Plowing ahead with Bulldozer

By Mizzou · 205 replies
Jul 30, 2011
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  1. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I have my Silver Arrow fans set to low and am getting 40C temps...well readings anyway, as well (core Temp 0.99.8) @ 74F @ ambient @.4.2Ghz I was waiting for your results because I read a review that had the H100 and the SA in a dead heat...or dead cool depending on how you look at it.

    for 4.2Ghz does 20.5 and 205 work? I run mine at 4.2Ghz 24/7, It will do 4.3 stable, but I am not fond of the voltage it talks, so its a benchmark speed.
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i like these temps mizz will get there
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    i'm hoping he gets 4.4 out of his
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    Do you think it can drive quad sli? That is a nice overclocked so I hope so
  5. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 232   +14

    can you tell me what programs yo are using to run your stress tests?
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    When you say "Block set on low" do you mean the pump?
    I'm sure the Corsair info said to run the pump at its full speed at all times.
    Found the pump at full speed just blends into the noise from the radiator fans and case fans. Don't find it to make much difference. I'm guessing it is possible that the H100 is a different beast though :)
  7. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    Although it would sure be nice, I don't think so :(

    Not to their full potential, started having some issues that I thought might be related to the beta drivers so for the time being have installed the HD 5870's. At least the 5870 is a known quantity and seems to be running quite nicely at 4.1GHz ... but not being maxed out by any means.

    Initially, I use Nero to recode some video streams at high bit rates. This keeps the processor running between 75~85% and throws a good mix on the motherboard and disks. It also has the virtue of generally crashing to the desktop which makes it a bit cleaner and quicker to tweak things.

    For extended stress testing I use AIDA64 Extreme Edition which works the processor with a good mix at a constant 100%. Also has the option to toggle whether or not to stress the disks, don't really like pounding the disk drives needlessly so I generally leave this off. Then throw in a quick run of 3dMark06 and if all is well try to click it up a notch.

    Think you may be right about the pump speed, can only say for sure that the maximum fan speed is controlled by the switch on the block. Got the impression from the review on HardOCP that it might also control pump speed but may be reading too much into this statement:

    In any case, it seems to be doing a pretty good job and noise is really isn’t much of an issue :cool:
  8. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Mmm haven't played anything recently that's really killed my dual 5850s but got the gfx card upgrade itch. Will see what the next gen offerings from AMD and Nvidia are like :)
  9. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    This will be it for a while, especially since I pulled the trigger yesterday on the Intel 510 250GB :)
  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    mizz nvidia updated there drivers to 280.26 WHQL on the 9th so you might try those.

    New in Release 280.26


    Enables SLI technology on SLI-certified motherboards with AMD chipsets: 990FX, 990X, and 970.

    NVIDIA 3D Vision

    With Release 280 drivers, the 3D Vision Controller driver is now included with all GPU driver installations. Users are no longer required to install a separate 3D Vision Controller driver or CD driver. This driver includes the 280.19 3D Vision Controller driver. For more information, please view this knowledgebase article for more information.
    Adds support for viewing and YouTube 3D with NVIDIA SLI PCs. Please view this knowledgebase article for more information on 3D Vision Window Mode.
    Adds support for Window mode for 3D Vision Video Player. This requires v1.7.2 or higher of the player.
    Adds support for new 3D Vision monitors: ViewSonic V3D245
    Adds support for new 3D Vision projectors: Acer X1111, BenQ W710ST, and NEC NP-V300W
    Added the following 3D Vision game profiles:
    Alice Madness Returns
    Back to the Future (Episodes 1-5)
    Call of Juarez: The Cartel
    Chuang Shi Xi You (创世西游)
    Dao Jian 2 刀剑2
    The Darkness 2
    Dead Island
    Deep Black
    Dou Zhan Shen 斗战神
    Dragon Ball Online
    Dungeons and Dragons: Online
    Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
    L.A. Noire
    League of Legends 英雄联盟
    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
    Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
    The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
    Might & Magic Heroes VI
    Mount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and Blade
    Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
    Rise of the Immortals
    Rusty Hearts
    Serious Sam 3: BFE
    Virtua Tennis 4
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
    Update the following 3D Vision game profiles
    Crysis 2 – rating changed to Excellent. NVIDIA recommends using the v1.9 game patch.
    Deep Black – rating change to 3D Vision Ready
    Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition – convergence changes and rating changed to 3D Vision Ready


