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  1. That's why I've been struggling. I've had a feel for the right amount of paste for the standard-size CPUs, but it's taking some trial and error to get it right with one that big. Because of the shape, a single blob in the center would leave part of the ends without coverage. Spreading an even layer of thermal paste on an area that size is harder, too. I used four small blobs near the corner and one pea-size blob in the center, and that's giving better results than my previous attempts. I'm also not sure what the expected idle temperature is, so it's harder to know whether the p
  2. I'll experiment with the corner and center blob approach.
  3. The pea-sized blob method won't work with the big AMD Threadripper rectangular heat spreaders, although a line down the middle might. Noctua recommended a pattern of nine small blobs and four larger blobs, but that ended up with way too much thermal paste. I may have to try a line down the center, take it off immediately to verify the results, and then try an adjusted amount.
  4. I've been using thermal paste for over 20 years, but in the past month I've run into problems applying two different ones, Thermalright TFX and Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut. Both come with applicators and instructions to spread a thin, even layer of thermal paste over the heat spreader. The problem is that neither paste wants to spread evenly, or I haven't been able to figure out the technique needed to do this. Both want to clump and both want to stick to the applicator more than the heat spreader. In both cases, the heat spreader had been cleaned thoroughly using ArctiCleaner Thermal Materia
  5. I've had this with various issues over the years. I had it several months ago on Window 10 running on a GPT drive, and it took trial and error to get the various boot files repaired. It was easier a few years back with MBR drives. If I remember correctly, there've been a half dozen different causes and issues generating the same message. The most recent was something that the May 2019 Windows 10 update did to make Windows unable to boot. I restored the drive several times from full backups and each time the updates ran successfully except for making it impossible to boot once they'd finish
  6. I replaced the Corsair Hydro H150i with a Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3. Idle temperatures are slightly lower, but initial testing indicates that temperatures under load are higher. However, I'm waiting for an RMA for the memory certified for the Zenith II Extreme and using a pair of older memory sticks until it arrives, so there's no point in doing much at this time. The NH-U14S does fit easily on the TRX4 motherboard. The fans have to be raised slightly for taller memory, but with four sticks, the front fan is clear of the memory anyway. AIDA64 shows the fans speeding up under load
  7. The memory has been running at 3600 18-19-19-39 1.35 since noon with no problems, including completing Windows Memory Diagnostics. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to complete Overdrive to see what difference it makes, but the AIDA64 memory scores are encouraging. ASUS's RealBench has similar problems, displaying a message about being unable to parse system specs which blocks uploads after completing the tests. This seems to have been going on for several years with no resolution. It's frustrating because the score looks good compared to the online database, but that might be
  8. I'm just curious about what kind of rigs are getting the top scores. If they are using LN cooling or are running two Xeons and three video cards, I don't worry about it, but if they are comparable to mine, then it's interesting to try to figure out what's holding mine back. I was trying to figure why the 3960x and TRX40 chipset were getting 10% lower scores than my Core i7-8700k and Z370 in Passmark Performance Test with both running at default settings, and found out that temporarily disabling the Meltdown and Spectre patches resulted in scores 25 percent higher. It didn't make
  9. I forgot the mention that I noticed something about the percents on the Ranking tab. The five individual scores showed 4% each, with no score or percent for Internet bandwidth, and the total ranking showed 20%. Is there any possibility that Overdrive is adding the individual percents to get the overall percent instead of calculating it separately? The 4% calculations are suspect, too, because it seems unlikely that the CPU, RAM, hard drive, and video scores would all fall in exactly the same percent range.
  10. I've seen the black Noctua coolers. Unfortunately, the RAM is too high for either the Noctua or be quiet! coolers. I'll just run the PC without overclocking the CPU and play around with other variables until someone other than Enermax comes out with an AiO pump designed for Threadrippers. My i7-8700k and Maximus X Apex was using RAM designed to fit under heatsinks. I haven't used an AiO since my first one leaked and fried my motherboard three or four years ago.
