So I can't remember if I mentioned that my R4E died. I used to have two R4E/3930Ks, and I sold one combo and kept my one that I used for testing/benching. It was pretty beat up, but as I wasn't testing I used it for my workstation. Anyway the board had always been flakey and had been much abused and a few weeks back it just wouldn't turn on any more. I knew RMA was unlikely, but I wasn't sure if it was board or chip anyway, so I bought another R4E from the forums as I suspected the board more than the cpu. In retrospect maybe I should have picked up a X79 dark just for funsies. Board came in yesterday:
Looks pretty clean:
Bit of dust in that first socket:
Also I sold my GTX280 that I was using, as well as my titan, so I'm left with my 8800GT that was sitting since I pulled thief apart. That loop never had anything to kill the nasties so the block is a bit ugly. However I have three 8800GT blocks, so I decided just to swap it out real quick. Old:
Pulled the old board:
The RAM are normal GTs with the heatspreaders removed (I removed them for the water blocks and then removed the water blocks and haven't put anything back on. At 1.5V though these dimms don't get hot at all.
I should really get a clear top for that supremacy:
Fittings are of course temporary, this is really my messy ugly reviewing setup that doesn't have to look pretty. Dat burned chip - still works though:
Dat burned socket:
Still worked for 3 months after the burn, but it's always been a flakey board. It's for the ugliness of the socket that I don't think it would be covered under warranty, even though that may not be the cause.
The board has been through about 150 mounts though. New socket is nice and clean:
And here it is working on the ugly bench:
Just finetuning clocks again today before switching back the workstation back.