TechSpot

Plowing ahead with Bulldozer

By Mizzou
Jul 30, 2011
Post New Reply
  1. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    I just hope it works well, there aren't many reviews out there yet. The one on HardOCP is only doing a 3.6GHz overclock on a i7 920 for load testing; I am hoping to go a good deal higher than that :cool:
  2. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Enthusiast Posts: 202   +11

    Hope it all goes well for you. I was actually thinking of using the H100 in my build..

    Ill take a look at yours and see where it leads ya

    BTw thanks for posting up pics and test results with your new build.
  3. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Well it's up and running, going with the stock configuration for starters just to see how well the block controls the fans. Will be putting it through it's paces over the next few days, want to see results at low, medium and high settings. Here are a few more pictures, at least all the major parts are in place now :)

    Goodbye Stock Cooler
    [​IMG]
    Start Mounting Fans
    [​IMG]
    Bottom Fans Installed
    [​IMG]
    Prepare the Workarea
    [​IMG]
    Mounting Top Fans
    [​IMG]
  4. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Need More Hands
    [​IMG]
    Right Side Up
    [​IMG]
    Tighten Things Up
    [​IMG]
    Ready to Mount Block
    [​IMG]
    Put It Back Together
    [​IMG]
    Hit the Power
    [​IMG]
  5. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    looks nice mizz
  6. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Thanks, running the first test now. The H100 is on low and running 3.8GHz on the 1100T; only bumping the cpu multiplier and all other BIOS setting are at default.

    Attached Files:

  7. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    very nice looks nice and cool.
  8. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 520

    How much is the H100?
  9. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Goes for about $120 on newegg.
  10. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 520

    Quite a lot. What case is that BTW?
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Its a water cooler setup using a 2x120mm radiator. You can't really compare it to more budget air coolers.

    I believe the case is a Coolermaster HAF X.
     
  12. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,542   +93

    To be fair I think I read that recommendation somewhere else when building my PC.
    I did try it with the pump being run with fan control and didn't seem to have any detrimental effect on the CPU temps but thought that having a constant flow though the system of slightly cooler/warmer water(depending on res fan speeds) was a better solution than changing speed of flow. Plus the pump was pretty darned quiet :)

    PS: Are you short of an SLi bridge in the pics?
  13. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Actually, after I got the fans installed it was just easier to go ahead and tap the four headers built into the block :) Still plan on connecting the radiator fans to the Scythe controller but got anxious to start testing. So far even with the block set to low the temperatures are looking pretty good. From 3.8GHz through 4.0GHz cpu barely got over 40C with all cores at 100%. Getting ready to load test at 4.1GHz with vCore at 1.55, will post those results later.

    I was also expecting to see dual bridge connectors but that's all there is on the GTX 590.
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,542   +93

    In the shot "Ready to mount block" there seems to be a bridge header on the 590 card. Are you running quad SLi with the two 590s without an additional bridge? I thought both SLi and Crossfire needed a physical additional bridge ribbon cable to work.
  15. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    That "Ready to mount block" shot is a little deceptive as it does make it look like there are two bridge connectors. Don't have a good picture of the bridge but here's a shot from xbit that makes it easier to see.

    [​IMG]

    My last three rigs have all been Crossfire and this is my first SLI configuration. The motherboard came with the more typical wide SLI bridge but there was no way to install it on these cards. Guess it's something unique to the GTX 590.
  16. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,542   +93

    As long as it's all working as it should then it's all good :)
  17. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    the gtx 590 already is sli on the card itself so there is only a need for one ribbon cable
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,836   +666

    You'll need a long SLI bridge (ribbon or hard), as Arris noted (well spotted sir). More than a little surprising that Gigabyte did not include a flexible bridge given that the board allows you to nominate expamsion slots. No sense in buying a couple of Ferrari's then driving around with the handbrake on.(the high bandwidth requirement of the GTX 590 could/will make using the PCI-E bus interconnect as the sole communication between the two cards problematic to say the least).
    EVGA here (3.5") - or pick up the 5" bridge that comes standard with the Asus triple-slot DCII GTX570/580
    Sample EVGA forum thread here
  19. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Sorry if I created any confusion as the motherboard does come with the flexible connector. I just attempted some test fits with the more traditional (wide) bridge to no avail :eek: In fact, the one thing I really like about the GA-990FXA-UD7 is the spacing between the X16 slots. Makes cooling a whole lot easier.
  20. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,894   +88

    The 4" PCB type didn't work Miz?
    For some reason they included 4 SLI bridges (3 PCB & one ribbon) but only included two CF bridges. I had to call and have them send a third, odd as its a 4x SLI/CF board. But they did send it. (i have over 100 CF bridges accumulated), but these are the only black ones I have seen) So I decided to be bitchy and anal about getting the third :p
  21. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    I originally installed the ribbon cable but when I couldn't get the SLI option in the nVidia control panel checked the others to see if they would fit somehow. After I followed up on your tip for the beta drivers the SLI option appeared and I was able to get quad SLI going with the ribbon cable.
  22. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Here are some preliminary results on the Corsair H100 performance. Snapshots were taken after 1 hour with the block set on low and at 30 minute intervals for medium and high settings. Ambient room temperature is 72F plus or minus 2 degrees as air conditioning cycles on or off. Fan noise is nearly silent on low, detectable on medium and clearly present on high but not really loud.

    Overclock is CPU multiplier 20, Turbo Boost disabled, Core Voltage at 1.425 in BIOS, all power management features enabled. Memory timings are set manually but voltage is still at the 1.5 default.

    Temperatures for CPU in Celsius:

    Low - 40C ... Med - 37C ... High 36C

    This weekend hope to find my highest stable overclock and will post back later with those results. Needless to say I am very pleased with these initial results :)

    Attached Files:

  23. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    now those temps look good to say the least hope it keeps it up and hope ya get your 4.3GHz OC :D
  24. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,894   +88

    ...well...thats almost as cool as mine:D:p:wave:
  25. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 930

    Very close to having 4.2GHz stable under load and temperatures are only rising slightly :cool:

    I'm still trying :p but I'm just an amateur at this compared to you.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.