The Gaming Rig is full operational now. The tri-fire 7970's are working fantastic (they easily blow my 6990 crossfire setup used on the Media Rig away!) and the H80 is doing a wonderful job keeping the 3960X cool at a relatively conservative 4.6Ghz overclock. I am quite pleased with the ASrock Extreme9 mainboard. I would say that it pales in comparison to the RIVE in terms of UEFI options available, but it works just fine for gaming. Overclocking was incredibly easy and memory is running at 2000mhz without a hitch. The only
thing I'm not thrilled about is the ability to run quadfire. But that's my problem as I knew beforehand I wouldn't be able to..I just initially had no desire for it. I have also decided to do a full loop for CPU as well. I like the H80 a lot, but right now it is completely blocking the A/B Dimm slots, and that is quite annoying to me.
Parts still on the list to make the Gaming Rig complete are the following:
- 3x 7970 Waterblocks
- Radiator(s) for GPU/CPU
- Another Raystorm CPU block
- Additional GPU sleeved extensions (I ran out for one of the 7970's)
- Various fittings
The Media Rig is still out of commission at the moment until I can get the revised mount from Jim for the Mo.Ra 3 radiator. However, I have mounted the majority of components in the case, so it is close to being complete. I will have pictures of this later tonight.