Originally Posted by JordanTr
To be honest, it will be my first waterloop, so i dont even know how to connect together that active backplate and block. Will i need extra barbs or fittings?
Nope, they give you a different adapter for the waterblock. It allows for water to reach that heatpipe to pull the heat away.
Originally Posted by rv8000
Does anyone know what thickness thermal pad would be used if I went and replaced the vrm1 and 2 pads on a Tri-x card?
Not sure for an air cooler. You can buy as thick as 1.5mm pads, so I would say to play it safe, order the 1mm pads; If they are not thick enough you can always lay 2 pieces on top of each other.
You could pull the cooler off and measure how thick the stock ones are. Or shoot sapphire an e-mail and ask them.
Originally Posted by chronicfx
asked this in motherboards a couple hours back and have had no traffic.. maybe this is a good place too. let me know if this makes sense lol
I currently have my rig in my sig. 3570k, 2400mhz ram and 3x R9 290x on a Z77x-UD5H gigabyte board running 3.0 (x8,x4,x4). I am thinking this a bandwidth limited situation and have looked into going 2011 but $800+(or even more than $400 for that matter) on a platform upgrade is a huge step. So I was thinking of upgrading the UD5H to an ASUS P8Z77 WS or a Maximus V Extreme for the extra PLX lanes. I have a sound blaster Zx card which would need one of the x16 slots (bottom one I presume) on these boards since they don't have the exposed x1 slot layout that the UD5H has.. So the main questions is will I gain framerate and smoothness at 1440p 60hz by upping my available pcie lanes and staying on z77? I run my cpu at 5ghz, sometimes 4.8 depending on my mood.
If I remember correctly from someone else asking a similar question, one of these cards isn't bottlenecked by an 8X slot...but a 4X could be questionable. Running 3 cards, I think you should first invest in an i7 over anything; 4 threads is likely not enough for 3 of these very powerful GPUs.
I would think that 2 cards wouldn't have much, if any, trouble pushing 1440p @ 60Hz. My single 290 running at 1200/1500 runs Crysis 3 very smoothly 5760*1080, all settings maxed except AA which I bumped down to 4XAA I believe. Granted it's certainly not 60fps, but I don't believe it ever falls below 35.
Edited by Roboyto - 3/30/14 at 12:12pm