Here we are, over a year later. Threadripper came out just over a year ago, and my system still isn't ready! It's been a bit of a nightmare to finally sort out what is wrong. The original set of G.SKILL RAM I had bought for this system was having issues with Ryzen memory compatibility, not just on my current Zenith Extreme, but on my MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon, as well as my Gigabyte X399 AORUS Gaming 7. I finally swapped the G.SKILL RAM out for Corsair Dominator in June, and I have not had a memory-related crash since, which makes me very happy. As for the CPU, I'm getting insanely low Cinebench and 3DMark Time Spy scores, ~1750 Cinebench, 19FPS/~6300 3DMark CPU. The scores should be 2450 Cinebench, 10,000+ 3DMark. After all this time of trying to find out why the scores are low, it turns out my CPU is throttling on all cores, hitting a sad 2.9GHz in these benchmarks. Only when applying an overclock of 3.7GHz, was I able to score a 2399 in Cinebench. I've reapplied thermal compound three times, once with Noctua NT-H1, and then Arctic MX-4. My exact CPU cooler is the Arctic Liquid Freezer 360, so there isn't any reason as to why I shouldn't have the ability to hit normal scores. I idle at 33C as well, which is quite high, and when working in the garage, because of the higher ambient temperatures, idle ends up being in the low 40s. Gaming performance is also not good, In Rise of the Tomb Raider, I score .7FPS as minimums, average is in the high 100s, and maximums can be around 230-300. That's a huge fluctuation, and let me tell you, it's completely unplayable. It seems like my options are to either switch to air cooling, maybe the new Cooler Master Wraith Ripper or a Noctua tower heatsink, go with a custom water loop, or get a full cover AIO designed for TR4. I'm leaning towards the custom water loop, that way I can get a monoblock and take advantage of my case's size with large radiators, but I'd only be able to afford that if I sold my Pro Duos. I have no doubt that this is a somewhat rare scenario when it takes this long to figure something like this out, but I have no doubt that this thing is fast!
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