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post #23041 of 28751
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That is on air? If so, that is a ridiculous overclock. How cold was it out that day?

Its was pretty cold, ambient of about 7celcius lol
I dont think the CPU ever went over 50c though

Here it is here in all its glory , I bought a DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Sli Expert just to try and get a higher OC outta the CPU cos the ASUS couldn't overvolt, but the DFI could only get it to 3GHz
 
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Its was pretty cold, ambient of about 7celcius lol
I dont think the CPU ever went over 50c though

Here it is here in all its glory , I bought a DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Sli Expert just to try and get a higher OC outta the CPU cos the ASUS couldn't overvolt, but the DFI could only get it to 3GHz
ASUS RULES!!! I've had mine for 3 days

Interesting development.....I discovered that the XFX was not ever clocking up to it's 850 using MSI Afterburner. So I tested the cards individually and the XFX neededme to install the drivers specifically for it. The driver installation I did with it connected as the secondary GPU did not take for the XFX. Anyways all those tests I ran were only running 1 GPU really because I ran 3dmark on each of them seperately and the scores were 11,742 for the Sapphire, and 11,741 for the XFX. I'm about to go try Crossfire again now that the drivers are installed for the XFX. I wish I had 2 Crossfire bridges right now, hopefully the 2 I'm getting will be here by the weekend from Denmark....I doubt it.

Stay tuned for more test results. EDIT: I do have 1 bridge.
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It is my understanding that you need one bridge less than the number of cards you have. That is, one card needs none, two cards need one, three cards need two, and four cards need three. If the bridge doesn't work on the first set of fingers, try the other. Try rotating the bridge 180º. But you should not need two bridges, if memory serves me.
     
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It is my understanding that you need one bridge less than the number of cards you have. That is, one card needs none, two cards need one, three cards need two, and four cards need three. If the bridge doesn't work on the first set of fingers, try the other. Try rotating the bridge 180º. But you should not need two bridges, if memory serves me.
That is the minimum number of bridges needed. It has been shown that using two bridges on two cards can net a 2-3 FPS increase. A minor, but consistent improvement.
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Two schools of thought with custom fans: get the largest fan possible (like a 240-300mm) to provide the maximum amount of air with the minimum amount of noise. This is what is espoused by most case manufacturers today. Or the alternative school I formulated after repeatedly cleaning the dust out of my rig: get multiple 120mm fans with washible filters to keep the dust away from the internal parts in the first place. Note, however, that these fans WILL be louder under normal operation. If I could do it again, however, I likely would not have bought the Armor I did with the side fan; that dust is terrible.
I really like those filters.

Also, you can make your own washable dust filters out of panty-hos, mesh, ect.

And tight-weave material that can trap dust easily will be fine.


Also, I would like to Note that 120mm fans have a stark advantage over 140mm+ Fans:

The 120mm size has the most development put forth since the days of 80mm fans, thus you have more options, and they also have better specs when it comes to bearing type and static pressure.

Most 230mm fans are Sleeve barings, which do not like to be hung from the top of a case.

And 230mm fans (like the one found on the front of the HAF Series of cases) does not have good static pressure, so when you have a full HDD rack, very little air flows in from that area. But when replaced with 4 120mm fans with greater static pressure, more air moves past the HDD area at a greater rate, keeping the air flowing instead of building up into a "hot pocket" (punz) of air.
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I personally have replaced my stock fan with the Xclio Amazing Fan 250mm. It pushes more air than the stock 250mm fan, but I am not convinced it would beat a battery of four 120mms. I can tell you its quieter; the fan is inaudible at 500 RPM, just a slight whisper at 800 RPM.
     
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Well, after swapping the cards around I finally got crossfire working properly, I think, except only 1 bridge. I checked core clocks with afterburner and once I knew they were both clocking up I shut that off, too and ran 3dmark. The results were not that impressive, I gained 600 points(12,340). The only place I saw a major increase in FPS was the canyon flight test, and that's the only one where the GPUs really went above ~50% usage.
I'll try some racing here in awhile. I'll save installing Dirt2 for next weekend.

EDIT: maybe I can overclock the cards now that they are both installed correctly.
Edited by ny_driver - 4/18/10 at 3:32pm
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Did you take the plunge and get Dirt 2 yet? I'm loving it
I did although, they said some crap like my transaction was taking longer than expected and they'd have to send me an e-mail or some crap.
PS: I bought Stalker Clear sky too. At $4.95 I couldn't pass it up.
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My OCZ is rated at DDR400 and is good up to 467 w/ 2.5-3-2-5-1T, np there. You think I could RMA my Mushkins...is that what you meant, I should try shouldn't I? I'd really like to be able to run my system at 250x12 1:1, so I just need a little bit faster memory. Thanks for prompting me to try RMAing the mushkin.

I found that there is no way to enable or disable certain memory timings, but my board has a very old BIOS, and I'm having a heck of a time flashing it....several tries so far. I'll get it though.
EDIT: and thanks for the timings tip. I'll try it.
Hopefully Mushkin replaces them for you.
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Well, after swapping the cards around I finally got crossfire working properly, I think, except only 1 bridge. I checked core clocks with afterburner and once I knew they were both clocking up I shut that off, too and ran 3dmark. The results were not that impressive, I gained 600 points(12,340). The only place I saw a major increase in FPS was the canyon flight test, and that's the only one where the GPUs really went above ~50% usage.
I'll try some racing here in awhile. I'll save installing Dirt2 for next weekend.

EDIT: maybe I can overclock the cards now that they are both installed correctly.
Told ya you wouldn't see much of an increase. this is the exact same thing that happened to me, which prompted me to go AM3 because of the required clock speed to actually utilize my cards fully.

To put it in perspective, with my x3 720 @ stock I got about 3000 point increase. With it overclocked to 3.6, it was a 7000 point increase over the 939 rig.

I still haven't tried them on this i7, but when I feel the need (or want) I'll slap em in here. That and I'm still undecided about what I want the "final" configuration to be.
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I think if the tests were more demanding it would do better with the 2 GPUs, like it did in the canyon flight.
Do you use dual Crossfire bridges?
I'm going to try overclocking the cards again now.
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I think if the tests were more demanding it would do better with the 2 GPUs, like it did in the canyon flight.
Do you use dual Crossfire bridges?
I'm going to try overclocking the cards again now.
Yep I use dual bridges. each one of my cards came with them, and my MSI board also came with 2 bridges because you have to use the first and third slot, the regular bridges wouldn't work.
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