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[Build Log] Matte Machine (4U Rackmount)

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New Parts:

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core
Noctua NH-U12A + 2x Noctua NF-F12 Chromax
ASUS AMD AM4 PRO WS X570-ACE ATX Workstation Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB 2 x 8GB DDR4-3600
Corsair Force Series MP600 2TB Gen4 PCIe X4 NVMe M.2 SSD
Samsung SSD 960 PRO 1TB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD
Corsair RM850x 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Modular Power
Rosewill RSV-R4100-4U Rackmount Server Case

Noctua NF-F12 Chromax (Front Intake)

2x be quiet! Pure Wings 2 80mm PWM
@CableMod C-Series RMi/RMx Basic Cable Kit

 

Existing Parts:

Aquantia AQtion 10G AQN-107 NIC

2x ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2080

Asus NVLINK Bridge (Used only for Benchmarks, will not be permanently installed)

Mesh Used for Dual 5.25" Bay

Black Vented L Brackets

This is a rackmount build going into my test lab. The client I'm working with on a project sent over a Rome based server for me to work with, but it was huge and wouldn't really have been convenient in the slightest.

 

 

Things I loved about the build:

  1. Ryzen 3000 of course! HEDT class performance has come to the mainstream. The 3900X is right on the heels on my 2950X in nearly everything I tested. It still gets handily beat when it comes to lane count, but performance is there all day.
  2. Putting it all together. It was a seriously simple build that took all of 15 mins. This Rosewill chassis is essentially a big, empty box since I gutted the drive tray mechanism. Not having any cabled drives made it an absolute breeze.  The Noctua installation was dead simple as always. It surprises me that it took other companies so long to simplify their designs when it comes to installation. Especially since the CPU area is so sensitive. Messing around near it is just not something you want to do.
  3. Matte black everything. I got seriously lucky with component choice. I knew once I picked the board that I would want everything to be matte black. I hate gloss black for more reasons that one and aesthetically, matte finishes look better to me. The Ballistix Elite was always my favorite RAM kit visually. The no-nonsense design of the PRO WS X570-ACE was refreshing. Even the Aquantia NIC had a black PCB!
  4. Per CCX overclocking! Benchmark stable, I was able to push CCX1 to 4.55GHz, which I believe is 3 cores at that speed. Memory support was also fantastic. I've never had trouble outside of first gen with getting memory to run at all, but I didn't have to play around too much to get this kit to 4000. I didn't want to dabble too much in Infinity Fabric clocks, so I kept it simple at 3600 after seeing if 4000 would post and complete a CB run. 
  5. I can't speak much about the project I'm working on involving PCIe Gen 4 due to restrictions of discussion, but the virtualization world has a bright future in PCIe Gen 4! 

Challenges:

  1. Case choice. From day one, I knew this would be a rackmount build. The limit to case choice is due to my own stubbornness, but it was still a challenge. I wanted to use the NH-U12A at all costs. I bought a 3U case I liked, intending to leave the top off since it was going in a rack anyway, but it (and none of the other 3U cases I found) could accommodate any manner of shrouded GPU. The next issue was wanting a front access case. There were only two above 2U. One was not an option because it was a 3U case in a 4U body, so I still could not use shrouded GPUs. The other was only available if you purchased the whole system from them. I ended up with this Rosewill case and I don't hate it.
  2. The Pro WS X570-ACE. While I love this board for its looks, I bought it for its remote management capabilities. I knew it was a gamble because there wasn't much info about the board online, but getting it in-hand there wasn't much info about the board supplied with it. The Asus Control Center Express had 0 documentation and it also had a default password. When I spoke with Asus support about it, they kept referring me to the documentation about the full blown Asus Control Center software which is a much different product. It's in fact a CentOS based VM that I WISH the Express version was. A higher level of support did get back to me, but they also told me to just read the manual. This was after they hastily uploaded it, so the upload date was AFTER the date of my support ticket. Sadly, it was a "getting started" guide which really doesn't explain much about the product (and supply the default password). Seems like the feature was rushed. A lot of the remote management capabilities in the express version are software based. Windows-only at that. This was disappointing. You can turn the machine on or off , update the BIOS, and clear CMOS. When you think of this out-of-band management you'd think KVM support was possible, but it isn't. I was basing this off of their marketing material which states "Its out-of-band management enables hardware-level control such as remote hardware reset, BIOS setting and update, and operating system installation across multiple clients, and remotely troubleshoot crashes or unexpected shutdowns." Oh well. I still like it. I just think for the lack of true remote management features, the pricetag is way off. Who knows. Maybe its in the works or just needs more/better documentation.

