Joined on 10/09/04
Nice performance for a budget mid-high multi-core build
Pros: - Game on! - 16 threads/8 cores - Paired with liquid cool Corsair H115i - temps are 30-40C stock clocking. - Comes with necessary cooling bracket in the processor and Torx wrench for socket install - Clear instructions - Built for O.C. - Price / performance ratio blows Intel out of the water (again)
Cons: - Pins on socket are REALLY fragile, be careful - Chip footprint is huge - make sure you get a decent case with plenty of room.
Overall Review: Full disclosure: I've always been a fan of AMD during my 20+ years of building PCs. Bought this as a happy accident for my sons Christmas build since I got a X399 AORUS Gigabyte Gaming 7 where either I or 2mazon messed up my cart when I believed I added a X370 and Ryzen 7 1800X combo. Should have stuck with NewEgg - I don't recommend buying computer components for a full build through 2mazon. Although I got a killer deal on a MSI GTX 1070 OC Armor - 300 bucks off best price anywhere else with a Black Friday sale. In any event - well worth the extra cost to go from Ryzen 7 to TR. Epic settings on Overwatch with a Corsair H115i and this GC gets to around 70-100 fps. High settings - 150-180. Might try some O.C. to see what it's capable of. High settings on Rainbow Siege - 140 fps. This chip barely blinks at the latest games and decent graphics card. Proc temps are around 38-40C when fully loaded with default clock and LC. I know Intel usually gets better performance but the price point is almost always higher than I'm willing to pay. I was close to going i7-7700K but saw the Ryzen 7 / i7 comparisons and noticed benchmarks where Ryzen 7 1800X wins hands down price and performance wise, more threads with 1900X and it definitely shows. Now with my happy "accident" - i.e. - closest passmark bench for i7-8700 ($649 at the time of this review) - $449 for this and it beats out this and many other i7s above or at this cost. One of the few times I've seen AMD win both the perf and price wars with the same arch. Impressive...most impressive. Warning Noob tips below: Build went together relatively smoothly once I returned the incorrectly ordered 2mazon parts and ordered the 1900X from NewEgg. First time liquid cooling install for me. Watch out for the TR4 socket pins, Ryzen TR is a flat conductor pad with 4,094 pads, pins in the socket - it's huge. Follow the socket installation instructions to a tee, take your time, and you won't have any issues like I've read about on a couple forums from people being too hasty and damaging things. Couple 2-5min YouTube videos as some research were very helpful. Only complaint was the stock Intel bracket on Corsair i115 - wow was that a pain to get off! Once we got it - easy install after that. If you go liquid, don't use the pre-installed thermal paste, buy some high quality thermal paste, get some alcohol and clean that garbage off - it's 6 bucks to get your chip 10-20deg C cooler from what I've read and experienced now. I put 9 healthy drops on the core so the copper surface on the H115i was completely covered and it's showing. Default Windows 10 OEM disc install CONSTANTLY crashed and hung until latest NVIDIA chipset drivers could be installed - like every 10 minutes. Worst baseline of Windows OEM drivers I've ever seen. Nothing more thrilling than being forced to get the latest Windows updates before you can install the latest NVIDIA and chipset drivers and continuously crash during the download and install of said drivers. Now all the latest drivers after several hours of hard restarts, system seems stable for the last couple days, haven't seen a crash compared to every 10 minute system hang - maybe that's what Windows "10" stands for...glad M$ doesn't build cars. Gigabyte AROUS X399 Gaming 7 NVIDIA GTX 1070 MSI OC Armor GSKILLZ 16 GB 2666 PNY 240GB SSD Corsair CX750 Bronze Edition Corsair H115i Liquid Cooling (I'm cringing a bit at the NewEgg reviews - will update if things go south) Thermaltake F31 PS - This system is quiet - way quieter than I expected.