Description

This is my first AMD build in 10 years and I was very excited about the value/performance of these parts. I spent a while deciding between Mid size and Small Form Factor and decided on the Meshify and ATX motherboard due to the versatility and ease of working with them.

Monitor is a business monitor with great KVM and PIP modes for my work issued laptop.

As of the publication of this (11/8/2019) I am running Prime95 and all fans at max speed keep the CPU at 80C. The fan orientations are front intake, back/top exhaust, with heatsink mounted fan pushing air through the heatsink.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Hefty but not too big. Relatively straight forward to install and configure. The sleeve surrounding the actual fan power/control wires flexes weird, but I am sure it protects the wires well.

Motherboard

Zen2 / Ryzen 3000 series ready out of the box no need for BIOS updates. It's nice there are two SATA slots on the bottom part of the board, and are not the ones disabled when you use the M2 slot. BIOS itself has a strange mouse lag with my microsoft wireless mouse. Other than that, it's pretty standard as far as motherboards.

Case Fan

Chocolatey cooling. This is my first parlay into using non-stock case fans and I am very impressed by these fans. When running at 30-50% it's a whisper, but at higher speeds they do sing just like any other fan.

The accessory options that come with it are nice too including an undervolting wire and Y-cable. Some of the screws were hard to get in, and there was some plastic shredding coming from the pre-drilled holes which I guess just was not done well on some. It was not a deal breaker for me.

Case Fan

Chocolatey cooling. This is my first parlay into using non-stock case fans and I am very impressed by these fans. When running at 30-50% it's a whisper, but at higher speeds they do sing just like any other fan.

The accessory options that come with it are nice too including an undervolting wire and Y-cable. Some of the screws were hard to get in, and there was some plastic shredding coming from the pre-drilled holes which I guess just was not done well on some. It was not a deal breaker for me.

Monitor

I am using this monitor as a multipurpose one for gaming and work. It's not designed or geared for high end gaming - though it works well for me, a non competitive gamer. The highlights of this monitor is the USB-C charging, KVM features(tricky to set up, but great when you get it right), PIP modes(side by side, small PIP, or large PIP).

My one complaint for this is there are only 2 "Favorites" settings for the physical monitor buttons which I mapped to input change and KVM change, and wish I could get a 3rd to switch the PIP modes. There is a separate software you can install to enable the same things but I am unable to get it on my work issued laptop due to corporate policies.

It's expensive for ultrawide but the productivity features make it well worth the money for me.

Comments

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Any reason why you went with the smaller Noctua CPU cooler?

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

I am not OCing it and from what I can tell with my airflow set up this cooler is very effective and a little less money.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

550W is enough for that build?

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 points

Why only 60 hz? Seems like a waste of those powerful parts.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

It is 4k tho so I wouldn't say its a waste.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

It's 1440p ultrawide. Different than 4k.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

my bad you're right.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

It's driving an older display port monitor too and the hz/FPS doesn't bother me because I'm playing games like Kerbal Space Program or Project Zomboid lately.

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 points

Those noctuas really clash with the case color