I already own the SSD, PSU, GTX 1080 Ti and case from my previous build, so I’m really only purchasing the mother board, CPU, CPU cooler and RAM.
I’m also purchasing a GTX 1060 for the Linux host, since I’ll pass the GTX 1080 Ti to a Windows VM. I’ll be gaming at [email protected]
As high RAM clock as possible, this motherboard has documented support for 3466MHz on the chips I’ve chosen. However I’m not sure if that support is just for 2 chips and if I can reach the same clock with 4 chips. Thoughts? Should that make any difference?
IOMMU passthrough to a Windows VM to play games. I’m hoping to get my mouse, keyboard and audio to work with the VM without giving the VM exclusive control over those peripherals. I want to experiment with looking glass, but I’ll probably have 2 separate cables to my monitor (Asus PG279Q) and switch between the inputs.
Wine+DXVK to hopefully play some AAA titles without a Windows VM
I have no interest in manually overclocking the CPU as it seems like there’s little/nothing to gain there
I am fully prepared to tear my hair out for weeks, giving up and settling for dual-boot wintendo
I’m really torn between the Taichi Ultimate and the Crosshair Hero VII. My priority is best possible RAM speed/timings, and a Linux stamp of approval (must have Linux compatible drivers and a IOMMU group layout that will let me pass a GPU to a VM). Can you recommend any other motherboards? Which motherboard currently has the best stability when it comes to RAM overclocking?
Man I’m so hyped to (possibly) no longer having to deal with Windows’ bullshit.
there are diminishing returns here. Aim for any 3200 kit with the b die spec timings that aren’t extortionate, and if you don’t want to do a ton of research stick to the verified dimm list provided by the mobo manufacturer
there’s a few tweaks specific to ryzen chipsets, as well as nvidia guest cards that you’ll need to do, and arc/fedora are probably the best distros for it right now. You’ll also need a host card: ryzen doesn’t have igpus except on the APUs. I recommend the GT 710 for low cost. You can hand off the 1080Ti with a little tweaking instead of buying 2 cards, and if you do want to game on the host, get an AMD card, it will mean less overall configuration.
Is there a reason not to go AMD on the host GPU? I understand that people want a 1080Ti because AMD has nothing on that level but that isn’t the case for a 1060. And not having to install anything is pretty cool. Just sayin’
My personal reason is Mesa updates and Vulkan. Vulkan is easier to deal with using the Nvidia proprietary beta drivers. Vulkan runs so well on 396.24.10. The new War Thunder Vulkan hidden beta is also great too.
I might swap the GTX 1060 for an RX 580. I’m not sure if that would make it easier or more difficult to temporarily swap the GTX 1080Ti back to the host machine if I want to play a graphics intensive native Linux game.
16 GB is generally enough for me, but it’s just barely enough. Any time I have an application misbehave and eat a bit too much RAM, I run out and my PC locks up. Also, when I’m going to splurge on a beast of a machine, why not go all out?
And as FurryJackman said, having 2 identical graphics cards complicates GPU passthrough, so I really should have 2 different cards. On my host machine I’m going to play mostly light native games such as CS GO and Dota 2, so a 1060 should do nicely.
You stream using Linux and GPU passthrough? That’s awesome. Could you link me your stream?
I’ve never heard of B-die before your post. After Googling a little, it seems like the main advantage is that it’s easy to get a high clock with Ryzen. But the RAM kit I’ve picked is documented by the motherboard vendor to work at 3466 MHz with Ryzen on the specific motherboard I’ve chosen. Is there any other reason why I should lean towards B-die RAM? Also, how do I know if the RAM chips I’ve chosen are B-die or not?
I’m finding lots of B-die kits using this tool, but I’m finding almost none of them in the motherboard’s QVL, and the couple that I did find are not available for sale in Norway. I think I’m probably going to have to abandon the QVL.
Yeah, but if both my GPUs are nvidia, I can’t really modprobe out the driver since I still need it. What would I do in this case to make my host use the GTX 1080 Ti rather than the 1060? Perhaps it would actually be simpler to use AMD for my host GPU?
A GTX 1080Ti would probably do significantly better with Dying Light or Metro: Last Light at 2560x1440 than a GTX 1060.
I’m not sure yet how good the GPU passthrough gaming experience will be, but if I were to play any of the above games or a future graphics intensive native Linux game, I might want to switch the powerful GPU to the host. If buying an AMD GPU for my host will make that significantly easier and not introduce any other issues, I’ll probably do that.
I’m going to be playing games like CS GO and Dota 2 daily at 2560x1440, so I think I’ll go for an RX 580. I’ll only potentially switch GPUs if a really graphics intensive native Linux game comes out, like the next Metro game. Or I might just play it through the VM, it depends how good the experience is In any case I want all options available.