This build with run double duty. I plan on using it for LTT's Folding Month event (which I highly recommend joining!), but will also be using it to test a certain product supplied to me by a certain company. It's got a lot to do with virtualization and PCIe Gen 4, but an NDA prevents me from discussing anything further.

 

 

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One of the best looking RAM kits around.

 

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Minimalistic design you just don't see in today's in-your-face GAAAAAAAMERRRRRRRRGGGGGGGBBBBBBBBBB boards.

 

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It lived on a cardboard box for a few days while I searched for a case to house it.

 

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The exposed Crucial MP600. Used the board's own heatsink for cooling. Results were about the same. Put the heatsink this comes with on my 960 Pro since I didn't want to waste it and it lined up so well with the overall system aesthetic.

 

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When taking out the hard drive mounting cage thing, that meant the 5.25" drive bays had nothing to mount to. The plan then was to put a piece of mesh there instead which would allow for more air to enter the system.

 

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I cut a magnetic dust cover to size and used some electrical tape to mount it. It's great because I can see the mobo diagnostic lights this way!

 

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It was a bit of a bummer to not be able to use Noctua fans for rear exhaust, but hey... one can't always and SHOULDN'T always pick components based on brand. That said, I would have done Noctua Chromax or Industrial in a heartbeat if they came in black. These Pure wings are great performers and very quiet though. Glad to have them aboard!

 

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Front 120mm Chromax intake.

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Lastly, the completed system. I had considered painting the cables black, but I am far too lazy for that.

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Benchmarks:

 

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The same GPUs from Hot Chocolate running w/ the 3900X. Both CPUs pushed to the maximum.

 

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4.4GHz Cinebench run puts this thing right on the heels of my 2950X. (My best 2950X run was 3672 @ 4.28GHz).

 

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Not sure if Superposition uses the 2nd GPU since it sat idle the whole time.

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Heaven Extreme benchmark. Seemed to use both GPUs.

 

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Obligatory Neofetch!

 

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Network transfer speed.

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Jesus, your camera and glass are terrible.  I'll take them off your hands.   

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13 hours ago, Den-Fi said:

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I cut a magnetic dust cover to size and used some electrical tape to mount it. It's great because I can see the mobo diagnostic lights this way!

I really like this

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The chassis is the only criticism I have on this build. That chassis is not made for this type of system. You should've selected a chassis that would allow you to have two 120mm fans as front intakes on this given the kind of workloads this will be doing. Right now it looks like the only chassis fans are the dual 80mm exhaust behind the CPU.

 

At minimum, if you haven't yet, put a 120mm fan in the intake directly ahead of the cards. That 10GbE card needs airflow since it's passively cooled, and the GPUs will benefit immensely from having fresh air directed onto them.

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32 minutes ago, brandishwar said:

The chassis is the only criticism I have on this build. That chassis is not made for this type of system. You should've selected a chassis that would allow you to have two 120mm fans as front intakes on this given the kind of workloads this will be doing. Right now it looks like the only chassis fans are the dual 80mm exhaust behind the CPU.

 

At minimum, if you haven't yet, put a 120mm fan in the intake directly ahead of the cards. That 10GbE card needs airflow since it's passively cooled, and the GPUs will benefit immensely from having fresh air directed onto them.

It's more than fine temp wise. There's a 120mm Noctua intake. You just can't see it in the pics.

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1 hour ago, TVwazhere said:

I really like this

Yeah. I was looking all over for material to use there and found that in my case parts box. It worked out so perfectly!

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I'm still wondering why you haven't started your own YouTube channel with all these build logs.

We have a NEW and GLORIOUSER-ER-ER PSU Tier List Now. (dammit @LukeSavenije stop coming up with new ones)

You can check out the old one that gave joy to so many across the land here

 

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Chillinmachine: Noctua NH-C14S
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12 minutes ago, Energycore said:

I'm still wondering why you haven't started your own YouTube channel with all these build logs.

I feel like I would lose interest fairly quickly. 

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Do you have any color pics to prove that it is truely matte black?

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2 hours ago, FezBoy said:

Do you have any color pics to prove that it is truely matte black?

I'm not compelled to prove anything.

If you want to see for yourself, come have a look in person.

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Case reminds me a little bit of an ATX modded Powermac G5. I like it.

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