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Old 22-09-2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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Hey fellas

I had a small benching session this weekend and wanted to share my results with ya'll


Test Configuration:
  • Gigabyte EP45 EXTREME Motherboard F4b bios
    (vdroop mod down to 1.6Kohms)
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8600 Q820A599
  • 2GB DDR3 1800MHz CAS7 Corsair DOMINATORS
  • 1x Gigabyte HD4870X2 Graphics Card
    1x HIS HD4870X2 Graphics Card
  • HX1000 + 620W Corsair PSUs
  • Stock heatsink on NB
  • kingpin F1 Extreme Edition Solid copper CPU LN2 Pot
  • Big mamma 35L LN2 Dewar
  • 160GB PATA
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP1

    oh i also tested an
  • Intel Skulltrail D5400XS board with dual QX9775, 4GB Micron FB-Dimms on Zalman air heh


thanks to Felix from www.onlinecomputer.com.au in Sydney for his support by lending me much needed benching hardware
Thanks to Intel Australia for lending out the skulltrail setup....i promise i won't hurt it (too much)

3:5 divider on RAM is bugged for those that don't know > real divider it's running on is 2:3 so RAM clocks are roughly 100MHz lower

These Corsair PSUs are just rock solid.........LOVE'EM >> will post a video later on showing power usage during one of the tests heh. i could have probably just benched on HX1000 alone but i thought i'd just go overboard with power hehehe

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3DMARK06 - 30,593 points
Gigabyte EP45T EXTREME Setup with E8600
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=8253890





3DMARK05 - 41,867 points
Gigabyte EP45T EXTREME Setup
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm05=4500300





3DMARK03 - 150,724 points
Gigabyte EP45T EXTREME Setup
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k3=5944717






3DMARK Vantage Performance - 21,366 points
Gigabyte EP45T EXTREME Setup
fastest dual core vantage run?? (obviously without physx heh)
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dmv=393374

oh just a little tip if you notice screen corruptions when you install the Xfire 4870X2 setup and root the system >> it took me a couple of hours to realise that screen corruptions actually go away when you restart the machine for the second time after installing the cards and new drivers

Also i seriously don't know what ATI was thinking.......one of my cards (Gigabyte) which was sandwitched between NB and second card had idle temps as high as 80C at stock clocks until i figured out how to control fans with Rivatuner v2.11. Someone tell ATI that it's nice that they are trying to make the system quiet but at what cost >> graphics card





Pifast 15.80s
Gigabyte P45T EXTREME setup






This next score is not a joke................................3DMARK01/Vista/Xfire 4870X2 as a combo absolutely stinks >> really such an insult for all the 3D enthusiasts i must say...........i cannot believe this :ROTF:

3DMARK01 - 78,149 points
Gigabyte EP45T EXTREME Setup
Crossfire HD4870X2
Vista 32bit
E8600@5.9GHz


http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k1=9420220







32M & 1024M wPrime 1.55
Skulltrail setup.....sweet setup
Stable at 4.4GHz for wprime & 3D





Skulltrail CPU test in 3DMARK Vantage is just nuts

22,210 points in Performance Preset

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dmv=391861


43,665 points in Entry Preset

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dmv=391883



I initially tested these 4870X2 cards in Xfire on Skulltrail but the performance wasn't very good at all.....i tried running the second card in two different slots, installed, reinstalled drivers, did the same with benchmarks just couldn't seem to get better scores. I tried the same kind of clocks on this P45T EXtreme and there was definitely a noticeable difference in performance efficiency between the two boards. I'll have to do some more testing to see what's up here. I was running 4.4GHz in the following screenshot.








Maaaaan i could feast my eyes on these babies all day long
Dual HD4870X2 Radeons in flash

Oh yeah they are sitting on a skulltrail setup eeeek....shame that the 3D performance on skulltrail seems worse than P45/X48......I gotta try harder i guess hehe

I did some testing on air cooling to see what i can get before i drown them with LN2 lovin' for some nice wprime numbers and probably some Vantage and '06

Gigabyte EP45T-Extreme was pretty good. It was stable, predicatable....but it has one big no no...............i spent a good part of my 7 hour bench session trying to bench past 600MHz FSB to no avail. I've never been more frustrated in my life i have to say as these cards are absolutely screaming for horsepower. My EP45 Extreme (DDR2) benched 620MHz FSB with an Nvidia GTX280 last week. i was hoping i'd be able to get at least the same speeds but just could not get it there for the life of me






pretty straight looking PCB after tightening



Return of killer tomatoes anyone?? :rofl:
i used Liquid Electrical Tape(LET) on most of the board
black nail polish in the CPU area
and vaseline around mosfets therejust to be able to get into those little spots i could miss with other forms of insulation

vdroop mod is covered with blutac just to make sure i don't yank it out by accident



E8600 happily chugging away at a lowly -148C during a 3D run





Skulltrail ja




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Old 22-09-2008, 11:55 PM   #2
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totally awesome stuff mate

over dosing on hardware there

yeah like you tried vista 64bit + 4870x2 + 3dmark2001 and it was really crap ~69-70k E8600@4900mhz with 4870x2 @850/950
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Old 22-09-2008, 11:56 PM   #3
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totally awesome stuff mate

over dosing on hardware there

yeah like you tried vista 64bit + 4870x2 + 3dmark2001 and it was really crap ~69-70k E8600@4900mhz with 4870x2 @850/950 :lol
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Old 23-09-2008, 04:32 AM   #4
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that looks fun..

so that's why you're busy.. eheheheh I thought you have a laptop shop to manage.. I really commend you for having time to do this test..

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Old 23-09-2008, 08:28 AM   #5
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ahhh man, i didn't see all the pics over at XS when you posted this but man...you go to town with the LET, vaseline, and nail polish, that is awesome.

i never thought i would have the ability to say this but you sir, have made the ugliest board on the planet even uglier. i just never thought it was possible

shoot, i slap on a couple layers of armaflex, maybe some paper towel, the pot, bench for 8 hours straight then pull it all off before it starts to warm up. never a drop of moisture anywhere...the joys of a small room with a big de-humidifier

**dammit George, what is the hack or mod that only stretches the posts with the large images and not all posts in the thread. XS has been missing it since the server change and it is driving my bonkers. a few other sites need to get it rocking as well.
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Old 23-09-2008, 10:46 AM   #6
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hahaha Jody
maybe moisture is what drives you insane with the board you know haha
justtt kidding

yeah i usually do same as you but since i ordered some LET in red you could call it a bit of a fashion statement then ROFL >> i'm trying to make the board look good again
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Old 24-09-2008, 07:48 AM   #7
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and a fashion statement it is...almost art if i had to ponder a title myself.

"notice the delicate brush strokes around the NB, true mastery of his form."

as for moisture on the EP45T...no chance, never wasted any LN2 on it. what's the point if one doesn't know it will run anything it has previous, and adding cold can only compound issues i would imagine. i get LN2 for cheap, but the effort put into going to fill the dewar up is more than most could suspect
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