8K benchmarking is something that I've been planning for quite a while, and one of the most important parts is that I wanted to go as all-out as I could at first, with the months leading up AMD's launch of Ryzen Threadripper filling me with excitement.
It wasn't the 16C/32T of CPU power on tap; it was the new X399 chipset that features a massive 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes that I can use for all of my enthusiast level hardware. Playing games and benchmarking at 7680 x 4320 isn't easy, rendering 16 x the pixels of 1080p isn't something you do with your $1500 gaming PC. 8K is for out-of-this-world enthusiasts who need to drive 16 x the pixels of 1080p @ 60FPS, which deserves some AAA level hardware.
I reached out to our friends at ASRock who were generous enough to send one of their awesome X399 Taichi motherboards my way, so that I could slot in that beasty Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor.
ASRock X399 Taichi + Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
The ASRock X399 Taichi in all of its glory, with a super-slick cog-style chipset cooler and look across the board.
This massive socket is going to be home for our Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.
Installing Threadripper CPUs feels like you're working with a server...
We've got 128GB of DDR4 on its way from Corsair for this build, which will fill all of those eight DIMMs.
Yep. All of those PCIe slots will be filled with TITAN Xp graphics cards soon... with full x16 bandwidth.
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