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Plowing ahead with Bulldozer

By Mizzou
Jul 30, 2011
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  1. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Thanks Route44, but you might reconsider after seeing the back of the case, some work left to be done. I've got the HAF X but think it's very similar to the 923.
     
  2. red1776

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

    Glad it was a simple fix :)
    How is that stock cooler holding up in the interim ?
     
  3. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    The stock cooler is everything you would expect it to be and less. Let's just say we're not pushing the limit with the new motherboard just yet :(
     
  4. red1776

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

    :haha:...why the hell not!?...it's got...umm...a...heatpipe:p
     
  5. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    After mulling things over decided that dividebyzero's suggestion to go under the motherboard sounded better than punching a hole in the case. Once the motherboard was free discovered that there was just enough room to slide the cable through the slot just above it (from the back side of the tray). Now that this issue is worked out will be able to proceed with the installation of the H100. The fans should be here tomorrow so within a couple days we'll see how good a job the H100 really does.

    Looks a little cleaner
    [​IMG]
     
  6. red1776

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

    Looking good meng. I happen to know that if you call CM and request the 'missing' tool-less locks' they will send them out to you;)
     
  7. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Good tip, will have to give that a shot :cool:
     
  8. red1776

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


    That read a bit "Duh"
    What I meant was is that they will send them to you free of charge :)
     
  9. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    That's what I thought you meant, guess I'm just feeling a bit "Duh" tonight :)
     
  10. red1776

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


    I meant me as the 'duh '...not you LOL
    Is the H100 due in tomorrow?
     
  11. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    I've already got the H100, just waiting on the Panaflow fans and some assorted mounting hardware, fan cable extensions, etc. Looks like the clearance between the memory and cpu socket is going to be close, hopefully it'll fit ok. Really looking forward to seeing how well the 1100T is going to overclock on the new motherboard.
     
     
  12. red1776

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

    Since we got ours at about the same time, I'm guessing a lot like mine ?. Well OCD has bit me again. The prices are looking really good, so I am picking out a set (4) of 6970's
     
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,908   +716

    Huh ?
    Unless I miss my guess AMD have effectively EOL'ed the 6970.
    A quick check at the egg shows one of nine SKU's available (from around 23 catalogue listed models).
    Directron and TD haven't changed their pricing...and of the cards that are available, all are reference (good luck on the cooling and audio aspects stacking four).
     
  14. red1776

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

    I see that yes...
    I was looking through them while I was talking with Miz and was all gung ho about loading up on the 6970's.... and they are disappearing. it seems that they are not replenishing them either. I am not interested in any they currently have so I guess its either the 6950's or just wait for the 7000 lineup.
     
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,908   +716

    Pretty much the same story here also. A few older reference based cards, but none of the "factory specials" (overclocked, beefed up power phases, better cooling).
    A LOT second hand -which I would advise people of steering well clear of in general, as more than a few will have prematurely aged due to intensive Bitcoin mining.

    I was going to start a thread pointing the trend out a few weeks ago, but knew I was going to get flamed, and/or the thread jumped on by fanboys from both camps (plus the obligatory lost soul or two).
     
  17. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    So whats the crack with them disappearing then DBZ?

    I don't understand why there second fastest GPU would suddenly vanish with nothing as of yet to replace it.
     
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,908   +716

    First off, the 6970 doesn't represent value for money in any way, shape or form. The 2GB 6950 isn't that much slower and costs a fair wedge less (and more than a few can be unlocked to 6970 spec anyway). Then of course bear in mind that for single monitor gaming, the 1GB 6950 offers near identical performance to the 2GB version. A quick check of the price difference between a 6970 and a 1GB 6950 makes for a sobering comparison.

    Secondly -and this I was unaware of until I was emailed a link a couple of hours ago- the HD 6970 doesn't seem to be a great seller for board partners. Allowing for similar numbers from the HD 6990 and GTX 590 (a fraction of sales), the HD 6970 doesn't seem to stack up well against the GTX 570/580 if you note the sales volumes in the $300+ bracket.
    [​IMG]

    Maybe the lower sales (compared with the 6950 ) and the extra added value board partners need to incorporate into the 6970 ( as in "factory OC specials" -thicker pcb's, sturdier VRM's, more complex cooling) makes the 6970 non-viable. Factor in the initial designs heat/noise characteristics that made the reference models less palatable for many prospective customers (a lot of people held of buying until custom cooled cards emerged).

    The only two other scenario's I can think of both would be longshots:
    1. Not enough fully functional GPU's to keep the 6970 lines running (very unlikely given the success rate of "unlocking" 6950's)
    2. Clearing inventory to make way for a HD 7xxx replacement ( unlikely IMO, as there would have been some benchmark leaks by now. I also think clearing inventory would affect 6950 stocks -which remain high)
     
  19. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Enthusiast Posts: 203   +11

    Mizz how does the back of the case look im thinking of buying thr haf x or the 932
     
  20. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    I'll get a couple of pictures up later today. Haven't done any routing of the cables in the back yet so it's going to look a little messy.
     
  21. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Here's a quick shot of the back side. Can only assume that access to the cpu bracket is geared for Intel motherboards.

    [​IMG]
     
  22. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,576   +47

    Nice to come back to TS to find your thread kicking hard. Pics are fab, It's coming on really well. :)

    Yeah, I've seen them a slight cheaper than that. It's what you need though.
     
  23. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    Done the H100 yet?
    If it's anything like the H50 you are best attaching the pump(cpu fan) "fan" to a case/chassis fan header so it runs full speed all the time, and both res fans to CPU fan header. That way you can use smart fan control for CPU(res fans) and allow the pump to run at its full speed. I used a splitter that takes a power connection to connect both res fans to the CPU fan header. Mind you I have a top/blowhole fan in the Corsair 600D which I pushed the fan cables out beside and connected all the messy bits behind the motherboard, then just brought the end through to connect to the cpu header.
     
  24. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    I am hoping to get the H100 installed this evening. Think I'll take your advice Arris on how to cable the power, like the idea of letting the pump run at full speed. Won't be too worried about how the cabling looks initially, can always tidy that up later.

    Although I originally planned to wait for the FX 8170P am already thinking about snapping up a FX 8150 when they come out :)
     
  25. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Enthusiast Posts: 203   +11

    Yeah can't wait to see it when the H100 is in there.
     


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