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A GPU upgrade

By red1776
Sep 13, 2011
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  1. I had some requests to post this upgrade. Replaced the 4x Asus 5850's with 4x Sapphire 2GB /HD 6950's
    Not much to look at, but she goes rather well.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    Looks good Red, assume you got a nice bump in performance.
     
  3. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 250

    that's cool man
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,906   +90

    A bunch. Besides just being faster, the 6000 scales a lot better. I highly recommend these cards. The vapor cooling on these is really something. 59c under 100% load in a 23c room. I opted for the 2GB version of the 6950 even though nothing uses 8 GB of buffer, but the way they are writing these games, more than 4GB might be useful soon.
     
  5. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 250

    but the HD 6950 Flex Edition works on air cooling did you change the way of cooling
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,906   +90

    unless every reviewer, and Sapphire themselves got it wrong...the 6950 Flex is a Vapor cooler. Do you even know what that means or how it works?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102929
     
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,333   +278

    Wow - color me impressed Red. I'm curious to see some scaling numbers on some game benches (I dont' care about synthetics.) I also assume there's a second PSU in there somewhere?
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,906   +90

    Hi Papa, I have got a lot of request for scaling numbers, so I will post a chart with the more popular titles :)
    There is a second and a third PSU in there, 1650A/132A. The 4 GPU's have their own dedicated 1000w's to themselves.
     
  9. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    @Red,
    Your wall socket faceplate glow the same colour when its cranked up by any chance? :haha:
     
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,906   +90

    ...well...yes...but thats not important right now :p
    reviews have this card @ 140-150w under heavy game load, so I think I am around 900-1000w peak...I think.
     
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    How did you set that up?

    59C under load is VERY impressive! Are they at stock speed?
     
     
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,906   +90

    They fit into 5.25" drive bays and get a wake up from the bios via a 4 pin molex connector. They are strictly for GPU's. the only connectors are 4 8-pin PCIE each.

    Those are stock speed temps yes.
     
  13. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 250

     
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,905   +715

    The Sapphire HD 6950 Flex - utilises a vapor chamber to conduct heat away from the GPU, and to the cooling fins attached to the vapor block. The vapor chamber is still part of an air cooled system.

    @ red
    That (I hesitate to call it) cable management looks like its designed to thwart that Thermalright. Might be time to ditch that chassis look at a better laid out one. Do yourself a favour and check out this beast. I've just done a customer build with it...all I can say is that this will be my next chassis in very short order. You'd be able to tuck those PCI-E's away no problem whatsoever.
     
  15. SKYSTAR

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 250

    to dividebyzero

    thanks you bro
     
  16. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Enthusiast Posts: 159

    With this much power on tap, any plans on moving up to 7680x1440-1600?
     
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,906   +90

    Thats right Chef, Thats me giving up on the 932. I abandoned further prep/wire routing and decided to get a new home for this thing. Running the wires from the GPU PSU's and behind the MB in this thing would be a logistical nightmare if possible at all. The more I have worked with the 932 the less i like it. I saw Tom's Video review of the Xigmatek Elysium @ OC3D a couple months ago and it's been on the short list since. I also think it is about perfect for my unusual power supply setup.

    Them thar wires have no effect on cooling (at least with the 1100T in there) just clunky.
     
  18. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    Where do you keep the kitchen sink?
     
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,906   +90

    ..in a 3.5" Bay...Duh :p
     
  20. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    nice red just nice.
     


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