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Old February 22, 2013, 11:00 PM
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Too bad their in England :(
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Old February 23, 2013, 06:58 AM
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Too bad their in England :(
They're actually out in Portugal. Prices are in Euro, but you can change them to american dollars. He's actually quite good and fast with regards to paid orders and ships quite fast as well.
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Old February 23, 2013, 06:20 PM
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Time to install the new midplate!!!

Goodbye old cable method!




Alright,
So problem.

The holes for the PCI-e cables are a bit too small for the sleeve..... time to get a little creative i think...

So, i have to un-sleeve everything in order for it to fit through..





Time to re-sleeve!!!

i think this color option works pretty well :) I'll need to order new sleeving and heatshrink soon so i can complete the bottom section.




And here is the end product.... well, the somewhat complete end product.








What do you guys think?

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type of coolant / color?
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Hi Reaper,
Its Mayhem Pastel Blue coolant :)



Now for a mini update:
I decided that while i wait for a few more things to be manufactured, that I might as well create a little bit of a SLI Scaling update. For this mini 'review', I overclocked each GPU to the following:



These cards came overclocked to 1006mhz on the core. So I tried to get as much out of the core as i could, while maintaining stability. I think that my PSU held be back a little bit, as the second core wasn't 100% stable beyond these clocks. As well, the ram didn't respond as well as i would have liked. The 3GB per card however, provided plenty of headroom for what i want to play.

For each test, I used both stock values and the above attained overclock.
In regards to my testing methodology, the only synthetic benchmark i used was Heaven 4.0.
The systems specs are as follows:
  • CPU: i5 2500k (4.2GHZ)
  • Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H
  • 2x4GB Patriot Viper Extreme 1866
  • 60GB Corsair Vertex SSD (game drive)
  • 2x Galaxy 660ti 3GB
  • Seasonic X-660 PSU

Each benchmark and game was played at 2560x1440.
The following settings were used: Each game/benchmark was done with the highest possible graphical settings. I'll break each out individually as i display. More games to be added as soon as i have them purchased :) Each test was conducted using nVidia 310.70 Drivers


Heaven 4.0
DX11
Quality: Ultra
Tessellation: Extreme
AA: 4x



As seen here, single cards were average around 19-20 fps, despite the overclock. While the SLI setup was 30-31 average fps. This reflects a 50% scalability on this synthetic benchmark.

DeadSpace 3
DX11
Quality: Very High
AA: 4x



Dead Space 3 didn't really test my GPU's like i thought they would. I guess that's something you can expect form a console port. Single cards ranged from 85fps stock to over 100fps when overclocked. SLI scaling took a hit as well. I think this has to do with lack of a SLI profile for this game. With SLI overclock numbers reaching just about 120fps. This would represent a ~20% increase when in SLI.

BF3
DX11
Quality: Ultra
MSAA: 4x
Anisotropic Filter: 16x
HBAO

For this, i'm also including sourced GTX Titan #'s from a review site that bench marked this game at 2560x1440. I'm including these as this would provide a really strong value assessment to these to cards. This data is sourced and all credit for the GTX Titan goes to by Ryan Smith & Rahul Garg at Anandtech.



BF3 is where these cards shine with regards to my testing. Single Overclocked card tested at 44.9 fps. In SLI, these cards were able to pump out 84.7 average fps. This results in 89% increase. This is by far the best scalabilty I've seen through my testing. In comparison to the Titan, These two cards at stock, and overclocked beat it. Not bad for cards that on sale can be had at $550.00.


Conclusion:

This conclusion needs to be prefaced by stating that the review is far from done. New titles will be added and I'll continue to push these cards hard. However, the biggest thing to take away from this is that when using the Titan as a base of comparison, these cards in SLI really shine. An 11% increase in fps at half the price of the Titan is nothing to complain about. When you take into consideration the kick ass cooler, and non-reference design Galaxy has a winning package on their hands. These cards compete with the best, at a fraction of the price. Probably the best value you can find right now.

If you guys have any questions or concerns please let me know and i'll be more than happy to address them :)

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Is that Mayhem's Pastel Blue Berry Coolant...? Or a coolant + dye...?

The dyes and coolants are different, is it Pastel Blue Berry?
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Is that Mayhem's Pastel Blue Berry Coolant...? Or a coolant + dye...?

The dyes and coolants are different, is it Pastel Blue Berry?
Its the concentrated coolant; Yes its Blue Berry Pastel. good eye :)

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Can you tell me what method you used to get the color haha :D I want to get the same exact dye, I want a very pastel-y, pasty blue :D!!!
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Can you tell me what method you used to get the color haha :D I want to get the same exact dye, I want a very pastel-y, pasty blue :D!!!

To get this color, I mixed one part concentrate, 3 parts distilled. Its pretty simple to get the color. if you want it deeper, you can probably add some blue berry dye to the mix.

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so 3:1 ratio u mean? how much dye did you use?
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