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  • Birthday 05/22/87

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    MSI GTX 1070 Armor @ 2.14/9.6 (43C Max w/ H110)

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  1. Another reason it is so expensive besides the desktop CPU and upgradeable graphics cards is the fact is aimed at VR developers and Engineers, sort of how a Panasonic Toughbook is price gouged due to the specialized design and thus market. BTW what is this : "dual desktop GPU cooled with liquid metal paste" Are there any internal shots yet to show the cooling system used?
  2. Okay guys I finally have everything setup how I like it, aside from getting a new AIO cooler for the GPU (can't decide which model). Here are some shots of my newly improved rig. I am now running my 3770K @ 3.6 GHz and my Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 is finally stable at 2400 MHz at the stock 1.65V. Before even at 1.7V and loosened timings I could not get that RAM to boot at 2400 MHz and survive any load, 2200 was the limit before. My CPU can easily go past 4.6, but I am not sure where the wall is going to be. Currently I am running a core voltage of 1.2V, but this OC Formula has so many more options in the BIOS, some of the settings I don't even recognize!! See the review link in my first post for screens of the BIOS. Full Res Pics: http://ws6zep89.picturepush.com/album/503642/p-ASRock-Z77-Formula-OC-Upgrade.html I really like the look of this "High Density Glass Fabric" PCB design:
  3. There are a lot of panels I am eyeing, but not trying to go 4K. I am looking at 1440p including the ultra wides, the Acer X34 and Asus ROG PG348Q are really one of my few options that have the features I am looking for. Almost grabbed the Acer Z34, but after reading on TFT Central decided against that one.
  4. Well guys, sadly my ASRock Z77 Extreme6 is no longer functioning fully and I haven't yet decided what I am going to do with it. Even with bent pins it fetches over $100 on Ebay, that is how high of a demand Z77 boards are. The strength of the 3770K and the Ivy Bridge-E chips really shows its head when you look at the prices on Ebay. Even the lower end chipset (H77) are fetching far more than I have seen when selling used motherboards in the past. Actually in 15 years of researching/purchasing/repairing/modding/overclocking/re-selling/buying/etc I have never seen prices like this before so far out from the launch, not even close actually. I sold my P45 board for like 1/2 of what it went for and used Extreme4's are selling all day long on Ebay for $150 ($20 more than new). Pic of bent pins on Extreme6 (in top right quarter of socket): Full Res The review to this board linked below was written 1/15/13 so a little over 3 years old and the average selling price on Ebay for this board fluxuates drastically anywhere from $150 (how much I found mine for) or as much $300 for a used motherboard.... Never in my life! It is nuts and you can easily see it if you check this link of a general search for Z77 boards: CLICK ME Depending on the time of day and the day of the week, you will see drastically different prices currently I see an EVGA Z77 FTW going for $175 which is actually a fair price, but I would still take the Formula OC, especially after you read their review. http://www.anandtech.com/show/6650/asrock-z77-oc-formula-review-living-in-the-fast-lane The final cool pic containing my Z77 Extreme6: Full Res Here is my actual board that will arrive in about a day or two that I got on Ebay. The socket looks nearly perfect, I may not even try to adjust that one that looks a tiny bit off just to see if it even matters (some of the pins are ground and don't have a noticeable effect if open loop). Picture of my newly purchased ASRock Z77 Formula OC, this board is impressive across the board 10 SATA ports and 18 USB ports and designed from the ground up by Nick Shih. He includes profiles for almost every hardware combination in existence at the time of manufacturing. He even has memory profiles based on the ICs used on the stick installed, pretty impressive in my opinion. I will post back when I have anything new to share, really looking forward to the results this motherboard can deliver. Specs of upcoming build/upgrade: CPU: i7 3770K | Motherboard: ASRock Z77 OC Formula | GPU: MSI GTX 1070 Armor OC | RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2400 | Cooling: (CPU) Corsair H110 + 2x Corsair SP140s | (GPU) Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro + 2x Corsair SP120s w/ Kraken G10 + Noctua NF-A9 | PSU: Corsair HX750W | Case: Corsair 650D
  5. Okay so I switched the coolers around, but now I have one issue. My ASRock Z77 Extreme6 has a bent pin or two. I am going to have to take the time to fix that which is very tedious and not the first time I have had to do it (though usually on the CPU). BUT: I was able to OC the 3770K to 4.5 GHz @ 1.2V with a max temp of 73C and my same OC on the 1070 using the TT Water2.0 Pro has a max temp of 53C (10C higher but still very low). Eventually I will upgrade the Water2.0 Pro so the GPU has something better. A few new pictures: (love that pic, made it the first thing you see in the thread and the thumbnail) and this one is okay:
  6. Celebrating over 300 unique views of my YouTube install/benchmark video! Guys I have been considering doing something a little comical now. I wonder if I would get more performance gains if I put the H110 on the 3770K and put the double width 120mm (Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro) onto the 1070. I would at least be curious to see how the TT Water 2.0 Pro would hold the 1070 temps vs. how they are doing now. I can run the fans at silent and never break 56C on the 1070, but I can't push my 3770K much past 4.3 GHz using this double width 120mm. It used to be the case that GPUs needed much better coolers than CPUs due to the power draw, but I guess now after 2 optimizations/re-designs of Kepler at 16nm they have the temps well below a 3770K at 4.2GHz+ Opinions? Note if I did this and it did work out better, I would actually be able to mount the 280mm radiator in the roof of the case if it was mounted to the CPU! Or I could just look for a 200mm AIO (do they come in 200mm??) This would mount directly into the front fan location. I know a 200mm radiator (especially a thick one) would be plenty for the 1070. This is one of the few 200mm radiator "kits" I found so far and I wouldn't really call that a kit with everything pieced together in one box, it's not an AIO design: http://www.performance-pcs.com/phobya-pure-performance-complete-watercooling-kit-200lt.html I also have the option to get a double thick 140mm radiator, which in theory would give the same fin surface area as a 280mm single thickness (H110), such as the NZXT X41 (1.4x thick) or another one of these expensive "kits" that offers a true dual thickness (60mm) 140mm radiator: http://www.performance-pcs.com/phobya-pure-performance-kit-140lt-bayone.html Overall the most interesting option is this 42mm thick 120mm radiator, but I would want more of a change compared to my current model (25mm) to bother with the whole ordeal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214057 If anyone out there has an extravagant AIO solution that now regrets spending the money, I will trade you a perfectly good TT Water2.0 Pro (holds a 4.2 GHz 3770K @ max temp of 71C in IBT) with brand new mounting hardware kit unused by anyone (H110 hardware matches TT Water2.0 Pro and I never needed that hardware). I will make due with whatever hardware you have as long as it's not damaged.
