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Project Name: SKITL
Sky is the limit

Naming scheme: I chose Sky is the limit, herein referenced as SKITL. I truly want to build an extreme machine and push it as far in clock speed as I possibly can manage.

Budget: None(period)

Goals: Simply attain the fastest clock speed that I can manage with a closed loop WC unit on an Intel i7 3970x EE. This will not be a gaming system, no 30" monitors, no red paint and glamour. No LN2, phase change, or dry ice here.

I want to compete with a 2687W head to head, core clock speed vs core clock speed. I realize the 2687W has 8 cores and you can bundle them on a dual socket CPU - I have, but no overclock. I want to see if there is any potential in the 3970X beating the 2687W core to core after an extreme overclock.

Log Index
  1. Initial post outlining the project
  2. Post 2 - reserved for moar
  3. Up and running, 1.45v @ 4.9GHz, 30min prime so far Update 1:44PM 12/19/12

The Guts

Parts have yet to be determined. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. The case I believe is going to be the hardest part and this is definitely going to be an ongoing and consistent project. I believe the first phase I will build out with a regular desktop case, get the overclock and all of that going - but then we would want to get a 2U or 4U rack mountable case and build the same thing. Again, any help with this would be appreciated.

Let the games begin

Case
  • Desktop case: Corsair 650D - temp until my rackmount case is completed!
  • Rackmountable case: Custom design in the process. Will be a 3U or 4U chassis with a XSPC 360 radiator, push pull 250cfm fans. Noise is not something I'm worried about.

Main Hardware
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3970X
  • Motherboard: ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme (R4E)
  • GPU: GeForce GT 610
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1866 MHZ (CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10)
  • PSU: Corsair AX850
  • CPU Cooling:: Corsair H100

Pictures

Here is the 650D with everything in it...





I snapped a quick pic of the monitor at 4.8GHz. However, I'm currently priming with 6 cores (No HT) @ 1.325v at x46 multi. So far so good, it's been running for over 2 hours with no issues. The core temperatures very almost 10C! I thought this was a fluke, but who knows.

Update 1:44PM 12/19/12

Running prime at 1.45v, 49 multi. Hit close to TJ Max on core 1 but everything still running. Was able to do a 5.2 suicide boot. Seriously considering ordering a full custom WC kit tonight and just mounting it on top of the 650D.


Edited by KoSoVaR - 12/19/12 at 11:45am
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Good luck with the Build, I thought u build was pronounced skittle smile.gif
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Good luck with the Build, I thought u build was pronounced skittle smile.gif

Thanks. I pronounce it "skittle" smile.gif

Will be ordering parts as soon as I get a solid list together. If that is tonight, then will be ordering tonight. Community help would be much appreciated.
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I decided to build out two systems. This is what I picked up tonight:
  • 2 x ASUS RAMPAGE IV
  • 1 x Intel i7 3970X EE
  • 1 x Intel i7 3930K
  • 8x8GB Corsair Vengeance 1866MHZ
  • 2 x Corsair 850AX
  • 2 x GT610
  • 2 x Corsair H100

Going to take everything out of the old ORIGIN 800D I have tomorrow and start the fun. I guess I had a custom loop in the ORIGIN build but not sure if I can reuse it, possibly but would need a new block. Anyone know? I believe there is a GTX260 in the machine and some 1st gen i7, maybe a 980 or something? I'll have to take a look tomorrow.
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Updated main post but I've got the system built. Bought a Corsair 650D and mounted the H100 with stock fans inside. I read here to configure the fans as exhaust - but this didn't make much sense. Aren't I taking the hot air coming from inside the case and distributing it to the radiator? I've installed it exactly as this guide recommended.

As for temperatures, the 3970X is running at 1.325v, 4.6GHz and HT disabled. I'm seeing 74C, 69C, 63C, 61C, 61C, 63C. I moved it to a room where it's much cooler and cold air is actually flowing in to the case.

At this point I just need to get the fastest stable overclock for 24/7 use. Anyone have any pointers? I've been following a lot of guides and tutorials for setting the different voltages on the R4E. I have used the OC key to bring it up to 4.9GHz and I've booted to Windows with it. I also read in the SB-E overclocking guide that 4.9GHz should be in the 1.45v range.. if I remember correctly.

Any help would be appreciated. I'm also cool with building a custom loop. Hell, if a phase change or some extreme cooling solution would FIT in to a 4U case, I'd do that.. but I highly doubt it. I need to do something that is easily maintainable.
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Bit of a waste in my opinion, but whatever. Good luck with the build.
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Bit of a waste in my opinion, but whatever. Good luck with the build.
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Bit of a waste in my opinion, but whatever. Good luck with the build.

What's the waste?
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Update 1:44PM 12/19/12

Running prime at 1.45v, 49 multi. Hit close to TJ Max on core 1 but everything still running. Was able to do a 5.2 suicide boot. Seriously considering ordering a full custom WC kit tonight and just mounting it on top of the 650D.



Update 2:02PM

On second thought... I just ordered 6 of these bad boys. I'll do push/pull on the H100 for now. And then I can reuse these if/when I build my custom loop.
Edited by KoSoVaR - 12/19/12 at 12:03pm
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