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Discussion My fully portable AMD Ryzen 3950X Workstation/Gaming Build Complete

traderjay

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I waited for a long time for a case with a decent integrated handle in form factor that is convenient to carry to and from work, while enjoying some epic gaming sessions in between. The Rzyen 3950X doesn't disappoint.

Full specs:

CPU: Ryzen 3950X
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VIII Impact Motherboard
Case: Lian-Li TU150 Case
PSU: Corsair SF750 PSU

GPU: Strix 2080ti OC
RAM: 16GB X 2 Gskill PC3600 DDR4 16-16-16-36

Storage:
Samsung 970 Pro 1TB Boot Drive
Samsung 970 EVO 512GB Cache drive
2X 2TB Samsung PM863a SATA SSD

Already took this mini rig to and from the workplace many times and it performed flawlessly! Remains whisper quiet even under 100% mining load.

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traderjay

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Actually looks like the whole heatsink changed.
Yes I switched from the Noctua NH-U12A to the dark rock pro 4 because it performs much better for the 3950x while keeping everything silent. I actually have a very legit need for silence because sometimes when I work in the basement, I need to be able to hear my 1 year old + boy taking a nap upstairs ;)
 

Hitman928

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Yes I switched from the Noctua NH-U12A to the dark rock pro 4 because it performs much better for the 3950x while keeping everything silent. I actually have a very legit need for silence because sometimes when I work in the basement, I need to be able to hear my 1 year old + boy taking a nap upstairs ;)
I hear ya, when I was younger, noise didn't bother me at all and I just went full blast trying to get the best performance possible. Now I go for the quietest possible within my performance target which means I over provision all my cooling so fans never have to ramp up. It helps with my stress levels during particularly grueling projects, lol.
 

traderjay

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I hear ya, when I was younger, noise didn't bother me at all and I just went full blast trying to get the best performance possible. Now I go for the quietest possible within my performance target which means I over provision all my cooling so fans never have to ramp up. It helps with my stress levels during particularly grueling projects, lol.
I don't mind the swoosh of the fan noise but 4 noctuas at 100% rpm creates alot of turbulence and I cannot hear anything outside of the room when the rig is mining. There was one occasion where my little one was crying for a few min after nap time because I couldn't hear him.

Plus, the CPU wasn't able to boost to its full potential under the noctua so I am losing out on performance as well.
 

Magic Carpet

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Very sexy build indeed. Thanks for sharing!

I particularly like the case along with the cacademon. You should patent the design :)
 
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traderjay

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You should switch to a 3950x build like mine, Obsidian 1000D tower.
Why do you need a portable PC?
Thats because since the start of the pandemic, I moved my office to home but occasionally needs to go to the robotics and automation lab for some work and it is nice to carry the powerful workstation along for live video/audio recording and other content creation tasks.
 

thigobr

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I did a similar move from an old Full Tower Corsair 700D with custom water cooling to a Mini ITX cube Fractal Core 500. It's easy to air cool those small cases but I am now missing at least one more expansion slot to add a 10Gbe NIC. Noise at full load was a better with the custom WC (fans could run at very low RPM) but cost wise the ITX build wins big time.
 

snooptrader

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Yes I switched from the Noctua NH-U12A to the dark rock pro 4 because it performs much better for the 3950x while keeping everything silent. I actually have a very legit need for silence because sometimes when I work in the basement, I need to be able to hear my 1 year old + boy taking a nap upstairs ;)
what temps do you get on your 3950X and the ambient temperature, if you could please share. Thanks lots~
 

snooptrader

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Ambient temp is 24 Ceclius, CPU idle temp around 40s (Celcius) - load during mining high 70s
Thank you so much for sharing. My ambient as I type this is 28C and my idle is about 44-46 on Ryzen and on load (nothing comes close to mining; hence load is relative), Cinebench R20, I hit about 70C. Did not use PBO and all that. Just happy to be "in range" of temps. I'm using the same cooler as you and hence needed to gauge if the temps are within range. Thank you very much and your rig is amazing!

P.S I'm running a "vacuum cleaner" in my case..hahah, it's loud!
 

traderjay

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Thank you so much for sharing. My ambient as I type this is 28C and my idle is about 44-46 on Ryzen and on load (nothing comes close to mining; hence load is relative), Cinebench R20, I hit about 70C. Did not use PBO and all that. Just happy to be "in range" of temps. I'm using the same cooler as you and hence needed to gauge if the temps are within range. Thank you very much and your rig is amazing!

P.S I'm running a "vacuum cleaner" in my case..hahah, it's loud!
I am using PBO and Auto OC. You can quite down your fans and the temp will still remain acceptable. On another rig that I have, running the same CPU and cooler, I was able to OC to 4.2 Ghz all core and it barely hit 85C degree.
 

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