Ryzen five 1600X: Building a versatile work and play PC with AMD – s 6-core CPU champ – PC World Fresh Zealand
Ryzen five 1600X: Building a versatile work and play PC with AMD's 6-core CPU champ
With six cores and twelve threads, AMD's Ryzen five 1600X is ideal for affordable work AND play.
Building the Ryzen 1600X PC
If you’ve never crafted a computer, PCWorld’s comprehensive guide to building a PC can walk you through the process. We’re just going to go over the broad strokes and aspects unique to this particular build here.
As always, I embarked by building out the motherboard first—it’s lighter to install the major components before your motherboard’s in the case.
The Samsung nine hundred sixty Pro blends right in on the Aorus Gaming five motherboard even before you add a graphics card.
Since the Samsung nine hundred sixty Pro’s an NVMe SSD, my very very first step was slotting that into place and screwing it in. Gigabyte’s Ryzen motherboards smack the M.Two slot under the very first PCI-E slot, which means your SSD is covered by your graphics card. It’s not ideal—I choose the M.Two connector over the PCI-E slot, to keep your GPU’s hot air from tedious onto your M.Two SSD—but I’ve never noticed spectacle loss from placement like this.
Installing the RAM was a fatter headache, and a major bummer. (Be sure to read your motherboard manual to make sure you install your modules in the optimal slots for your configuration!)
Come. On. This cord is futile.
The Gaming five includes an RGB header to sync RGB-equipped devices with the motherboard’s lights using Gigabyte’s BIOS-based RGB Fusion software. The Geil Evo X includes a cable to connect the memory to an RGB header. Sweet, right? Nope. The RGB cable shipped with the Evo X is amazingly short—far too brief to reach the RGB header on the left side of the board, where Gigabyte and most other motherboards place it. So rather than syncing the RAM’s colors with the motherboard, I instead had to use a secondary cable (with the aforementioned ugly crimson wires) that connects to a system fan header for power. Doing so boundaries you to using the Evo X’s native crimson, blue, or green lighting presets.
The Ryzen five 1600X in the motherboard.
Installing the Ryzen 1600X itself was elementary. Just match the corner with the triangle on the bottom of the processor with the motherboard socket emblazoned with a matching triangle. It should slip right in, then you secure it in place with the retention lever. Easy-peasy!
Setting up the Wraith Max cooler proved mostly straightforward as well. It uses a retention scheme that clips onto to the AM4 socket’s native mounting hardware, so you won’t need to exchange anything out or muck around with bolts.
The Wraith Max’s RGB effect is subtle, classy, and fully optional rather than over the top. (But blue RGBs in an AMD build seem so WRONG.)
That said, this installation reminded me how much I choose bolt-based CPU coolers. The heatsink at the top of the motherboard doesn’t leave you much room to get your fingers in there to secure the Wraith Max’s clip, so the Wraith’s heatsink moved around a lot as I struggled to secure it—which meant the preapplied thermal paste didn’t create a solid seal with the processor. I wound up having to uninstall the Wraith Max entirely after building the PC to reapply fresh thermal paste after witnessing extraordinarily high temperatures after my initial installation.
The Wraith Max packs RGB lights of its own, and like the Geil Evo X RAM, it includes a cable that connects to an RGB header to coordinate the color with your motherboard lights. That cable suffers from the opposite problem as Geil’s, however: It’s too long.
Most motherboards position their motherboard header just underneath and to the left of the CPU socket. The Wraith Max’s RGB connector is at the bottom-left of the fan; there’s maybe an inch of physical space separating it from the motherboard RGB header. But the RGB cord AMD ships with the Wraith Max is toughly a foot long. That means you need to find something to do with all that cabling, but the length is too brief to, say, cleanly route it out to a motherboard cut-out and then back in from another.
I will never be able to NOT see this wire for the Wraith Max’s RGB lighting.
I wound up having to loosely tie the cable together and trail it across the middle of the motherboard, which doesn’t look horrible in the final build, but undoubtedly isn’t ideal.
Those are all nitpicks however. I love the look of the Wraith Max in practice, and it didn’t take long to get it in place. It’s leaps and bounds better than stock Intel coolers.
The Corsair Carbide 400C makes cable management a breeze.
The rest of the Ryzen 1600X build went together quickly and lightly. Despite its little stature, the Corsair 400C includes ample space above the motherboard to route your topmost cables, unlike some other cases in this price range. It also features nice rubber grommets in each of the motherboard cut-outs, and a power supply cover that hides the mess of wires snaking out from your PSU—not that there’s many in this build, as the EVGA Supernova six hundred fifty P2 is fully modular.
Next page: Brief spectacle results and final thoughts