Been on my i5-4460 for the past few years and it was showing it's age with everything I was throwing at it. With virtual machines and Flask servers constantly running, I was seeing near 50% utilization on idle. To make matters worse, games would drop frames or just ignore controller inputs. So when I saw Ryzen 2/Zen+ come out I decided to jump on it.
The build took about a week to finish because of following issues:
1. Core Performance Boost was causing the system to freeze whenever I loaded up a program (problem fixed with BIOS 0804)
2. Couldn't figure out how to get the Intel bracket off the AIO
Ran a few benchmarks so here's the results.
Ambient was between 78-85 F (25-30 C) degrees (yay for windows pointing towards the sun)
i5 4460 Build Notes
OS was Windows 8.1 Pro
Used High Performance Plan
CPU had around 10% cpu utilization during idle (Steam, Discord, etc.)
R7 2700X Build Notes
OS was Windows 10 Pro
Used High Performance Plan
CPU had around 2% cpu utilization during idle
Memory ran at 3400Mhz (Ran this instead of 3600 to get better timings)
CPU Overclocked to 4.175Ghz@1.25V (Couldn't do 4.2 all cores)
Version 1.0.7 64-bit
File used was a 1080p30fps h.264 encoded file I had recorded
a 20 GB folder was archived using 7-Zip 17.01 64-bit
Files included: music, video, ISOs, Flask projects, node_modules, and a few steam games
Compression level: Maximum
Compression method: LZMA
Dictionary Size: 64 MB
Word Size: 128
Solid Block Size: 64GB
Number of CPU threads: 4
Encryption method: AES-256
Encrypt file names: checked (both used the same password, 'test-files')
|Cinebench R15||477 cb||1770cb|
|Handbrake H.264||28 frames/sec||90 frames/sec|
|Handbrake H.265||19 frames/sec||50 frames/sec|
|Blender - Gooseberry||02:10:34||00:35:43|
Overall, I'm super happy with this machine. All the extra cores will help a lot with virtual machines and rendering. Thought of upgrading the GPU but with prices as is I'll pass. My 970 works well enough for what I need it to do anyways.
This processor has been a beast with everything I've thrown at it. Since it has 16 threads, I'm able to allocate way more resources to VMs than I was previously able to.
The fans are a little loud but it still keeps my 2700X really cool. I had some trouble getting the intel bracket off. If this ever happens to you, just loosen the 4 screws around the copper plate and then turn the bracket COUNTER-clockwise.
Great build quality, great performance. The UEFI is one of the best and the quality really shows with the software and the hardware. I wish it came with something more than a 1GBit ethernet port for the price. Although even though it doesn't, it's still a great board.
Core Performance Boost kept on locking up the system until BIOS 0804 so I'd highly recommend updating the BIOS.
This was the most expensive piece of the entire build. It works (and looks) great but I really wish NAND prices would come down. It really hurts paying nearly double the price.
Loaded up Windows on it and it was blazing fast. Don't know how I lived with Windows installed on a 5400RPM HDD for so long
Fast and has plenty of space for games and coding projects
Great for mass media and other stuff I don't want to install onto my SSDs
Kind of wish it had more VRAM but it still runs extremely well for what I do. Really glad I got it before all the GPU prices went up.
It's Fractal Design of course it's going to be great. It gets a little cramped under the PSU shroud but that's my only gripe.
Quiet, and works great. Plus it's 80+ Platinum Certified
I can't even hear the fans spinning during idle and they're barely audible even at full load with an overclock. The short fan cables were a nice touch too. They're just long enough to reach the fan headers without having too much extra wire. And if you do need the extra length they give an extension cable in the box.
Keeps my system running even when we have power outages.