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Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I did seem to get a good chip but I have seen a few people get as high as 5.2GHz on closed loop cooling. OC Results I haven't really pushed it yet or tried to lower the voltage. I got to a stable 5.1 Ghz but backed it down to 5.0 Ghz for day to day use. I did a 2 hour run on Prime95 with no issues at 5.0.
At least one person got around 7GHz on Liquid Nitrogen

I have a Rockit 88 Delid tool and will delid at some point but I am happy with the chip so far.

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

You probably already know this but for general forum information, just having higher memory frequency at the cost of latency isn't always better. See these articles: Latency And CAS Latency 2. I'm Not saying higher frequency memory can't make a difference but if you have to really dial latency up to make the system stable, it can actually slow down the memory's overall performance. I am by no means an expert on memory overclocking but there are tons of articles and posts on other forums by people that I consider experts. My opinion, based on reading many of those posts and articles, successfully overclocking memory can be a lot more complicated than overclocking the CPU. Primary, secondary, tertiary timings and more. Here is a good post that shows the complexity of memory OC

Passmark or AIDA64 are good benchmarks to test ram performance while you overclock your SDRAM. Unigine benchmarks and Cinebench R15 are good graphics benchmarks to use when overclocking graphic cards. Prime95 is a great way to test system stability as you change overclock settings CPU and Memory

What Mobo do you have?

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Correction on this post, the slots are 1.5 inch by 15 inch (wrong key)

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I posted images of the values that I changed. I changed VCCIO back to AUTO to see how the BIOS would control. So far voltages have been lower than my original 1.33V and still stable. Once I start tweaking more I will go back to manual.

Let me know if you have questions on what I changed.

Edit: I'm not sure why CPU temp shows as 45 degrees in BIOS, I am looking at it in both Corsair Link and AI Suite right now and it reads 37 and 30 respectively. Strange, maybe BIOS uses a different sensor in the chip?

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Good call, but there are already three 1.5 inch by 18 inch slots in the back of desk. They came with the desk for just such an occasion and to allow cable routing.

I have had the computer running for 20 hours at idle. It runs cool. Mobo temp has not been higher than 27 C on this run, CPU temperature has not been above 35 degrees and has averaged around 30 degrees. H115i Pro water temp is stable at 27.5 degrees.

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you about the desk. Currently running Core Voltage @ 1.33 and VCCIO at 1.30. To be honest, I haven't done much tweaking to see if I could get the voltage lower. I looked at other peoples 7700K 5.0 GHz voltages and dialed them down .02v and it just worked so I left it be.

I also haven't started tweaking on the memory yet or run any intensive benchmarking like Prime95 to verify the overclock. I would like to see if the OC is stable at lower voltages for heat considerations. If you like, I will take screenshots of my current bios settings (the ones I tweaked) and post them.

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I just hadn't reinstalled it yet. I was using that hole as a hand hold for moving the case into the desk.

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Good question. On the second Windows install (performed due to AI suite not working) I turned off Auto updates right after a clean install. I then installed all of the drivers and hardware support software. Finally, I installed all windows updates manually EXCEPT the May 2018 update which is when the irritating pop-up message began on my other build. No message and I still get update messages and AI suite installed fine. Funny, the only issue I had was connecting my Bose QC 35 headphones through BT. Since I had the issue on my previous build, I had the fix already.

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as the door is open then yes. Motherboard temp runs around 29 degrees C I am overclocked to 5 Ghz but at stock clock, the proc runs 29 degrees C

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Drogon ...and reassembly of a Dell XPS 8900

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I just hadn't reinstalled it yet. I was using that hole as a hand hold for moving the case into the desk.

Comment reply on asone_'s Completed Build: Onyx - Watercooled R7 1700 / 1080 Ti / Thermaltake Core P90

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Based on what Brainbuster stated below, that EK waterblock will fit with no modifications to the Graphics card. I did not use EK waterblocks. I used EVGA waterblocks that are linked below. For reference, I have not seen more than 40C using the EVGA waterblocks, even during multiple successive graphic benchmark runs.

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Viserion the Ice Dragon - My First WC build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Update 4/12/18: So I was able to get 5100MHz stable with 3500MHz DRAM frequency at 15,15,15,35 timing. That was with absolutely no other tweaks. Haven't touched voltages yet at all. I was able to get 5200MHz on the CPU with clean post and boot but got a blue screen during a benchmark so I backed down to 5100. Very happy with the results.

Score of 7193 on Heaven benchmark with Max FPS of 517.9 (screenshot posted) Also got 1685 on Cinebench CPU test.

For Information Max temperature so far under load at 5100Mhz is 60 degrees and GPU temps of 37 degrees. CPU seems to run about 22 degrees above water temp at idle and 30 degrees above water temp under load. 30 minute full load run with fans at max yielded a water temp of about 30 degrees and stable. With a Delidded CPU, I was hoping for cooler idle temperatures but I am happy with the peak temperatures so far. We'll see how temperatures do when I start adjusting voltages.

