Originally Posted by badtaylorx
sabertooth 990 v1.....and you see the pic right??? there are actually 3 lcs pump/blocks in the loop (1 on each card as well) with 3 120 rads + 1 120x80mm thick "monster" rad.....i consider that modded
OK, I'm looking at a blue print for modding my own 620! Thanks for the reply and the pic.
Now I'm agonizing over which motherboard to get for a Vishera!
I've tried an Asus M5A99FX 2.0 and a Gigbyte 990FXA-UD3 (rev. 1.1) and both had issues that made me return them. The Asus wouldn't unlock my current CPU (Phenom II X2) at all, even though I've been using it for 3 years in my Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UDP4 with 4 cores without issue. The Asus also wouldn't even post with my Gigabyte Windforce 7950 flashed with the Windforce 7970 bios (1000MHz core/1375MHz memory). I had to switch the bios back to the original Windforce 7950 900MHz core bios it came with to even post. For me, this second issue with the graphics card was the deal-breaker with the Asus board. I'm now wondering if this problem would exist on any newer (2.0) Asus board.
The Gigabyte board posted no problem with the 7950 card using the 7970 bios (
) but after some preliminary core unlocking trials, it corrupted my windows installation. I'm going to assume that, for some reason (perhaps the PII X2 550BE chip I have can only run 4 cores stable using its built-in DDR2 memory controller, but is unstable at any speed with the unlocked cores using its DDR3 controller? Does this sound plausible anyone?). I was prepared to overlook the unlocked cores stability issue, since it at least worked with my flashed 7950 card, but I was concerned by the amazing heat coming off of the north bridge chip. Even my old Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UDP4 board had a cool-running north bridge, with a pipe connecting it to the VRM heatsink to share the heat load. The more I read about current Gigabyte boards (from the 990X to the 990FX-UD7) running with boilling hot north bridges, the less I want to buy one.
I am so frustrated, I was EVEN considering buying a cheapo BIOSTAR TA990FXE (I can grab one at a local computer store for $109.99) board, but I've restrained myself, since it has its second PCI-E 16x slot too close to the first one for comfort in a 2 card setup.
Any suggestions? I like the Asus boards, but I'd have to reflash my 7950's bios back down to 'standard' speeds and rely on software overclocking tools, which I don't like. Anybody else have a bios flashed 7950 card working in a Vishera-capable motherboard other than Gigabyte?Edited by anubis44 - 11/10/12 at 5:53pm