Using Aura Sync to keep the RGB RAM sticks breathing a nice deep red color - along with the lightstrip from Phanteks - really bounces off the black body of the case internals. It looks beautiful with the tempered glass.
This is an upgrade coming from an FX-6100 and a Radeon 7950, several years overdue. It has been benchmarking well, and while I'm hesitant to ruin a GPU in the current market, I've been surprised by how well the 580 has been holding up. It has only a single 8-pin connector, so power tends to be the issue for stability. Still, I can't wait to see just how far I can push it.
Update(3/28): So after a motherboard RMA(Ethernet port/BIOS Issue(not the PSU...)), I've gotten everything back up and running, and I'm on build 3401(3803 is what helped kill the board in the first place). Specs are as follows:
CPU: Stock Turbo at 3.89ghz
RAM: 16-16-16-36 at 2400mhz
GPU: 1430mhz core, 2025mhz memory(8100mhz total)
My current goal is to stretch these numbers a little bit, and drag a little more power out of the machine. I've been able to clock up to 4.1ghz on the CPU, but needed a little more power than I had given it. I'll be adjusting that soon to try for a stable clock around 4.2-.3 range. I'm not looking to go way overboard, but I like watching the benchmark scores get better and better.
The GPU went as high as 1475/8200 on my FX-6100 build, so I trust I can get a little more juice than that if I try.
As far as RAM goes, D.O.C.P. was able to clock it to 2400 from the stock 2133, and I'd like to get it to 2666 and maybe bring the latency in a little tighter, but we'll see. Stability is more important than raw performance, I don't want to replace this thing in 6 months.
Normally for something like this, I'd use a whole bunch of exclamation points and be excited as hell. Sadly, that ain't the case. Now I know what plenty of people are thinking: "Ashe, your ****** power supply is being ******!"
No, My PSU still isn't the issue. More on that later.
Firstly, the good news, as good news comes first. I was able to get a healthy overclock on my GPU after about 4 hours of testing and benching.
Stock Clock: 1405mhz Core / 2000mhz Memory Conservative Stable: 1430mhz / 2025mhz Best Stable: 1450mhz / 2030mhz Highest OC: 1470mhz / 2050mhz
So, I'll be using my conservative OC 90% of the time. I didn't bother benching the stock speed because why would I do that. Unigine has the most comprehensive list of scores, mainly because it's quick and clean, and I can stand watching it run 50 times. The scores are in order.
The highest clock was able to get the best score, but it only scored around there twice before drivers started crashing to avoid blowing up the system, and I appreciate the effort. The 1450 clock runs pretty smooth though, and I'll use it when I decide to run simulators, or just for fun with benchmarks.
Now for the bad news! My cooling solution sucks. It sucks hard. You don't see a screencap of TimeSpy up there, because it can't finish Timespy without overheating. Bear in mind, this is the stock Turbo clock that anyone can turn on. It's overheating far too quickly, and I'm not sure if thermal throttling is even trying to take place, but stressing it at 3.9 just seems to be too much.
But, with problems come solutions! I have a LEPA Aquachanger 240mm AIO. It's ready to install, except the missing AM4 bracket, since I bought it way back in January of 2017. But I've messaged LEPA support, and they're going to be sending me the AM4 kit in the mail, probably sometime next week.
Now leave my little Diablotek alone, he's doing his best! Expect more updates once I can keep my CPU under 90c.
Alright! the AM4 kit for my LEPA 240 AquaChanger has arrived. Everything has been mounted up and is working wonderfully. I was able to raise my core clock to 4.1 across all cores, earning me a 1311 on Cinebench 15. Temps never went above 73C, but with some fan tweaking, I can drop that number even lower. It's set to an aggressively silent profile, idling about 30-33C depending on ambient.
In any case, I was able to clock the 1600x up to 4.1 without any real issue, and only had to bump voltage to 1.4. After a 30 minute stress test, everything was still running and I didn't need to hit the reset switch on anything. I'm pretty happy leaving this as my default clock, and will be pushing the core clock for fun from here on out.
Final thoughts: The 1600x needs a beefy cooler. There's no way around it, if you want to run all your cores at even stock turbo, you need something that can either move a ton of air, or you need liquid.
The 580 is not the best GPU. It never will be, and that's ok. Maybe when the bubble pops on bitcoin, I could upgrade to a Vega series. Right now though, it gets me what I need and what I want, and I didn't sell a kidney.
M.2 is amazing and I will never forget it. I boot in about 10 seconds, and it feels so right.
Tempered glass makes EVERYTHING sexier. The subtle reflections on the glass really give a false sense of depth with the blacks and dark reds of the internals, and forces your eyes to focus more. The effect is a heightened sense of detail.
Thanks for checking out this build, have fun!