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Joshua C.

Joshua C.

Joined on 09/01/04

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Solid

be quiet! DARK BASE 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange
be quiet! DARK BASE 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black/Orange

Pros: - Solid strong steel - Has many modular options, including the ability to flip the configuration entirely - Has lots of HD housings, which are modular and can be removed one-by-one. I also removed the optical drive bay completely (once I realized I hadn't used my optical drive in over a year anyway) for better airflow. - Has lots of room for mounting fans of various sizes

Cons: - Not much space on the back side; meaning the space between the mainboard and the rear side panel, which is where I usually hide most of my cables. I've seen cases that have lots of space back there for cables, and even regular hard drive mounts, which this case only has a single SSD mount behind the motherboard in an awkward spot. - There is a strange housing that you have to mount the PSU into, which is separated from the back of the case. That means that you are required to connect a very short cable that's included with the case to connect the PSU housing to the power plug on the back of the case. I haven't seen that before but it was weird and I'm unsure why that extra PSU housing is used at all.

Overall Review: - I prefer to mount hard drives on the "back" between the mainboard and the rear side panel (for better airflow) but that cannot be done with this case.

Great for rendering & simulation

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1st Gen - Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Whitehaven (Zen) 16-Core / 32 Threads 3.4 GHz Socket sTR4 180W YD195XA8AEWOF Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1st Gen - Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Whitehaven (Zen) 16-Core / 32 Threads 3.4 GHz Socket sTR4 180W YD195XA8AEWOF Desktop Processor

Pros: - 16 cores / 32 threads makes it ideal CPU for rendering. - It has been rendering for 4 days continuously with no issues. - I have been able to render a 3D scene, run a fire simulation, play Netflix, and work in another 3D scene simultaneously without noticing any hanging behavior. - Scored 3028 in Cinebench out of the box; no overclocking (yet)

Cons: - Gross waste of materials on the obnoxious, gimmicky packaging, which feels like it was designed to impress a 6-year-old. This is supposed to be a High End Desktop CPU so it should appeal more to professionals. - Big companies like this should be more considerate of our environment and use only recyclable materials in packaging. This could easily be delivered in a small, modest box.

Overall Review: - Still waiting for other vendors to catch up to the new TR4 socket. Not very many cooling solutions were available at the time I bought this. I ended up with the Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3, which works great but is very large so you'll need an equally spacious mainboard.

Need multiple cards for GPU rendering

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N1080WF3OC-8GD
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N1080WF3OC-8GD

Pros: - Fast, I'm sure it can handle most current games effortlessly (although I'm not a gamer) - Runs Vive Virtual Reality very well (much, much better than 1060) - 3 fans, good airflow

Cons: - None

Overall Review: - If the goal is GPU rendering, you'll certainly want more than one video card. I was GPU rendering with Redshift in a pretty heavy scene and quickly maxed out the ram, which resulted in some crashes. This was meant to be a stress test to see how it handles, which in the end, it did pretty well with reasonably sized scenes. - Newer GPUs turn off the fans completely while idle, which I'm still getting used to. At first I thought it wasn't working because on boot the fan will briefly spin then power off until the temp rises. This should be a pro because it's good to be efficient with power. - I got HDMI to Display Port adapters that do not fit next to each other on this card. Be sure to get converters that are thin with less bulky plastic around the edges. - The card seems to run around 60 degrees Celsius while running VR. Fan speed varies but the temp usually ends up around 60C. - Was experiencing crashes while running DOOM VFR; updated to latest driver and crashes seem to have stopped.

Not enough physical space

MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Functional, fair price, everything seems to be as advertised - Lots of USB, many M.2, been running without issue for about 2 months

Cons: - Everything is too close together. If you use the Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3, it will hang over the two closest ram slots and also touch the video card in the first PCIE. I had to move my video card (GTX 1080) to 2nd PCIE, which is not recommended by the manual (manual explicitly says to use the first PCIE slot for best performance). 64g of ram will fit in quad-channel mode because one set of quad-channel will not utilize those two ram slots closest to the CPU. If I upgrade to 128g, I will have to replace the cooler with a smaller one or a waterblock. - Initially I installed a GTX 1080 into the first PCIE slot, then realized it touches the CPU heatsink so I had to move it, which was difficult because larger video cards completely cover the PCIE release latch at the bottom. Since the release latch was covered from the bottom (by the GPU's large heatsink) and also covered at the top (by the CPU's large heatsink), I had to use a very thin screwdriver to gently press the latch from a really strange angle - it was weird.

Overall Review: - In addition to two 8pin power that are necessary, there is an additional 6pin power next to the first PCIE slot. I left it disconnected because I read that it is for multiple GPU setups. No problems so far leaving it empty with a single GTX 1080. - Comes with replaceable plates that cover parts of the mainboard, which I think is gimmicky and a waste of material.