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    Posted: 24 Mar 2011 at 8:55pm
I've had my rig from Digital Storm for a year and a half now and I still have not had any problems with any of it. I mean not a single issue with anything!

This rig was amazing the day I got it, and it still is.




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  Quote RiceEatin2000GT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Mar 2011 at 12:47am
good to hear!
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Mar 2011 at 12:59am
Thanks for the feed back, its always great to hear from other customers
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  Quote rholyrag Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Mar 2011 at 5:25am
Awesome
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Mar 2011 at 4:42pm
I also wanted to say:

Thank you so much for the great feedback. If you can post some pictures of your setup, I'll get the team to move your post to the reviews section for everyone to see!
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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Mar 2011 at 4:55pm
I'll try.
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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Mar 2011 at 5:34pm
 
 
 
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Mar 2011 at 9:39pm
how about now? any problems now?

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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Mar 2011 at 10:08pm
No, why? Should I be having problems  now?
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 12:11am
lol no I'm joking, I was gonna ask you every 5 minutes, how about now?
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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 1:13am
Nope. Still no problems, but Crysis 2 looks absolutely incredible.

I must say, I've never seen anything like what your running. Your setup is just wild. Is that an external radiator connected to your rig? That has to be the most power sucking bad #*# rig I've ever seen. Congrats to you. I wish I could see your rig in person. Very nice my friend.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 2:57am
Thank you but I think drunkenmonkey has my terminator beat, search for it in this section, lets just say its got more then 2 rads lol.

ya I have push pull on both rads, the one on the back is a 140mm triple rad to cool the 4 x 480 gtx, and then there is a feser triple 120mm rad on top cooling the cpu and mobo.

thanks to the damn 480s they do suck power oright.

as far as badass goes, I don't know about that, to me badass is rig that handles whatever you ask it, so for example in gaming @ 1900 x 1200, if you were to add another 480 to your rig, it would be hard to tell the difference between my rig and yours.

so your rig is a badass too, and yours been doing it for longer

btw, how about now? any problems now?

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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 10:53am
Ive been thinking about adding another 480 GTX, but I'm wondering about cooling. I shouldn't have to add anything to get rid of the extra heat from another 480 right?
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  Quote Dragoonseal Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 4:18pm
Originally posted by Tboy72

Ive been thinking about adding another 480 GTX, but I'm wondering about cooling. I shouldn't have to add anything to get rid of the extra heat from another 480 right?

Correct, you won't have to add any additional cooling.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 4:24pm
if your current temps are fine and room temp is around 70f then you are good to go.

personally I would wait and maybe upgrade teh gpu next year, these 480s run warm and use more power then most other cards like the 570 for example, but other then that they are pretty good, they oc well also IMHO.

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Originally posted by DST4ME

if your current temps are fine and room temp is around 70f then you are good to go.

personally I would wait and maybe upgrade teh gpu next year, these 480s run warm and use more power then most other cards like the 570 for example, but other then that they are pretty good, they oc well also IMHO.




I've never overclocked a GPU. I'm assuming that is also done in the bios. So how much can I safely overclock it and how exactly do I do that?
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 9:29pm
GPU oc is much easier then cpu OC.

oc gpu with different software, but we find MSI Afterburner to be the best.

you simply raise clock and shader and test the gpu to make sure the oc is stable, when you get to the point where its failing your tests, then raise the core voltage a bit, and try not to go over 1.100, with 1.125 being your max.
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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Mar 2011 at 11:40pm
I'll try that. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks
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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Mar 2011 at 11:33am
So I'm using MSI Afterburner right now and I'm looking at the core clock and it was set at a max of 700 MHz. I changed it to 800 but I'm not sure how high I can really go.

What is a good number to go to for the max core clock? How do I know if it fails a test? Do I just look at the temp?
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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Mar 2011 at 11:39am
I set the core clock speed from 700MHz up to 851MHz. The Shader clock speed is set to a max of 1702MHz, and I took the fan speed off of auto and set it from a max of 44% to a max of 50%.

I believe MSI Afterburner monitors and adjusts the fan speed when this setting is taken off of auto. I'm running a movie while I'm monitoring the temp and it is running at 62 C.

Can I set the core clock speed higher than 851MHz? I would assume as long as the GPU stays cool enough, it should be fine.

This is uncharted territory for me, so I appreciate any advice. I also do have the GPU synchronization mode enabled.

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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Mar 2011 at 7:42pm
Alright, I got this figured out now. It is really easy. I used MSI Afterburner and have the core clock speed set at 850MHz, the Shader clock speed at 1730MHz, the voltage at 1125, and the fan at 100%. Memory clock speed is at 1900MHz.

This rig sounds like it's gonna take off (not liquid cooled) but I'm getting improved frame rates when I run the Heaven benchmark.

Crysis 2 looks just incredible.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Mar 2011 at 8:14pm
Well sorry I'm late, you don't want to jump that high and you don't want to have that voltage that high 24/7.

first you need to go up also, from 700 to 750 then 800, once at 800 go up slower in 10Mhz.

you don't have to oc memory.

as you go up slow, each time you want to test the gpu with fah gpu client or something like furmark or Kombuster and if it passes the tests, then you up the core a little gain as mentioned before and run the test again.

remember you want the highest stable speed with lowest voltage, the lower the voltage the better.

if you set the fan speed to auto then afterburner will adjust it, if not on auto it stays at what you set it at.

when ocing if you gonna set it yourself you want it around 80 to 100%.
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I see. I really only ran the voltage at 1125 and the core and Shader clocks that high when gaming. I have another profile in Afterburner that has everything running at their default levels. As soon as I'm done gaming I set it back to the default.

I read on a site (can't remember which one) that listed the 850MHz core clock and the 1730 Shader speed as well as the 1125 voltage as basically the highest you can safely go with the 480 GTX. When running Crysis 2 at the game's extreme graphics setting, I'm running about 68-75 C for a temp.

I was a little concerned about running the card that hard so I think I'm going to take your advice and throttle it down a little. I see my (and your) GTX 480s are still almost 500.00 a piece. I don't have that lying around so I don't want to destroy my card.

I should be able to run the core clock at 750 or so without having to turn up the voltage. Thanks for the advice. You know way more about this than I do.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Mar 2011 at 2:23am
temps are good but you need to run one of those tests and pass them first before you can call it stable.
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I did run several tests with Kombuster and was running at 41-44 fps. It successfully ran a couple of tests with Kombuster so I'm assuming I should be okay right?
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if you passed kombuster then you are good.
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  Quote Tboy72 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Mar 2011 at 3:16am
I owe you one. I never would have tried to over clock my gtx 480 if you wouldn't have helped point me in the right direction.

Thanks DST4ME.
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