New 2600X - I have returned to AMD land

Discussion in 'AMD Processors' started by Somnambulator, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Somnambulator

    Somnambulator Gawd

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    Hello- just bought a 2600X + Asus Strix x470-f and have 2 questions.
    1. Is it worth upgrading the cooler to an AiO?
    2. what's a good 16GB memory kit for the price? (preferably without RGB)
    Will a better cooler noticeably improve gaming performance (via XFR)?

    I've been worried about underperforming ram based on how finicky/responsive Zen seems to be. I've never heard of CPUs responding so well/poorly to memory speeds and timings... Do AMD chips/chipsets run XMP?

    Thanks.

    Last AMD setup was a 939 or 940 Opteron dual core...
     
  2. mvmiller12

    mvmiller12 Limp Gawd

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    Not gonna lie, fella... your thread title made it sound like you had to RMA a brand new CPU. :)

    In answer to your questions - the stock cooler is better-than-merely adequate, but better cooling will definitely let it sit near all-core turbo clock speeds almost all the time (depending on your ambient temp, of course. If you live in Canada, the stock cooler will probably get you there just fine :))

    As far as RAM is concerned - for best results, stick with 2x8G kits at no slower than 3200 - 4 sticks can be a pain to get going at full speed and stability. On NewEgg at least, they have a special category of "Ryzen Compatible" RAM (likely Samsung B-Die) and pretty much anything from that should work fine. On the other hand, memory compatibility for Ryzen has improved dramatically since launch last year, so if you see a really good deal I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand if it isn't on the list.

    Finally: Yes, Ryzen boards support XMP Profiles but they may be called something else on some boards. For example, ASUS calls them DOCP for some reason.
     
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  3. ReaperX22

    ReaperX22 Gawd

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    As mentioned above, 3200mhz ideally C14 would be your go-to for 16GB RAM kit (2x8GB). Ryzen 2xxx series and their respective boards are much better than first gen Ryzen with RAM/XMP etc.

    Cooler wise, if you've got a good case to work with that's easy reach the backplate etc to change coolers, just trial the stock cooler and only spend if you think it's worth it/you're not getting the boost clocks you're after.
     
  4. Motley

    Motley 2[H]4U

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    If you can afford it, try to get 3600 RAM. I have 3600 on my 2700X and it made a huge difference in performance.

    Get an AIO and overclock it to 4.2Ghz. Should be good to go for several years.
     
  5. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    https://www.hardocp.com/article/2018/04/30/amd_precision_boost_2_wraith_prism_deep_dive/
     
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  6. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?

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    Memory compatibility has improved greatly. Pretty much any 3000mhz RAM you can get running at 2933mhz worst case scenario. Lately it has been as easy as enabling the XMP profile (DOCP on the Asus boards) and away you go.
     
  7. Somnambulator

    Somnambulator Gawd

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    I'm using a Corsair H100i on the build I completed two weeks ago (back to AMD after Intel for 15ish years) and it keeps the CPU cool and clocked up around it's max boost of 4.2GHz most of the time. The fans are also quiet up until they really start moving air over the radiator and then it's less fan noise and more air whoosh.

    I had to manually up the voltage on my RAM and set the speed in BIOS to get it to run at 3200MHz correctly was the big annoyance from the build. Asus X470 Strix-F was the board and it had the latest BIOS version on it.
     
  9. tangoseal

    tangoseal [H]ardness Supreme

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    Single rank dimms are gonna perform better on Ryzen.

    Aio coolers carry too much failure in my opinion. 2600x WILL not run hot. The stock cooler is actually very well matched. I ow ed one and returned it and got a 2950x. It was my holdover till I got this 16 core.
     
  10. Krenum

    Krenum [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Wouldn't buy an AIO, they're cheap and prone to leaking. Buy a good air cooler.
     
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  11. cyberguyz

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    I've used quite a few AIO liquid coolers. Never really had a quality issue with any of them - including the Enermax Liqtech 360 that I am currently using (it hasn't started going south on me but if it does I'm ready!).
     
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  12. Somnambulator

    Somnambulator Gawd

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    rest of the parts arrive next week. Will use stock cooler and evaluate. went this this ram: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232182
    G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GVS

    • DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
    • Timing 16-16-16-36
    • CAS Latency 16
    • Voltage 1.35V


    How's that look?
     
