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(22nd Jan Update) CPU Overclocking results

4.5GHz @ 1.25v & temps still reasonable. Imgur album here: http://imgur.com/a/RPGVU


Whats this for?

My previous daily driver was an FX9590 and a reference R9 290x, and my god was that power hungry...

I needed something that would chew up and spit out anything I'd throw at it for the next 4 years minimal, whether that be rendering, gaming or stupid amounts of multitasking with my bad habits of leaving windows open all over the place :/

All the while being quieter, cooler and cheaper to run 24/7 than my old daily driver.

Oh and GAMES, LOTS OF GAMES. (20+ hours a week at least)

Why X99?

It's certainly not like I needed DDR4 or any of the other bewildering array of new features it comes with, but having the ability to upgrade in the future is what drove me to the cutting edge of consumer available items.

Why'd I spend soo much money?

Yeah, I know I could have done this on a budget. Yeah I know I probably should have put more effort in and made a custom waterloop and made it all pretty.

But, at the end of the day, i'm lazy, really lazy. I wanted a semi plug & play system that was crazy overkill and I had the money to build this, even though it did hurt the bank a fair amount.

I will admit I am very fortunate to be able to have such a system for daily use.


Additional info

Pre-overclocking 3DMark benchmarks: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/3833833 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/3825544
(There are some errors in there with reported CPU clock speed.)

  • Running raid 0 over the SSDs, and raid 1ing that array with the 2TB greendrive with another 1TB Mass storage drive also under raid 1

  • The 3.5Ghz CPU clock is temporary, i'm still working out an issue that my 3000MHz XMP RAM profile created. About 1 out of 2 restarts/boots fails, but can be resolved by using the MemOk function or cutting power to the Mobo before boot to disable the mem preserve function (I think which is causing it).

Memory is perfectly stable once in OS, so yes its running at 3GHz. AIDA64 Engineer shows 62GB/s read speeds from memory at that clock speed... DAYUM

  • Temps are reasonable considering its basically silent at full load.

  • Going to be getting some new front intake fans, these ones aren't PWM and are a lil' loud.

  • Cable management is NOT final, I am working out all software/firmware bugs before putting this system on my desk.

  • GPU power connectors are temporary, my ax1200i didn't come with plain 6 pin connectors, only 6+2 pin.

  • Total cost at purchase: £3695 not including the 3 BenQ XL2720z monitors.

  • More and larger pics: http://imgur.com/a/S2xyc http://imgur.com/a/2xHtE http://imgur.com/a/U9cBz http://imgur.com/a/dCEYB

  • More info upon request. If you are reading this, I appreciate the time you took to read my post.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

But now for the most important question...... can it run Minesweeper?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Not quite, it can't push enough pixels to render the colour scheme :[

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet build

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

All that and Win 7? Nice hardware specs though... you should be able to crush games for the next 3-4 years (turns green with envy).

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, ill admit i'm a sucker for win 7, I just wasn't ready to uproot myself for 8.1.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

good thing is that Microsoft made a announcement that anyone that has windows 8 or 7 they can get windows 10 for free 1 year after windows 10 releases.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's a very nice move i'd say. Looking forward to it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

4K?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Until hardware could push 144Hz @ 4k in most games, and the monitors support that, I just don't care about 4k one bit for gaming and everyday use.

Im currently running 3 1080p and 1 1440p 144hz monitors, and they are just fine for me.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

1440p makes perfect sense, and that is what i would probably do.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you agree. 1440p on 27" monitors is where it's at for me personally. Good balance of physical, pixel, screen real-estate and pixel density.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Was planning on my 1st build being a similar Z97 build with this case/ CLC, and was wondering whether it was possible to have the cooler in a push/pull configuration? From your pictures it looks like there's enough room but I wasn't quite sure.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Apologies for late reply. With the H100i there was plenty of room! Wouldn't be too sure about a 280mm radiator though.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for late reply, yes I did indeed.