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UPDATE: LED bridge benchmarks (Heaven) 1. normal, no OC (4667) 2. OC, CPU 4.4, GPU +150mhz core (5007)

The idea was to build 1080 GTX SLI using case as small as possible, also taking noise levels, thermal conditions into account. The setup should drive (yet to be purchased) ASUS PG279Q @144 and 165 hz.

The setup works perfectly with HTC Vive, but of course no SLI is used for any current VR titles.

Still waiting for HB SLI bridge from Nvidia (these are hard to get), for now it uses motherboard bundled one. Will replace this to LED bridge asap. Will do the benchmarks and temp monitoring as soon as I get LED bridge. The other card is not Gigabyte, it's Zotak (same Founders Edition). Works OK.

Note that any of existing non-Founders Edition 1080 GTX cards won't fit the case - the case height headroom for video card is just not enough. Purchased Palit GameRock 1080 GTX initially and was forced to replace it to Founders Edition.

The Corsair 240 case cable management is good enough and case quality is solid. Front panel audio had severe noises though - this was solved by isolating the front panel ground from case with some tape.

Replaced all Corsair H100i fans to Aerocool DS which are silent comparing to bundled Corsair fans. ASUS Gene motherboard has a lot of fan connections, so I connected all the fans to MB and configured the temps/fan speeds in ASUS Ai - works fine.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 5 points

Congratulation on owning the 'Most performance/volume' build on this site.

+1

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

If I could build anything, this would be it. Fantastic build, I hope it serves you well! +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

zotac doesn't mark their fe for some reason (I have the same card)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

how hot do the gpus get under heavy load because it seems the fans for the 1080 are blocked by the other 108. also, amazing build, very clean and powerful.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Like 85C/65C (upper/lower card) in heaven benchmark. Will redo tests with proper bridge and 1440p res. I would rather go for lower noise than low temps here.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the panel in that monitor? I own an IPS now and am not so sure about TN panel viewing angles. How's yours perform? Sick build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

The display is perfect for gaming if you're able to push fps close to or above 144 - the difference vs standard 60hz panels is groundbreaking. Just reduce default brightness to reduce eye strain. The viewing angles are OK, but of course IPS panel would be better.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip. I plan on getting a 1440p 144hz IPS. Expensive but from what I hear, worth every penny if you win the monitor lottery.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Will replace this to LED bridge asap.

Okay, good. I was just about to suggest that before I saw that in the description :P

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. Just a quick question... Why did you not chose the 6850k... I read that overlooking it and having it used with 2 sli gtx 10 series was the best way to make use of those cards.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Howdy. Could you post the link to what you read about 6850k and sli gtx 10? I am interested in just that question.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. Various gaming benchmarks show that 6700K is a winner here. Games are just not optimized yet for 6+ cores it seems. SLI doesn't automatically make those unused cores useful.
  2. Asus X99 mATX mobos unfortunately have only M.2 x2, while Samsung 950 Pro really shines on x4.
  3. X99 is on its end of life, while we'll get at least one more CPU iteration on 1151 platform.
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

On the mobo, the last pci slot, it looks like it is blocked, correct? Could you squeeze in a wifi card or maybe another ssd? Sorry all the edits, one more. Were you able to install and boot windows 10 from the ssd in the m.2 slot? Thanks.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Small (4x) pci-e is blocked completely by 2nd video card. Windows 10 installs OK and runs in uefi/nvm mode from M.2 IF bios is updated prior to installing windows.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming you were able to update the bios before installing windows from inside the bios using this ez flash 3 feature that connects to the internet?

I am going to get this same mobo for my vr build. I am highly susceptible to motion sickness so the performance needs to be excellent. How is the Vive performing?

You've walked the road I plan to follow, thanks for the invaluable info.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly, it connects to internet from bios and downloads latest version automatically.

After that no further options tweaking was required, win 10 installed in uefi mode (i specifically checked that afterwards).

Single 1080 is fully vr capable and I've yet to see any lags in vive. I play only the room scale games though, as any traditional/seated experience in headset makes me sick. I set steamvr resolution multiplayer to 1.5-1.8.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not know that the Vive and supported games could super sample, thanks for that tip, I'll keep it in mind.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent choice on parts and build. I have almost similar build except with ddr4 dominators and TiX. Ram runs 3000mhz no problem just had to press the 'mem ok' button at first boot up. Fyi, if you want to cool the first slot GTX 1080, slap on a 980ti hybrid kit. I did and it keeps the first slot card under 55c under load. It's a little tedious attaching the hybrid kit on the FE 1080 but not as difficult as it seems and it will help your '0' slot spacing slot setup. Those GTX 1080 FE in sli '0' get very hot.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I'm now thinking about replacing FE coolers to some sort of watercooling. Either some sort of hybrid solution (easier) or EKWB (much more effort).

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man I have a question have you noticed any stuttering in the monitor while playing games? Im planning on buying this monitor so thats why I asked.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

No any stuttering. Though I don't use g-sync, instead, I either use no v sync at all or v-sync for games which can do stable 144hz+.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Man!! I was worried there was going to be alot of suffering

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you combine a 950 M2 with a 850 Sata? Which runs for boot and which for games? :) Looking to skip HDD and go all SSD myself also

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

M2 950 (runs pci-e x4) for fast system boot and overall performance, sata 850 for everything else.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Using that MOBO and samsung 950 wasnt there an issue with sata ports? how will you SLI with no ports left. I was thinking of a build very similar to this. people were telling me not to do it because of the lack of ports. Also if i wanted to use the asus geforce gtx strix your saying it wont fit?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, compact build. It is good that you got the FE, it is always better to have FE GPU for small builds in general, even more so when you SLI in small builds. Reason is the cooling on the FE uses a blower and vapor chamber, which doesn't push out a lot of hot air, as oppose to the open fan type, which is going to cook anything above it. I bought an FE 1080 for my mATX for that exact reason, since I know I will be adding another 1080 at some point.

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