23
May
2017

Flammenwerfer: Some Progress

So its been a while since I got my hands on Ryzen and I thought its time to fill you all in with the grizzly details! I have done some work on Flammenwerfer, though with Ryzen being a new platform and all, I have had a couple of issues.

I can confidently say that at the moment, memory support is a bit of a nightmare. I am using Corsair Vengeance LED 3000MHz DDR4 modules – these turned out to be Hynix-based. This means I can only really get 2666MHz to run at all.

Except there’s another problem. The cold-boot memory bug that’s plaguing many people. This means that I can boot the system at 2133MHz, use the system for 15 minutes, set the speed to 2666MHz and all will be fine. Except, the system will fail to POST and revert back to defaults next time the power is cycled. This clearly is not a viable option moving forwards, so at the moment 2400MHz is what I am running.

600MHz below their rated speed 🙁

The other problem I am currently facing is the lack of a built-in Linux driver for the built in RAID controller. I am booting from two 240GB SanDisk SSD’s in RAID0, and Linux cannot see that array or any of the other hard drives at the moment. There are drivers available online, but it’s rather tricky to get them installed properly. I may just grab a small mSATA drive for Linux and call it a day.

As for the hardware, some other changes have been made. Well, I did want to change the AIO didn’t I? Weeeeeell I might have gone slightly overboard…

That’s the Deepcool “GamerStorm” Captain 360 EX. I will be writing a full review on this – but the short version goes like this:

  • It’s a 360mm AIO (3x 120mm fans on the radiator)
  • For me, I had to get the AM4 mounting harware seperately, but I believe that newer units have it included as standard
  • It was an absolute nightmare to fit in the top of the H440 – but it fits very nicely
  • The tubes are very long – designed to reach the front of the case. It is a very good job I went for a case with no drive bays – they would have interfered with the tubing.
  • The tubing is wrapped with black paracord-type material which is very nice and feels good quality – but it makes the tubing a bit on the stiff side
  • For me, the tubing layout ended looking great. The RAM isn’t covered and nothing is stressed.
  • The pump has a red LED ring light
  • The fans spin from 500 – 1800 RPM and the pump you just leave at full speed. It’s pretty much silent.

Yes, it’s total overkill. It also keeps my 1700X under 55 degC when under full load at stock, and under 60 degC when overclocked to 3.9GHz.

The last thing I have added… well it’s 2017 – so it would be rude not to add some RGB lighting!

The ASRock RGBLED software, though basic, lets you pick from several colour modes until you find the one that suits you best. For me, it’s a static dim red:

Some video of it all in action:

I taped over the incredibly obnoxious white LED on the ASUS Strix GPU… that thing was born from the fiery core of the sun itself.

The last upgrade will be the GPU – currently it’s an ASUS Strix GTX 960 4GB. It’s not the most powerful card in the world, and with the 1700X in there it looks a bit out of place. Flammenwerfer wouldn’t be complete if it had a certain upcoming GPU… damnit AMD I am always waiting for you to release things!

Vega, I am ready.

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