hokiealumnus Benching LIVE, Monday, January 16th @ ~9:30AM EST

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Overclockers writer and Benching Team member hokiealumnus (HWBot profileauthor profile) , will be benching sub-zero Monday, January 16th at ~9:30 a.m. EST! (Preformatted, sorry; I don’t have a habit of talking in third-person.)

Tune in to Overclockers Live! at ~9:30 a.m. EST (plus or minus 15 minutes) for some overclocking with liquid nitrogen (LN2). I’ll be starting with Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E platform and (time & LN2 allowing) will move on to AMD’s FX platform afterwards pushing for maximum frequency.

Both will be performed on ASUS motherboards and a big shoutout goes to their team for helping publicize today’s day-long excursion.

System One

System Two

Benching will wind down whenever the LN2 runs out or around 4:30-5:00 p.m., whichever occurs first. I was preparing the hardware over the weekend, so there should be little (if any) prep required in the morning. Before leaving you, here’s a little preview of the setup.

Rampage IV Extreme + 7970 Prepped

Rampage IV Extreme + 7970 Prepped

Hope you can stop by and say hi!

Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)

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  1. Bobnova
    Drove me absolutely nuts before I figured it out. I always plugged my keyboard into those ports out of habit from the old days :P
    Indeed. Had this happen to me so now I always plug my USB k/m in to the top ports. :thup:
    Bobnova
    Yeah, I've had that issue with GBT 1155 boards.


    EarthDog
    Try switching USB ports to the ones closest to the PS/2 ports.


    Hmm OK I will try that. Thanks. Hopefully that does the trick. Very annoying bug with this board.

    ******************* UPDATE!! *********************

    That worked!!! I moved my keyboard to the USB port directly across to the PS2 connection. I have been able to restart the system and get into the BIOS 5 times in a row now. Wow thanks for the tip. I had previously tried no less than 12 different USB keyboards some how thinking maybe this will be the one that works :-( None of them allowed me to enter the BIOS. I ended up just plugging in a PS2 keyboard and leaving it tucked under the desk so every time I needed to get into the BIOS it was available and possible to do so. Now hopefully I can get rid of the extra PS2 keyboard for good. This is a first for me and I have been building systems for 18 years. Thanks again guys for the tip!!!
    Mario1
    May I ask - what keyboard do you use on your benching setups?

    As you may know I've contacted Gigabyte regarding our POST problems on the 990FXA-D3 and your UD5 and they've told me I'm transferred to the correct department that will ask me for my keyboard so they can test with it.

    I figured out I could add yours too, since I've already let them know that I'm not the only one experiencing this problem.

    Blaming it on our keyboards is bogus, but I'll let them have their fun testing so they'll stop blaming it on both of my keyboards.


    What issues are you guys having with your keyboard? I have a Gigabyte board and I can't get into the BIOS unless I use a PS2 keyboard? Is this the same issue you guys suffer from?
    Its obstinacy angered me.

    If the 3960X died, you would have probably seen me crying on camera. If the FX-8150 had to die trying to do what it was best at, at least it went out in a blaze of frozen glory. :thup:
    Today was a very fun if only partially productive day. The 3960X was a massive fail on cold. Its 5.1GHz brick wall on water didn't move one MHz on LN2. So I just ran the Mini-Forum Wars benches and tore it down.

    (htpp = hardware team power points & ugp = user global points)

    3960X Benches

    SuperPi 1M: 7.375s - 2.1 htpp

    UC Bench: 1831.2 - 2.4 htpp

    WPrime 1024M - 100.999s - 2.0 htpp / 3.8 ugp

    3D Bonus Benches

    3DMark03: 158711 - 2.2 htpp / 16.7 ugp

    Heaven DX9: 4944.39 - 3.6 htpp

    Then I tortured the hell out of the FX-8150. I mean that quite literally. It wouldn't get above 7651MHz for validation. So I ran all the benches at the highest I could.....then made it scream. It was going to give me some more megahurtz or it was going to die trying.

    FX-8150 Benches

    SuperPi 1M: 11.468s - 5.4 htpp

    SuperPi 32M: 11:54.813 - 5.5 htpp

    PiFast: 21.36s - 6.1 htpp

    UC Bench: 1670 - 6.3 htpp

    WPrime 32M: 4.765s - 2.9 htpp / 9.3 ugp

    WPrime 1024M: 151.172s - 2.6 htpp

    CPUz: 7651.2MHz - 3.6 htpp / 18.9 ugp

    .....it died trying at 2.3V. RIP.

    Now pictures!

    3960X light freezing.



    FX-8150 all kinds of frozen.



    Cool frost formation.



    All in all a very fun day. Thanks to everyone that stopped by and watched!
    Live now! http://www.overclockers.com/overclockers-live

    My benching keyboard is a cheap Microsoft PS/2 keyboard. I think you have me confused with someone else re: UD5 though, I haven't ever had one of those.
    May I ask - what keyboard do you use on your benching setups?

    As you may know I've contacted Gigabyte regarding our POST problems on the 990FXA-D3 and your UD5 and they've told me I'm transferred to the correct department that will ask me for my keyboard so they can test with it.

    I figured out I could add yours too, since I've already let them know that I'm not the only one experiencing this problem.

    Blaming it on our keyboards is bogus, but I'll let them have their fun testing so they'll stop blaming it on both of my keyboards.
    I will try to stop in for a while Jeremy. Hopefully it will be nice and productive just as the last livestream you did. Always enjoy watching and learning
    Will be glad to have you!

    Also, FWIW, that's the sort of thing you want to compare using ambient cooling. When you already know the answer, you don't want to waste LN2 reseaqrching a foregone conclusion.
    hokiealumnus
    In a word: time. For HWBot benching it is fruitless to use AMD for 3D benches. With limited time and LN2, I need to optimize benches-per-liter(-per-minute).


    Oh ok.

    Well I look forward to watching :)