Finally got my second card! Here's the proof! Please add me to the list!
I'm a little concerned about my temps as my X58 mobo is a first generation so I had to put the cards in the slots right next to each other to enable Quad SLI.
Of course it's the first card in Slot one I'm worried about. As the fan is pushed right up against card two.
GPU 1: 41-51c (depending if card is downclocked or not)
GPU 2: 41-51c
GPU 3: 37-41c
GPU 4: 37-43c
Temps at Full Load*:
GPU 1: 89c
GPU 2: 90c
GPU 3: 76c
GPU 4: 79c
*This was "stress tessed" by putting Metro 2033 on 'Pause' with all 4 GPU's at %95. All 4 GPU's stayed at %95 as I let the game stay on the Pause Screen for 45mins. Fans were set to Auto through EVGA precision with a monitoring profile set to bump the fans up to %100 should the GPU's hit 80c. These numbers are the very highest points they reached during that period. The temps hovered for a long time between 84-87c on GPU 1 & 2, with both seeming almost stable at 88c-89c. 90c on GPU 2 didn't happen until near the end of the test period and only lasted a few seconds, when GPU's 3 & 4 fan kicked in at %100. That knocked GPU's 1 & 2 temps right back down to 88c.
To be clear, "In Game" the temps on the first card have never gone above 81c. Not on Metro 2033 or BFBC2 after at least an hour of play. (I've only tested on those games as I know they scale well and really use all 4 GPU's)
So, if I need a new mobo, is it worth it to get a new CPU as well? Is it worth it to get Sandy Bridge yet? Or should I wait for Ivy Bridge? Or should I just get another X58 mobo like an EVGA X58 Classified FTW?
Or do nothing, as I'm fine?
I also noticed one of my Dimm Slots is dead, knocking me down to 8gb of Ram. I can RMA it as I have a lifetime warranty, but if I'm gonna yank it out, I'd rather put something new back in. So, if it's worth waiting until after Sandy Bridge, and just roll with what I have, I'm okay with just 8gb of Ram if I'm just gaming, right?
And if my temps on my top card, stay around 78-81c in game, I'm cool with the two cards next to each other like that until I upgrade, right?
As for the performance, it's beyond what I expected. I'm really happy with it. For example, the Prologue Level on Metro 2033 usually would chug at some point. After installing this second card, that level averaged 70fps! It was a whole new play experience.
I'm gonna do some more testing in game. I look forward to feedback on my temps and if it's critical I do a mobo (and maybe CPU) change or not.
Thanks for reading! Please add me to the list!
Edited by Shinobi Jedi - 7/14/11 at 7:04am