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    Cool Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Gulftown smackdown at 6GHz looking pretty easy

    Hi guys

    It's been a long time since i benched. Fishing has been taking up my time on the weekends and now that summer is over it's back on woooohoooo . It's good to have something new to play with after return and Gulftown and this Gigabyte X58A-UD7 are certainly a hell of a lot of fun. No weird Bloomfield type behaviour, just smooth as butter. I dont know if this is because of Gulftown or the board but i like it

    I've tested 3 Gulftown chips in the last few days and found that a couple of them have the same OC and third was a bit behind.......it was good to get the LN2 monkey off my back after all this time heh

    check this out....still reasonably low volts but clocks look pretty good to me

    Gigabyte X58A-UD7 putting the smack down on Gulftown

    I don't want to kill this chip so still haven't pushed north of 1.9vcore or 1.6vtt for some serious clocks.......i'll see how my cards fair on LN2 first and then start to crank some numbers out but you can see CPU tests past 6Ghz looking pretty easy ... loving Gulftown they scale with volts and temps properly like the old P4s :D

    Hardware setup:
    • Gigabyte X58A-UD7 (F6x bios) with Gulftown mod
    • Intel Core i7 980X Gulftown (running at -150C)
    • F1EE Pot
    • Corsair 6GB of GTX2 Dominator goodness
    • Seagate 2TB SATA3 ... first sata3 drive released :cool:
    • Gigabyte 5870 SOC card
    • Antec 1200 Quattro OC Edition PSU
    • Windows 7








    ignore efficiency it was just early clock testing

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    btw here are a few photos of the setup. sorry only had a blackberry handy so not the greatest shots heh

    I've changed the way i insulate and no longer fill eraser in the socket ..... basically this is as much eraser as i use and then i cut out some kitchen towels to fit as a layer between eraser and a foam bracket and then the pot sits on top...........this will help GOOC contestants change CPUs very quickly if need arises just ask for some boiling water, shut the system off pour it in the pot, now you can yank the pot off the CPU and you have access to defrosted chip ready to change to next one

    if you keep the sessions short > say 4-5 hours and do what i do above with boiling water and then just use hair drier to warm up the area a little you will have a healthy board that will last a long time

    i also always plastic spray the board as insurance >> ALWAYS




    View of RAM slots packed with vaseline
    that VR is a 20K dialed down to 8k for gulf mod...might be a touch lower cant recall but just about 8k


    Seagate's SATA3 drive :)



    Setup in action during first day test :)


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    Those are some very nice clocks, amazing scores as well!

    Very nice tip with the boiling water. Keep at it, looks like the UD7 is happy where you are taking her with those Gulftowns, can't wait to try one myself.

    So no insulation inside the very inner square of the socket eh? Do you find after long sessions this is still OK?

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    hi mate

    yes it will be fine. I guess the point i am trying to make is to pull it apart as soon as you are done and also DONT warm the pot the old fashioned way but rather unplug at -140C and use boiling water trick instead

    the chip stays frozen solid through the session so thats not drama

    Dino

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    Nice to know, thanks for the tip! I will be making a Dice run soon myself, but no luck in finding a Gulftown yet though.

    Hope to have a few Ln2 sessions in a few months as well, hopefully by then I will have found a 980x or Xeon to play with.

    So the NB is keeping up with those CPU's at normal temps? I mean no Ln2/Dice anyway, I plan to keep it under water when I do some runs.

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    to be honest this gen i didnt even try on anything other than LN2 so i couldnt tell ya hahah sorry

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    HAHA, wish I could same the same. Time never permits me to be so lucky though.

    I was asking about the north biridge though, I see you have the stock cooler on. Is that how you ran all your tests, stock air heat pipe and no water on the north bridge?

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    No need mate it doesnt do anything major any more as NB itself is on the CPU but some PCIe lanes management etc is still on extrenal chip so if you bench with 4xGPUs you may want to cool it otherwise i dont think it will make a difference....Giga will run cool anyways

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    Ya I thought of that, but it still runs so hot sometimes. I guess I'm just still used to having to deal with it from previous generations.

    Well keep up the killer clocks! Look forward to some more results.

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    Pr0n shots inside beware

    Gigabye 5870SOC gets naked :D

















    MSI Lightning 5870 gets its gear off next :D

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