Derezzer Online (Wearing Glasses)
I am thankful the build has progressed steadily and smoothly. Derezzer is now online and kicking. Every chosen component arrived safely and performed as expected, with no returns, RMAs and zero regrets. Even the problematic fan controller in the Cosmos II turned out to be a non-issue with the Enermax case fans. Moreover, the workstation just survived an overnight burn-in at stock speed, although technically the XFX Black Edition 7970 cards do ship with mild processor and memory over-clocks.
So, how old school am I? Well, how about analog temperature gauges? That's right: Derezzer wears glasses!
My overall impression is astonishment. The performance delta between my prior workstation and this behemoth is massive. Windows 7 Professional boots in thirteen seconds with stock settings. The Samsung 830 striped array simply rips through all application and scratch storage requests. Launching Photoshop CS6-64 takes place in two eye-blinks, with every window and floating panel appearing in less than two seconds. The Adobe graphics engine manipulates dozens of massive RAW images in memory with ease, instantly rendering 3D effects, rotations, etc. The secret behind this amazing editing capacity is Adobe CS6 support for the Radeon 7970 graphics processor and all 3GB of VRAM, assisting all forms of drawing, especially 3D rendering. The two primary reasons I decided to go with 7970 hardware are (1) Adobe graphics engine support for the AMD GPU and all of its VRAM, and (2) my preference to work and game at maximum resolution (2560x1600). The essential factor is having 3GB of over-clocked VRAM.
Running six cores with 32GB of RAM enables instantaneous switching between several Adobe editing packages (Premiere, Encore, After Effects, etc.), even while working with very large video and photo projects. Performance within each application is superb. The Western Digital RE4 striped arrays transfer several hundred GBs of HD footage at nearly twice the throughput of my prior rig. I expect to cut my encoding and rendering times in half with this workstation.
Given the traditional air-cooled approach with high-performance components, idle state temperatures are amazingly good across the board. The room temperature is 23C. Inside the Cosmos II, the main upper chamber is one degree warmer at 24C. The lower storage chamber is a half-degree higher at 23.5C. The XFX Double Dissipation and Ghost air cooling technologies idle both video cards at 30C with a standard 20% fan level, rather astonishing considering both cards ship with over-clocked processors (1000 MHz) and VRAM (1425 MHz). Equally impressive, perhaps even more so, the Noctua NH-D14 heat-pipe and BeQuiet! PWM fan configuration do an amazing job quietly cooling the 3960X, with all six cores idling between 28C and 37C, an average core temperature of exactly 33C. Although the BeQuiet! fans provide a 1-db decrease in fan noise, the trade-off is they push about 10% less air compared to the Noctua fans. I suspect if I switched back to the stock Noctua fans the average core temperature would drop by about 10 percent to 30C.
STOCK PERFORMANCE AT IDLE
Room Ambient 23C
Case Upper 24C
Case Lower 23.5C
GPU 1 30C
GPU 2 30C
GPU Avg 30C
CPU Core1 28C
CPU Core2 35C
CPU Core3 29C
CPU Core4 34C
CPU Core5 35C
CPU Core6 37C
CPU Core Avg 33CEdited by SonicAgamemnon - 8/8/12 at 5:32am