    Installs HD Audio driver version
    Installs PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514
    Supports playing back Blu-ray 3D discs when connecting your GPU to an HDMI 1.4 3D TV. Playback requires compatible software application from CyberLink, ArcSoft, Roxio, or Corel. For GPU and system requirements, visit the NVIDIA Blu-ray 3D website.
    Supports the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe Creative Suite 5 including Photoshop CS5.
    Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with Adobe Flash.
    Supports OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
    Supports OpenGL 4.1 on GeForce 400 series and later GPUs.
    Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
    Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
    Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.
  12. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    Thanks klepto, that looks pretty promising. I've been checking the EVGA site but they seem to be a little slow getting the lastest drivers posted. Probably won't give it another shot for a week or two when I tackle the last of the wiring. Still need to tie in the fan controller and a few other odds and ends.
  13. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Its coming along nicely Mizzou, and that H100 cooler looks to be doing well so far! :)
  14. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    Thanks Leeky, got the Intel 510 installed this weekend and it appears to be performing as advertised. Even though you get the Data Migration software I opted for a clean install of Windows 7, figured after all this why not.

    Intel 510 Atto Benchmark

  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Kinda puts my baby Kingston 64GB SSD to shame... :haha:
  16. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i cant wait to go with an ssd i have done builds for other people with them but not used them myself. every time i look at ssd's on newegg they all have so many bad reviews it makes me not want to get one.
  17. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    I went with the original OCZ Vertex and had to go through a whole series of firmware updates. Still it proved to be very reliable and I'll probably pair it up with the other in my Intel system for a Raid 0 configuration. Really like the Intel so far, the SSD Toolbox is very handy and the SSD Optimizer should help maintain drive performance ... only time will tell though.
  18. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    ever get those gtx 590's sorted out?
  19. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    Not yet, have been really hammered at work for the past few weeks. Might take a shot at it again this weekend since I'll be sticking around home for the Labor Day weekend. Think there's a really good chance that the new drivers will do the trick. Keep looking for some firm news on the release of the FX 8150P but all I've seen is a new rumor that it might be delayed again ... AMD's Highly-Anticipated Bulldozer Chips Might Face Further Delay on Xbit.
  20. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    Over the last couple of days I ran a few benchmarks on the Phenom II X6 1100T for comparision to the FX-8120. Now that I've got the FX processor will be posting results for the following:

    AIDA64 Benchmark Series
    X3 Terran

    The 1100T was clocked at 4.2GHz for these runs and it looks like the FX-8120 will be running 4.6GHz, at least initially. Think you'll see results that are fairly consistent with the benchmarks that have already been published. Still some issues to sort out and future bios updates may resolve these problems.

    As an example, the 3dMark06 score for the 1100T at 4.2GHz was 24,445 whereas the FX-8120 at 4.6GHz came in at 20,383. That's on the same system with identical components except for the processor. Needless to say this is not what I was hoping for. More details with the links and screenshots later.
  21. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    How is the power consumption for both (can you find out)?
  22. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    At stock clocks the FX8120 is better than the 1100T at idle but higher under load.

    Bulldozer Power Consumption

    Here are the results for 3dMark Vantage.

    1100T at 4.2GHz
    FX8120 at 4.6GHz
  23. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    That is one hell of a depressing result. Man I wish I had bought a P67 board instead of an AM3+ :(
  24. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    I understand exactly how you feel. As the saying goes hindsight is 20/20, I've made bigger mistakes than this over the years :eek: This time is different though because I don't really feel that AMD can be trusted going forward.
  25. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 823

    Break out the champagne, the FX8120 by a nose :rolleyes:

    1100T at 4.2GHz

    FX8120 at 4.6GHz

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