Description

Wanted a 3700X originally but missed it twice in the rush. Settled for a 3600 since it's a big upgrade from my prior CPU, the i5-2500k, and leaves me room to grow if I decide I want a larger core count.

It will get put to use as a casual gamer and the occasional Machine Learning tinker-toy.

Temps are under load with G-Sync enabled 3444*1440 @ 144Hz (Overwatch & Escape From Tarkov). XMP enabled but no voltage adjustments - just stock frequencies.

Challenges included not having a prior AM4 chip to upgrade the bios on the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon which, much to my chagrin, does NOT have a bios flash button (to flash w/out a CPU). Kept the case with the original two fans in exhaust setup as I've seen multiple reviews indicating additional intake fans don't help the case temperature. It's a bit warmer than I would prefer but within tolerances. The ambient temperature in the room is quite high as well (Seattle, nth floor apt with no AC in Summer).

Overall the performance is remarkable, especially for a $200 chip. I recommend it!

CPU-Z: https://valid.x86.fr/blx98w

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Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a similar build going on right now. How do you find the EVGA RTX 2070 for powering the LG 34GK950F? Do you play any demanding games that are difficult for the card to keep the FPS up on?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the card does a remarkable job, however I'm suffering from Heat issues. The card, with the 3600 pushing 144 hz in this case with only two 120's PULLING air...it's just not enough. I'm running 90C on the AMD. Despite the head, I'm playing OW, WarHammer2, and some newer FPS like Wolfenstein: TNO and it's pretty damn smooth. You?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks amazing!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking RIG

I assume the 73 C posted is under load? What kind of idle temps do you see? I am running 45 - 50 C with the stock cooler at idle, which seems a little high to me?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah my idle when I was tracking during a hot day was about 52C, which I also thought was a bit high. I noticed the CPU multiplier continually bouncing from 33 to 42, even when I wasn't doing anything. Not sure if background processes were running. The 73 was for CPU-Z benchmark - the CPU climbed to 83 under ultra gaming @ 144Hz.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Very noice build. Probably would've spent $20 less on case for H500 and get RTX 2070 triple fan model, but pretty dang clean. +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

First time with RGB so I wasn't really sure what to expect with the "i." I think I would also have gone with the 500, and maybe invested in a corsair controller instead of the included nzxt one. Considering the GPU temps I think a three fan model would work better in this case too - good advice for a future builder with this case.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you update the bios? (Did you have to do it in order for the ryzen 5 3600 to work?)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you do need to update the bios. It did not post when I tried without it (I did not buy the patched version). I used an Athlon 200GE that I may or may not have returned to the seller ;)