For the last few weeks I've been going back and forth playing Resistance 3 with the PS Sharpshooter (so much fun when you get past the learning curve) and Dungeon Siege III on PC.
Interestingly, Dungeon Siege III if run with V-Sync off would run all four of my GPU's to max and before long all the temps were climbing into the high 90's.
So it being a SP campaign, I put the Vsync back on and capped the game's FPS at 60fps, and played it off of my 60" Plasma on the couch with a XBox 360 pad for Windows on the couch. And noticing that all four GPU's were only being utilized at 20% vs. %98 with the V-Sync off, I pretty much just gamed and didn't pay much attention.
Then the other day after letting it run all night downloading BF3 pre-load and some other games, I noticed the temps on GPU 2 on the top card, the one with not very much air flow, (because the second card has to be slotted right below it for Quad GPU) were running 10c higher than the bottom card and 5c higher than GPU 1 -
When for the longest time both GPU 1 and 2 on the top card only ran about 5-8c above the bottom card with better airflow.
So last night after unlocking BF3, I opened up my rig and tried to move the 8pin PSU cable for the mobo that runs down over the cards before being looped out the back-side and then back in to the PSU. And I guess I knocked something the ever so slightest off, because then I started having jacked up graphical corruptions. Which I first thought might be due to splitting my top card's signal with one going to my 120hz monitor and the other going to my Asus soundcard for Blu-Ray HD sound/Home theatre via a DVI to HDMI cable, which then runs out via HDMI to my 7.1 Home Theater receiver.
After ruling this out, I went ahead and took the cards out and switched them around.
The new driver also kept crashing on me in game on BF3 and my monitor would flash "Device out of Range" before the driver would recover and BF3 would crash. But I'm assuming it's related to one of the cards not being secure and trust it's resolved.
Everything is working fine now, but my GPU 2 temp on the new switched out top card is now running idle at 60c with it's fan running at %70, while GPU 1 is at 41c and GPU 3 & 4 on the bottom card are running at 32c and 33c!
I'm not really tripping on the cards as I never overclock them and knew from EVGA tech support and boards, that like Masked said, you don't need to be tripping on your temps unless you hit 100c+. I might be tripping on them dying out sooner if I didn't have EVGA's life time warranty, but being that I do, I'm not.
Interestingly, in game, the temps stay the same they always have. Usually in the 70's to low 80's celcius. And that's still the case! Or to be more specific, GPU 2's temp are the same as the other GPU's during heavy usage.
What I'm wondering is, if it means that something might be going out on my Mobo? I already have one dead ram slot. But I haven't bothered RMA'ing it since I still have 8gb in the other two slots and don't do anything on this machine but game and write.
I was really impressed with the results I was getting on BF3 SP, Ultra settings, before I started having issues. The game was often running well over 120fps during the "prologue" board's firefights, and seemed to go back and forth between 90fps-140fps with the lowest fps I caught in the corner of my eye, being 58fps on the first big opening board after the prologue.
That should be more than enough to keep up with the hard core rigs and players in the game I'd like to think. But I was "noobishly" wondering, would a mobo and CPU upgrade get me to 120fps constant on Ultra during heavy action? Or is the current available hardware just not able to do it? I'm assuming no, and am fine with it.
Though I'm still trying to decide if I am going to get the same mobo and 2700K that Masked got, or if I'm going to wait for Ivy Bridge.
I'll have a better idea after some more play testing, I guess!
My other, slightly off topic, gaming dilemma that maybe those of you in the know, or beta, can help me decide:
After missing out on the KOTOR collector's edition pre-order, I bought the Digital Deluxe version. Really only wanting the collector's edition for the exclusive digital content rather than any physical goodies. And the only main difference between the two, seemed to be an exclusive store only available to those with the collectors edition.
So a kind soul on Kotaku let me know in a talkback thread, that here in the USA, Walmart.com still had the collector's edition available for retail price. So I snagged one up, before they were gone and it's arriving next week!
Now after seeing online vendors on Amazon.com selling them now for $300+, I'm starting to wonder if a mint, sealed in box collectors edition might turn into a truly valuable collector to SW or game collectors?
And if I should just shelve it with some of my other mint in box collectibles and see what happens and use my Digital Deluxe version rather than cancel it or gift it? Or open it and use the codes/account for the exclusive digital content and cancel or gift the Digital version?
General opinions or anyone in the beta that can answer without violating any NDA's would be huge!
Now, I'm going to go test BF3 and see if my issues are resolved. I'm trusting so.
Thanks to all that made it all the way through this novel of a post!
Cheers!Edited by Shinobi Jedi - 10/26/11 at 12:12am