I have build a new rig. Actually it's been built a while but I'm just now getting around to writing about it. Why did I build a new rig... because it is time.
What do you mean it's time?
I build / buy a new rig once technology can give me anything from 10-15% better performance or I just need something NEW! One must keep motivated and there's nothing like new hardware to motivate me.
- Threadripper 1950x 16-core / 32-thread link
- ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E Motherboard link
- 2x Samsung 960 PRO NVMe SSD link
- 64gb (4 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz link
- Corsair 850W power supply link
- Enermax LIQTECH TR4 Liquid CPU Cooler link
- Corsair Carbide Quiet 400Q Compact Mid-Tower Case link
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 6GB link
I wanted to see if the multiple core processor could speed up Visual Studio running R# (resharper). Yep, you heard me. I wanted to see if I could outrun my previous rig of ASUS ROG GL502VY.
At first I was having a problem raiding the SSDs so I just left them as two drives. However I just could not let it go so I tried again. Turns out there is a special way to enable / setup the drives and boom it worked.
- MB/s Reads and 3800 MB/s Writes
How awesome is that? I know right, it's freaking awesome. I'm still considering adding two more SSDs to make it 4x and see what can happen. We'll see, only time will tell.
The CPU is a beast and will rip through any multi-threaded application work load. I did have some weirdness with World of Warcraft but turns out that those issues were resolved by disabling the virtualization option (SVM mode).
All the parts have been amazing except the water cooler. The water cooler came with two fans. One of them failed with in the first week. I contacted the manufacturer but they took forever to get me a replacement so I just ordered two new fans link off Amazon. Yeah, I had to replace both because they need to be the same. I would still recommend the cooler. Maybe I just got unlucky with mine?
When I built this system I wanted to be sure it was very quiet like my laptop. This system is so quiet that sometimes I actually think "is it even on"?
How does it stay so quiet?
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 will not actually spin the fan unless the card needs to. I was freaking out when I first turned it on because the fan wasn't spinning. I actually manually tried to spin it just to see if it was stuck. Turns out it's actually expected and it's a feature of the card. It actually really awesome.
The other fans are handled by the ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E motherboard and it can ramp up and down the fans based on system temperatures and loads. The fans barely turn at such low rpms and barely move air. Even at some load when the fans do spin up they are still super quiet.
Even under a load I have never heard the machine spin up. This is just amazing and I'm 100% satisfied.
Interesting enough it barely increased my Visual Studio performance. I was hoping for more but I have noticed that I can run as many application as I want without notice hardly any degradation in performance for each individual app. I find that very beneficial for I always want all application to perform at it's best at all times.
Rock On and Become EPIC!