Originally Posted by Nayr87
The temps are much better than I had expected. I ran into issues with the sound card only being able to work right below my 2nd GPU and it did perform a few degress lower with it removed, not enough to warrant removing it though. Most of the air is thrown out horizontally on these cards as opposed to down, got lucky in that respect. If you notice in the picture I added a rubber spacer on top of the right most screw of the sound card to make sure it had a few extra MM of clearance. Sound card is also not being smothered either, feels normal to the touch.
I run all the Noctua fans Maxed out (1400ish RPM give or take), I don't mind the extra noise and I'd rather take the drop in temperatures VS acoustics. After all if I wanted silence I doubt I'd have gone with this case.
I also run both GPU fans at 70% 24/7, same rationale as before.
Running a full set of Air 540 Demci filters (House is dusty) + stock corsair Intake filter.
In: (All games maxed out)
Planetside 2 (running a higher Useroptions.ini profile than what you can do with the in game settings, Mainly 1.4 rendering)
Guild Wars 2
Fire Strike Extreme Results - http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1184781
Score: 9807 @ 4.4ghz on CPU / Mild OC on cards. (I forget exactly, I still havent found 24/7 Stable in all games. Mostly non crash type scenarios just small artifacting) Guessing 150mhz on core and 200-300 on vRam.
So far I usually see the temps around 65c give or take my room temperature. Chicago winter is coming, so that should help. These are still more than acceptable levels though, which is why I chose to wait for the ACX design. Glad that I did. Same temp range for 1 or more runs of Fire Mark Extreme.
My best score so far, but I'm still messing with over clocks and on the newest drivers I noticed my score drop a tad in Firemark. Not worth rolling back as I only use the benchmark to see if my changes are making a difference in a measurable way.
i7-4770k @ 4.4ghz 1.216v H100i Push / Pull
EVGA GTX 780ti SC SLI
Asus Maximus Extreme VI 1002 bios
Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866 - XMP Profile
1 Terabyte Samsung 840 EVO
Corsair AX1200i Power supply
Soundblaster ZXR - Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250ohm Version (Amazing for 150$ Cans)
BenQ 24" 1920x1080p 144hz 1ms Monitor (I prefer higher refresh rates than higher resolutions atm)
I'll be buying a Gsync monitor when they come out.
Most likely buying a Higher res monitor for MMORPGs.
The point of this build was to play everything high enough to cap the 144hz refresh rate. I'm open to try higher res I just havent cared enough to do so yet. Call me crazy but I cant go back to 60hz just yet, 144 is so much better for shooters.
Things I'd change. Well I'd probably re-consider socket 2011 instead of 1150. I'll have to reserve that judgement for broadwell though. As this is only a gaming machine.
Overall I'm extremely happy with it though, I've been having the most fun I've had in gaming. This was a way to treat myself after getting out of the army.
A quick note about Micro stuttering. The only game I am experiencing this in is Planetside 2. I've tried just about everything to fix it, including Nvidia inspector profiles, Higher CPU/GPU over clocks, stock clocks, lane switches, drivers (not much to choose from atm) but it seems to be on their end.
Ofcourse switching SLI off fixes this issue completely.
Everything else runs great, battlefield 4 is extremely fun with these cards in SLI on ultra @ 144hz.
After handling both fans in person I went with the Noctuas. The build quality was better imo. I think their website and rationale attests to that as well. I agree it would look better with all black/red sp 120s but I went with what I thought was the higher quality product.