Firstly a huge thank you @kgp and all the other contributors to this guide for your hard work. This is an excellent build, which I have been running, with a few modifications from the original, for more than two years now without any major issues. I do however have a few minor issues that I am sure I have just missed the solutions for somewhere along the way and these are the reason for my post today.
My build as follows:
Mastercase 5 pro
Corsair RTX Modular 1000w psu
Intel i7 6850k
H110 Liquid cooling
Gigabyte Nvidia GTX980TI G1 Gaming 6GB
Samsung 500GB 960 Evo M.2 (OSX boot drive)
Samsung 256GB 850 Evo SSD (Windows boot)
Software 18TB RAID0 (3x Seagate Barracuda Pro 6TB)
Asus ThunderboltEX II Card
TP-Link N900 Wireless dual Band PCI Express Adapter
Asus ProArt PA329Q 32" UHD
If anyone could point me in the right direction to solve the following minor issues:
1. Thunderbolt reliability
Sometimes when I have a thunderbolt device attached to the system at boot, the machine will take extremely long to boot into OSX and when this unusually long boot time occurs, I know that the thunderbolt will not be working. A bit of fiddling, unplugging and plugging of the thunderbolt cables and display port cables from GPU to Thunderbolt card and a couple of reboots later and it works again.
Thunderbolt seems to perform most reliably when for example a thunderbolt raid is connected and no changes are made on the thunderbolt devices for the session.
The real thunderbolt trouble seems to come in when I have a Lexar thunderbolt CF2 card reader attached and I switch CF2 cards in the reader. Most times it works without an issue, but now and then when removing or inserting a card into the reader, the thunderbolt ports die and a shutdown and re-plug of thunderbolt and display port cables is necessary to get it working again.
The final thunderbolt issue is that of no hotswap of thunderbolt devices - any leads to fixes for this?
2. Raid0 reliability
Sometimes on boot my internal software Raid0 reads as if it needs to be formatted. In this case I usually just press ignore and restart and its up and running again. - Any suggestions to improve reliability here would be great!
3. USB port number maximum
I remember reading somewhere that this build has a maximum number of USB ports supported in OSX. I previously tried to add a 4port usb3 hub and ended up killing one of my usb ports self-healing fuses for a while. Any fixes for this would be appreciated!
4. RedRocket-X overheating
Recently, in Davinci Resolve 15.2.3 I have been experiencing overheating of the Redrocket-x card on really hot days and in really hot conditions only. I am not sure if this is related to the Resolve version, as I have only experienced this issue since recently upgrading to Resolve 15 from Resolve 12. It could also just be adverse climate heat conditions and insufficient airflow in my case perhaps. When rendering for 10 minutes or so and the card running hot in the middle of the day, Resolve crashes, but the machine stays up and running. A restart of resolve and the card is working again, but I have to give it time to cool down before running another render. I have turned all my fans up to maximum and cranked up the air conditioning to maximum and it was still not enough. - I realize this is quite a specific issue and doubt anyone can be of any help with this, but if anyone does have any insight or suggestions, please do let me know.
Thank you again to all the great people of this forum and this thread specifically for your insight, knowledge and support.