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Should be doing Homework RN... Priorities...

by jcowell



Date Published

April 17, 2017

Date Built

April 12, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


I've been following Ryzen for a few months now, hopeful to see what AMD would do to the market, but with no real reason to upgrade. A few weeks ago I learned that my parents needed a new computer, so naturally I jumped on the opportunity to re-purpose my i3 6100 into a great little office computer for them and started collecting parts.

The 380 was and still is the primary bottleneck in the system but I wanted to set myself up with more CPU threads going forward for the next few years, I may add a 480 or similar if I come across a great deal. Very Happy with the build process with no real problems, I updated the bios straight away before a fresh windows install and only had one problem where the computer didn't shut down.

This was my first time overclocking and it was pretty straight forward, managed to get 3.7 MHz on 1.304V stable. I was hoping for a bit better of an OC but I guess I can't complain as all cores are running higher than the factory boost speeds and with reasonable temps under the stock cooler. The ram is rated for 2800MHz but I was only able to get 2666 to post, I am thinking this is because the sticks are only rated for 2T but maybe this will change with more bios updates.

Anyways let me know what you think!

Part Reviews


Great processor, lots of threads at a reasonable price!

Comments Sorted by:

Matthewgrossman 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Looks great, expect those nasty power cables poking out of the sleeveing, will you be investing in extensions or full custom cables?

jcowell submitter 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Thanks, I would definitely like to make some custom cables in the future. I want to update the gpu first though, I'd also like to get rid of the red accents and convert to a straight black/grey theme... Maybe some day when I have the time and money!

texasmayne 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I had the same feeling last night, while loading and testing steam on ubuntu.

jcowell submitter 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Yup definitely not enough time in the day!

kg31445237 1 point 24 months ago

hey, during your build, when did you update the bios? Where you able to get the cpu to post without the bios update first?

I'm asking because i've bought two boards that i had to return because i found out i needed a bios update to run my ryzen 5 1600, and there arent many am4 compatible chips available that i can access to flash my current bios. any help is much appreciated.

jcowell submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Hey Kg,

Sorry for replying so late, I actually typed up a response but then must not have saved it after :/. I didn't have to update the bios initially to post, I was able to post on the original bios and then flashed a more recent version before loading the OS. What boards have you tried? Maybe check r/AMD if your haven't already figured it out? Best of Luck!

crazyinsane51 1 point 24 months ago

How do you turn the fan on the wraith spire?

jcowell submitter 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

There is actually 4 screws connecting the fan to the heatsink, though removing the screws is a pain as they are slightly recessed in the plastic.

Sammy_Ming 1 point 23 months ago

I heard the on bord RGB is pretty crappy. You ever use it?

jcowell submitter 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Just got a splitter for my two LED strips and plugged it in a few weeks ago. I only have a few color options now, not the greatest...