This is our updated workstation solver build for the consumer platform of AMD. In reality this CPU could be classified as enthusiast however, since there is nothing casual about running 16 CPU cores with a boost clock of up to 4.9 GHz.
At this time it’s a little difficult to give a precise number regarding the cost of this build, since the market prices are currently inflated due to supply chain limitations. Prices on either the CPU, GPU or RAM may not be at their equilibrium levels. Ideally this build should set you back approximately $3,000, but at the time of writing may cost as much as $4,000. I will point out which parts may have supply issues below.
A 16-Core CPU with a 3.4 GHz base clock and a boost clock of up to 4.9 GHz. Utilise AMD’s Ryzen Master software for auto overclock features to gain extra performance. The MSRP of this processor is $799. Currently this processor is being sold for around $1,000 in the US and supplies may be limited.
It is important to point out that AMD officially recommends water cooling for their Ryzen 9 5950x CPU. We ran some tests using the Ryzen 9 5950x and the Noctua NH-D15 running Monkersolver 2 (BETA) will all threads utilised. At stock speeds, temperature stabilised at around 61-62 degrees celsius. Running Ryzen Master with “auto OC” enabled, we saw temperatures rise to 67-68 degrees celsius. Both of these temperatures are well below the maximum thermal load of the CPU, which is 90 degrees celsius. If you prefer a liquid cooling solution, we recommend the EVGA CLC 280 liquid cooler.
The Asus Prime X570-Pro represents a good value point and support for the features of this build.
For the Ryzen 5000 series, the value point in terms of price performance lies with DDR4 3600 RAM. RAM may be hard to find given current supplies of memory chips. For this build we recommend a kit of Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 128GB DDR4 3600 4x32GB RAM, for a total of 128GB.
Storage for solvers is more of a secondary performance metric as most of the time you will not be reading or writing to your hard drive. Therefore we would simply recommend a fast primary drive, such as the Samsung 980 Pro (NVMe) and secondary storage for backup, as needed.
Graphics cards are experiencing the most severe shortages at the moment. This is down to various reasons, but primarily due to a large shortage of semiconductors in the global supply chain. It is important to point out that a graphics card is not required for the majority of poker solvers. We have listed an Asus RTX 2060 here, as it is a good all purpose card to have in a modern consumer system, but it is definitely not required and any graphics card that can output an image to 2-3 high resolution monitors (4k@60) will suffice.
The Fractal Design Meshify 2 is a solid case with good out of the box thermals in an attractive packaging.
The Corsair RM850 provides plenty of power for this build, with room to spare for future upgrades, such as additional storage drives and or a more power hungry graphics card or additional cooling/lighting.
This is a very powerful build for everyday solving needs. The 5950x runs very fast, especially when combined with the correct RAM. There is room in the system for future upgrades. As mentioned, be mindful of the prices of some of the hardware. There may be surge-pricing given the current demand for computer hardware.
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