I was watching the release of threadripper carefully and the core count got me thinking about how I could use Threadripper to replicate parts of my works virtual infrastructure in order to plan out projects more effectively and simulate infrastructure and software upgrades outside of the building, which frankly isn’t really possible on the ageing 1090T system I have at home now. To give some perspective I guess we should start with what I do for work in my day job which is basically to head up all technical projects for an Intellectual Property Legal500 firm. I have been at this job now for 5 years which is a long time and in that time we have pretty much had a top to bottom rebuild and our infrastructure is better than ever, I’ll talk a little bit about what I manage before we get to the build. Without going into too much detail split between 2 sites we have 6 DL380 G8’s, 5 of which are esxi hosts each rocking 192gb of memory and 2x6 Core HT Xeons, a huge (for the size of the company) HP6300 EVA with 5 trays of 600gb SAS disks and two HP store once 2400’s. This is all connected up with fibre and powered by a 30k HP UPS installation that weighs in at 2 metric tonnes. I won’t touch too much on switching or security but our core switches are layer 3 POE cisco units and we run mainly FortiGates on the perimeter. It’s pretty clear that x399 isn’t going to get anywhere near the performance metrics that I am getting out of the infrastructure above but the core count coupled with the I/O should be able to offer me the ability to effectively replicate subsets of it while also giving some insight into projected epyc performance in for example SQL,IDOL,SharePoint,iManage and other similar corporate workloads. This build from top to bottom will disappoint some but hopefully interest others and I might even be able to answer some questions along the way. I’m not totally against giving some gaming benchmarks and a little overclocking but that certainly will not be the focus of this thread so let’s not steer it that way too much please gents. To go alongside what I am doing with this kit I have convinced a buddy of mine (didn’t take much convincing tbh) to come over and experiment with some of his creative workflows which he tells me involves the following: Lightroom 6, LRTimelapsev5.7, aftereffects 2015 cc, premiere pro 2015 cc, Gopro Cineform decoders, Avid codecs etc. I will also share his thoughts or perhaps even get him to chime in. It’s about time I stopped waffling on so let’s get started, the kit list I have put together is as follows, it’s not all here yet but I have received the first bit today which is the PSU and ordered the rest so thought I would get started putting something together to document it on here. The Machine: Gigabyte AMD X399 AORUS GAMING 7 Gaming Motherboard Edit: AsRock Taichi x399 Edit: Asus Prime AMD RYZEN Threadripper 1950X 16 Core TR4 Processor 2X G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GB Kit DDR4 3466MHz RAM Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Crystal Series 460X RGB Compact ATX Mid-Tower Case (hope this is going to be big enough) Seasonic 860W Platinum Power Supply A solitary XFX RX480 8GB 256GB Samsung Pro NVME 4x1tb, 1x8tb WD RED, 3 or 4 random SSD’s probably in raid 0 Netgear ReadyNas Serving as extra LUN storage (perhaps snapshots, haven’t decided yet) A USB stick for ESXI. Fortinet Fortigate 30E (because I am poor and can’t afford the top end kit) Cyberpower Rack Mount LCD Series PR3000 UPS. I guess that’s really all I have for now. I will update as I start building and as I receive more kit which looks to be in the next few days.