Description

My previous build was from 2009 onward with a trusty Phenom II x4 965 and a few different Radeon GPUs over the years. It lived long enough to see AMD rise once again with the killer Ryzen, but also the not-too-shabby Vega. With news this year such as the GeForce Partner Program or Intel speculative execution flaws, I am quite comfortable with my position.

This Jonsbo case is beautiful with plenty of room despite being ITX. Due to the motherboard orientation it fits full-length graphics cards but also full-size CPU air coolers, with one important note. While the height of this CPU cooler still has ample room to spare, the rear of it is actually right up against the top of the case. This motherboard is the only AM4 ITX motherboard with the RAM slots located along the edge of the board and subsequently the CPU socket located further away from the I/O ports. If I had chosen any other motherboard this cooler would not fit. Now because I could no longer locate the outtake fan within the body of the chassis it has been manually relocated into the I/O compartment at the top of the case. The airflow is not great with only one intake and one outtake, but the blower-style cooler on the graphics card, and the PSU, each help draw additional air out. Everything else should be fairly self-explanatory.

Of troubles I have had, the motherboard had to be RMA'd once after it stopped POSTing a few months in. After all early AM4 BIOS updates the RAM still cannot run stable at full 3200mhz speeds, granted this RAM or any 32GB RAM is not listed on the QVL, but it is stable at 3000mhz. The remaining Gigabyte software is horrendous for reliably controlling the fans and LEDs, and updates to the software have literally removed advertised features. Last, this motherboard is not supported by Gigabyte's SDK, so there are no other options. I will never be purchasing from Gigabyte again.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool case, and very clean inside, how are your temps faring on the Vega? Great build +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Very warm. Undervolting did not work quite as well as I had hoped.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If you use some washes nuts and bolts to put the glass forward 1cm or 2 It might let the card breath a bit better. Had a similar issue with the shift build gpu is right up against the glass

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat Metal Vega 64!

Build approved!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build, nice case what do you do with this PC I'm assuming some type of productivity with all the powerful hardware and 32gb of ram

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I use some productivity software but not a lot of heavy lifting; I've yet to really see it exceed 16GB.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful! Nice to see another Jonsbo VR1 build! I had a open style cooler on my 1080 and in the end opted for water cooling to keep my graphics card cool. I imagine the blower exhausts air out a fair bit bitter!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Work!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there, first off, beautiful looking build!

I have what is maybe a noob question but I am just that, a noob! What would be the reason or some pros to going with the VEGA 64 over something like a 1070/1080?

I'm looking to build a rig soon and am weighing up my options, sorry for the spoon feeding but these articles I never trust!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

The Vega drivers get really great with time.

Even now Vega 64 is almost equal to GTX 1080Ti:

Cheers.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out Gamers Nexus for some really good comparisons on the Vega VS other cards.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers my brother, I will do that.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It's all a matter of what you're willing to spend and which gives you the greatest performance for the games you are interested in for the resolution and framerate you are targeting, and to a lesser extent which company and their practices you are willing to support. Consider the 56 over the 64 in terms of value especially when overclocking, alongside the 1070, 1070 Ti, or 1080. Nvidia usually takes a lead, but not always. You should also consider additional support like FreeSync monitors versus the more expensive G-Sync monitors if you're making additional purchases now or in the future.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, but I really want that rytlock mini lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great little ITX build. Never heard of this case maker before but it looks great.

Yes VEGA 64 which looked like a bad deal next to the GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti has now suddenly become competitive thanks to the bad value that is RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti.

I used to love Gigabyte but like you they have let me down with their recent AM4 motherboards and I have since switched over to ASRock.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hearing your motherboard woes makes me wary of my two Gigabyte ITX boards (one Z270, the other the exact same as yours).

That is an impressively space-efficient case if you're able to fit that massive cooler in there. Having the I/O come out the top but also be shielded is a nice aesthetic touch. And that full-size ATX PSU too! Would there be any advantage to using an SFX PSU with an adapter mount?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

SFX might allow more room for custom water cooling, but I have no personal knowledge on it.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 650 W power supply holding up?