Description

Photo editing and casual gaming. The 3950X is a brilliant cpu - extremely fast, easy to cool and not over the top expensive. Was lucky to get it two days after it was introduced.

Only used Apples since 2006, this is my first PC build in 13 years. And the combination of the hard- and software I'm using, gives me the same smooth experience as my Apples (that was completely different 13 years ago :X ).

Part Reviews

CPU

16 cores and 32 threads of blistering performance. It made its competitor slice the prices in half.

Have played with it for one month now, used PBO and manual overclocking, but stock speed suits my usage best. PBO adds just a few percent of performance, with a large increase of power consumption and heat. Manual overclock means no core boosts to 4.7GHz.

Cinebench20 performance numbers: Stock: ~9260 (~3975MHz, 1,1V, 57°C). PBO: ~9660 (~4125MHz, 1.3V, 75°C). Manual OC: 10100 (average 4300MHz, 1,28V 75°C).

CPU Cooler

The Fractal Design is all about quietness and it keeps the 3950X cool with ease. It is inaudible on its Auto-setting, where it spins pump and fans at the lowest possible levels. I've activated the PWM-setting and tweaked the pump and fan curve in the bios. This results in a cooler cpu and therefore faster boosting cpu (the 3950X boosts better with lower temps). It is no longer inaudible, but still can hardly hear it.

Motherboard

Very solid 8-layer PCB board. A bit overkill but I wanted a board with one of the best power deliveries. I've de-installed Asus AI suite: the fan curves sometimes didn't load properly after the pc went to sleep. I'm using the bios for the fan curves.

Chipset fan runs at inaudible speeds (chipset stays at around 48-50°C) and the VRMs stay at low temperatures as well.

5 stars if the Asus software was a bit more polished (had a challenge with Aura sync/Armoury Crate as well)

Memory

Does what it needs to do: enable XMP (DOCP in the Asus bios) and it runs 3200 16-18-18-36 CR1. However, no room for overclocking/tightening the latencies (not that it really matters for overall performance)

AIDA64 score Read/Write/Copy/Latency: 49700MBs/46500MBs/51500MBs/74.9ns

Storage

I'm not a fan of Samsung devices because of their unintelligible user interfaces and poor designs. But when it comes to storage/memory, it's the best.

Video Card

Opted for the FE because it was the cheapest 2070 Super option. Also, I really like the looks and build of the Nvidia cooler.

I'm using EVGA's X1 software to dim the green RTX logo and give it some more performance: memoryspeed is up from 14Gbps to 16Gbps and the gpu now boosts to 2115MHz but quickly settles at 2040MHz during the whole game.

Monitor

Full Adobe RGB gamut, hardware calibration via Spectraview II and 4K on 24" -> stunning picture quality. Only use it for critical photo editing. (actually I have a white unit, but only the black (BK) is listed).

Monitor

120Hz and G-Sync. Full DCI-P3 color gamut. Next to being brilliant for gaming, also very usable for photo editing.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 7 points

Clean build and the best photos I've seen on this site to date.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thnx. Clean build was idd my aim.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 6 points

How is this not featured??? 1+1+

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It is now

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

xd

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It really shows that you are a photo editor, those photos where epic. Awesome and clean build :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, great looking build. Awesome photos. This deserves a feature. +1

I’ve been wondering about switching to Ryzen for my next build. I work a lot in Adobe CC. You happy so far with how this rig handles photo editing?

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

It is ultra smooth with Photoshop and Lightroom (latest versions). According to Pugent Systems dot com tests, the 3950X is even the best Photoshop cpu around. And in Lightroom, only both new 3960X and 3970X Threadrippers are faster (Lightroom can make use of all the cores, especially with importing, exporting and rendering previews).
But to be honest, the 3700X I had previously, was also very fast. I believe that in practice it won't matter that much if you have a high-end Ryzen or Intel cpu for photo editing.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! 16 cores in the CPU. I'm jealous! I would have wrapped an LED strip around the interior and made it glow green like the Green Lantern theme. Enjoy! Thumbs up from me.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Beauty! +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome pictures and solid build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

cool lighting

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build, clean pics, clean specs! Can't ask for more. Excellent on all accounts.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build I am sure it's a pleasure to boot up every time. I have a question though where did you get the power cable extensions ?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a standard Cablemod PRO ModMesh extension kit, color is Carbon.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll echo everyone else's comments. I love your photos and I'm really surprised this isn't a featured build. You've raised the bar for both clarity of build and excellent showcase photos.

If you can, I'd love some details on your cables and cable management. I'm working on a build now that I'm hoping to be this quality. Significant differences, but I'm really looking for cable management inspiration.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean mean black and green machine.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice setup. Was going to go with the fractal meshify design but settled on the Define R6 because of the optical drive slot.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

As a Mac person myself, I'll take another mac guy's advice about a good pc build every time :) SEXEH!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You weren't kidding when you said you use it for photo editing. Nice pictures!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic build. So clean!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Feels like an Nvidia/Fractal Design promo build. I love it. When Nvidia promotes their GPUs, it's usually always a green and black build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, i would have expected it to be hotter with only a 240 mil rad since 280 was recommend, im impressed by how cool it is

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Camera and lens used for photos? Gorgeous build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nikon D4 and 24-70G 2.8. Old but still very capable.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous! What fans are those on top?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

These are InWin Polaris fans, aluminium. Can be hooked up in serial, so less cable clutter as well :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

so clean

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great photos. I'm doin a similar setup but Intel based. Everything in black as well, because I really like that style. Thanks for sharing and have fun with your perfect build.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Wow, very stylistic. Very commanding aesthetics. Great job man. I admire the theme because I went with the same thing and I'm looking hard at that 2070 Super FE myself. It complements the build nicely and I'm pretty sure it will do the same thing for mine. Again, great job man!

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