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pastrychef's Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (WI-FI AC) build w/ i9-9900K + AMD 6600 XT

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pastrychef

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Now that I have the fan on my Vega running correctly and I've owned this Vega 56 long enough to know that there are no problems with it, it's time to void the warranty!

Anyone who has followed my builds know my affection for liquid metal thermal compound. Today, I decided it is time to apply some Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut to my Vega 56.

Stock Thermal Compound Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut
Heaven Fan speed (%) 88 79
Heaven Fan speed (RPM) 4317 3876
Heaven Temperature (C) 77 73
Valley Fan speed (%) 86 78
Valley Fan speed (RPM) 4247 3826
Valley Temperature (C) 75 71

  • The fan still ramps up and gets loud, but it's a bit more tolerable.
  • There was no discernible difference in frame rates.
  • Idle fan speed and temps are unchanged at 18%, 929rpm, and 42C.

Because there are so many little resistors that are very close to the GPU and HBM2, I applied some nail polish to the resistors prior to applying the Conductonaut to insulate them from any liquid metal that may spill over. Fortunately, none did.

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*Note: If anyone ever needs a replacement fan for their Vega, the part # is BFB1012SHA01.
 
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Ok, I solved my Final Cut Pro / Crash-Problem...

The solution was fairly easy; I buyed a Geforce 1080Ti !
It even supports 4K/60Hz over HDMI what the Vega64 doesn't without an active DisplayPort Adapter.




@pastrychef
Why you don't go for a custom water-cool loop ?
Then your system would be nearly soundless.
 

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Ok, I solved my Final Cut Pro / Crash-Problem...

The solution was fairly easy; I buyed a Geforce 1080Ti !
It even supports 4K/60Hz over HDMI what the Vega64 doesn't without an active DisplayPort Adapter.




@pastrychef
Why you don't go for a custom water-cool loop ?
Then your system would be nearly soundless.

Wow. I'm surprised to hear that your FCPX problem was due to the Vega 64... I wonder if the Vega 64 was crashing due to heat...

I am one of those who do not want water anywhere near my computer. Lol. Under normal usage, I can not hear my system. Only when heavily stressed do I hear the fans. I'm very happy with how my system is cooled.
 
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Wow. I'm surprised to hear that your FCPX problem was due to the Vega 64... I wonder if the Vega 64 was crashing due to heat...

I often wonder if my random crash issues are from the Vega driver! My system often crashes while I am using parallels and iTunes.
 

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I often wonder if my random crash issues are from the Vega driver! My system often crashes while I am using parallels and iTunes.

I don't use Parallels, but I do use VMware Fusion and iTunes and neither have crashed on me in a very, very, very long time.

Shiki helps with iTunes crashes. I use a "Boot Camp" drive with VMware Fusion. By "Boot Camp", I mean I have Windows installed on a separate drive that was originally created on my old Mac Pro using the Boot Camp Utilities.
 
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I have constant crashes on the Z370-I with AMD RX580. I cannot finish a game of SC2 (horrors!) without a crash. By that I mean music (iTunes perhaps or PlexAmp) play in the background, but the mouse and keyboard cease working, and all SC2 activity stops. Sometimes I can wait 5-10 minutes and the GUi/m/k become responsive, frequently not. Frustrating. My first test will be replacing the RX580 with a 970 or a 1080.
 

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I have constant crashes on the Z370-I with AMD RX580. I cannot finish a game of SC2 (horrors!) without a crash. By that I mean music (iTunes perhaps or PlexAmp) play in the background, but the mouse and keyboard cease working, and all SC2 activity stops. Sometimes I can wait 5-10 minutes and the GUi/m/k become responsive, frequently not. Frustrating. My first test will be replacing the RX580 with a 970 or a 1080.

How are the temps on the RX580? Is the card overclocked?
 
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Shiki helps with iTunes crashes. I use a "Boot Camp" drive with VMware Fusion. By "Boot Camp", I mean I have Windows installed on a separate drive that was originally created on my old Mac Pro using the Boot Camp Utilities.

I have Shiki installed maybe I should try Fusion, and it is hard freeze that I only notice to happen when I run the two together, and after it crashes seems like it is good till the next day... If I never load the VM and just use Mac only software it does not crash. I also have it installed on another drive though it was installed from Parallels and is just parallels image not truly installed. I guess I have nothing to lose by using my Mac Pro to make a similar drive.
 

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I have Shiki installed maybe I should try Fusion, and it is hard freeze that I only notice to happen when I run the two together, and after it crashes seems like it is good till the next day... If I never load the VM and just use Mac only software it does not crash. I also have it installed on another drive though it was installed from Parallels and is just parallels image not truly installed. I guess I have nothing to lose by using my Mac Pro to make a similar drive.

I tried Parallels once quite a few years ago and hated it. It installed stuff everywhere and really messed up my Windows installation to the point where I had to do a complete reinstallation of Windows. I also really hated the way it tried to integrate both operating systems.

I have found Fusion to be much cleaner, more stable, and less intrusive in that the client operating system is more "sandboxed".
 
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