Bitch, GTX280, HD4890 and lots of – 3d – fun

Last weekend me, 7ornado and TheKing met in Castagnito (near Asti, Italy), we had some stuff to test and lots of LN2.
My objectives were to improve my AM3 score with GTX 280 and do a good 3Dmark 01 with a new HD4890.
As always we had a lot of fun and I also managed to pull out some good results.

Config:
i7-2600K # L044B675
Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 – bios F3
KHX 2k cas8 MGH-E-Hyper
PCP&C 1200 Watt
GTX 280 :: VGPU and CAPs mod || crazy reference HD4890 blue PCB :: no mods needed
Maxtor DMAX 200 GB sata
XP sp3

Guglio’s CPU pot rev 2.0 CPU
Unknown GPU pot – VGAs

The more the time goes on the more I love 3Dmark 01 and Aquamark 3, they are such a great benchmarks, all of others 3d look boring if compared to them.
Did some quick run with the 280 trying to beat my previous 3Dmark 01 score but can’t did it, when I benched it some weeks ago the card was really maxed, so no room for improvements.
For AM3 the things are a bit differents, last time I didn’t had enough LN2 to run it properly and in fact this time I get something more out of the card.

AM3 412926 :: GTX280

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7th place on HwBot.org (click here…)
The efficiency is really good, too bad that the card isn’t that great.

3Dmark 01 121141 :: HD4890
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7th place on HwBot.org (click here…)
That’s an hell of a card, runs smoothly full pot with lots of moisture and clocks really high.
Too bad that I’m badly CPU limited, did 118325 marks with air cooling at 1050-1150 MHz.

That was another great weekend in Asti, lots of fun, lots of alcol and LOTS of LN2. Thanks Marco.

Having fun with Sandy, 3Dmark 01 & AM3 inside

Past friday I finally get some LN2 and did a 3 hours bench session in the afternoon.
This time I was focused on 3Dmark 01 and Aquamark 3 with the trusty – and also crappy – GTX 280.
Have to say that this time even with a not that good CPU and the crappiest GTX 280 I have ever seen on earth was alot of fun, 3Dmark 01 really rocks, and especially bench it alone is really a big satisfaction.

Before starting with pics and screens I would like to thanks some people:

  • my friend Guglio, he lent me the video card and this AWESOME pot
  • all of the morons that said that I’m a fucking noob
  • Volterra for making such a great PWM: no drop at 1.65 volt and at least 300 watt of load with naked mosfets…that’s crazy

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Config:
i7-2600K # L044B675
Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 – bios F3
KHX 2k cas8 MGH-E-Hyper
PCP&C 1200 Watt
GTX 280 :: VGPU and CAPs mod
Maxtor DMAX 200 GB sata
XP sp3

Single Stage rotary 1.2 HP phase change- CPU
Guglio’s GPU pot rev 1.0

3Dmark 01 :: 120633

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Aquamark3 :: 411392

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Both of the scores are really good considering the poor frequency of CPU and Graphics card.
As for the 280, it run with no CB or CBB but doesn’t scale with temperature, -80° or -180 doesn’t make any difference, and also scale really bad with voltage, from 1.4 to 1.65 volt the gain was really small.
One thing I must say is that this UD4 is really a PITA, worst board I’ve ever used…doesn’t boot at BCLK different to 100 MHz – default…Gigabyte is focused on Touch BIOS crap and Z68 boards, so they have no time to fix the shitload of issue of their P67 boards…

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That’s all, hope that you like these results, they took alot of effort and time but after all I’m really satisfied of what I did.

Another Biatch in da house, lets see…

I would like to write another kind of title, something like “Benches and lots of fun”, but when da biatch is involved you better forget the word “fun”.
So, no fun, or at least not as much fun as when benching with 1366 stuff, but still worth to write a small article here.
Same stuff as the previous writeup except for the CPU, yesterday I went to a local PC shop and bought a 2600K for a good price.
Not a killer chip but also not that bad, I would say that I’m quite happy cause this one behaves well at -50° C and works bench stable at 5400 MHz.
With this frequency I’m quite sure that a good ammount of n44bs are going to be pwned in the next weeks, the main objective is to do a good 3dmark 01 (with good I mean 123k +) using a single GTX280 and LN2 cooling.

Config:
i7-2600K # L044B675
Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 – bios F3
KHX 2k cas8 MGH-E-Hyper
PCP&C 1200 Watt
6200 LE for 2d :: GTX 280 for 3d stuff
WD scorpio 160 GB sata :: Maxtor DMAX 200 GB sata
2003 Server TW tweaked + custom CW :: XP sp3
Single Stage rotary 1.2 HP phase change

This time I did a quick run with alot of benchmarks, 01, am3 and super-pi 32M are well tweaked, all the other stuff were runned only to get some points on the bot and make HwProject.net go past 7000 points.

Super-PI 32M :: 6.11.078

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Pifast :: 13.61

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WPrime 32M :: 4.562

3

WPrime 1024M :: 142.422

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3Dmark 01 :: 115567

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Aquamark3 :: 400538

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3Dmark 03 :: 71202

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3Dmark 05 :: 39213

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I would like to use 2133 divider also in 32M and Pifast but like probably you already know da biatch sucks monkeyballs and act weird with Elpida Hyper…so 1866 or freeze/reset with 2133.
Anyway Super-pi 32M and 3Dmark 01 looks quite good, so I’m happy…after march 3 I will do a small LN2 session just to see how the 280 goes, hopefully she will give me 123k + in 01.
We will see.

p.s. If you wanna know what’s the difference betwen 2500K and 2600K here’s a quick test -> click here <-