  7. Moving on up! Upgraded to 32GB of DDR3 2400 MHz Corsair Vengeance Pro (4x 8GB) from 16GB of GSkill Sniper Series 2133 MHz (4x 4GB) and I bumped my CPU OC from 4.2 GHz to 4.4 GHz. Have completely taken over my CPU/GPU combo top spots haha:
  8. Guys I just hit the #1 spot in Fire Strike Ultra for anyone with a i7 3770K and 1x GTX 1070 combo! http://www.3dmark.com/search#/?mode=advanced&url=/proxycon/ajax/search/cpugpu/fs/R/1419/1090/8157?minScore=0&cpuName=Intel Core i7-3770K Processor&gpuName=NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (In the link you might have to tell it only 1 GPU, not "Any")
  9. Since you couldn't see my voltage in the other pic and people have been talking about issues with the voltage holding stable over 1.06, here is another screen showing me at 1.093V. Funny thing is this only happens if I lower my temp limit down to the min of 60C, then my voltage will kick up to 1.095V, otherwise it stays at 1.075V Funnier part is by lowering my temp limit my temps actually went up by 2C due to the increased voltage, lol. I am still trying to wrap my head around how this new GPU boost is calculating everything. Especially when lowering the temp limit you end up with more voltage???
  10. I did it guys, I beat a stock 1080 w/ same CPU (their OC is 100 Mhz higher) in the new 3DMark Time Spy Graphics Benchmark across the board minus the CPU score. http://www.3dmark.com/compare/spy/163456/spy/39763# (Note: Video is still in the process of being edited and rendered, coming ASAP) GTX 1070 @ 2.139 GHz | 9.624 Gbps VRAM : Graphics Test 1: 44.39 Graphics Test 2: 38.40 FPS GTX 1080 @ stock : Graphics Test 1: 42.20 Graphics Test 2: 36.52 FPS (**Note: the 1080's VRAM speed is reported strangely due to GDDR5X, stock = 800MHz**) For my CPU/GPU combo in 3DMark's new DX12 "Time Spy" benchmark I am 70th overall: Rankings for GTX 1070 + 3770K (you need to select 1 GPU for non-SLI rankings) I know this is a very specific test and a very small difference, but the point is I was able to reach a 1080's performance in a GPU designed stress scenario, plus I did it with a max load temp of 39-40C. Also here are my afterburner logs showing the ceiling temp is 41C at the harshest of loads:
  11. Full Size: https://www1.picturepush.com/photo/a/15113290/img/MSI-GTX-1070-Armor/MSI-1070-H110-High-Res-(1-of-1).jpg
  12. Smithaye you are always typing exactly what I would have typed to someone on the same subject had I read it. This is the primary reason I don't want to do it, because these are closed loop systems meant to last 5 years or so. Open one up and it's no longer a closed system, never exposed to the elements. I am sure it took millions of dollars in R&D to figure out the exact mixtures and pump speeds for all of these systems to work. I would only do it if I for some reason couldn't mount it where it currently sits or another spot in the case. Honestly though, I'd just sell it and get one with longer tubing. I know one reason the tubing is short is to reduce strain on the pump and also less tubing to go bad overtime as coolant is run around through day in and day out.
  13. I believe these mounts will allow me to mount the radiator where it sits. I also plan to cut vents into the back panel of the case where the fans on the radiator can pull in cool air from outside through these vents. If anyone has a better idea let me know. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10347/ex-rad-179/XSPC_Radiator_Mounting_Bracket_Set_-_632_Thread.html?tl=g30c637s1731#blank If I could pop off the tubing I would consider mounting it outside the case. However that obviously isn't an option with a closed loop AIO. It is a shame you can't change the tubing. I have seen people put tubing over the tubing to change the color, but not actually replace it. Well apparently it can be done: http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?p=693941 However I don't think it is worth the risk/effort with how good my temps are already. Could ruin the H110 or worse lol (leak onto hardware). Oh and Smithaye, I found some really bad ass backplates, but they are pricey due to being custom: http://www.coldzero.eu/msi-gtx-1070-armor/2684-msi-gtx-1070-armor-layout-2-black-1.html I found two other sites selling them, but the price range are all pretty close. Roughly $45 which is high for a backplate. I paid $25 for the last one I bought (GTX 295 lol).