Hmm... what does this fancy box contain?
That looks like two retail sample FX 8350s! Thanks Robert! He had to work hard to get these things for us...
These are all of the 7970 Lightnings from the Grand Champion event. Admin still has them and brought them along for us to play with
(one isn't in the photo).
Here are the sweet tech stations that MSI provided for the Grand Champion event. Nick grabbed four of these stands for us but apparently only one box had the hardware in it so these showed up missing most of the screws. We managed to get two semi-funtional-but-not-very-rigid benches out of what we had. It worked well enough!
These are the eight FX8150s that AMD supplied for the Grand Champion Series event it TO. Unfortunately, half of these were dead. Yes--four of them were dead from the Toronto event! Not pictured is the MSI boards. We had two fully functional boards and one that worked about 50% of the time left over from the Grand Champion event. Five of the eight died last time!
Alex from MSI (MSIAlex) got us some Beta BIOSes for the remaining GD80 boards so we could use the FX8350's but they had a limit of 1.449V in the BIOS. That's not enough for cascade cooling at -85°C! Luckily, Rasparthe had a 990FXA-UD3 that we could use with the cascade and Hobiecat and I used the MSI boards on air. Rasparthe actually discovered a way to get around the BIOS limitation using AMD Overdrive, which is why you'll see a bit more than 1.45V in my images below.
These were left from GC as well. Nice and quick, for sure
Ras' system is on the left here running 3D06. I think he was using the MVG and 3770K at this point (Hobie and I were playing with the two 8350's). My system is on the right with three 7970 Lightnings. I don't know what the problem was, but I couldn't get a 3 way score worth mentioning. It was always lower than my two way scores even though the system recognized all three cards in Crossfire.
Another shot of the system.
A quick photo of the highest validation I got with the chip on water.
I'll have a few screenshots to post once Hobie emails them to me. He's the one with the flash drive!