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My bro needed an upgrade and when he seen my completed build, he wanted something comparable. So onward, to the nearest computer store and started that night.

For some reason the first CPU cooler's RGB was dead and we tried using a Corsair Commander Pro for the fans but it died completely. I believe it was a faulty SATA Power cord. Went out, bought a new AIO, ditched the Commander. Had enough Fan Channels on the board for the entire case. Sadly they didn't have an MSI NvLink bridge at the store only an EVGA... It didn't fit.... So I cut the corners off it :)

The software for MSI isn't working as well as my ROG software. It's behaving really buggy BUT it does have alot more customization with the RGB.

SLI results have been great in the games that support it. NvLink also surprised me. I didn't know it'll use the VRAM of both cards. People can bash these RTX cards all they want but they have been nothing but impressive to me. Maybe it's cause I got in late and all the bugs are worked out. :)

(Update) Dragon Center and NZXT CAM do not work well together. Uninstalled Dragon Center and installed the standalone MysticLight App to control the RGB. Setup all the fan curves inside the bios. System is now much more stable.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

looks gorgeous

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your brother have different performance objectives to account for the different part choices (referring to the Jester build)? This certainly has a more aggressive mood about it. The Predator is initiating a gimme-five, but I'll let someone else stick their hand in there. Danger!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

He's been wanting SLI every since someone bragged to him about linking 4 1080's together and getting ridiculous results in ARK. That and me being curious of how much of a performance increase 2 air cooled cards would work vs my one hybrid set us off for NvLink. See I was afraid running SLI would make things unstable. (Which in some cases it does) I decided to go for the best single GPU performance in mine I could get so I could run my entire library with no issues.

He was wanting the MSI Godlike board, insisting on E-ATX... So I went with complimenting MSI cards. I thought the E ATX was overkill but I'm glad we went with it in the long run when we had the Fan Controller burn out. Chassis Fan Channels galore _^

Mostly everything is the same setup as mine just different manufacturers. Optane for Boot Drive, Ironwolf Pro x2 in Raid-0, and SSD for games. He'll never use all that drive space but at least he'll never have storage problems again.

Fallout 4 in 4k Everything Maxed is beautiful even without a G Sync screen, 3dMark scores almost double my card's score with the SLI. When it's not acting up. Gonna take a bit of tinkering with and it'll be good to go. Games have been crashing on him he says but other times he'll have the game running for hours with zero problems.

Edit: Performance objective... Mine: Play everything smoothly, His: Play everything better than you. I just build a Ferrari, he wants a Lamborghini. He wants something where he could say: "Well you should have gotten 2 cards instead of 1"

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds like brothers I guess. My experience with SLI was nothing to write home about . . . it was back in 2014 with two EVGA 770 4GB Dual Classified. I remember running Unigine benchmarks in those days & being less than thrilled with the FPS increase. Don't even dream of something like double performance with 2 cards, it just doesn't pay off like that. Also many games don't care if you're running SLI or not. I have a secondary GPU in my system but it's not for gaming. I'm not sure the load it removes from the 2080 Ti matters at all, but I like to think I'm fully devoting my best renderer to my best monitor. With SLI I was getting a fractional boost, very diminishing returns for twice the price.