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i7 980X on the rocks ( palinkaaaaaa shots! )

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A few days ago Sophocles ( sofos1990 ) asked me if I wanted to bench with him and his cr@ppy Core i7 980X, he purchased a Sparkle GTX 480 and wanted to get some numbers down with that setup before selling that bloody 980X of his.
So I said "sure, why not", I haven't had an LN2 session in the last few... months and I needed some of that benching adrenaline, after some phone calls all the details were taken care of and we had a date :p:
I picked his brand new card and my Palit GTX 480 as well and gave them a nice conformal spray bath.
Since sofos1990's 980X was better ( despite being a cr@ppy CPU ) than my best 980X ( how typical :D ) I decided to take down some numbers with my card as well, my HWbot account needed a refresh.

The numbers we nailed down that day aren't actually worth mentioning, his 980X geezer was barely capable of running AquaMark 3 near 6100MHz and 3D Mark03 around 6GHz.
Sofo's VGA was also better than mine, and thanks to the decent clocks his card managed to go through in 3D Mark03 sofo's grabbed the 6th place in the 3D Mark03 single card rankings with his 136.886 3D Mark03 run ( CPU 6GHz, GPU/MEM 1250/1050 ).
He also captured a ~421k ( 420.937 ) AquaMark 3, and a ~52k 3D Mark05 ( 51872 ) with our last drops of LN2 ( barely made it to the save score window :D ).

So was this long story worth reading ? Maybe not, but the following paragraph probably is :D

I'm pretty sure that sofo's would kill himself for not saving some LN2 that day to try my newest 980X ( which was taking a nap on my 24/7 classified setup :p: ) :rofl:
2 days ago, I gathered 14L of LN2 and a lil' friend of mine, AMDnord to help me out.
To my surprise, the 980X ( 3005F210 ) was a good chip ( not what I'd love to have and fall in love with, but considering my... bad luck & karma, I should be happy for having this one ).
We started the testing with the usual CB & CBB testing in dual channel memory mode, the numbers ? No coldbug at all, and -154C cold boot bug :D
Then we did some 3D Mark Vantage CPU TEST(S)ing, 1.6V 5.4GHz done, 1.7V 5.7GHz done, 1.8V 5.95GHz done.
Then we tried AquaMark 3 as we had just a few liters of LN2, 6450MHz AquaMark done at 1.85V ( success! Borat said :rofl: ).
Tried to raise the UnCore then, but had limited success with that, I think the 73 BIOS for the X58 Classified E760 isn't exactly mature for 980X UnCore clocking yet, anyway, 6450MHz CPU and 4.5GHz or so UnCore = done too.
I was planning to keep 1-2L of LN2 to try the lovely GTX3 triple channel memory kit Corsair sent me on LN2 aiming for DDR3-3000 triple channel, but the happiness my 980X gave me with its clocking made me lose track of time and LN2 supply and the session ended unexpectedly during a 3D Mark Vantage run ( which was run with an old driver which we used for AQ3 since it was the best of the ones I've tested before, so we missed 1.5-2.0k for that ), we ran out of LN2 during the second CPU test, and the system BSODed right after AMDnord pressed the save score button :D

I'm preparing myself and my new hardware for more LN2 sessions, and if my plans pan out well, I'll have 2 more LN2 sessions ( 55L of LN2 each ) by this weekend :)

I'll leave you with some screenshots/pictures while I'm leaving the room to insulate the new VGAs :D

Many many thanks to:

for the awesome RAM, thanks Alex, Mike & Peter.

for the TruePower Quattro 1200, thanks Korinna & Maurice!

[ click on the pics ORB URL's ]







 
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That is impressive. Something I always wondered about (maybe you know the answer) is do those chips that perform so amazingly under extreme conditions also exceed at undervolting? Mainly I'm wondering if those chips are superior electrically in all aspects or if a chip can be bad or average on the low end but exceed at the high end.
 
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There's no definite answer, but in at least 80% of the cases ( my own and other overclockers that I know ) they don't.
A chip which excells in overclocking on air may be a dud under liquid nitrogen and might as well be a dud in overclocking/stock/underclocking with less voltage than stock ( undervolting )
Another chip might be a bad overclocker on air, but a great undervoltage chip, and maybe a good LN2 chip.

