Description

First timer here. Nothing too original as I reviewed these builds to see what kinds of cool options were out there. I fell in love with the Corsair 760T Black case, and I knew I wanted a red and black theme. I name all my computers in the household after chromatic dragons, and this one was going to be the Red Dragon (despite the black case... the Red themed LEDs, chair, keyboard, and mouse was good enough for me.)

The hardest decision for me was whether to go with 3x1080, 1x1440, 1x4K. I ended up deciding to get the ASUS ROG Swift because I wanted to see how things would look at 120+ FPS, my plan being that down the road (when Star Citizen released or I decided to try 3d racing) I would get two more, and possibly a 3rd 980ti in 3SLI. I'm impatient however, and I went ahead and picked up 2 more ASUS ROG Swift's and figured I'd give it a go with only 2 GPUs.

One of the reasons I didn't go with 4K is that display port 1.2 doesn't support enough bandwidth for anything over 60Hz at 4K. That being said, my setup with the 3 ROG Swifts is currently locked to 85Hz because of the length of the cable for my monitor that is further away (had to use a 15'. May try a 10 foot and see if that ups the refresh, but honestly, I'm never going to get over 85 FPS is 1440 surround anyway. If I want more frames I'll just drop down to gaming on the center monitor or the right two.)

So, 1440 Surround was the verdict. At first heaven was a little choppy. I tweaked the GPU voltage/speed/mem speed and that really seemed smooth things out.

Custom Configuration: CPU OC to 4.5GHz at 1.29v Memory at 2666 GPU +103MHz - Total GPU w/Boost 1405MHz GPU MEM +100MHz - GPU Mem 3602MHz GPU Voltage +24mV

Performance: 3dMark 22746 Heaven 1189 (never went over 80°C). Average FPS 47.2 in 7680x1440 note: The screenshot of the benchmark says 2560x1440 but it was 7680 x 1440. I ran the benchmark at SYSTEM resolution.

I'm not going to go into specifics on each part as the big hitters have tons of reviews elsewhere. I'm posting this just to give everyone an idea of how the 2x980ti SC+ at 1440 Surround functions with this build.

Happy to answer any questions. Again, I'm pretty new at this and everything I know I learned in the last week or two.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Its so beautiful! beautiful!!! My only thought is the 5930k would give you more pci lanes and a little better performance.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to wait a year and upgrade both 3rd SLI and the uP. But 5930k is only $80 more so I just might do that.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay I need to add to this. So though I lost about 100MHz on the CPU OC... this could be my imagination... I don't know enough about PCI lanes and SLI... but I'm pretty sure I'm getting a better overclock on my video cards now that they are both x16. It could be that I just found a magic combination of GPU speed and GPU mem speed, but I'm pretty sure the wall I was hitting moved out a bit since the processor change.

So, the net result is that I'm now seeing a performance improvement with the processor upgrade.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

So just tested out this change. FPS actually dropped. I was also getting a higher overclock out of the 5820 (4.7GHz vs 4.5GHz) but that was just silicon luck. But in apples to apples comparisons at 4.5GHz I expected some FPS increase since I was going from x16 x8 to x16 x16, but I didn't notice anything. Now maybe I'm not doing a good enough job benchmarking, and maybe it will make a bigger difference when I go to 3 SLI, but for now, it was a little disappointing since I spent $50 more on the 5930K.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm... speechless! Unbelievably sexy! Some Cable mod sleeved cables would've been nice at this price point.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Perfect rationale imo, considering 8x and 16x only differ few frame. Altough I think, maybe (just maybe), if you could wait a bit longer and still have more cash, its better to pick PG279Q, the ips version of this monitor. Also, how is Win10?

Oh yeah, an absolute +1 from me... no offense about the monitor okay?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Win 10 was a breeze. No issues at all. I couldn't stand 8.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a tip when building your pc the anti static bag is only anti static on the inside not on the outside, I would suggest using your mobo box instead. Nice build very clean cable management + 1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Could use some LEDs. Its really hard to see the internals.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's next on the trimmings list.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

now all i need is $5000 haha kidding.

I actually have the same mobo and processor already just waiting on my ram to arrive. I'm guessing that its fairly easy to overclock on that motherboard?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes. Super easy. But I don't recommend using the overclock genie.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

AHHHH TAKE THAT MOTHERBOARD OFF OF THE STATIC BAG OMG

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

dat cable management tho

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely amazing build, I love the way the setup lights up in the dark!

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