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 Post subject: 3600X on Msi B450 Tomahawk MAX
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:38 pm 

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After a lot of contemplation, decided to update my PC, which was struggling. Even Dreamchess was taking 10 secs per turn to compute. Looking at Geekbench runs it seems my single core performance will rise from 800 to 1100/1200 but my multicore performance double from ~3000 to ~6000. It was £25 more than a 3600...there's equal speculation that the £25 extra gets me the letter X on the end of a 3600, or that it gets me better binned sillicon. Also the X is gauranteed to do 4.4ghz whereas it's a silicon lottery if the 3600 will do it or not.

Nevertheless I will probably "convert it" into a 65w unit or undervolt it, in the aim of silence. It's going on my D14 with AM4 kit and a pair of A12x25's as well as one as exhaust fan.

I didn't want a chipset fan and believe it or not the cheapest lowest spec AM4 board turns out to have the best VRM's...wierd eh? As it is a MAX edition it is preconfigured for Ryzen 3000 which helps as I don't have a 2000 or below to flash it.

Ram wise I bought DDR4 4400 with the hope to run it around 3700mhz with a really low latency. I skimped on RAM speed with my DDR3 setups and suffered (about 15% performance) because of it so not making that mistake again.

So hopefully there's another 5 years of worry-free use, and I should be able to get roughly £250 back of the £525 I spent, selling my 3770k, 2500k, DDR3 and z77 motherboard.

I will let you know how the build goes and if I manage to keep it silent... I also bought a Noctua fan controller which they (Noctua) say will work with the 6x PWM fan hub in my Corsair 275Q. Plan is to drill through the side of the case so I can stick it on the side (rear for me) for easy access. Not only does this enable me to switch between normal and manual but I believe lets me run them at just 100rpm if required. Given that I have 6 in the system (3 intake, one exhaust, 2 cpu) this should perform well and be quiet!


 Post subject: Re: 3600X on Msi B450 Tomahawk MAX
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:36 pm 

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