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[Ion]

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#1
So, what with the summer drawing to a close, I decided that now would be time to prepare for the cooler weather of fall. And I just so happen to have a $500 Tiger Direct gift card that I won in a computer assembly race back in May. Given Haswell's lackluster improvement, I decided to get an AMD FX8 setup to see what it's all about. So, here I am. I'm in the process now of setting up a new system. Specs are:
ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2
AMD FX8350 (what else!)
160GB Western Digital HDD (bigger than necessary, but all I have is this and 1TB ones)
4GB G.SKILL DDR3 (not sure what speed)
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Radeon X300 (?)

TigerDirect wanted an unreasonable $109 for a Corsair H80i, so I'm running on stock cooling for now. I'm installing Windows 7 on it for now; I'm going to see if I can get a 10% OC out of it. Then I'm going to load on Mint and WCG and see how it does :D





 

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Nice, were's the backplate gone off the gfx card? just wondered. Don't short nothing on the board with that hdd.
 

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Nice!!! :toast:

You will definitely need better cooling- order at least a Xig Gaia and a pair of 1,500rpm min. fans before the end of the day. ;)

* The Xig Night Hawk is better but the Gaia is hard to beat for price/performance

btw- YGPM incoming :)
 

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Tigger: Lost it, haven't seen it since Feb
Norton: Indeed, the stock cooler is exactly how we would hope for it to be--load and hot. I do have a spare Hyper 212 or Gaia somewhere, I just need to find the mounting equipment for it ;)
 
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If you don't go with the coolers you have, I recommend the Phantek PH-TC12DX as a cooler as the H80i is out of your budget. Its $50-60 and comes in a variety of colors. The performance is very good and it doesn't take up very much space in the case (about the same as a CM212). Its like a better built CM212. Comes with two high end fans and great thermal paste. Really worth it.
 

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Ended up finding a Hyper 212+--only one set of fan brackets, but oh well.

Noob question--reasonable max temps or volts? This thing seems to run much cooler than my i7s albeit with much higher voltages o_O
 

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Ended up finding a Hyper 212+--only one set of fan brackets, but oh well.

Noob question--reasonable max temps or volts? This thing seems to run much cooler than my i7s albeit with much higher voltages o_O
Try to keep it around 60C or less on the die (the higher temp listed using HW monitor) and under 1.4v on core voltage and it will crunch fine ;)
 
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I've been working on undervolting the FX8350s, so far I've gotten one of them to 1.25v and the other to 1.275v. I think that'd get you the best watts/ppd ratio as the voltage curve is pretty steep with them.
 

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I've been working on undervolting the FX8350s, so far I've gotten one of them to 1.25v and the other to 1.275v. I think that'd get you the best watts/ppd ratio as the voltage curve is pretty steep with them.
I did that a bit as well.

I have one 8350 running at 4.4Ghz @1.34v (52-58C on air) and the other is at 4.2Ghz @1.24v (48-54C on water). Both will crunch happily at 100% load with near/over 6k ppd output. I have no idea on power use....
 

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Try to keep it around 60C or less on the die (the higher temp listed using HW monitor) and under 1.4v on core voltage and it will crunch fine ;)
OK. At 4.4GHz it was doing 56C right before it locked up. Currently it's just at stock--will OC later on.

I have now officially welcomed Danmarkshavn to my fleet!
 

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These results are of course very preliminary as I just set up BOINC/WCG on the system four hours ago, but, the results are....looking pretty good :D
 

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Very interested in how well your FX does in Linux!

I am planning on moving the i7's I have over to Linux at some point but if your FX ppd looks good I may move one of the 8350's or the 8150 over to Linux. :)
 

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Tigger: Lost it, haven't seen it since Feb
You need one? I can probably hook you up with a standard or low-profile one.
 

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Very interested in how well your FX does in Linux!

I am planning on moving the i7's I have over to Linux at some point but if your FX ppd looks good I may move one of the 8350's or the 8150 over to Linux. :)
I'm honestly rather astonished. I am curious to see how it does on other WUs (CEP2, mostly) but I'm just running SN2S ATM because that's the (active) project that I've done the least on. I will give FAAH a shot as well--it does pretty well on my other systems :toast:

Currently, my 2600k and FX8350 are both on Linux, with the rest on Windows. Once I see for sure exactly how much better Linux is, I may bring over the 3770k, 2700k, and 3930k. We shall see :toast:
You need one? I can probably hook you up with a standard or low-profile one.
I have mo video cards than I can shake a stick at. I have close to 9 G92 cards, some GT520s as well--nah, I'm just using this card because I already had it down at the desk and it's low power (no need for my GTX560TI448 for a computer that will just crunch). I probably even have a generic low-profile DVI bracket around here somewhere...

Thanks though! :)
 

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whats the organic stuff ?
 

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Wow this is a sweet looking system ION!
 
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I did that a bit as well.

I have one 8350 running at 4.4Ghz @1.34v (52-58C on air) and the other is at 4.2Ghz @1.24v (48-54C on water). Both will crunch happily at 100% load with near/over 6k ppd output. I have no idea on power use....
Well, mine are pulling 385w in total with sudden jumps to 400w (Turbo Core I think). This is with two Antec Earthwatts 380 (80+ bronze).
 

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Wow this is a sweet looking system ION!
Thanks! It does a very good job I think :toast:
Well, mine are pulling 385w in total with sudden jumps to 400w (Turbo Core I think). This is with two Antec Earthwatts 380 (80+ bronze).
I would be astonished if mine was drawing nearly 400w. lm-sensors says that the CPU is right at 125w--I'd think that with the low-end GPU and single HDD it wouldn't be more than 200w at the wall.
 
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That's for both of them, so each one is pulling 192w
 

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That's for both of them, so each one is pulling 192w
That's much more reasonable. Still nearly twice what the 3770k does, but also a lot cheaper. I would be interested in seeing how a stock-clocked barebones FX8350 does....hmmm.
 
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Can't wait to see numbers. I like that AMD is trying new things, but this power usage thing is just.. a bit much. I'll take a die shrunk Phenom III X8, please.
 

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Can't wait to see numbers. I like that AMD is trying new things, but this power usage thing is just.. a bit much. I'll take a die shrunk Phenom III X8, please.
Well, we somehow "manage" just fine with 225w GPUs, so I don't think that 125w is too terrible. I suspect that with a hefty OC it would get much worse very fast :p
 
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My Fx 83560 is running at 4.4 on stock volts running right around 50c with a hyper 212+ in push pull. The ambient with 4 rigs is around 80f. It is my top producing cruncher with an average of around 5.5k.
 

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My Fx 83560 is running at 4.4 on stock volts running right around 50c with a hyper 212+ in push pull. The ambient with 4 rigs is around 80f. It is my top producing cruncher with an average of around 5.5k.
I have a hyper212+ with only a single can (because I can't find the other set of brackets) and it's doing low-40s C at 4GHz. Trying to do 4.3 or 4.4GHz (even overvolted) it locked up as soon as I started a stress test.