon products - you save so much money there while still getting amazing performance.
So, I did a thing. Swapped out my Radeon RX Vega64 GPUs for 2 x Radeon VII - Of course these will be put on the loop this week after some testing!
A quick LuxMark (3.1) test:
This seems to be the natural progression, I started with an 1800X, then went to 2700X, was planning to go to TR4 for some extra lanes next!