AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3970X Processor, 3.7GHz, 32 Cores / 64 Threads

MX79766 Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3970X Processor, 3.7GHz, 32 Cores / 64 Threads
MX79766 Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3970X Processor, 3.7GHz, 32 Cores / 64 Threads MX79766 Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3970X Processor, 3.7GHz, 32 Cores / 64 Threads

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
By: Stan
From: NWT

Threadripper Beast for BOINC

Strengths:

My Cinebench R20 multicore score was 17,034. I've run 3DMark tests and gotten high rankings in some by comparison to the online database.
I'm using this most, at the moment with Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC); specifically Seti@Home & Einstein@Home. I'm using it with 2x ASUS Strix 2080 Ti OC 11G graphics cards in SLI, and 64GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM on an ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard. I'm cooling the 32 Core CPU with the Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 TR4 Edition AIO.
I am also using a Corsair AX1600i power supply. I'm using 2x Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB NVMe drives on the ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Motherboard in the front PCIe slots, essentially under the heat spreader where the graphics cards are.

Weaknesses:

When in performance mode, the noise is 35 ~ 40dBA at 1m, but in silent mode the noise is under 30dBA.
I still have to buy a kill-a-watt meter to see power draw to the wall, not including the monitor. It is likely around 1000 watts.

Additional Comments:

I have no complaints, it shreds everything I throw at it.
I have it mounted in the Thermaltake Level 20 GT Plus case, with the Floe Riing 360 TR4 Edition AIO on the top. I've also got that AIO setup in a push/pull configuration, with 3x 120mm additional fans on the top of the AIO under the glass shroud but above the metal frame.
So, including the 2x 200mm fans and the single 140mm fan, I have 10x Thermaltake fans cooling the system. I run the thermaltake fans in performance mode to keep temps down but given 12 hours of 100% load of all CPU cores and CUDA running on both GPUs processing a mixture of Seti@Home and Einstein@Home silumtaneous loads, I only have a CPU reported temp of around 52° C, VRM temp of about 45° C and 78° C on the chipset.
The chipset temps on the motherboard are high because the GPUs block, to a great degree, the air intake on the chipset fan, however I never have any thermal throttling of the CPU because I'm running an all core (64 threads) clock of 4.0 ~ 4.125GHz on average.
Each BOINC work unit is between 130 Gflops to 185 Gflops and I'm going through several hundred work units in a 12 ~18 hour period of continuous processing between the CPU and GPUs.
Love it, but I wonder how the 3990X will perform using BOINC on the same projects?
I also have Blender 2.81 installed and will be using it for modeling, animation, etc.
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