  11. I checked the QVL before ordering the RAM. That's not the problem. TRX40 doesn't have XMP, and the equivalent DOCP only has an option for 4266,. The problem is that selecting DOCP automatically locks the cores at 4.3 Ghz, which is too much for the H150i. It took me a couple of weeks to deal with driver issues in Windows 10 x64 and I reseated the pump with better thermal paste last weekend, so I'm just reaching a point where I'm ready to experiment with RAM settings. I need to check to see if either the Dark Rock or Noctua's TRX40 cooler will clear the RAM. I've had good resu
  12. I checked the link for Threadripper coolers. The highest-rated one is the Thermaltake Water 3.0, but it has the same size pump and contact surface as the H150i. The be quiet! Dark Rock Pro TR4 is the highest rated air cooler and has a base which looks as though it would cover the whole CPU, but I don't know if the better coverage with air cooling would be an improvement over the H150i. I'm certainly going to watch for an AIO designed for Threadrippers, but the article says that the one currently available is too unreliable to be useful. I'll also see if I can find any Threadripp
  13. I've tried the RAM at 3600 MHz, but the system is not stable. I probably need to increase the power, which defaults to 1.2 but goes up as high as 1.45 for 4266 MHz. That's one of the things I haven't gotten around to trying yet. Thanks for the link to CPU coolers. I already had the H150i and some of the 3960x reviews were done using the same cooler, but I assumed that some of the heat issues were related to the size of the pump's contact area and was planning on looking for one designed for Threadrippers. By the way, I completed another run today on my other hard dri
  14. By the way, I got messages about IE scripting not being enabled after the first test run. I went through the IE options and it was enabled already, but then got another message about cookies or something similar. I went through the IE options and the second item was also already enabled. The third time, the test finished. I don't know if the process of going through the IE options somehow reset something that let the test finish, or whether it just was a coincidence that the test finished successfully on the third attempt. I may be able to find out after I figure out how to get the Corsai
  15. Mostly run benchmarks and experiment. I'm still going through a learning experience with some of its quirks. The biggest issue is keeping it cool because the H150i with six push-pull ML120 fans isn't enough to handle 48 Prime95 workers at default settings, so overclocking is out the question for now. Eventually, I want to experiment with PCIe4 M.2 RAID, which should in interesting since the bandwidth limits are gone.
  16. I finally got the Overdrive test to finish almost successfully, but the scores are disappointing, with everything in the top 4 percent except Internet, which didn't run: http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/sec.asp?conid=26073238 ASUS Zenith II Extreme AMD Threadripper 3960x Corsair H150i 4 x 8 GB Corsair Dominator 4266 at 3200 MHz Patriot Viper VP4100 1T PCIe4 M.2 drive
  17. I hadn't changed my hardware for a couple of years. Thanks to Microsoft, I had to replace Windows 8.1 with Windows 10 before I could install a new video card purchased last year. I finally got around to it yesterday and ran into the same 'no session...' problems other people have been having. I already had Windows 10 installed on one hard drive and did a clean install on another hard drive to replace my Windows 8.1 system, so I tested Overdrive on both an old Windows 10 install recently updated with current updates (it took four days to get it to boot after the feature updates, which is why
  18. What I see when I update my profile is different from what is showing as my signature, unless the signature is displaying differently for different people. I still see the old Z170 signature under the message above, and this is what I see in my profile: System Specifications: Mountain Mods U2O-CYO case, horizontal motherboard mount, Asus ROG Maximus X Apex, Intel Core i7-8700k, Deepcool Gamerstorm Assasin II CPU Cooler, 2 x 8 gig Corsair Vengeance DDR4-4500, 2 x Samsung 950 Pro 512 M.2 RAID 0, Samsung 850 Pro 1T SATA, MSI Geforce 1080 ti Duke 11g OC, BenQ PD2710QC monitor, Season
  19. I'm not sure if this is the correct forum, but I updated my profile for changes to my system. The changes show on my profile, but not in the signature at the end of messages, and I haven't managed to find a separate signature area to update.
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