New AMD Gaming build

15 April, 2020 - Reading time: 4 minutes

I've been building gaming machines for myself, family and friends for years. I like to look into the various specifications of the different components and reading the performance reviews of them. I've been using Intel as long as I can remember, but this time I opted in for trying AMD as a first.

As described in the introduction this is my first ever AMD build. To this day I haven't regretted the switch for one bit. The performance of this build is awesome and even though I would like to upgrade my GPU (using GDDR5 and would like to upgrade to GDDR6), I just can justify it atm, because of the overall performance of the machine.

Build inventory list

Processor (CPU)

  • CPU Name: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Eight-Core Processor | Product | Price ~$300
  • Threading: 1 CPU - 8 Core - 16 Threads
  • Frequency: 3734.02 MHz
  • Architecture: Pinnacle Ridge / Stepping: PiR-B2 / Technology: 12 nm

Motherboard

  • Model: MSI B450M MORTAR TITANIUM (MS-7B89) | Product | Price ~$300
  • Socket: Socket AM4 (1331)

Memory (RAM)

  • Total Size: 16384 MB
  • Type: Dual Channel (128 bit) DDR4-SDRAM
  • Frequency: 1066 MHz (DDR4-2132) - Ratio 3:32
  • Slot #1 Module: Corsair 8192 MB (DDR4-2137) - XMP 2.0 - P/N: CMW16GX4M2C3200C16
  • Slot #2 Module: Corsair 8192 MB (DDR4-2137) - XMP 2.0 - P/N: CMW16GX4M2C3200C16

Graphic Card (GPU)

  • GPU Type: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (GP106) @ 949 MHz | Product | Price ~$490
  • GPU Brand: Micro-Star International Co. Lt
  • GPU Specs: GP106-400 / Process: 16nm / Transistors: 4400M / Die Size: 200 mm² / TDP: 120W
  • GPU Units: Shader Units: 1280 / Texture Units (TMU): 80 / Render Units (ROP): 48
  • GPU VRAM: 6144 MB GDDR5 / 192-bit Bus @ 3802 MHz (Micron)
  • GPU APIs: DirectX 12.0 (12_1) / OpenGL 4.6 / OpenCL 1.2 / Vulkan 1.1

Storage (HDD/SSD)

  • Model #1 Name: PNY CS900 960GB SSD (FW: CS900KA3)
  • Model #1 Capacity: 894.3 GiB (~960 GB)
  • Model #1 Type: Fixed, SSD - Bus: SATA (11)
  • Model #2 Name: Western Digital WDC WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 (FW: X61130WD)
  • Model #2 Capacity: 465.8 GiB (~500 GB)
  • Model #2 Type: Fixed, SSD - Bus: SATA (11)

Displays

  • Screen #1: Acer XB240H (ACR041B)
  • Screen #1 Spec: 24 inches (61 cm) / 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 24-144 Hz
  • Screen #2: AOC Internationa Q32G1WG4 (AOC3201)
  • Screen #2 Spec: 31.5 inches (80 cm) / 2560 x 1440 pixels @ 48-144 Hz