THE HAF 932 RIG

The Cooler Master HAF 932 as it has proved itself to be a great air cooled solution for gaming enthusiasts. This box has been so cool that hardware lasts much longer than needed.

ChassisCooler Master HAF 932
PSUCorsair HX1000i
MotherboardMSI X570-A PRO
CPUAMD Ryzen R5 3600 & Wraith Prism RGB
MemoryG.Skill Flare X DDR4-3200 4x8GB 16-18-18-39
StorageIntel 665p 2048 GB M.2 SSD
Graphics Hardwarevaries depending on the requirements
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Professional x64
NetworkDOCIS 3 cable internet

The Corsair power supplies have improved over time and the HX1000i dominates 99% of machines out there. Most machines have 450W-600W power supplies which is fine for a single graphics card. Given the dual 8-pin connections on extreme video cards, the 750W PSU makes more sense.

MSI motherboards have been relatively reliable. Lower cost Asus boards have not survived nearly as well. With socket AM4, the B350, X470 and X570 chipsets have all been used.

The range of video cards available varies over time with procurements made when digital coin values collapse. Old cards are bought for 10-25 cents on the dollar which saves the studio a fortune. Other video cards are procured privately.

Video cards have accumulated. This is driven by the annual marketing by AMD and nVidia selling new cards every fall. Now that GDDR6 is ramping up, new cards are coming to market now supporting it.

Video cards from AMD have settled on 64 shaders per compute unit (CU). So cards like the 28nm R9 Fury with 56 CU have substantial shader counts. The RX 480 has 36 CU but it is 14nm so it uses less power and has a faster clock speed. The LG panel with 3840×2160 resolution needs all the CU I can afford.

The AMD Ryzen processors are very powerful and they can handle even elite graphics cards. The R5 3600 with 6 cores and 12 threads is quite adequate for handling even the most demanding games. The R5 3600 easily reaches 4.2+ GHz when the workload is high.

The 32GB of DDR4-3200 is far above the mainstream which is still largely using 8GB. The goal with more RAM is to handle the most demanding modern games which are increasingly taking advantage of resources.

The Intel 665p SSD is PCIe 4.0 based.The existing 2048 GB SSD has demonstrated its value. Larger capacity SSD products are inevitable as the prices fall for existing products.

The NVMe SSD has revolutionized the performance of gaming. Loading Windows is substantially faster and game performance is improved as well. This is the reason consoles have jumped onboard too.

A USB front panel box affords USB-C on the front panel. The rear IO on the X570-A PRO has one USB-C port as well. This affords the opportunity for new peripherals as time progresses. USB-C affords higher speeds which will allow for new opportunities for higher performance media etc. USB-C graphics are used by Apple users for some applications.

Currently there is an LG WH16NS40 BD drive installed in the machine. The drive came with Cyberlink PowerDVD to play media. The LG WH16NS60 is UHD capable is on the wishlist.

At present 4K BD discs are priced much higher than conventional FullHD BD media which has pushed the WH16NS60 procurement back to maybe Q4 2020. Over time 4K media prices should soften as prices for televisions continue to fall and competition from DVD and BD media.

The old bluetooth Wacom Graphire CTE-630BT is mostly used as a mousepad but the stylus is handy for digital editing with Photoshop and PhotoPainter Pro etc. Corel also has lots of software that can leverage the digital stylus. Windows 10 Ink Workspace also supports the stylus.

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