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Dual 980 Ti Hybrid Extravagance

by elwonko

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13 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

Over the last few years, I've been relying on either a work-supplied laptop for my design projects or a cheap, under-powered pre-built PC for my gaming. Thankfully, a fantastic job upgrade early this year meant that I could finally splurge the way I've wanted to... and splurge I did.

I wanted to go big - professionally I run a lot of 3dsmax and Mudbox, as well as the requisite Adobe Creative Suite apps, so I wanted a fast i7 with gobs of RAM. Game-wise, I wanted to play Witcher 3 and other demanding titles on Ultra and still hit a consistent 60+ fps - hence the dual 980 Ti's.

This also meant big SSDs - the Samsung 850 Pro for Windows and my core work applications, and the Seagate 600 I had laying around for my main games drive. The two Western Digital drives are my storage drives for current big projects, media, other games, and errata.

Right now, I couldn't be happier - everything fit beautifully in the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe case, though I did have to create a little push/pull with two extra Phanteks 120mm fans to get the 980 Ti Hybrids to attach in the front like I wanted. This also meant that my two mechanical drives had to go into the 5.25 drive bay slots under the Blu Ray/DVD drive; I had to remove the standard HDD carriages from the Phanteks to get all the radiators and fans in.

Overall, it was a fairly painless process - having been away from custom PC building for a few years, I was pleasantly surprised at how slick so much of the process has become. So far, everything's running great and I hope to enjoy this build for years to come.

Part Reviews

CPU

For me, the i7-5930k sits right at the sweet spot of Haswell-E processors - it's got the 40 PCI-E lanes for the SLI plus the higher base clock speed, with only the loss of the 2 cores from the much pricier 5960k. A great processor all around.

CPU Cooler

The NZXT Kraken X61 is a fantastic cooler - easy to assemble, remarkably powerful, and quiet (if you want it to be). So why not 5 stars? Honestly - NZXT's documentation and packaging leaves a lot to be desired. This is a premium product; it deserves a lot more than a flimsy cardboard holder and a poorly-printed instruction sheet. Thankfully, the online instructions are much better and the CAM software is working beautifully for me.

Motherboard

When Asus says Deluxe, they meant it. Everything about this motherboard screams quality - easy to work with, tons of features, excellent documentation. I may never use half of what this mobo can do, but I'm glad I have it.

Video Card

Amazing cards - everyone knows how great the 980 Ti is, and EVGA slapped these fantastic AIO loops on them to keep them extra cool and stable. The packaging and documentation is premium all the way - EVGA knows they've got a good thing here. Two of these in SLI is blowing through every game I've tried so far at the highest settings I can manage with insane fps. The only issue is getting a good case set-up worked out for the 120mm radiator/fan mounts.

Case

The Phanteks Enthoo Luxe is a beautiful case - big, solid, tons of extras and easy cable management. There's plenty of flexibility in building & mounting, which made it a perfect choice for getting in the 980 Ti Hybrids in SLI mounted cleanly and keeping good air flow. Absolutely a joy to work with and look at once it's finished.

Power Supply

I'm always willing to pay a extra for premium quality. SeaSonic's 1200W Platinum is definitely that - wonderfully built, great packaging and documentation, tons of extras. The nicest PSU I've ever had by miles.

Comments Sorted by:

ALDJ0922 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

What monitor are you running?

elwonko submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I'm currently using my old 24" Dell IPS as a stop-gap solution until the Acer Predator X34 comes out in the US later this year.

FotherM 2 points 42 months ago

Basically planning to do a rig similar budget. And have it go with the xr34. Curious to see how the sli ti runs on the xr34 and if it can smash that 100 fps g sync number.

Might be copy and pasting parts of the build.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Oooo, it looks awesome.

FuriousCarl 3 points 42 months ago

Great build!!!

I am also considering Two Hybrid 980ti after reading people complain about overheating/throttling issues with air-cooled 980TIs in SLI. So, adding a couple front fans was enough to get the radiators to reach the front?

PureBlackFire 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

nice build. should look even better when you get the new shrouds for those hybrids.

abledon 2 points 42 months ago

Hey nice build, I'm tempted to go in a similar route. Do the hybrid pumps make any noise thats audible through the case?

I've patched together a crude build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/V2dkQ7 but after seeing this, i'm tempted to go with TWO gti980ti cards, just wondering about the AIO pump noise.

DS4130 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Looks like some tasteful extravagance to me +1

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Extravagance at it's finest. +1

cursed_boi_thirteen 1 point 42 months ago

hey elwonko, are your front gpu rads on intake or exhaust and what about your x61 uptop. I have a similar build and want to know how you setup your case airflow and if you get good temps inside the case. thanks man love the build looks sweet.

elwonko submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Hi cursed - I've got the front 120mm fans and rads set for intake, with the 140mm fan that came with the case mounted on the bottom as another intake. That way, I could set up the x61 as the exhaust up top, along with the stock 140mm rear case fan blowing out the back.

So far, it's working really nicely - CAM is showing my temps consistently around 23-25 C for the CPU and both GPUs on idle, with liquid temps averaging 30-35 C. That's just barely above ambient temps for the room.

Under load, the max temp I've hit so far is 43 C for the CPU, and 45 C for the bottom GPU - which seems to run around 2-3 degrees higher than the top GPU. I haven't started doing any serious overclocking yet, but so far everything's looking really good!

cursed_boi_thirteen 2 points 42 months ago

thanks elwonko for responding. those are really good temps your getting. i also want to do minimal OCing on mine. thanks again.

gospy 1 point 39 months ago

Little late to the party here, but I'm doing (by coincidence) almost the exact same build. Two HYBRID 980ti, the X99 Deluxe, X61 106.1, even the Luxe. Any tips for such a beast? I noticed you have an SLI bridge, I assume you got the Long bridge? Thanks for any advice you have!