Ive already asked Helio to create a new category about “PC hardware” in this forum. I think it would be nice to be able to discuss all PC hardware (GPU, CPU, memory, rigs, laptops etc) in one place and once specific category.
Meanwhile, Im currently planning for my next high-end PC rig, and I think it would be interesting to discuss with you all, what you think would the best PC hardware for a high-end VR rig, especially the CPU, GPU, mobo etc.
Of course, by saying “best PC hardware for VR”, I dont mean a general purpose Beat Saber rig. Im talking about the best thing money can give you today. Hardware that can squeeze out the highest amount of frames per second in FS2020 (once it goes VR), DCS World, MoH: Above and Beyond, Lone Echo 2 and so on.
As you know, we are currently stepping into a new generation when it comes to GPUs and CPUs. And it all makes me quite confused Even more after watching countless of YouTube videos and leaks. My main questions are:
The RTX 3090 is already here of course (not at my doorstep yet though, Im still waiting), but what about the upcoming AMD RDNA2 - can it give the 3090 a fight?
What do you think about the AMD 5900x and 5950x CPUs coming this fall? What are your predictions?
Is Intel gonna catch up AMD with Rocket Lake CPUs next spring?
Is it worth going from Intel 9900K to AMD 5950X or 5900X?
And if so, is a $600 mobo really a must-have to get the best performance out of AMD?
5900X or 5950X - does 0.1Ghz really matter when it comes to single core performance?
Overclocking Ryzen 9? Will it even be possible?
And maybe most importantly, is the AMD hype really just overhype (like many times before)?
So many questions, and Im sure we wont get clear answers until 3rd party benchmarks are out in November. But what do YOU think?
Im considering a rig like this:
MSI RTX 3090 Trio (already ordered)
AMD 5950X (or 5900X if enough)
ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero mobo (or the previous VIII Hero with fans)
Some crazy fast nvme 2 ssd
Keep my current 32Gb (2x16Gb) Corsair LPX 4000Hz sticks (if they are AMD supported)
Keep my current 1000w EVGA Supernova G2
Any thoughts? What is YOUR suggestion for the best possible VR gaming rig?
Silicon Lottery i9-10900k(F) CPU OR The New AMD CPU
RTX 3090 GPU (Make sure to pick a pre-binned card).
Sometimes the benchmarks show subtle differences between motherboard performance that can impact DCS World framerate/latency.
I am currently working on, and looking for customers to buy, a welded pressurized helium chassis, with a coolant loop that can be switched from water to gas to LN2 for flight ops, with the LN2 trickle-replinished by cryocooler. You should really thinking about that, my timeline is the next 1.5 months if I can raise the capital.
This would be a laptop-sized device, relatively lightweight.
Ive been on that path for a long time, but when it comes to simulation such as FS2020 and DCS, its all about single core performance.
Now the 9900K already falls behind 10900K quite a lot, and the upcoming 5900X seems to crush the 10900 in both single and multi core by nearly 15-20%. Of course its not official benchmarks yet. But still very promising…
If AMD does not beat Intel outright this generation, they will the next.
But an Intel i9-10900k vs AMD 5900X, if only 3% apart, could be the difference between some of my DCS World workloads failing. My margins are that thin, and if you are as concerned as I am about the best possible result, you should wait for benchmarks.
Cryogenic cooling could give us ~50% increase, when the cost per flight hour is acceptable for the LN2 use. A whole 50% CPU single thread increase could get us away from smart smoothing in many cases!
Yes, really, and yes, it’s still unknown until benchmarks. AMD has a history of some very weird stuff in single-core performance and DCS World.
@SweViver This is a system practically designed for you. Push a button, the machine suspends, purges the water, dumps in LN2, resumes, and increases all clocks 50%. When you run out of LN2, or flip the switch back, everything resumes normal water cooling. Easy, easy. And in laptop sized so you can stop carrying around those heavy weight copper heatsink machines I have seen you despise.
If I am right, the magic is sealing it up like a modern helium HDD, so the whole system can be brought down to cryogenic temperature. No moisture, no frost, tolerable thermal stress.
I’m running a 9700K and a 3090 FE and I’m very happy with the results. If i upgraded my cpu I could squeak out some more frames sure, but is the cost/performance ratio worth it? I don’t play the flight sims you do, but I know they are super taxing. I guess it all comes down to is it worth spending a bunch of money to play a handful of games well, because you can already play everything else perfectly.