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Viserion the Ice Dragon - My First WC build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Added some new photos and also my Corsair K70 Lux RGB keyboard and Logitech G903 mouse

Comment reply on Irrational_Japers's Completed Build: My Irrational Gaming PC Build

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Great retrofit and case modification. Looks as good as some modern cases!

Comment reply on matt_c's Completed Build: ITX Insanity

  • 17 months ago
  • 4 points

Super Clean build and I love the fittings. I also recently completed my first WC build and like you it won't be my last. I already started talks with the wife about the parts I need to buy to convert our 6700K rig to water cooling :) Nicely done!

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Viserion the Ice Dragon - My First WC build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, I could have written a few more pages, I have never been short on words. I write a lot of reports in my line of work. Thank you for your comment and I will be looking forward to seeing your build.

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Viserion the Ice Dragon - My First WC build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, not trouble, just challenges it adds to the experience ;). It does perform and look amazing. It was expensive but with the price of Video cards and DRAM, unfortunately it was kind of unavoidable for what I wanted to do. If I knew I was going to build it last fall, I could have saved about 1000 off the cost. Heck, even the price of the power supply jumped substantially when the Bitcoin craze hit. I kind of justified the money by the fact that I have RC helicopters that cost nearly as much. The sad thing (for money) is I am still going to purchase a large curved gaming monitor but have no place to put it at the moment. And I didn't include my Corsair RGB Lux 70 and Logitech G903 mouse in the parts list yet

Thank you for your kind words

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Viserion the Ice Dragon - My First WC build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Undead_Reaper!!

Comment reply on gixxertaz's Completed Build: Viserion the Ice Dragon - My First WC build

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your comments. I feel the same as I do with every other project I work on whether it is RC Helicopters, Motorcycles, or anything else. It is satisfying to see the completed project but a little sad that it is over. Of course, there are always improvements that can be made and I am already working on an aesthetic addition to the case because I don't like the SSD mounts that are visible.

Comment reply on asone_'s Completed Build: Onyx - Watercooled R7 1700 / 1080 Ti / Thermaltake Core P90

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, glad to hear. The RGB block did look pretty sweet. I have both of my Hydro Copper blocks and was able to score the second video card which should be here on Monday. Delid and cooling loop build start on Monday evening <Dancing Banana></Dancing>.

It is interesting, I am not sure where the rumor that no blocks fit the SC2 started but I suspect it was from EKWB. I emailed them and asked about blocks that fit and they essentially reiterated that they had no intention of making a block that fit and that I could go with the VGA Universal.

The guy tearing his video card apart was the second best tutorial I have looked at this week. The first was a youtube video of a kid showing how to drill a hole in the case for a fan. He drilled the entire hole with the drill going backwards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_PwbxNriE0

Comment reply on asone_'s Completed Build: Onyx - Watercooled R7 1700 / 1080 Ti / Thermaltake Core P90

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Brainbuster,

When I posted, I missed your question. It's funny, I bought the SC2 specifically for it's features, performance, and it's size. Before I purchased it, I verified that EK carried a waterblock for it. Like you, when I was getting ready to pull the trigger on the block, compatible blocks for the card vanished from EK's website. I almost went a different direction for all of my loop (Non-EK) but since I had so many EK components, I only returned the fittings and got Bitspower. I think they look better anyway. Still waiting for my second video card to be back in stock locally. The last part I need to complete my build. I have it up and running on a single video card and a temporary AIO cooler just to make sure everything was working.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION, There is a waterblock that fits the EVGA 1080TI SC2. I am returning my EK-FE blocks and I purchased these https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=400-HC-5599-B1. I believe they are sold exclusively by EVGA with a limit of one per customer so if you need more than one, you will need to think outside the box with purchasing ;) These blocks specifically have a cutout for the SC2 fan header that sticks up.

I was getting ready to modify the EK blocks. I bought a special dremel mill bit and impression clay to do it right but when I saw the Hydro-Copper blocks, I went a different route. They are 34 dollars more than the EK-FE blocks but you don't have to buy a new backplate which just happens to cost around 35 dollars so it is a wash. Plus I like the look of the Hydro-copper waterblocks better than the EK

Thank you for responding.

Jim C.

P.S. I read on another forum that asone/Thermaltake did not need to modify the video card or the block to fit the FE but I can't remember where I read that. I certainly wasn't going to rip the header off of a 900 dollar card. There is one tutorial out there where the guy butchered his card to make one fit. He Pried the DVI connection off, cut the fan header and the LED ports off. I did save that link just because I was horrified. https://imgur.com/r/watercooling/24tzF.

Comment reply on asone_'s Completed Build: Onyx - Watercooled R7 1700 / 1080 Ti / Thermaltake Core P90

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. Quick question, Which specific waterblock did you use for your Video card? EKWB doesn't list one for that video card which I also have.

Thanks

Comment reply on The_Wizard_Man's Completed Build: Lindsay's Bane - Watercooled Build - First PC Build

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I know this is a year old thread but I wanted to thank you. I have been building PCs for a long time but have undertaken my first water cooling project...in an Enthoo luxe case. Although I am doing things differently, I have referred to your build countless times in my decisions for components. Thank you for great pictures and detailed information.. Your rig looks amazing and I hope my first WC attempt comes out half as good.

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