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Hi! Meet Friday. She's my first build, so hopefully she's not too shoddy...

I'm very new to PC Building, so feel free to criticize, point out mistakes, suggest improvements, etc.: I could use all the help I can get.

What you wanted to hear:

  • Used for gaming, video editing, 3D modelling, animation

  • Purchased at a price of just over $1000 USD thanks to Black Friday deals

  • Ryzen 7 1700 w/ stock AMD Spire cooler

  • Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 64 - purchased it for $400 on Newegg along with the Raise the Game AMD promotion for 3 free games - sounded like a good deal considering the MSRP

  • Rosewill Capstone 750w 80 Plus Gold PSU- I hope I didn't completely cheap out on the PSU, did see some good reviews over this specific product, although I will admit I'm kinda in the dark when it comes to PSU specs

  • Not overclocking anything because I have no idea where to start when it comes to that

  • So far only using the stock fans from the NZXT case, still in exhaust formation with no intake fan for now - hope this wasn't a huge mistake

As for performance, I have been seen issues when playing games, albeit I still have little idea what to expect when it comes to performance from the Vega 64 and what to do to remedy issues with my rig. These are some stats/observations from early testing:


UNIGINE Heaven Benchmark 4.0 - Max Settings (8x AA, Ultra Quality, Full Screen, Extreme Tesselation, 2560 x 1440)

Radeon Wattman Settings: All stock settings except for adjusted fan curve - at 75 C, fans set to 55% max RPM (I think 48% stock?)

Radeon Settings Performance Log:

GPU UTIL; 97.697%

GPU SCLK: 1473.3 MHz

GPU MCLK: 932.436 MHz

GPU TEMP: 74.2424 C

GPU PWR: 215.527 W

GPU FAN: 3085.06 RPM

GPU VRAM UTIL: 2.95683 GB

FPS: 55.6062 Hz

Heaven Benchmark Stats:

FPS: 55.7

Score: 1404

Min FPS: 22.8

Max FPS: 113.6


  • Witcher 3 - runs perfect at 1080p max settings so far, solid 60 fps (capped), little to no frame rate dips

  • Just Cause 3 - runs perfect at 1080p max settings so far, 60 fps (capped), little to no frame rate dips

  • Overwatch - multiple complete system shutdowns (Not even blue/black screen, just instant shutdown) after trying max settings at 4k, 2k, and even 1080p

    ~ Tried using Radeon Chill/FRTC, seems to fix issue most of the time

    ~ Doesn't seem to be an issue with temps, as I had a crash when gpu temps were sittings at 68 C

    ~ It might be a power problem or maybe even driver issues - hope it's not the PSU though...


It's still pretty early to tell how good Friday is, since some of those Overwatch performance tests do seem a bit grim, although I hope it's just a software optimization issue over hardware malfunctions. I'll update this post if I see anybody's interested in more testing results. Thanks in advance for any comments and guidance!

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Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

The Capstone is a pretty good performer and almost certainly isn't the cause of your problems if other games run OK. It's probably a game engine issue, or possibly drivers. I hope you're able to get it sorted, this is a nice build.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Although I definitely need to do a bit more of an in-depth performance test, that is definitely reassuring to hear! Almost feel bad for doubting the Capstone, actually - just seemed like the first thing that could go wrong considering its lesser known compared to other PSUs. Regardless, I appreciate for the insight!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

For the overwatch crashing issue it could be drivers. If you're running DX12 you could try DX11 since JayzTwoCents was having issues with DX12 recently. Though it was on a Nvidia card that he tested, but no hurt in trying. Nice build though, may it serve you well.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'll definitely look into it. Really hoping it's just a driver issue, since I think I rushed through that whole process a bit too quickly. Either way, thanks for the comment!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers. Good luck.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

If you uncap your FPS, what are the numbers on your Vega 64? Core Clock Rate, Memory Clock Rate, Temperature, and Fan Speed are the main ones I want to know about. I have a Vega FE and I'm considering swapping to this case both for thermal and appearance reasons.

If it's not too much of a bother, can you run a stress test on the Vega 64 and tell me what the numbers look like? It would be much appreciated. Cheers.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there! While I haven't had too much time to do accurate performance tests in games, I have done one stress test in Heaven, hopefully this is information is thorough enough!:


UNIGINE Heaven Benchmark 4.0 - Max Settings (8x AA, Ultra Quality, Full Screen, Extreme Tesselation, 2560 x 1440)

Radeon Wattman Settings: All stock settings except for adjusted fan curve - at 75 C, fans set to 55% max RPM (I think 48% stock?)

Radeon Settings Performance Log:

GPU UTIL; 97.697%

GPU SCLK: 1473.3 MHz

GPU MCLK: 932.436 MHz

GPU TEMP: 74.2424 C

GPU PWR: 215.527 W

GPU FAN: 3085.06 RPM

GPU VRAM UTIL: 2.95683 GB

FPS: 55.6062 Hz

Heaven Benchmark Stats:

FPS: 55.7

Score: 1404

Min FPS: 22.8

Max FPS: 113.6


Once again, still very new to PC building: would love to hear if I'm getting what I payed for here, as well as what I can do to improve this. Regardless, hope this helps, and if you need any other stats, feel free to ask!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info! I wanted to compare this to my Vega FE. Your card is running cooler but also at a lower clockspeed. I've had mine run at 1525Mhz at 3100RPM with some undervolting involved. Also at 1600Mhz at 3400RPM. The performance jump between that 100~mhz is pretty sizable. Maybe give that a shot, but it does get noisy.

Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

ill be honest, you shouldn't be getting 60 fps on max settings. You should be getting more fps.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, should mention I'm capping the fps through V-sync since my monitor only supports 60 hz - sorry about the confusion!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

ohh okay lol i was worried xdd