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Old August 29, 2009, 10:45 AM
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Default Canadian Flag waves in HWBot Top 10!




with a big push the last week, i have finally managed to put the Canadian flag in the HWBot top ten. a killer CPU, a lot of help, some long long hours, and very little to no sleep the last few days has accomplished my goal. i would first like to thank HardwareCanucks.com as they have been the driving force behind a lot of my success. without the opportunities Mike and the gang have provided, the goal wouldn't have been accomplished :up:

another special shout out to MSI Canada, in particular William. in the last push for the top 10, MSI stepped up with 4 x MSI R4890 Cyclone OC's. i don't have a big budget and no sponsorship so for MSI to come through at the last minute in such a rush for something like this, it really is appreciated. these were the final pieces of the puzzle to making this happen for Canada. it may sound like nothing special for getting into the top 10 but for Canada and Canadian overclocking, this is a big day.

now, on to some screen shots and photos of the final push...


as mentioned, MSI really came through in supporting Canadian overclocking and managed to get four MSI R4890 Cyclone OC's in my hands. the cards are clocked in at 880/975 with a special cooler and non-reference design. both the non-reference design and special coolers actually work against me for my purposes as getting four of those into the Classy wasn't easy, and non-reference means no software volt mods.

it does however mean that the normal end user gets a beefier card and cooling...with no squealing from what i could hear. i will mention one thing, there needs to be more mounting pressure on the heat sinks. adding thin plastic washers to the back side made a night and day difference with these cards and their temps for me.

installing 4 x MSI R4890 Cyclone's in the Classified
...is definitely not an easy thing to do, but possible. obviously an HR-03 Rev.A is the first part that is needed, and a couple spacers to keep the second card off the third.

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to say there is a bit of an angle to the cards - primarily the third one - is quite an understatement. the spacers on each side of the second heat sink at the top and bottom were necessary to keep the fan off the back of the third card. reference cards are much easier to mount in a setup like this but with the washer mods, these heat sinks stay cool as a cucumber with the fans turned up a bit...even jammed in here like this.


preparation is the key to success
...and preparation is half the battle.

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all benchers know, preparation is what makes a good session go smoothly. before running any LN2 on the CPU, i shake down the cards and setup on phase first at -30C ~ -35C. this will allow me to find GPU clocks for each bench, setup the OS, get RivaTuner shortcuts setup, and the final clocks - minus the high CPU multi - dialed in for the LN2 run. then the OS's go off to the imaging farm ready for fixing borked OS's so no down time is lost to OS corruptions when under LN2.

unfortunately the MSI R4890 Cyclone's i have are just the "OC" version so there was no 1000/1000 clocks out of the box that the SOC version offers. i also didn't have access to software volt mods due to a lack of reference design. so my GPU clocks looked to max out around 920/1050. having volt mods with this beefy PWM design would definitely make these cards powerful. perhaps a hard mod is in the future for them. needless to say, the setup is ready for cold...

tear down and setup up...again...this time for real
...with the new kingpincooling.com F1EE - thanks again OCA - mounted on my W3540 and Classified, the cards were all laid out ready for setup.

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in the end, i used two different setups. halfway through benching one night things went south and i think it was the Corsair HX1000W. so i added a third PSU to the mix at one point for the ultimate ghetto rig benching. with my drug induced friends watching over me, it was time to fire up the rig and pull down temps.

"time for some action...time for some action..."
...with N.E.R.D.'s Seeing Sounds que'd up, it was benching time :up:

4 x MSI R4890 Cyclone OC
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these results came within a 20 hour span with the 05 and AM3 happening literally within minutes of each other. after i hammered out the 05, the setup went to shyt and almost 20 hours later, on my last 4L-5L of LN2, i fired the rig back up and got a safe 06 done. needless to say, that 06 has a little bit left in it if things go well on Monday. these were my multi-card runs with the MSI R4890 Cyclone's. earlier this week, i hammered off some solid single card runs with an EVGA GTX295 as well as a couple 2D results to setup for the final push.

Single EVGA GTX295
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2D 32M & wPrime
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overall, it has been a great week. a lot of effort culminating in an achieved goal for Canada, and for myself as well. again, a big thanks to Mike from HardwareCanucks.com for everything he has done for me and overclocking in Canada, MSI Canada, Vince & Andre as well as the rest of Team PURE...and specially to Brian.Y for putting up with me yesterday on messenger. i thought i was having a bad day until he put things into perspective :D


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Old August 29, 2009, 11:48 AM
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Gratz man! I am posting results to HWBot in hopes of helping the team but they are slow to award points and very cheap too... I got 0.1 point!

Well done 3oh6, I wish you luck in pushing the envelope in the future.
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Old August 29, 2009, 11:51 AM
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Congratulations Jody!!


Here's a link to the top ten:
hwbot.org - Member Hall Of Fame.

...and what better way to show your appreciation to Brian y.- than to gently nudge him to #11

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Old August 29, 2009, 12:01 PM
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Awesome job Jody!

Nice to see the Canadian Flag back up there again.
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Wow I sure miss allot of things, this for instance I didn't even know about. Congrats on your achievement this is the kind of thing that I wished I could learn to do as well as afford to do .
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Good job! I love that video card setup too!
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Awesome! Congrats
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Congratulations sir.. I salute you sir for your hard work, sleepless nights to make us Canadians feel good..
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Great stuff. This goes to show that us Canadians can and will make a mark on the international overclocking stage!!
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Monsters clocks, keep overclocking it!
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