Description

Decent powerful workstation + gaming rig.

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When I've bought the first of current R9 270X, the MSI one, I thought: 'Hey, why I need something more for 1080p gaming and my work (Adobe software like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign)? It's okay, don't even think about it' (also was limited in budget).

Then, half a year after, I got some free funds that I wanted to spend on my PC. There were different ways like "sell this R9, add more funds and buy the new awesome GTX970", "or even GTX980", but.. 'This is too mainstream for me', thought I and bought another R9 270X (the Sapphire one) from eBay. Didn't find any MSI with suitable price, so I decided to go for dual-GPU setup with two different manufactures. The funny thing is, I have paid for Sapphire Dual-X R9 270X 2GB OC, instead I've got Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270X 2GB OC. Well, I was happy even more than I expected, because Vapor-X cooling system is cool (and runs even cooler). I'm really happy of this decision, because with current XFire I've got the power of GTX780 (or even Ti) for only €260.50 (around $310). By the way, yes, XFire works on super-quiet 550W PSU (default 80PLUS standart).

UPD: well, I bought EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC+ on 17 Nov and I can say that I am truly happy with the graphics and 60+ fps now. It looks amazing.

What about RAM.. I bought Kingston HyperX Genesis 2x4GB, and after some time passed I decided to get another 8GB, because Adobe soft likes RAM.. Lots of RAM. A-and I found that HyperX Genesis series is no longer being manufactured. Luckily, I found the last kit of HyperX Predator with same parameters (1.65V, 9-11-9-27 timings and 1866 MHz) and bought it. That's it, I guess. The rest of the parts are quite usual.

That's it.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for no corsiar in your whole build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the locked processor with the z87 board? I guess on the plus side there is always the potential for you to get an unlocked processor and OC. Normally I would say it is a bad idea to mix RAM but in this case at least it is from same manufacturer and the timings are the same.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This RAM is completely identical except the radiator and its actual size. Every parameter is the same. Also same XMP profiles, so MoBo automatically turned 1866 MHz profile on 9-11-9-27 on. So I wouldn't call this a mixing :)

About Z87 - a lot of USB slots and overall a nice MoBo itself (except its color I guess) + possibility to get the 'K' version of CPU.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I have a 270 crossfire setup, and it seems that in BF4, the GPU usage only goes up when I tune the graphics higher, meaning that I get the same FPS (80 90ish) no matter what settings I do, which sucks for my 144Hz monitor.

Hope you didn't have any problems!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, didn't try BF4 yet, but BF3 @ DX11 works flawless with my current XFire. Well-optimized game.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What does your GPU usage look like? yeah BF3 is pretty good but high/medium settings the cards work about 60%ish each.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Max clocks on both GPUs in BF.

I had some troubles with my second GPU usage, but there is a fix for this:

download MSI Afterburner, open its settings > first tab > 'disable ULPS mode' > reboot.

No more half-disabled 2nd GPU + ATI panel now shows all the data about your second GPU too.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I have ULPS disabled and Frame pacing off, not sure why BF4 is doing this to me, oh well.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Hm-m. I will buy BF4 soon, because EA is actually supporting it after Hardline, so I'll post my results later :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Played some matches. Well, after BF3 the 4th feels like CoD ****. And it's way too dark. I like BF3 because it feels like BC2 :)

About XFire: Mantle works awful, like 20 fps on 64player match; with DX11 I've got ~60 FPS and no drops.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that lg monitor? Also how has your c-fire experience been?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

LG monitor is overall nice: matte IPS, 5ms of response time, it's bright, big enough for me, has a Reader mode (warm and soft colors, easy to read texts without any discomfort), wide viewing angles (178/178) and overall nice minimalist design with thin frame. Perfect for gaming (as 60 Hz monitor of course).

About XFire: Yes. Playing BF3 on Ultra with stable 80-120 fps, fancy modded Skyrim with 2K-4K textures, supersampling and ultra ENB preset runs on 60 fps @ 1080p. Works great. All of the new games (except Ubi's, they have some troubles with any XFire atm) runs on Ultra with 60 frames. PCMR! :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, i have considered c-fireing my r9 280 but didnt want to deal with driver issues.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

My first thought of this keyboard was like "why did they do this with spacebar?". But later, after a week of active usage, I understood their decision. This double-spacebar feels more comfortable and easy to press than the regular one. Your finger lays directly on it. Feels nice.

It's just great. However I don't use its macro keys, but they are useful in MMOs.