Hello! I am new to the Level1Techs Forums. I thought I would post the specs (and pics) of my newest build here and solicit any feedback or recommendations for tweaking the BIOS for this particular board.
I am a pretty experienced builder and have put together several Threadripper 3970X’s in the past - but this is my first experience with Threadripper Pro.
I use this workstation for digital forensics as well as video editing for my YouTube channel (13Cubed)… and of course, occasional gaming.
This is actually my first experience with an ASRock board - I normally use ASUS or MSI. That said, so far I’ve been impressed. I really like the dual Intel 10GbE NICs, Thunderbolt 4, and the form factor (much smaller than many other WRX80 boards).
Running BIOS v5.01 which is currently the newest (shipped with this version). I have not made any tweaks to the settings and I’m not interested in overclocking. That said, are there any defaults that any of you would recommend changing to squeeze out any additional performance?
Interested to hear about your experience with the Noctua tower. Given it’s cooling limitations, would you recommend this option over a custom loop? How much wattage have you managed to push through the CPU?
For custom loop
500w with PBO and without curve optimizer
410w with PBO, +200Mhz, motherboard limit, and -30 curve
I think it was like 280w is the max that noctua cooler can handle, I would definitely get a second fan for push pull as it will saturate it
You can leave it at +0Mhz and either auto or disabled on power limits so you won’t exceed that wattage and apply a negative curve to get more out of the same wattage/raise power effecincy
My sample size is 1, maybe not everyone can hit -30
I’m not a fan of water cooling… just don’t like the hassle. The Noctua cooler keeps idle temps in the 50s, and the absolute max I saw after multiple Cinebench R23 runs was 81. It’s a non-issue. I’m pulling air from the bottom of the tower and exhausting out the top, as you can see from the pics.
All that said, when I had a 3970X I used an IceGiant, and it was absolutely amazing. If they had a bracket adapter for sWRX8, I would definitely grab one.
AIO. Water cooling without the hassle. I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my 5975wx this weekend using a MasterLiquid ML360 AIO. I’ll supply my idle temps when up and running as a comparison. I won’t be OC’ing either.
I just noticed that the infamous Enermax Liqtech TR4, yes, the one that tends to grow algae after a while, is offered with a 5 year warranty for units purchased after 5/2021 (vs 3 year before). I wonder if this means that Enermax has fixed the previous issue…
I think you make serious problem…
Threadripper Pro series all is using eight channel memory, NOT quad channel memory…
You need at least 8 pcs RAM, I highly recommended to use 8x32GB like my setup or 8x64GB if you need more capacity…