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SteveAustin1971 21st June, 2006 03:02 AM

b4 I OC...
Hi there, wondering if my PC is performing the best it can right now, but I have no reference to go by, I am running EPOX 8NPA SLI/Athlon XP 3400+, 2 GIG DDR 400 (Kingston) 2X XFX 6800 Xtreme in SLI, AC97 onboard pos sound ( I use usb surround headphones anyway ) and I'm cooling the CPU with an Artic cooling Freezer 64 pro, the video still has stock coolers with some 80mm fans screwed onto the heatsinks (still debating over tidewater plus or Accelero 1X...) I get 60,422 Aquamarks on it, my games run smooth as glass on highest settings with 2x and sometimes 4x AA @ 1024 x 768 ( I have a 21" CRT ) The whole mess is sitting in Xoxide's X-Static 2 Case/w 450W PSU (my voltages r stable so I haven't replaced it yet)

I dunno if I can squeeze more out of it without OC'ing it, but I think I am missing something...

here's the case, I got it cause it was cheap...

SteveAustin1971 21st June, 2006 04:07 AM

3dmark 03
BTW I get 13798 in 3dmark 03, I noticed you guys use it more than aquamark so I ran a bench just now... is this a good score?

z3speed4me 21st June, 2006 04:46 AM

i wouldnt call it a substantial score... i get low 11's with one 6800

3d05 or 3d06 would be a better measure in my opinion as 03 is kinda outdated now

SteveAustin1971 21st June, 2006 12:38 PM

So now I need to get decent VGA coolers that will fit my SLI setup... I am looking at the tidewater plus water cooler... but I dunno if its reliable, I saw a couple of reviews where it leaked...

cadaveca 21st June, 2006 04:44 PM

best to tget an acrticcooler that exhausts the hot air from your case, and not the accelero, if running SLi.

SteveAustin1971 21st June, 2006 07:34 PM


Originally Posted by cadaveca
best to tget an acrticcooler that exhausts the hot air from your case, and not the accelero, if running SLi.

Yeah the silencer doesn't fit either tho... I already tried one... I had a hard time searching for ones that are made to work sli aslo, doesn't seem to be many around. Thats why I was looking at the tidewater cause its just a small watercooler with two vga blocks

cadaveca 21st June, 2006 08:12 PM

oh so there is limited room between the slots...for the price of the tidewater, it shouldn't do too badly. There is a special unit that's made for two cards taht was shown @ computex...this revision of the unit should be less prone ot leaks. Thermaltake has been known to have some bum parts in the past.

SteveAustin1971 21st June, 2006 08:21 PM

yeah the Tidewater PLUS is a dual vga water cooler, it looks decent enough if it doesn't leak... plus its quiet and would be a good babystep into the world of water cooling.

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