Whilst I wait to see if my recently ordered A6-9500 APU from eBay ever gets shipped, since it is needed to update MoBo BIOS so that the new Ryzen 5 3400G APU can work and be tested, I have noticed that online retailers have been running “Black Friday Specials” earlier this year, and Black Friday is usually the “beginning of America’s Christmas shopping season.” Have also noticed that many retailers seem to be having problems shipping on time … plus that some shippers, especially USP, have been slow in deliveries to the point of having to reschedule. My ‘Gut Feeling’ is that America may be on the verge of a record breaking … make that *MAJOR* Record Breaking holiday shopping season. I don’t personally celebrate any ‘Holiday’ but do enjoy watching the partaking of ‘Sweet and Sour Fruits’ during such times.

From the Mundaka Upanishad:

Like two golden birds perched on the selfsame tree,
intimate friends, the ego and the Self dwell in the same body.
The former eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life,
while the latter looks on in detachment.

Fortunately, this ‘Build a Ryzen Test Computer’ is sorta a twofold project, so the ‘Wait-on-a-Part’ (sour side of project) has been offset by the planning and building of my new ‘Test Bench’ (sweet side of my project).

Have really liked the ‘Top Deck Tech Station’ idea from HighSpeed PC site, with the power supply and other devices/components underneath the MoBo that is on top.

I tried something similar with the old Dell’s framework, but it didn’t give me the option of having a smaller ‘footprint’ when needed…it also lacked good support for any extension cards I might want to test, and just wouldn’t be a good fit in my 320 sq foot living space. Maybe later, but for now this is a perfect ‘Test Bench.’ Here are a couple of pics showing some of the tweaks involved.

Test Bench can be laid down or stood up like a small tower. Power supply is easily removed/added, and with the removal of the former drive panel areas (top & side) there is full access to the MoBo. After some reading of the info on the ‘Top Deck Tech Station’, I thought that their point of having a stable area for Extension Cards was a great idea, and decided to leave the test bench frame’s expansion slots intact.

OK…think that’s it until that A6-9500 APU gets here.