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On 01/07/2010 at 21h51

Photon

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Hello fellow FAH Addicts. I just thought I'd take the time to show off my new rig to ya'll. First some background, mostly to explain the expensive case.

Around the beginning of December, I fell in love with EVGA's 4-way Classified and decided I would go about building a rig with this motherboard. First, I had to find just the right chassis for the XL-ATX form factor motherboard. I decided upon the Mountain Mods Pinnacle-18 tower chassis. I'm far from rich so I had to hold off for another month before ordering the rest of the components. Therefore, I ordered the cast first and tried to patiently wait for December to pass before proceeding with the build. About a week and a half before I was to order my 4-way Classified, we in the overclocking community started to see some intelligence reports about a new dual-processor socket 1366 board also from EVGA. I instantly decided that, as a true FAH addict, had to hold off on the 4-way Classified and save up for this new bad boy.

Alas, I still had an itch to add moar points to my farm and start doing some bigadv work along with some other beta work I can't discuss at the moment. ;) So, I decided to put together a low-budget X58-based setup in this chassis for now until the dual-processor EVGA board is announced. I had been reading many great reviews about the ASRock X58 Extreme motherboard so I decided to give it a try as it is very cheap here in America. Boy, am I glad I did. It has proven to be a great little overclocker and is currently folding A2's and all GPU based work via WINE just fine. There have been no hints of instability or any other weird quirks.

I can't wait to see how it does with -bigadv. -bigadv is the true test of stability.

Some specifics:

ASRock X58 Extreme
Core i7 920 OC'd to 3.99 GHz (21x190)
6GB OCZ DDR3 1600 Memory
BFG GTX260 (Stock Clocks)
Corsair H50 pseudo-water cooler

Operating System:

Gentoo Linux - Extremely minimal install, no GUI
2.6.32 Kernel with Zen Project Optimizations/Patches
64-bit 195.30 NVIDIA Driver
32-but CUDA 2.3 Toolkit

Code :
tobit@ganymede ~ $ uname -a
Linux ganymede 2.6.32-zen4 #2 ZEN SMP PREEMPT Wed Jan 6 04:23:07 EST 2010 
x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

tobit@ganymede ~ $ cat /sys/devices/platform/coretemp.0/temp1_input
69000








Edit by Tobit On 01/07/2010 at 22h25

   
On 01/07/2010 at 22h54

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I like your case ;)

How much noise does it produce ?

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On 01/07/2010 at 23h04

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Surprising, very little. They are all low RPM 120mm Yate-Loons. I honestly can't hear it over the other machine in the room.. but that has a single slot 8800GT in it contributing most of the noise. :beaten

   
On 01/08/2010 at 00h55

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Interesting case, I need to change the case of my Tri-SLI gaming PC !

   
On 01/08/2010 at 19h01

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Welp, I just started doing my first -bigadv a couple hours ago and it is running fine. I am seeing TPF's of 30m 11s and very pleased. Rig is running well so far. *knocks on wood* The rig is currently doing 35K PpD. :D


   
On 01/09/2010 at 13h20

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congrats on the new rig, nice case btw :) can't wait for the dual nehalem benchies :D

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On 01/10/2010 at 23h05

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Be careful, a big new case is almost like a "Gateway upgrade".

It's been a few months since I bought my Antec 1200, and ever since then I've had this nagging urge to get a server mobo + procs just to help "fill out" all that extra space. *Twitchy Newegg finger* :think

BTW: I think that to use multiple procs, they MUST be the server versions - no popping in a second 920 allowed.

EDIT: Nevermind, found the board you were talking about - but I'm wondering if EVGA is going to get some flack from Intel over this - Intel doesn't hesitate to "make it's presence known" over smaller things than this.



Edit by berserker29 On 01/11/2010 at 00h30

   
On 01/11/2010 at 09h18

Photon

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Yeah, EVGA's dual processor board is only going to support Gainestown based Xeons along with Westmere CPUs. i7's only have one QPI link so it is impossible to use them. I will likely put a pair of E5520's on it when the board is maid available. *currently saving my pennies*

   
On 02/11/2010 at 06h24

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How do you like that cooler? I've been debating on a water cooling setup and that seemed like a possible place to start.

   
On 02/11/2010 at 09h36

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I've seen on reviews that it's not much better than a Prolimatech Megahalems ... but it would be good to get real world thoughts from Tobit ;)

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On 02/12/2010 at 02h57

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I've got on of the H50's in my new rig ( i7-860 @ 3.8GHz), and I like it. Running SMP2 all the cores hover around 77C. If I shutdown the client it drops to 50C in one second and it's idle temp of 42C in under 2 seconds. At stock speed on the CPU the system is almost silent even at 100% load.

Update: One thing about the H50 is that it seems very sensitive to ambient temp. With a room temp of around 65F I was getting the 77C readings, room temp 72F, CPU @ 84C, room temp around 82F, CPU up in high 90C's. Am swapping the fan out for a higher volume Noctua, but might have to look at an alternative cooler - we're only in Spring and the CPU temperatures are making me a little nervous.



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On 02/12/2010 at 09h22

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I'm waiting for a similar setup to be delivered, but with a Megahalem. I'll post my numbers to compare with yours.

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On 02/15/2010 at 00h23

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Nice rig / central heater

   
On 02/15/2010 at 21h11

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First system at work :


The second one should start tomorrow ...

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