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    ROG Guru: Diamond Belt Array Zka17's Avatar
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    A new era for my TestBench

    Hello mates!

    It's been a while since I have started a thread... but now I'm getting back into the business...

    As the title suggests, this time will be a little bit different... the main goal is to go sub-zero with cooling, but I also got back to the LGA775 platform - finally! Since I have started to bench I had this idea to go through most of the platforms - and I pretty much did... for those who did not see it yet, check this thread (warning: it is long!):

    So, now it's time for LGA775!

    I have got the Asus Commando a while ago to start with and I have collected a bunch of LGA775 CPUs (nothing fancy, just from old machines). Last weekend I have tried to fire it up, but no luck... lights are on, fans are spinning - but nothing on the monitor... Since the board was rescued literarily from the trash, I have assumed that it had a reason to be there...

    Then I have started to read about LGA775 boards, and I started to really like the Asus Rampage Extreme... but that one is bloody expensive! I was at the point to give up my LGA775 dreams when an opportunity came... One of the REX boards on the ebay was actually listed from here where I live... Contacted the seller and setup a meeting for yesterday - and voila:

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    We have made a mutually better deal...

    The board seems new (still had those plastic tapes/sealings on the heatsinks), has most of it's original accessories (except and english manual) - but it did not have the original box... well, I can live with that...

    The goal is to go sub-zero cooling (I already have my SS unit - will present it later on), but I wanted to see this beauty working and see how it's BIOS looks like... So, for the start it got the Noctua NH-D14 for the CPU and it's NB water block changed to the regular air-heatsink:

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    And the sexiest thing about this LGA775 board is that it has DDR3 memories! Yes, those are one of my Pi kits used on the newest platform before:

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    And then I have fired it up! And nothing happened... In the morning I saw the board working at the seller's place and in the afternoon is not working anymore?! Double-checked everything what came in mind and nothing, lights on, fans are spinning - but nothing on the monitor... the same as with the Commando before...

    I have started to suspect the graphics card, so I have started to swap them around... I have couple older cards left which all were tested before on other platform, but none of them gave me a signal... Finally, the light came in my mind! Started to check the other end of the power cables... - and the PCIe power connector wasn't connected to the PSU... yeah, that's how it is when you're getting old... or senile... or something...

    But now my LGA775 system is working!

    Here are some benchmarks I have tried wile I was pushing this system:

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    I think, not too bad... certainly this platform has more in it! The BIOS is definitely different, but not too hard to get used with it... The only flaw I observed until now is the temperature... I have compared the temps in BIOS with those shown in HWMonitor - but they're like showing two different systems... HWMonitor also was showing temps below ambient for the cores... Then I got rid of the HWMonitor and got RealTemp - that at least shows more acceptable core temps... but no other temps... well, the point is to pass benchmarks, not to anxiously watch temps - right?

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    imMortal Kombatant Array Myk SilentShadow PC Specs
    Myk SilentShadow PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS Rampage IV Formula
    ProcessorIntel i7 3930K
    Memory (part number)8GB Corsair XMS3 1600
    Graphics Card #1ASUS Radeon 7970 3GD5
    Sound CardROG Xonar Phoebus
    MonitorSamsung SyncMaster SA300
    Storage #1Corsair Neutron 128GB
    Storage #2Seagate 2TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair A50 Pro Air Cooler
    CaseBitFenix Merc Alpha
    Power SupplyThermaltake Litepower 700W
    Keyboard Alienware TactX Keyboard
    Mouse Tesoro Gandiva H1L
    OS Win7 Ultimate x64
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    Nice one Z!!! oh and the reason the REX is still expensive, is because the hardware is still popular. i've been trying to look for a cheap 990X, or even a 980X and they are still 800 - 1000 AUD.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array meankeys PC Specs
    meankeys PC Specs
    MotherboardRampage VI Apex / Maximus IX APEX / Rampage V EX V10
    Processor7920X / 5960X / 6950X / 7700K
    Memory (part number)G.Skill Trident Z - 16GB
    Graphics Card #1Zotac 1080 Ti
    Graphics Card #2Zotac 1080 Ti
    Graphics Card #3ASUS STRIX GTX 1080 OC
    Monitor3 X ASUS V248Q
    Storage #1Samsung 950 Pro
    CPU CoolerCool Express SS
    Power SupplyThermaltake Tough Power Grand 1200W
    Keyboard Cyberus
    Headset Tittan
    OS Win 7 64bit
    Network RouterASUS
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    Real Nice Z Good find!
    Have fun

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    ROG Guru: Diamond Belt Array Zka17's Avatar
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    Thanks, guys! I think, I'm going to have fun...

    To use the SS I have to finish my TestBench first... on this one won't fit with the mounting of the SS head...

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array abvolt's Avatar
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    looks fun
    Current: MSI Xpower Gaming Titanium | 7700K | G Skill Ripjaws V 3000 16Gb | 960 EVO 500Gb | Intel 730 480Gb | Seasonic 1000 Platinum |
    NZXT X62 | Acer XB270HU | EVGA 1080 ti FTW3

    Secondary: R4BE | 4930K | G.SKILL 2400 16GB | Corsair AX 1500i
    Intel 730 240GB + 480GB | EVGA GTX780 ti sli kpe | Custom H20

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    ROG Guru: Grand Master Array Arne Saknussemm PC Specs
    Arne Saknussemm PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)Laptop?...No way! (Model?...Jun Amaki...yes way!)
    ProcessorTHREADRIPPER 3960X
    Memory (part number)TXBD48G4000HC18FBK
    Graphics Card #1GTX Titan X
    Graphics Card #2SLI is dead to me
    Graphics Card #3Tri SLI is even dead to Nvidia
    Graphics Card #4Quad SLI is dead to everybody especially my credit card
    Sound CardXonar Essence STX
    MonitorASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
    Storage #1Samsung 970/960/950 PRO
    Storage #22x OCZ VERTEX 3/2x WD Caviar Black 500GB / 2x WD RED 2TB/Samsung 1TBSSDs
    CPU CoolerCustom Loop: Dual D5s, Dual Alphacool Monsta 480s, XSPC Raystorm Neo TR4, EK TitanX WaterBlock
    CaseNope!...Dimastech Easy XL...let it all hang out man!
    Power SupplySeasonic 1000 Platinum
    Keyboard Corsair Strafe MK2 ROG Claymore... or Fender Rhodes Electric Piano (MKI 73)
    Mouse Corsair M65Pro or Speedy Gonzalez...not Mickey...don't do Disney!
    Headset ...firmly on neck
    Mouse Pad Mouse don't got his own pad man...lives with me
    Headset/Speakers Edifier Spinnaker...or you mean the speakers in my too many voices to name them all
    OS Win XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 Spyware Edition
    Network Router56k modem
    Accessory #1 Umm...nice tie?
    Accessory #2 Err...belt?
    Accessory #3 3 accessories?! I'm not a girl!!
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    Oooo time travelling test bench! Complete with cryogenic clouds (but no sparks I hope)!!

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    ROG Guru: Diamond Belt Array Zka17's Avatar
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    He-he, it is time traveling, indeed...

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    775 is a great platform, and fun to OC

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    ROG Guru: Diamond Belt Array Zka17's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhitePaw View Post
    775 is a great platform, and fun to OC
    I hope so!

    Now I will need to wait a little bit for kneaded eraser... proudly I have got 2 of them, planning to insulate more than one board - but I didn't realized how small actually they are...

    Check this, as a reference I have used the NB block from the REX:

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    run with the smallest amount of ram possible, so you can max out the boards IMC

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