As anyone gotten a hold of this board yet and done some real testing on it outside of suicide runs and record attempts?
My last 3930k bit the dust and I am seriously considering picking up a 4930k and a new board (I've been waiting more than a year for competent firmware for my UP5, to no avail).
Originally Posted by pcguru000
I think if i was spending this much money on the mobo/ ram (cause i'd wanna fill all those slots lol) and graphics cards (fill dem slots!) then i'd probably be water cooling the **** out of the whole rig anyway...
I've watercooled my Gulftowns and SB-Es in the past, but it never bought me more than 200MHz of usable clock speed, at best (and 100MHz, or under 5%, was more typical). Even with a next to zero maintenance setup (I was very thorough in my cleaning of my loop, and never had growth or corrosion issues even after extended periods of time), the extra labor, higher initial expense, and potentially worse reliability, did not justify the fairly minor benefits. I am not a bencher, and not obsessive about silence.
Ivy-E seems even less likely to benefit from water than SB-E.
As for GPUs, I used to WC my GTX 480s with just GPU blocks (which gave a vastly better relative performance increase than water cooling my CPUs) but even with extra airflow, the stock VRM plate was not able to cope with the increased current draw/heat which resulted in the death of my better card. My current GPUs (7950s, with reference PCBs and coolers) wouldn't be able to get away with just GPU blocks, due to how the stock cooler works. End result in either case is that I would need full cover blocks for reliable high-OCs, which would be nearly 40% of the cost of my current cards. Again, not worth it.
In the end, I don't foresee water cooling any of my personal systems for the foreseeable future. I cannot conceive of a plausible, obtainable, loop that would pass any sort of reasonable cost/value analysis for my uses.
Originally Posted by skupples
I'm pretty sure the x79 chipset never actually required the active fan cooling, it was form>function.
The chipset wasn't the only component connected to that heatsink; the VRMs were attached as well, via heatpipe.
I doubt the fan was necessary in most scenarios, but it likely helped if the CPU was under water and there was no draft from a CPU fan to move more air over the VRMs.