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Tri-Fire 290X Gaming / Work PC

by nino_zh

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15 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 23, 2015

Date Built

June 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

After using a crappy PC for a few years i wanted a dream to come true and get a triple screen setup. I built this PC for triple screen gaming and home office purposes. My main goal was to build a really silent and powerful PC. The resolution of all screens together equals 5760x1080. After considering numerous monitors for this setup i have chosen the Eizo FS2434 because of its thin bezels and gorgeous IPS panel. In the beginning i was undecided between the Titan X and the R9 295X2, it was quite a difficult choice. Both offer pretty decent performance at high resolutions at a similar price tag. After reading many many forums regarding this topic i decided to get the AMD. A XFX R9 295X2 was installed, and afterwards a Sapphire R9 290X because in some Games (Metro etc.) with ultra settings i got about 50-55 FPS. After installing the Sapphire 290X, everything was stable at 60+FPS. The cards scale really good, i also tried a Crossfire setup with the R9 295X2 and a R9 290 - the scaling was terrible in some games, for example Tomb Raider used to crash and the picture was awfully distorted - ultrawide Lara :) For now i haven't experienced any microstuttering. Probably i dont perceive it... The temperatures are great with the dual radiators. At about 20 °C ambient temperature the CPU is usually between 25-30 °C at idle. The GPU-s are about 30°C. At Load the GPU-s reach <60 °C and the CPU about <50°C. It's always cool to see the difference between the air cooled 290X and the water cooled chips. The difference is mostly 5 °C. The advantage of the air cooled card is that it cools down slightly faster.

Here are some Firestrike benchmarks: the results with the 295X2 - approximately 16000-17000 points. After installing the Sapphire 290X its somewhere between 20000-21500 points (see screenshot) When i overclock the CPU to 4.8GHz it makes a 1000-2000 Points difference.

Although i love the setup, i wouldn't recommend it for everyone. When games work "out of the box", its a wonderful feeling, but those which don't support this kind of setup are just unplayable. I found some handy programs like flawless widescreen or widescreen fixer for this matter. There is also a website dedicated to multiple monitor setups - http://www.wsgf.org .

I hope you like my build :)

12.12.2015 UPDATE - ASUS PB287Q 4K monitor and 4x NewStar FPMA-W830BLACK wall mounting kits

Part Reviews

CPU

great CPU with good overclock capabilites

Power Supply

The PSU is great and most important - it can feed the power hungry 295X2 properly with enough power via the 12V Rails. The only fact that really bugged me - it's quite noisy. After i finished my build, there was still a noisy sound inside the case. Investigating this matter showed it was the PSU. I bought a Noctua 140mm fan and installed it into the PSU. At first it wouldn't work (no spinning at all) when the fan was connected like the old one, afterwards i drilled a hole in the PSU case and used a molex cable to power it. Now its perfectly silent.

Wireless Network Adapter

supports 802.11ac - great

Case Fan

Super silent and great specs

Monitor

  • awesome Monitor for triple screen setup thanks to the thin bezels
  • the IPS panel has crispy colors altough it's 60Hz.
  • Remote control Great monitor!

Keyboard

i love this keyboard!

Comments Sorted by:

donovan_staab 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Sweet Monitors, maybe a little better cable management... XD...

nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks, i know i should "clean" the cable management a little :)

RyRy 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Really interesting GPU combo, but it looks pretty slick ;) Really nice setup and those monitors are amazing! +1

nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks

dragoon20005 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

interesting tri-fire setup

i was thinking of this combo if i were to get the Fury X2 and then do a tri-fire with another Fury X

nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

i've read the new fury x's scale really well at high resolutions and offer behemoth-like performance

dragoon20005 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

yea now the latest AMD driver is out

have you try it so far?

seems to improve with a few fps for the 290X

nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

i had several issues after the last windows 10 Update, every game, video etc. was kinda stuttery, even the sound! After deleting the updates it worked again flawlessly. Yesterday i've installed the new Crimson driver. Havent tested it a lot so far, just played around a little bit with VSR. Tomb Raider and Dishonored at 9600x1800 - worked like a charm at ultra settings :D GTA V was like - nope. I would need approximately 21GB VRAM for ultra settings at this resolution. Also i did a Firestrike test after the driver update: CPU at stock 4.0GHZ - it was about 20 500

dragoon20005 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

wow GTA need 21GB?!

do you have Fallout 4 to test?

nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

In the GTA V settings it lists the used/available VRAM, when i tried ultra at 9600x1800 it was like 21GB/ 12GB :D

unfortunately not :( its exam season right now and i would probably fail at all exams if i'd get it ^

tigerblood213 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

That is an interesting place to put that radiator in the back

nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

i've installed it inside at first, but the components got really hot. The VRM is located there and the radiator above couldn't push air through so well. Since i moved it outside i got perfect temperatures. I also intend to install a shield/filter on it soon.

Hammers666 1 point 14 months ago

Brilliant build. Glad to hear the 290x works well with the 295x2 as I'm considering the 290x in addition to my 295x2. I'm also upgrading my i5 3570k to the i7 6700k as it seems to be holding the card back in certain games, AC syndicate being the worst culprit. I'm also having to butcher some mesh windows for cooling into my H440 case, it just wasn't made for the 295x2 which will throttle at 75°.

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nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks, i can really recommend them. I'm a fan of IPS panels, TN are really cool but i don't like the colors very much. The coolest part with the Eizos is they have a remote. At the beginning i thought i'll have to turn on every monitor separately. But you can turn on all three of them at once :) So, 2 spare remotes in the box

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Silveth 1 Build 0 points 21 months ago

Be grateful for what you have, many people cannot afford such luxury.

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