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post #31 of 93
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Derezzed - Cosmos II Fan Controller Update

Before totally removing the original Cosmos II head/fan controller assembly, I decided to wire up all eight Enermax TB Silence (manual speed control model UCTB12A) 120mm case fans to determine how the manually controlled hardware performs with the problematic fan controller. Several fan makes/models emit clicking or humming noise as speed adjustments are made with the controller. To my surprise, the Enermax fans worked perfectly with the original fan controller. No issues whatsoever moving from low, medium or high speed settings.



I soon realized the replacement fan controller Cooler Master sent me recently may not be necessary, given the good results encountered with the original hardware. However, I decided to proceed with moving to the latest fan controller since it should provide even better fan support, and the fan/led and mainboard cabling is now entirely black and that fits my color preference as well. I was a bit concerned The God of Irony would strike, and I would discover issues with the latest fan controller and the Enermax fans. Thankfully, I can report both the original and new fan controller work extremely well with Enermax TB Silence manual-control fans.
Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 8/5/12 at 4:31pm
post #32 of 93
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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.

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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 33C
Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 8/8/12 at 5:32am
post #33 of 93
Nice Build, That Motherboard And them 2 7970's Look Amazing thumb.gif
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post #34 of 93
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Drezzer Over-Clocked Edition


Given the workstation's excellent stock performance, even a mild over-clocking of the CPU and memory probably isn't necessary. Mostly out of sheer curiosity, I decided on an initial, mild over-clocking approach to determine whether a moderate increase could be felt/detected while working with the system.

I entered MSI BIOS and tweaked the CPU to clock 10% faster at a constant 4 GHz. I also applied an 1866 MHz XMP profile to the Corsair Dominator GT memory. The room temperature was 22C. With the system idling, the main upper chamber inside the Cosmos II warmed up 1.5 degrees to 23.5C. The lower storage chamber remained one-half degree higher than ambient at 22.5C. The XFX video cards remained over-clocked at 1 GHz for the GPU and 1.425 GHz for the VRAM. The XFX Double Dissipation and Ghost air cooling technologies idled both cards at 30C with a standard 20% fan level, despite a slight increase in overall case temperatures compared to stock frequencies. The Noctua NH-D14 heat-pipe and BeQuiet! PWM fan configuration did a nice job keeping the 3960X cool, with all six cores idling between 36C and 44C, an average core temperature of 38.8C, which is around six degrees above the stock frequencies at idle.



Generally, I didn't sense a noticeable increase in performance or responsiveness with lighter system usage, but the higher clock rates are recognizable when heavier workloads are in play, whenever rendering larger models or encoding longer-duration video projects.


4 GHz OVER-CLOCK PERFORMANCE AT IDLE

Room Ambient 22C
Case Upper 23.5C
Case Lower 22.5C

GPU 1 30C
GPU 2 30C
GPU Avg 30C

CPU Core1 35C
CPU Core2 39C
CPU Core3 34C
CPU Core4 41C
CPU Core5 41C
CPU Core6 43C
CPU Core Avg 38.8C
Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 8/12/12 at 3:52am
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thumb.gif Glad its up and running. Its beautiful.
    
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post #36 of 93
WOW Really Great Build Log, it amazes me how well built people make their computers, and darn i wish i would have skipped on my Corsair Air fans, and got some Silent Wings, though i live in USA and i cant even find those fans online,
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Originally Posted by Kokumotsu View Post

,,,Silent Wings, though i live in USA and i cant even find those fans online,

Thanks for your feedback. I am more relieved than anything else; I was worried one or more components would arrive DOA or have a defect of some kind. Regarding the Shadow Wings fans, I had to order them from Germany because I couldn't find them locally, just like your experience. They perform nearly as well as Noctua, but not quite, and they are definitely a bit quieter on the ears...
Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 8/11/12 at 3:34pm
post #38 of 93
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Derezzer at Prime95


The workstation has performed flawlessly so far. It has survived two burn-in weekends, one test at stock frequencies and another weekend test with the 3960 clocking at 4 GHz and the Corsair RAM at 1866 MHz.

This weekend is the heavy burn-in test at 4 GHz. This morning's initial Prime95 test run is encouraging, with an average core temperature of 65C. No core came within 20C of the upper limit, which is pretty good performance despite the lack of any liquid cooling in the configuration.

post #39 of 93
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Derezzer 3DMark 11


P15,103 3DMarks

That's what 3DMark 11 said.

That's plenty quick enough for me, so I'll take it and run!

However, I now understand the "slippery slope" upon which the vast multitude decide to wade into The Land of Liquid at 5+Ghz CPU frequencies and melting GPU clock rates, chasing that 20K 3DMark...

I do resist entering that fray...





Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 8/13/12 at 7:07am
post #40 of 93
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Derezzer Derezzing Away...

Here is the full build log video, marking the end of a very successful build:



Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 8/13/12 at 6:05pm
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