Well it finally became time to build myself a new Gaming/Video editing PC when RYZEN came out. My Phenom II X6 1100T was getting long in the tooth. While my mind is open to Intel (and I own 2 other Intel based systems) my heart belongs to the underdog. My first 386 PC was an AMD, and I've used AMD and Cyrix processors in all my main systems since then. Cyrix is of course gone, so AMD is my team.
I still had some newer parts from my system I was able to recycle, and because Vega hasn't arrived yet I also recycled my reference RX 480. Then I just went nuts on the Red and ROG theme with the fans, and memory, and motherboard. I swapped out the fans on the CRYORIG A80 to complete the look, and I think it all came out pretty nice.
So some notes:
My first Seasonic Prime came with a broken cable in the 24 pin power cable. That was really disappointing for such an expensive and high end PSU
Case is awesome, beautiful even, however routing wires in such a big case is hard, because most stuff doesn't come with wires long enough. I had every intention of making the wires behind the back plate neat and tidy and they are a crapshow because while some stuff has plenty of length, other stuff JUST makes it. Also you can see the radiator on that middle bracket. I had assumed it would reach to where the 3 fans are in the front, but the tubes are JUST too short. Since it does not I added those fans, the case has a front side exhaust. Both they look cool and they keep from having this trapped pocket of hot air there.
I complained it was loud, its way less loud now. The Crosshair VI has a "AIO PUMP" header you can connect to instead of "CPU FAN". If you use the Cryorig A series do not use that, because if you do all it does is drive the fans at 100% with no control at all. The A series runs the pump off a SATA connector, so connect the plug to CPU FAN, then the system can control the speed. In that vein even running 3dMark the fans never go over 1k rpm, and the hottest I got the CPU even under stress testing and benchmarking is 61C.
Motherboards still have extensive RAM issues. Some ram can be run at full speed on it, Corsair is not one of those brands. Even setting the timings to the ram on the QVL produced a non boot. I tried literally everything (that little CMOS reset button on the back panel is a home run BTW), the fastest it will boot beyond stock settings is 2666mhz with the voltage manually set to 1.35. Anything beyond, no matter what you do, doesn't work. This is an issue I anticipate a fix for so I don't mind so much.
While benchmarking I monitored power draw from the wall. My old system would touch 400w on a spike. This build didn't exceed 280w at any point during Time Spy or Firestrike. I'm reasonably sure if AMD Vega is power efficient then running 2 new Vega cards in Crossfire on here with only 650w (admittedly Titanium) would be sufficient.
The LED lighting on the board is controlled both in the BIOS and by the Window AURA software. However if you use AURA, what you set in the BIOS doesn't matter. The board defaults to keep the ROG and Crosshair logo on even when the system is off. If you disable this in the BIOS but don't disable it in AURA, it will remain on.
Overall I'm very happy with it. I really need a new monitor (stuff is at a high enough fps now screen tearing is More noticeable), and the RX 480 I can tell isn't cutting it, this system wants to run faster so a 4k Freesync monitor is definitely in my future, maybe before the GPU.
Here is a link to my Userbenchmark of it. You can see how much the reference RX 480 holds its gaming performance back.
Secondary run after latest AMD driver update. Overall bump in performance
3DMark Firestrike: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/12023187
3DMark TimeSpy: http://www.3dmark.com/spy/1390316
3/28/17 Update - New BIOS released v1002 allows me to run my RAM at 3200mhz finally, Userbenchmark shows minor overall improvement, monster memory performance improvement. Updated fan control allows system to run silently when not under load which is great.
No real discernible difference in Firestrike or Timespy, scores are in line with previous:
I also tried hammering the heck out of the whole system running Prime 95 and running a Heaven benchmark at the same time. Managed to get the CPU to hit 71 degrees, GPU to his 81 degrees. Now from what I hear the Ryzen CPU temp sensors read high, I heard its 20 degrees high but I find that hard to believe. Either way there was no throttling so it ran fine. Managed to get it to touch 400w power draw from the wall, but it spent most of its time around 300-350w.
8/31/17 Update - Finally got XFX RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled.
Superposition - 5035 - https://i.imgur.com/7NNa3jG.png
Firestrike - http://www.3dmark.com/fs/13959146
Timespy - http://www.3dmark.com/spy/2611814
UserBenchmark - http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/4852712
I was completely and utterly wrong about Vega being possibly power efficient. This system will absolutely draw 600w+ from the wall under gaming load.
7/7/18 Update - Cablemod LED strips added, I was always disappointed how weak the LEDs in the fans were so I added more LED. Two new pics added to show. Also replaced 1 HDD with a Samsung 860 EVO 1tb SSD which all my games are now moved to.
8/4/18 Update - Discovered that AMD in improving Vega through drivers has also increased its power consumption, to the point where at full tilt gaming I was hitting OCP on my Seasonic Prime Titanium 650 shutting the system down. I was able to replicate the issue again in testing and found my power consumption had gone up nearly 100w since I first installed the RX Vega 64. So today I replaced it with a new Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750. It more than covers the system now.