...'never say never'
, but I think this is going to be my last submission for a while...I did this last night after I solved a PSU limitation issue I had mentioned in earlier posts, and before some more dramatic moments here earlier today...
...In general, I think when folks have a driver option panel (regular, non-3rd party) and they choose certain options, I have a hard time seeing that as a 'cheat', may be a tweak...but it depends what it is...I run single monitors on a whole pile of machines, so I pick single monitor mode and max power instead of adaptive. That said, I can understand why some folks who don't quite have the same options feel that that is not fair....but some of the posts I have seen as of late are getting pretty nasty....and 'accusatory'...just because you score worse than someone else doesn't make them a cheat.
One term that really bothered me was the term 'outlier'
...I spent quite a lot of time, effort and money to build just such a thing - it's a fun thing for me and also a reward. I simply add that I overclocked my first system in 1994 on the first day I got it, and promptly couldn't boot it anymore...had to go back to the store to get the BIOS re-flashed...
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But as I got the hang of it, I got so involved in computing that I quit a nice career elsewhere and co-founded a computer company...that was over 15 years ago...we do what you would know as 'cloud' computing and supply very large international organizations...and every single commercial machine goes through final setup by me...I am only letting you know when you see a score that 'sticks out', there may be more to it than just what you like to assume...
...as to the outlier: I decided to build myself a nice 'deskputer' which I will finish in the fall when Ivy-E comes out...the precursor is running now and the term 'the Borg' sticks because that's what those who have seen it call it...two ROG boards (R-IV-E, M V E), a delidded Ivy (VID=1.271 @ 5GHz) and a 3970X (VID=1.341 @ 5 GHz)...both have benched at around 5.3GHz...they share a common w-c loop that involves 13 feet of tubes, two pumps, over 900mm x 60mm rads etc etc - and no cases...great for cooling everything. That cooling system only cools the CPUs (w/only one of the two stressing / benching at a time)...the GTX 670ies are air-cooled, s.th. made possible by a much longer 'custom SLI flex bridge' set...I added liquid metal TIM to each and all the PCBs are non-reference, with the lead GPU having an 8+6 power connection...the final addition was 6x 8 GB of TridentX 2400 running as fast as 9-10-11-29-1 instead of the stock 10-12-12-31-2...Intel SSD drives and dual Win 7 64 installs for each machine..
...I build this thing for HWBot competitions (I'm a member of the OCN team) and I only started to do 'Valley' because I was doing great with Unigine's 'Heaven' (per below)...I live on Canada's West Coast and pass through an areas that very much looks like 'Valley 1.0' - I thus love that demo application very much, and feel that it is amazing programming, especially if you don't run the benchmark but freely roam about and glide through the air...kudos Unigine programmers !
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...my 'Borg' w/their 670ies have been competing against much more expensive cards for some time (below)...there are some unique advantages to 670ies that relate to power consumption and overclockability of the 5376 CUDA cores split between 4 memory buses etc...I will say that my latest runs all add 540 to the base GPU mem (helping bandwidth) and that he two fastest clock at exactly the same real, observed speed. And as Karlitos observed the other day, scaling from 3 GPUs to 4 GPUs looses almost nothing in my submissions - because the huge headroom created by a 6c / 12 T 3970X running at 5.1 GHz or faster w/extremely fast main system mem...the result is that in every single benchmark, all my GPUs 'usage numbers' never drop BELOW 97% for the weakest one...
The biggest hint I can give you is not to maximize the the 'peaks' top/speed of you cards, but rather maximize 'the total area under the curve' which takes certain GPU clock and mem combos
...all that said, here is my latest submission - all my submissions are in this thread, and for those who like to check before they shower others with innuendo, you'll see a progression
which started at the low-to-mid 5100 scores...during that period, I went from the 3770K to the 3970X, added a fourth and fifth 670 (allowing the slowest one to work in other machines) etc. Before the run below (6204) I was at 6184 last week, the main change being the addition of a second PSU to take the load of the AX1200
..earlier today, while all this arguing was going on, I went and did a quick HWBot custom application Heaven run to show you some supporting outlying scores elsewhere...Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
. ...I sincerely wish there would be a custom Valley one as well...others such as Alatar or FtW can explain what the HWBot Custom application is, but for this purpose, have a quick look at the 'top 10' 4x global results and what kind of other GPU cards my 'outlier 670ies' are surrounded by...I have achieved exactly what I wanted to achieve - be as far away from the mass center as possible.
Edited by Joa3d43 - 5/28/13 at 7:39pm