  13. Somnambulator

    Somnambulator Gawd

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    Might as well post the whole build:
    https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Somnambulator/saved/ZjvdXL

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    Sound card depends on the onboard sound. Giving the "premium" onboard a shot, first. Haven't used onboard in 15 years.
    GFX card depends on RTX 2070 performance and pricing and BFV. Hoping ray tracing in BFV is legit and that 2070 can run max quality at 1080p/60 with it enabled. if not I might go all in with a 2080 or cheap out with 1080 or 1080ti and upgrade to RTRT with the next generation.
     
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    KazeoHin [H]ardness Supreme

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    G skill probably make the best RAM nowadays. I used to be a big Kingston fanboy, but honestly G Skill has had nothing but winners recently.
     
  15. ReaperX22

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    Looks good, though I personally would've tried for 3200C14, but the difference should generally be minimal.
     
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    KazeoHin [H]ardness Supreme

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    Honestly I wouldn't recommend Gigabyte anything. That's professional experience.
     
  17. ReaperX22

    ReaperX22 Gawd

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    You should generally find the onboard to be suitable enough re audio for 95% of cases, depending on your existing gear. Personally, however, if you were to upgrade from the onboard audio, consider an external DAC/AMP instead of an internal sound card IMO.
     
  18. silentsod

    silentsod n00bie

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    Looks like a solid rig, close to identical to what I just put together. Hope you enjoy it!
     
  19. ManofGod

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    Welcome back, you will find it most enjoyable again. :) I have a 2600 non X and can only get 4.175 GHz out of it, at least with stability.
     
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    dthree n00bie

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    Looks good. I am building something similar except 2600 non X and B450 mobo and 480 gb NVME M2. Same ram.
     
  21. Somnambulator

    Somnambulator Gawd

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    the 2080 is a parametric filter place holder. Waiting for 2070 and BFV ray tracing reviews before making a decision between 2070 and 1080 or holding out for future 2060. I game at 1080p because low dpi = EZMOAD first person shooters. Currently using a low latency Vizio TV because my ideal monitor does not (and probably will never) exist- 40" 16:9/16:10 1080p GSync 120+hz.
     
  22. Somnambulator

    Somnambulator Gawd

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    My headphones are just a $100 or $150 polk gaming headset so AMP not needed, but I do have a z5500 5.1 system. Can external DACs do 5.1? If i plug my headset in will most driver software automatically switch the speaker output to headphones, then switch back to 5.1 when I unplug them? i really enjoy plugging in my headset and not having to change the output in drivers.

    I havent used onboard audio in close to 15 years. Every time I upgrade I test it out and every time I end up re-installing my old Sound Blaster or ordering a new one. My last 3 cards were all Sound BLasters with the front I/O panel. I love how it automatically switches Window's speaker output when plugging the headset in. Some games base in-game audio output on the Window's speaker config and the old onboard solutions didn't adjust that automatically- I'd usually have to quit the game, change the speaker output, then relaunch the game for it to recognize the new output.
     
  23. ReaperX22

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    None of your gear particularly benefits from an expensive sound card/USB Dac+Amp. Z5500 is a good system for its age but it was never considered a 'high-end' system.

    I personally think you'll be fine with the onboard. That said, if you still have a good/trusty soundblaster around, you may as well use it!? If you believe it's more convenient even if minimal difference in sound quality.

    Kitgurus review of the board you're picking states:
    "Audio performance is up there with the best motherboards KitGuru has tested due to the use of high quality components across the audio pipeline" - https://www.kitguru.net/components/...og-strix-x470-f-gaming-motherboard-review/12/
     
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    Somnambulator Gawd

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    Thanks, that's great news. THe upgraded audio is the main reason I went with this model/tier board, hoping i wouldn't need a pcie sound card anymore. The Sound Blaster software/EQ and I/O panel were most of the reason I kept buying them, but my case intentionally doesn't have an external bay for the I/O panel and Creative's drivers are known as some of the worst of all mainstream PC companies.
     
  25. tangoseal

    tangoseal [H]ardness Supreme

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    Gsx1000 or CLabs G5X

    External DAC ftw
     
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