We meet again PcPartPicker. This one is an upgrade to my first build, a Haswell refresh refresh if you will. In light of a recent XB270HU refurbish, brought to you in part by a pair of used msi 980's for $300 each in the wake of the release of the 1080. But they're red, and everything else in my build was blue. It was time to paint, or plastidip I guess. I was worried about the wifi card not fitting in with it's green pcb so I plastidipped that too. It still works by the way, and it's not hot to the touch.
Some other things I did was put some blue film on the Grid+ and the Msi logo lights to change them from white. As far as I can tell, no one's done that before but it looks freakin awesome.
I also cut some 3mm thick black acrylic for backplates on the gpu's since they don't come with one and OEMs are $25 each. I put some 3mm nylon spacers between it an the gpu and they're just enough space for the screws around the gpu's to not touch.
I tried re-overclocking my cpu until about 5am last night, but apparently the god-tier chips stole their performance from me. I was stable at 4.7ghz with 1.415v and running at 100C with my h100i running at 100%, so I guess I'm stuck at 4.6ghz at 1.28 at 80C. The Cpu benchmarks will likely be the same as the first time around so if you're interested, check out my first build. I don't want to redo them on the same clockspeed.
My next plan of attack is to significantly overclocking the GPU's. I had one before the other and ran it at 1490mhz with no extra voltage, and the seller of the second hadn't overclocked his since he was running mini-itx so we'll see what it can do. Numbers and benchmarks to come soon, but I have to run them first.
Edit: I've finished overclocking the gpu's and actually got quite far in my opinion. I could have possibly gone a little farther with some more voltage, but 1500mhz is quite nice and 82C is starting to get uncomfortable. I tested with 3mark11 extreme preset for 1080p and 1440p and the witcher 3 at 1440p, which is mostly likely going to be the most demanding game that I play on them for a while. Overall, I got about a 15% improvement in performance through overclocking. Keep in mind, I had a lot of background programs open to monitor temps and usage and I had chrome open too.
3dmark11 Extreme 1080p (1st) and 1440p (2nd) at stock speeds 1330mhz boost
3dmark11 Extreme 1080p (1st) and 1440p (2nd) at oc speeds 1400mhz boost
3dmark11 Extreme 1080p (1st) and 1440p (2nd) at oc speeds 1450mhz boost
3dmark11 Extreme 1080p (1st) and 1440p (2nd) at oc speeds 1500mhz boost
I also tested the witcher at all of these speeds with ultra preset, no sharpening, and no hairworks with the following results: (GPU1 is the top card, GPU2 is the bottom)
- GPU1 temp-----72C
- GPU2 temp-----60C
- GPU1 temp-----76C
- GPU2 temp-----63C
- GPU1 temp-----78C
- GPU2 temp-----63C
- GPU1 temp-----82C
- GPU2 temp-----66C
Feedback welcome, have a nice day :P