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Ari Altman

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Re: AMD's Zen Architecture
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2017, 11:31:46 AM »
This is great feedback, skline00. You are really on the front lines of the Ryzen revolution!

Motherboard availability has been a surprising trouble spot for the Ryzen release. Chips are here, boards not so much.

Another issue is memory compatibility. It appears that while boards may be rated up to 3200MHz, most boards will not boot past 2933Mhz, and 2666MHz is all that AMD is recommending for dual modules, 2400MHz for four modules, even less if it's "dual-rank," which includes all 16GB modules at the present time.

Ideally you'll be able to move up to an X370 motherboard eventually to get better overclocking support and the full Crossfire speeds. Even so, though, it sounds like you're doing quite well with that machine. Congrats!

By the way, were you already aware that the H110i/GT is the only high-end Corsair cooler to work with Ryzen out of the box? Lucky you had one laying around (or picked one up just in time!). Somewhat humorously, all the older Corsair coolers that had this built-in compatibility have now jumped in price, while newer models that lack the compatibility aren't quite as expensive!
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Re: AMD's Zen Architecture
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2017, 10:31:06 AM »
Ari: I had used the Corsair H110i GT on my 6700k@4.6Ghz before I moved it to custom water with the MO-RA3-420 Pro. I previously had a 4790k and mb under custom water but sold that in anticipation of Ryzen and moved the 6700k MB to that case. It freed up the Corsair H110i GT and I decided to keep it. I'm glad I did. I didn't realize it fit the AM4 mb until I looked in the box and saw the AMD mounting bracket. I got lucky!

Ryzen needs to mature but I was up very early this morning playing around with the new Ryzen machine. It was blazing fast in Handbrake.

BTW, while running the 1800X stock on the Aida64 stress test I noted the CPU total wattage never exceeded 105W. Temps max were @74C but the average was lower.

I realize it won't beat the 7700k in gaming benchmarks but it's closing the gap. WORLDS better than the 8350.

I'll keep you posted and as usual, if you need benchmarks run, please let me know.

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Re: AMD's Zen Architecture
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2017, 03:23:15 PM »
Awesome. I am glad to see an early adopter here.  Looking at reviews people have been posting and AMD's stock price movement, the general market is starting to accept Ryzen for what it is: a productivity powerhouse. I am looking forward to more of your experiences with the chip.