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  1. Spoke too soon Happened twice in a row. I think I'm going to RMA my CPU before it's too late.
  2. Solved the issue! Downloaded the chipset drivers directly from AMD's website as opposed to from Asus's page for my mobo. Asus's supposed AMD chipset driver download is a load of garbage as far as I'm concerned... You download it and unpack a bunch of unintelligible folders with random files and .exes. The chipset drivers I got from AMD actually has one .exe that installs everything you need. That being said, the chipset update installed AMD's Ryzen Power Plan, which I think is what took care of the issue. I believe that's it. I'll report back if it happens again. Thanks @Syn. I also started using HWinfo instead of HWmonitor. It's reporting a higher (and more believable) voltage, so I see now why everyone says HWmonitor is unreliable.
  3. Thanks @Syn. I'll take a look at all the things you mentioned. So far I haven't had the cores get stuck at 533Mhz again.
  4. That's definitely too high. What cooler are you using? Are you sure you didn't forget to remove the "REMOVE ME" plastic from the cooler? Not judging... I've done that once
  5. Thanks Syn, minimum processor state was already set to 100%, so although this is closer to the issue, I don't think this setting was the cause. That would make sense if the computer wasn't noticeably sluggish while these cores were stuck at 533mhz. I'm not the expert here, so it's possible that I'm very wrong, but as far as I know clock speed is independent from CPU load (as in, right now, my PC is idling at 4.3GHz with 0 to 1% utilization, as it should). Unless, of course, clock speeds are lowered to protect the CPU from overheating or over voltage, but I don't see why a CPU would underclock when in low load other than for power saving purposes. Given that the computer is set to high performance plan, it's a bit baffling that the underclocking is taking place.
  6. Hi there. I recently upgraded from an R7 2700X to an R9 3950X. Main purpose of my computer is CPU rendering with V-Ray, so I was really happy at first when I was getting 4.3GHz automatic boost clocks while doing light work and 4GHz all-core when rendering--at incredibly lower voltages too comparing to my 2700X. Temps won't go above 60 degrees C while all core rendering at 4GHz, which is really impressive. I intended to keep clocks unlocked and let the computer control the optimum speed for the workload, but today I was noticing some sluggishness while doing basic administrative work like emailing and saving files on Photoshop. I fired up HWMonitor to see what was going on and noticed that all cores were boosting randomly, except for the first 4 (core 0 through 3) that were stuck and wouldn't go past 533 MHz (??). This is not the first time I noticed this behavior with this new CPU. Last time a simple restart took care of the problem. However, I can't afford to stop everything I'm doing to restart the computer every time this happens. For now I quickly locked the clock speeds to 3.7Ghz in the BIOS just so I can keep working. The "snappiness" is back, but I would REALLY rather leave the clock speeds automatic to get the full benefits of having a 3950x. So, is there a way to let the CPU boost automatically, but not let it go below a certain clock speed? Does anyone know what might be causing this issue of a few cores being "stuck" at low speeds? I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to knowing what all the settings and knobs do in the BIOS. My mobo is an Asus ROG Strix X470-f, BIOS is updated to the latest version, cooler is a Cryorig R1 Ultimate. Windows power mode is set to performance. "Asus Optimal" does exactly nothing in the BIOS for me (under EZ System Tuning). Thanks in advance!
  7. Actually, I think I'm going to partition my current 1TB NVMe drive and use part of it as cache for the HDDs: https://www.romexsoftware.com/en-us/primo-cache/instructions-manage-l2storage.html
  8. Thanks @Kilrah. I'm looking into it and I think I'm going to leave my current NVMe as is, get another one but 256GB and tier it with 2 4GB HDDs using PrimoCache -- this is where I will store all projects and assets. I'll then use Window's automatic backup to back these files onto my NAS. NAS will have 2 6TB drives in SHR. I think this way I'll get the best of both worlds... Speed and security. Right now I have neither. I did the irresponsible thing and have been running my NAS in raid 0 for the past 3 years. Luckily nothing bad has happened, yet!
  9. That's true. That's what I end up doing when working on heavier projects. I should have also specified that I also enjoy the larger capacity of the NAS and it allows me to keep all the projects organized in one place. Right now I have a 1TB SSD on my PC and about 9TB on my NAS, half of which is filled. Edit: Perhaps I'll change my setup. Maybe use StoreMI to combine the speed of my SDD and the capacity of a HDD, and then us NAS strictly for backup.
  10. I have a DS418j that I use to store projects and assets for 3D animation. The reason why I'm using a NAS instead of local storage is because the files need to be accessible to another computer for network rendering. The downside of this setup is that things like project loading speeds are considerably slower than if I were to store everything locally on my NVMe SSD. So I was wondering if there is an easy way, or a way at all, to allocate something like 100 GBs locally on my PC to cache the most used files from my Synology NAS. Thanks!
  11. I mostly use my computer for work. 3D rendering/animation and arch viz. Although I love games, I've been playing less over the past few years. When I do play, I get hooked on Civ 5, Hearts of Iron 4, and driving and flying simulators. The only AAA game I buy/play when it comes out is Far Cry. Cool co-op campaign to play with the wife.
  12. Rig name: The Industrious Machine (with games installed to pass the time)Cpu: Intel Core i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz ()8 coresGpu: GeForce GTX 980 Ti (Zotac)Ram: 32 GB (4x8GB HyperX Fury)Score: 10.7