Description

This is a rackmount build going into my test/home lab.

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

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. May play around more when this project is over.
  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. I'll be swapping components in and out of this build, so sliding it in and out of my rack on rails will be a lot easier than working with it on my desk. 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) couldn't 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. I've put in another support ticket asking for more detailed explanation of features/documentation.

This build with run double duty. I plan on using it for LTT's Folding Month event, but will also be using it to test certain products 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. I'll be swapping components in and out of this build, sliding it in and out of my rack on rails will be a lot easier than working with it on my desk.

Other Build/System Notes:

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. 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!

Overall, my lab is pretty loud so fan noise isn't a concern, but the Pure Wings 2 @ 100% are still so quiet that I would run them near 100% even if this was a silence focused build.

Some misconceptions that could arise from photos: I put the heatsink that came with the MP600 on the 960 since it went to well aesthetically, so yes, the MP600 is in the correct slot. Also, there are exhaust fans. They were just the last part to arrive, so they're only shown in the completed photo in the beginning.

A 4.4GHz all-core Cinebench R15 run (3473) puts this thing right on the heels of my 2950X. (My best 2950X run was 3672 @ 4.28GHz).

My daily driver clock 4.2GHz at 1.287V. Idles at 39C in my rack and hits 66 under load.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 4 points

Amazing pictures and the most aesthetically pleasing build I've ever seen! You're making me regret already ordering all of my parts.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! What'd you end up going with?

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful photos! What lens did you use?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I use a 100mm f/2.8 L, 24-105 f/4 L, and 50mm f/1.2 L for most of my PC shots.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh very nice! Had a feeling some of those were macro

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you think this motherboard is well configured for gaming? Obviously it's main function isn't for that lol but this layout and clean look would go nicely with my build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah. No reason why it couldn't be used for gaming. Just expensive is all. But it's great even if you just use auto OC. Super stable power delivery.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

So, seeing as zen 2 is having such an improvement that the mainstream is nearly taking down your 2950x, will you be considering the next threadripper line?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I am 100% getting the next Threadripper if it still uses X399. If it doesn't, it'll have to be really impressive.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a feeling that even if it does use x399 it'll be really impressive, just look at how Zen 2 compares to Zen+

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I meant if I have to buy a new mobo to upgrade to it, then it would have to be like REALLY good to justify CPU AND mobo cost.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I know that's what you meant, I just think that it will be really impressive

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, yeah.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous build, amazing photos, great job. Much appreciation for your meticulous work.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

:))

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

what do you think about the original amd rgb cpu fan? That is bad?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not bad, just doesn't let the 3900X live up to its potential.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm always happy to see you post a new build because I'll know you'll capture it beautifully. Quick question though, with the NH-U12A in the rack mount, can you put the top panel on the case, or are you leaving it open and just sliding in and out since you are swapping parts so frequently? Beautiful build as always.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I installed the top for now. I'm sure it's staying off next time I swap something though. It fits with the NH-U12A. It definitely touches it, but doesn't seem to impact it in any way.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I want to know something. Is that memory kit working well with that motherboard?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. I run it at 3733.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. Crucial's website don't say that those memory kits are not compatible with Asus X570 motherboards.

But guess I'll give them a try now.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, those pictures dude. Sick build too, damn this guy has it all.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, hopefully this gets a feature!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Best looking and a most hardcore machine fit for anything you can throw at it.. Simply amazing, bro!

Pro is matte, not RGB😉

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Happy with the build quality of the Rosewill case? Sweet build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it's very basic. Just a big metal box, but quality is there. Nothing threatened to cut me. It flexes a bit with the drive cage removed since that acted like a center brace, but in a rack that hardly matters.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wowwwwww. Jesus bless your deep pockets... 😂 Just a quick question, i am planning t use the nh u12a for my 3700x but i dont know about the temps. What about yours?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

My 3900X is well tamed even w/ PBO on, so you won't have any issues with a 3700X I assume.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like you're good on photo. I need some comparison between U12A and Wraith Prism. How's the temp when using U12A and Wraith Prism? Did you OC it?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wraith prism was fine at stock, but would only do like 3.8-3.9 all core. Boosted to like 4.4 w/ just PBO enabled (on a few cores) The U12A was able to overclock beyond all that. 4.1 all core and boosted to 4.6 with just PBO enabled.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

And the temp between them?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Between what exactly?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The tepm between Wraith Prism and U12A.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

They were similar, but with the way boosting works on Zen2, the U12A was able to boost much higher. The Prism hit 90 sometimes under synthetic load, the U12A never went past 85.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this board actually have two M.2 slots? Asus's website seems to indicate one.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I found both of them on a picture. The documentation was confusing! 😂

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It does have two. I use both of em.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

sweet build!! how are the temps on the GPUs?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! As toasty as any blower card. One is 77 and the other 80 under full load.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Did you ever get the IPMI / Asus Control Center Express working? Was considering going with the X470 Asrock Rack board specifically for that reason, but would much prefer X570 chipset.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It works, it's just underwhelming. Most of it is Windows-only control which is pointless when it comes to actual IPMI. Read up on that X470 board on the Level1Techs forum. There's a lot that was wrong at first and I know they were keeping track in a thread.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Bummer. It looks like Asus also implemented Asus Control Center Express on their Prime X570-Pro/CSM and Prime X570-P/CSM boards.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It appears Asus Control Center (non-Express) might have more functionality, and it might work since the activation key card that came with the board actually says that on it. Unfortunately I can't seem to get the OVA file to install in Hyper-V, and I'm not willing to transition to VirtualBox just to test it out.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I went the roundabout way and converted it two times over to get it to work with some VM converters. It wasn't much better. The activation code is not the same though and won't do anything in the full version. Overall, it's basically useless aside from being able to remotely power off the machine and update the BIOS.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Dude...wow! Love that you rack mount and run Linux! Awesomesauce

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!