Well, I've been using my new computer for a few weeks now. It is easy to see that Ryzen is a new platform. Although the motherboard was manufactured only a few months ago, there was already half a dozen newer BIOS versions for it. Now, a month later, there is 2 more still and I updated to the latest version a couple of days ago.
I am still running my 8 C / 16 T CPU at the default 3 GHz (turbo 3.7 GHz). Temps are staying low with CPU rendering. When it's running all cores on full load it clocks itself to 3.15 GHz and stays at 52 C. A bit peculiar that
Well, seems to be room for overclocking, should I want to.
I have increased RAM memory speed from the default 2133 MHz to 2933 MHz because according to reviews Ryzen loves fast memory. This is considered overclocking, but my memory is rated for 3000 MHz, so it should be no problem.
Seems like I also got a good GTX 1080 Ti specimen. Factory default is 1480 MHz I believe. My card has preset modes called Silent at 1582 MHz, Gaming at 1682 MHz and OC (over-clocked) at 1703 MHz. Cautious as I am, I set it to 1536 MHz in User mode. However It doesn't seem to care much about those modes and sets the speed as it pleases. Maybe this is some nVidia driver thing?
At any rate, when GPU rendering at full load it sets itself to 1823 MHz and temps stay at 64-65 C while fans are running at only about 40%
Low temps is nice, because it also means little noise as fans run at low speeds. The PSU's load and temp is so small it does not even engage the fan.
I have recently seen tests where Noctua air coolers beat water cooling when it came to temps and sound level. They tested both with default clocks and overclocked. I was surprised. Why pay double for liquid cooling and introduce an unnecessary risk if it doesn't offer substantially better performance than air cooling, but in fact worse?
I'm very pleased with the speeds of my new storage spaces. The M.2 NVMe SSD is ridiculously fast and the normal SSD is great too. The Seagate Barracudas in RAID mode are also very fast compared to what I had earlier. In the old machine the oldest harddrives were from 2006.
Now moving files can be so fast, I sometimes have to double check it actually moved them.
Gaming performance is also great, as one would expect when playing at 1080p with a GTX 1080 Ti. When I've looked at gaming benchmarks it doesn't seem to matter what CPU you have if it's a fairly recent one. It doesn't really matter if you get 120 or 135 fps, when playing on a 60 Hz screen as I do.
Haven't decided if I'll try overclocking the Ryzen. I've had a fun time laughing when looking at the overclocking "circus" on the net. To some people succesful overclocking seems to mean running some tests that last from a few seconds to just over 2 minutes with cores approaching 100 C! Can't say I see what it is the point with that. To me, a succesful overclock is when it can run stable at full load for 24 hours a day when needed.
In short, so far everything is working well and I'm very pleased with the hardware
Well, that is pretty much the tech side of it. More later about my rendering experiences. I should do some Poser/Octane and Vue renders too with the new rig, but there is so much to try with Daz Studio as well. There is not enough hours in a day ...