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Babe from Skylake

by hvm_k


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Date Published

Feb. 4, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.208 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


Skylake i7 6700k 2x radeon rx480 8gb in crossfire

One is a Sapphire card, the other an MSI, i could not select two different manufacturers when creating the parts list.

Part Reviews


value for money, mild oc to 4.3 ghz

CPU Cooler

it's a beauty. replaced the fans with some noctua industrial 120mm 3000rpm fans.

they are silent below 1000 rpm, but at 3000rpm they are loud...which fans are not loud at 3000rpm ? it's rare that they have to ramp up all the way though.

Very good cooler and fans.

Video Card

I'm using an MSI gaming x rx480 8 gb and a Sapphire nitro+ rx480 8gb

I would not recommend going for crossfire as titles that take advantage of it are limited. That being said, i like my setup and would not sell them for a single card around €600 (1070?) if i could. I am, however, very curious about the rx490 ...

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Sockens 1 point 22 months ago

Okay, I want your honest opinion as another owner of RX 480 Crossfire. DO you think that they will offer a step up program for Crossfire users like us? People who went red for high power at lower price.

hvm_k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I strongly doubt it. The rx 490 isn't far away but i don't think amd will have a special sale on them for rx480 crossfire users. There's also little known about it, will it be two polaris chips on one card, will it be vega based ?

It's all wait and see really. :)

One thing though, is that crossfire or sli have a lot of potential, especially with these new cards needing less power and getting less hot ...but it's not popular enough so it isn't widely supported on titles...sadly.

NZIGNANTI 1 point 22 months ago

Do you crossfire/sli people switch cards every now-and-then to keep the fans working at least?

hvm_k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I have the 'slave' card only spin up above a certain temperature. In general i keep crossfire on but it's easy to just turn it off should you want to. I'm not noticing a big difference in noise or temps most of the time though. DVI is plugged into the top one so i get image from that one alone or both, not the bottom one solely.

For rx480 it depends if the benefits are worth it for you and if it matters saving the extra €200/300 you might spend a single card that equals performance. As they don't get that hot (compared to something like the r9 200 and 300 series, fury etc) it's not a hassle. I do wish more titles would put it higher up on their priorities list but i understand why it isn't. Also, I feel that if you need to watercool your gpu's to keep temps down it only makes sense if you're using dual titans, 1080's etc because the cost of 2 rx480 is much lower so spending on watercooling is a bit weird. There's other cards i'm not mentioning but you get the idea.

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sabishiifury 1 point 21 months ago

how did you do that cool lighting?

also, why would you change perfectly good bequiet coolers?

hvm_k submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

nzxt hue + and the pure rock is for another build now, noctua for the main build.

bequiet pure wings for another build, shadow wings for the main build