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Well guys, I told you about my blackscreening ASUS R9 290X which was sent back to me by ASUS after 10 weeks of RMA. My vendor was so kind to take on the next battle with ASUS regarding this ridiculous act of them and provided me today with a new and shiny Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X as replacement thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif

1175/1500 with + 50 mV smile.gif

Congrats man. How are your temps? You should slap some good thermal paste on it and if your card was anything like mine you'll see big temp drops. No warranty sticker on the Tri-X cooler either.
 
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Well guys, I told you about my blackscreening ASUS R9 290X which was sent back to me by ASUS after 10 weeks of RMA. My vendor was so kind to take on the next battle with ASUS regarding this ridiculous act of them and provided me today with a new and shiny Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X as replacement thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif

1175/1500 with + 50 mV smile.gif


Aaah bah why do you guys on OCN always get the epic ones and I have 2 Tri-X's which don't do 1150 on any less then +100mV
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Well guys, I told you about my blackscreening ASUS R9 290X which was sent back to me by ASUS after 10 weeks of RMA. My vendor was so kind to take on the next battle with ASUS regarding this ridiculous act of them and provided me today with a new and shiny Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X as replacement thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif

1175/1500 with + 50 mV smile.gif

happy for you Mercy.thumb.gif
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So there has been talk about the sound blaster z causing issues with CFX:

For those who are interested, I conducted an experiment to see if the Sound Blaster Z causes elevated CPU usage and reduced GPU usage whilst gaming.
Here is my study: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
After receiving news about the potential issues with the Creative Sound Blaster Z series sound cards causing elevated CPU usage and reduced multi GPU scaling abilities, I decided to carry a series of tests to determine if these issues are present on my own configuration of hardware. Here are the results.
For system specifications, see sig rig below.

All 3D applications were ran at 1080p @ 144hz.
Hyper-threaded technology was disabled to give a better indication of raw CPU time.
Sound Blaster Z (Latest official Creative drivers for Win 8.1 x64) :
RealTek onboard HD (Latest official RealTek drivers for Win 8.1 x64) :

Testing:

Metro Last Light, All settings max except SSAA (OFF), Physx (OFF).

Location: Artyoms Room (chapter 1), looking into the room from the doorway.

(Please note, Metro LL does not scale well in many areas of this game by nature)

Sound Blaster Z
CFX = 182 FPS
No CFX = 120 FPS
CPU Usage = 70 on each core (CFX)

RealTek onboard HD
CFX = 181 FPS
No CFX = 117 FPS
CPU Usage = 70 on each core (CFX)



Tomb Raider, Ultimate Preset, FXAA, ALL additional Settings enabled/max out.

(TEST 1) Location: helipad, overlooked shanty town (Highly CPU dependant area. Looking to see if the Sound Blaster Z could cause increased CPU time which may further bottleneck GPU's)

Sound Blaster Z
CFX = 72 FPS
No CFX = 58 FPS
CPU Usage = 95 on each core (CFX)

RealTek onboard HD
CFX = 71 FPS
No CFX = 58 FPS
CPU Usage = 95 on each core (CFX)



(TEST 2) Location: Built in benchmark (This is GPU dependant. This will test if crossfire scaling is disrupted by the Sound Blaster Z).

(Please note, the max value can be ignored since it can fluctuate between 170fps to around 220 fps during repeated run throughs. We should look at the min and avg since these are consistently the same every run through).

Sound Blaster Z
CFX = Min 112, Max 176, Avg 148 FPS
No CFX = Min 60, Max 100, Avg 78 FPS
CPU Usage = 40 on each core (CFX)

RealTek onboard HD
CFX = Min 112, Max 186, Avg 148 FPS
No CFX = Min 60, Max 98, Avg 78 FPS
CPU Usage = 40 on each core (CFX)



Battlefield 4 (DirectX 11.1 API), Ultra Preset, Post AA OFF, MSAA x4, Resolution Scaling 100%, Motion Blur 50%, FOV 90.

(Please note, "gametime.maxvariablefps 0" to remove the 200fps limit. Mantle was not used because we need to put the CPU under the wrong kind of strain to see if the Sound Blaster Z can elevate CPU usage beyond an already CPU dependant area).

