Originally Posted by Anthraxinsoup
I'm thinking after I get back home and go in for an interview, I'm going to save up for a maximus IV and get either another 2x6970s or just buy a 6990. Think I'm going to buy a 6990. Quadfire will rule, and I'll be giving the 6990 it's own PSU and just false jump it to power the 6990 without getting a whole new PSU.
Quad-fire really, really has stepped up in comparison to preceding generations. What miffs me is the various youtube video "benchmarks" (an entire series of said videos featuring comparative runs against sli 590 being case in point) which, if taken seriously, indicate the most infrequent of actual positive scalability & relatively flimsy scores at 1600p. It's absolute nonsense.
I run the fan array for my cooling loop (20 radiator, 4 case & a dual 60mm ramsink), the fan controller, one of the 6990s, and my secondary "backup" pump off a 2nd PSU. Built a nifty little switch to operate & maintain it's operation without direct mobo interfacing. Much easier, imo, than implementing a single uber capacity device. Although both of mine are 1220 watt, thankfully my home business required a flash drier & conveyor oven installed & thus warranted massive electrical infrastructure upgrades. When your GPU tandem is pushing 1200 watts under load, don't overlook the fundamentals