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The Ultimate GPU Review Test Bench

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Cooling Custom WC
Memory ADATA XPG Dazzle 4*8GB 3000/16
Video Card(s) MSI 290X Lightning w/ FC EKWB
Storage 256GB Samsung 840 EVO, 256GB ADATA SP900 & 4TB 2.5" Seagate HDD
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| ModMyMods | HighSpeedPC | SeaSonic |
| Apacer | CableMod | Aorus |

Hi fine people :)

I've been the GPU reviewer for OCN for quite a bit now and I decided to create a rig just for testing GPUs.

I have partenered up with HighSpeedPc.com, Seasonic, PC Mods Canada, ModMyMods, Aorus, Apacer and Cablemod to bring you the beast of a test bench I will be creating.

I will be 3D Printing a lot of things to make this test bench one of a kind. I started out with an XL-ATX bench supplied by HighSpeedPC.com, they make some great test benches, but I wanted more. I told them I would be using two 360mm radiators, they then made a custom solution for me in the form of a standalone base that can hold two radiators with a res/pump between them like a pedestal. I took this idea and started printing brackets to have it attached to the XL-ATX bench as a third bottom tiered section.

I will be 3D printing a dual PSU bracket, SSD brackets to hold 4 SSDs and new bench posts to accomodate a third tier. Dual PSU? Am I crazy? Why?

The CPU, RAM and GPU are made to be easily swappable for various testing, so soft tubing was a must for certain parts.

Hardware said:
CPU : i5 7640X / i9 7900X
Motherboard : Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 7 Pro X299
RAM : Apacer 4*8GB 3600 MHz
GPU : MSI 290X Lightning
SSD 1 : Apacer AS330 240GB SATA
SSD 2 : Apacer Z280 240GB NMVE
PSU 1 : Seasonic Prime 650W Titanium
PSU 2 : Seasonic Prime 1000W Titanium
The custom dual PSU cable done by PC Mods Canada is basically an 18-pin extension with a bridge to PS_ON and ground for the second PSU. This way I don't have to have two 24-pin cables and one more for the bridge to the motherboard. This also enables me to have a Kill-a-Watt one the power supply to determine the actual GPU power draw from the PSU. The 290X will be in the last slot of the motherboard with quick disconnects for testing watercooled GPUs


Watercooling said:
Alphacool Eisbecher D5 150mm Acetal Reservoir incl. 1x Alphacool VPP655 Pump
Alphacool Eisblock XPX CPU - Intel/AMD - Polished Clear
Alphacool Eisbrecher Pro XT45 Full Copper 360mm Radiator
Alphacool Eislicht LED Panel - White
Alphacool Eiszapfen 12mm G1/4" HardTube Knurled Compression Fitting - Sixpack - Chrome
Alphacool Eiszapfen 3/8" ID x 5/8" OD G1/4" Compression Fitting - Chrome
Alphacool Eiszapfen G1/4" 45 Degree Angled Rotatable Adapter Fitting - Chrome
Alphacool Eiszapfen G1/4" 90° Rotary L-Connector - Chrome
Alphacool Eiszapfen G1/4" Male To Male Rotatable Adapter Fitting - Chrome
Alphacool Eiszapfen G1/4" Stop Plug - Chrome
Alphacool G1/4 Bulkhead Connector - Chrome
Alphacool G1/4 Eiszapfen 2-Way Ball Valve Fitting - Chrome
Alphacool G1/4 Male to Male 5mm Extension - Chrome
Alphacool G1/4 Round TEE Connection Terminal - Chrome
Alphacool HardTube 12/10mm plexi clear 60cm - 4pcs
Alphacool HF Quick Release Connector Kit G1/4 Inner Thread - Chrome
Alphacool Ice Thermal Pad - 17W/mK 120x20x1mm - 2 Pieces
Alphacool NB-eLoop 120 x 25mm Bionic Fan - 1200rpm
Barrow 5-Way G1/4 Flow Splitter - Clear
Mayhems 3/8"-5/8" (10/16mm) Ultra Clear Tubing
Phobya 4Pin Molex to 9x 3Pin Fan Splitter PCB
Watercool HEATKILLER® SW-X 60 DIY
EKWB FC 290X Lightning
 
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z270MX Gaming 5
Cooling Custom WC
Memory ADATA XPG Dazzle 4*8GB 3000/16
Video Card(s) MSI 290X Lightning w/ FC EKWB
Storage 256GB Samsung 840 EVO, 256GB ADATA SP900 & 4TB 2.5" Seagate HDD
Case Case Labs SM5 - White
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 650W Titanium
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How do you fill an Eisplateau? Like this.




 
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z270MX Gaming 5
Cooling Custom WC
Memory ADATA XPG Dazzle 4*8GB 3000/16
Video Card(s) MSI 290X Lightning w/ FC EKWB
Storage 256GB Samsung 840 EVO, 256GB ADATA SP900 & 4TB 2.5" Seagate HDD
Case Case Labs SM5 - White
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 650W Titanium
Mouse Nixeus Revel (White)
Keyboard Nixeus Moda v2
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Sleeved the pump cables in Darkside Carbon, I'll be removing the connectors again to pass it through the passthrough.

 
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Memory ADATA XPG Dazzle 4*8GB 3000/16
Video Card(s) MSI 290X Lightning w/ FC EKWB
Storage 256GB Samsung 840 EVO, 256GB ADATA SP900 & 4TB 2.5" Seagate HDD
Case Case Labs SM5 - White
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 650W Titanium
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z270MX Gaming 5
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Memory ADATA XPG Dazzle 4*8GB 3000/16
Video Card(s) MSI 290X Lightning w/ FC EKWB
Storage 256GB Samsung 840 EVO, 256GB ADATA SP900 & 4TB 2.5" Seagate HDD
Case Case Labs SM5 - White
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 650W Titanium
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Processor i7 7700K
Motherboard Gigabyte Z270MX Gaming 5
Cooling Custom WC
Memory ADATA XPG Dazzle 4*8GB 3000/16
Video Card(s) MSI 290X Lightning w/ FC EKWB
Storage 256GB Samsung 840 EVO, 256GB ADATA SP900 & 4TB 2.5" Seagate HDD
Case Case Labs SM5 - White
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 650W Titanium
Mouse Nixeus Revel (White)
Keyboard Nixeus Moda v2
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So today I got a few things done. I test fitted my 3D printed side combs to keep the cables in check (keep in mind, these screws are only temporary!). I replaced the stock rubber standoffs that the HighSpeedPC.com test bench come with, with regular standoffs for a more permanent solution. I installed the MNPCTech custom aluminium machined feet with alternate position for the radiator side, I have either symetrical for the test bench itself or I have offset to help with the uneven weight of the vertical pedastal type setup I have.















 
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Motherboard Gigabyte Z270MX Gaming 5
Cooling Custom WC
Memory ADATA XPG Dazzle 4*8GB 3000/16
Video Card(s) MSI 290X Lightning w/ FC EKWB
Storage 256GB Samsung 840 EVO, 256GB ADATA SP900 & 4TB 2.5" Seagate HDD
Case Case Labs SM5 - White
Power Supply Seasonic Prime 650W Titanium
Mouse Nixeus Revel (White)
Keyboard Nixeus Moda v2
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
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