Location: Test Range

Sound Blaster Z
CFX = 213 FPS
No CFX = 108
CPU Usage = 100 (Cores 1 to 4), 98 (Cores 5 and 6) (CFX)

RealTek onboard HD
CFX = 213 FPS
No CFX = 108
CPU Usage = 100 (Cores 1 to 4), 98 (Cores 5 and 6) (CFX)



Far Cry 3 (DirectX 9.0 API), Ultra Preset, FOV 90, Water (LOW), GPU frame buffer (1).

Please note, FC3 suffers from crossfire scaling issues since the HD 7000 series. These issues are more apparent in DX11 mode. DX9 gives the best scaling performance. Performance can be increased by forcing Bioshoch.exe profile, or by reducing the POST FX setting to medium or low. During these tests, I decided to leave the default crossfire profile in place to reduce the chance of instability which could affect the validity of the results. Water is set to low to negate a common CPU overhead issue which causes strange fps results in certain areas of the game, even well into the mainland terrain. Frame buffer is left at 1, since this is default.

(TEST 1) Location: Doctor Earnhardt's house (looking towards the sealed front door from the inside of the home. This is CPU intensive area. Not CPU bound. If Sound Blaster Z did cause elevated CPU time, it would show in this area).

Sound Blaster Z
CFX = 138 FPS
No CFX = 117 FPS
CPU Usage = 70 (Cores 1 to 3), 100 (Cores 4 and 5), 90 (Core 6) (CFX)

RealTek onboard HD
CFX = 139 FPS
No CFX = 117 FPS
CPU Usage = 70 (Cores 1 to 3), 100 (Cores 4 and 5), 90 (Core 6) (CFX)



(TEST 2) Location 2: Doctor Earnhardt's house (Overlooking the sea during sunset. This is GPU bound)

Sound Blaster Z
CFX = 55 FPS
No CFX = 32 FPS
CPU Usage = 35 on each core (CFX)

RealTek onboard HD
CFX = 55 FPS
No CFX = 32 FPS
CPU Usage = 35 on each core (CFX)



The next test is to see if a modified EQ and SBX effects caused elevated CPU usage:

Sound Blaster Z
Tomb Raider - EQ - SBX Enabled:


Final image just confirms the CPU usage in FC3 (First Test Location).




To conclude, there seems to be Zero effects on the systems performance during gaming whilst using the SBZ sound card. From looking at previous cases, users seemed to be on Windows 7 and using last generation GPU's. I suspect the drivers might have been fixed, or the card seems to be error-less in Windows 8.1.

Thank you for reading.
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Congrats man. How are your temps? You should slap some good thermal paste on it and if your card was anything like mine you'll see big temp drops. No warranty sticker on the Tri-X cooler either.
Thx! Temps VRM1 80-85 Which paste did you use and what did it with your temps?
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Aaah bah why do you guys on OCN always get the epic ones and I have 2 Tri-X's which don't do 1150 on any less then +100mV
LOL, there are alway guys with better GPU's and CPU's rolleyes.gif
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happy for you Mercy.thumb.gif

Thx m8, is happy day indeed!
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Oh well I got the better of the 2 Tri-X's to do 1200Mhz stable. Took +150mV in TriXX but it's stable wink.gif RAM is also quite good hitting 1625Mhz easily. Ran a few rounds of BF4 on 1700Mhz and it ran fine as well but I did get some small random FPS dips so I thought it might be hitting ECC.
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Thx! Temps VRM1 80-85 Which paste did you use and what did it with your temps?

MX-4 brought temps down 10c in idle and load.
 
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Oh well I got the better of the 2 Tri-X's to do 1200Mhz stable. Took +150mV in TriXX but it's stable wink.gif RAM is also quite good hitting 1625Mhz easily. Ran a few rounds of BF4 on 1700Mhz and it ran fine as well but I did get some small random FPS dips so I thought it might be hitting ECC.

Are you going to X-Fire them? Very interested to hear what those 2 will do in BF4, like smoothness and microstutter and frametimes...
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MX-4 brought temps down 10c in idle and load.

thumb.gif just placed an order biggrin.gif
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Are you going to X-Fire them? Very interested to hear what those 2 will do in BF4, like smoothness and microstutter and frametimes...

Wasn't planning on it. Got this one very cheap so was more or less a quick flip for a profit and a binning efford but I can try..

Only issue is my PSU won't ever handle 2 of them overclocked so, IF it handles 2 on stock, i can't bench BF4 overclocked.
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