Originally Posted by ivanlabrie
I'd start by grabbing a bunch of old nvidia cards (8800, 9800, 8600) or Radeons like the 4870, 5870...and a gpu pot. That and an air cooled cpu like both of yours would do great at 3d benching with cold on volt modded gpus, it's doable on dice.
...I feel almost 'obligated' to do s.th. with the two CPUs, both having strong IMCs and running low 'v'...and I'm quite willing to do some volt-modding even on the 670ies...and hoping that some 780ies will have non-ref PCBs (like MSI Lightning; Asus Top)
...the 3970X will eventually go to 'work' so I am unlikely to push it past 5.2 GHz for now in benching...and I also just read ""confirmation"" about the 4960X Ivy-E coming out in September which looks a lot closer to the current 3970X than I thought (I had hoped for a Haswell-E, but that will come out later w/new chipset) ...more here: http://wccftech.com/intel-ivy-bridge-e-lga2011-hedt-processors-launching-september-2013/
...but given the results I have seen, my CPUs are fast enough as it is without doing s.th. drastic...it's the GPUs that need a bit more speed / extreme cooling...two of them can touch 1340+ - / 1800s at 1.215v hard limit on air, but there are guys that run them at 1476+ w/LN2 and volt-mods