This is a workstation for numerical methods in applied mathematics in industry using the AMD 3970X processor on the TRX40 motherboard.
The workload is both GPU and CPU intensive. The full load is eventually executed on cluster with this machine used for prototyping scratch models. Ultimately multiple compute cards will be added to this workstation for local GPU prototyping before shipping model to cluster; something like 2-4 titan Ampere cards or 2-4 3080 ti cards depending on release schedule and performance.
A small size of fast RAM was chosen alongside with 2x Optane DC P4801X drives using F2FS for models, data, cache, with the Optane 905P using F2FS acting as system drive.
The build was quite straightforward with no major problems.
O11 dynamic XL case was thoroughly well built with uncomplicated and well designed structures and systems. Support for large amounts of variable hardware including multiple power supplies. Some screws were not correctly threaded and sit diagonally off center from their holes. Case RGB micro-controller easily physically removed and disabled.
S12A fan installation was largely easy using Noctua rubber fan mounts. Included low noise adapters and Y-splitters were used to group fans into 4 fan blocks. Two fan mounts of forty snapped off when being pulled through and certain angles involved awkward movements in order to gain traction.
Seasonic 1000W power supply installed easily and contained a large amount of additional equipment.
Gigabyte TRX40 extreme motherboard provided many features, accessories, and an excellent level of hardware. Installation of the 3970X CPU was straightforward following included instructions with no re-seating needed. The Noctua NH-U14S CPU cooler mounted easily. The m.2 drives were installed below the motherboard thermal cover which contained pre-mounted thermal pads for contact with drives. Motherboard RGB disables permanently through BIOS.
G.Skill RAM worked with advertised XMP profile at 3800 C14. On-board RGB is on by default with no way to permanently disable or easily control inside Linux.
EVGA 2060 GPU slightly misaligned with rear case slot screws and required force to allow screws to tighten. Fan stop functioned well at idle and overall fan noise is low, however under full GPU load audible coil whine was noticeable.
Overall performance for entire build is magnificent at wonderfully low noise levels. No hardware issues were encountered and all components worked as intended with first power-on.
Near future hardware changes include previously mentioned 2-4 titan Ampere cards or 2-4 3080 ti cards when released, change to new TRX40 NH-D15 cooler when released, and additional Optane drives as needed. A larger monitor will eventually replace current monitor as more modern 16:9 32' 4k high refresh panels release.
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