For example I used to have 2 nice Core 2 Duo E8600.
They clocked very similarly on air, both capable of 4.5GHz+ LinX stable on air with very low voltages ( 1.15V or so ).
On liquid nitrogen the best air chip of the 2 maxxed around 5.9GHz, while the other chip maxed at 6.3GHz.
And I've also seen the exact opposite :D

It's all about luck, and there seems to be none correlation between it's various overclocking capabilities, be it air, water, phase change, dry ice, ln2.
 
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Looks like my thread title was a psychic prediction... PALINKA.
One shot drink, drop-down.

The CPU has at least degraded or is about to die ( or just my mobo got f*cked up )
The 2 alive MGH-E from my 3ple channel A-data kit seem to be dead
My classified seems to be dead after some poof and a tad smoke.

All in all, I might be out of CPU, RAM, Mobo now...

Stupid F batch CPU, 1 session with only a few liters of LN2, real voltages under 1.86V, and already degraded ?
F*ck this sh1t.
 
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Looks like my thread title was a psychic prediction... PALINKA.
One shot drink, drop-down.

The CPU has at least degraded or is about to die ( or just my mobo got f*cked up )
The 2 alive MGH-E from my 3ple channel A-data kit seem to be dead
My classified seems to be dead after some poof and a tad smoke.

All in all, I might be out of CPU, RAM, Mobo now...

Stupid F batch CPU, 1 session with only a few liters of LN2, real voltages under 1.86V, and already degraded ?
F*ck this sh1t.
Sorry mate, how many sessions do they usually last? Thanks.
 
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The 980X's are fragile to very fragile.
Some don't even make it through one short session ( 1-3 hours ).
The F batch ( CPU's with batch codes in the format xxxxFxxx ) especially is a very fragile one.
Most of those chips don't last more than 1,2,3 normal sessions.
Some chips withstand more than 10 sessions, but none of them are durable like the old CPU's were.
I remember my last Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core, I benched with it for more than 100 hours ( 20 sessions or more ) with ridiculously high voltages ( up to 2.05V :D ) and the bloody bastard would reach the same overclocks it did on its first day.
Same with my Core 2 Duo E8600's, no matter what I did to them, none of them died or even degraded.

Let's see what my new 980X will do ( please do well pleeeeeeease! )
 
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The 980X's are fragile to very fragile.
Some don't even make it through one short session ( 1-3 hours ).
The F batch ( CPU's with batch codes in the format xxxxFxxx ) especially is a very fragile one.
Most of those chips don't last more than 1,2,3 normal sessions.
Some chips withstand more than 10 sessions, but none of them are durable like the old CPU's were.
I remember my last Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core, I benched with it for more than 100 hours ( 20 sessions or more ) with ridiculously high voltages ( up to 2.05V :D ) and the bloody bastard would reach the same overclocks it did on its first day.
Same with my Core 2 Duo E8600's, no matter what I did to them, none of them died or even degraded.

Let's see what my new 980X will do ( please do well pleeeeeeease! )
Really? Thought the QX9650s were known for degrading. Mine degraded even at 4 GHz and 1.4v.
 
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OMG !! What a system, and what a benchmark score that is !! :respect:
 

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I don't understand why people kill hardware worth thousands of dollars to push high numbers for a few hours...
 
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I don't understand why people kill hardware worth thousands of dollars to push high numbers for a few hours...
Its called a Hobby!!
 
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I don't understand why people kill hardware worth thousands of dollars to push high numbers for a few hours...
Well, like Asylum said it's a hobby.
And killing the hardware isn't what we're after, it's a thing we can't actually control, an unfortunate event.

Just like drag racers, db drag racing, car modders, etc, overclocking is another hobby :)
 
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lol you think they plan on killing a $1000 cpu?? I doubt it
 
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why not just put the CPU inside a sports car and bench while you drag race, then you'll really have a fast chip!:rockout:
 

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I don't understand why people kill hardware worth thousands of dollars to push high numbers for a few hours...
It brings a smile on ones face when you do it. It's something you have to do to just understand it.

The first time I killed a thousand dollar cpu i actually laughed about it, because it was the fastest I ever made a system go.

It's the same reason they build funny cars, and the multi thousand dollar moter only runs a few times before it bites the dust. Pure joy for the user.



Sick speeds above OP, very slick!