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My new gaming/workstation PC: Ryzen 7 1800X, GTX 1080 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 15, 2017 5:54 pm

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Building a new super-powered workstation/gaming PC right now? The only graphics card worthy of the Ryzen 7 1800X is NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition. That is until the AIB partners push out their custom GTX 1080 Ti cards, then I'll replace the Founders Edition out with an even faster, cooler card.

 

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NVIDIA did some great design work on the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition.

 

 

What's Next?

 

Right now I've got the PC running into two displays: on the left, I have ViewSonic's awesome 27-inch 2560x1440 @ 165Hz display, while on the right I have an Acer 34-inch 3440x1440 @ 60Hz UltraWide display. It's the perfect mix of gaming and workstation use, with the 1440p 165Hz display used for gaming - while the 3440x1440 and its beautiful 21:9 aspect ratio is great for productivity.

 

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Now that I'm nearly done with the entire setup of the R7 1800X + GTX 1080 Ti rig, I can get into some benchmarking and begin testing it against my precious 6700K build. What do I expect in terms of performance? Slightly less gaming performance, but close to 100% more performance in multi-threaded applications and everyday use when throwing a million tasks at it - like 4K video, Photoshop, and having 50+ tabs open in my web browser.

 

Ryzen has been up to the challenge so far, and I'm beyond impressed with the thermal performance of the air cooler for now - sitting at between 60C idle, and hitting 82C max under 100% load so far. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, on the other hand, lets me play pretty much every game on the market at 3440x1440 @ 60FPS+ or 2560x1440 @ 100FPS+ with mostly Ultra detail, and with some tweaks I can hit 165FPS in some games.

 

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The 1TB OCZ RD400 is insanely fast, with 2.6GB/sec read speeds - and its M.2 form factor is amazing. I have unbelievable performance, in a tiny package - without using any of the SATA ports on the motherboard. Once you've shifted into the M.2 NVMe world, you'll never leave - trust me.

 

The future's looking bright, and for the first time in 5+ years, I'm excited and proud to be running an AMD-based system.

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