I've had an MSI GTX 970 4 GB Twin Frozr V and a MSI GTX 1070 8 GB Gaming X before this card. Both were excellent and overclocked well with no issues. No issues with stability or performance once the overclock was dialed in. I think I got around +100 on core clock and +400ish on memory on both cards with MSI afterburner.
Compared to those cards, this 2080 super overclocked a lot more on the memory (+1000) but quite a bit less on the core (anything above +40 on the core was causing artifacts). It runs hot and loud when overclocked so I undervolted it to 1.0v with memory at +750. This 2080 does seem to be less stable with an overclock than the old cards. I have seen artifacts or crashing in a couple games with the overclock applied, most games run well though. Overall I'm a bit disappointed that it doesn't overclock better, it has a much larger cooler with 3 fans. It's already running a decent overclock stock so maybe there just isn't much headroom left with an air cooler. It's still a beast of a card though for 1440p.
Thanks! I'm really happy with the cooler and would recommend it. Mostly I game on this PC and the CPU averages 55-60°C across various modern titles and stays pretty quiet.
man that sucks, I was hoping it was just a sticker
Nice build! Is the ROG Certified logo on the window not removable?
Thanks for getting back to me, glad to hear it's quieter. I'd be curious if you happen to find that post. Likely easier to just use a D5 pump/res combo but I doubt it would look as nice.
Beautiful build man! I've been slowly building a parts list for a similar build and I'm curious about the DDC vs D5 pump comment you made. Can you run a D5 pump (or other quieter pump) in a distro plate like this? I was looking at the Lian Li/EKWB 011D G1 distro plate that also comes with the DDC pump. If the DDC pump is noisy I'll want to find another solution and avoid that. If it wasn't for the pump noise would you say this build is quieter than your (also gorgeous) Meshify C Air cooled build?
Thank you! It's a tough call haha. I have the Meshify build posted on here as well if you're curious. The Meshify is an excellent case, really a pleasure to build in and I liked the smaller case size. I found that my CPU ran 5-10 degrees cooler in the Meshify but the GPU was a few degrees warmer. With the case fans running around the same speeds in both cases they were quite a bit louder in the Meshify because of the open venting. I went back to the R4 for cooler GPU temps and less noise, being able to put a tempered glass panel on it was just icing on the cake. Good luck with your build!
+1 for Solaire! Nice build man
Very true, thanks!
Hey F-X, thanks! The cooler is excellent, MAX temp so far is 67°C while running Prime95 small fft (avx on) using the motherboards "Silent" PWM fan profile. I'm still running the i7 at stock speeds, though I expect it will work well for overclocking too with a more aggressive fan profile. Fan noise is noticeable with stress tests running but really quiet otherwise. No sound at idle or while gaming so far. The cooler was easy to install and looks great in my opinion.
Thanks! The cooler fan does sit over the 1st slot but you can change the height the fan sits at when you install it. I've read in a few places that you can just shift the cooler fan up a little ways on the cooler and it will clear the 1st slot RAM. The RAM I used is pretty low profile though I doubt you'd have to shift the fan up much, maybe ~1mm (2/16").
Thanks, took some time but I'm happy with the result
Awesome thanks for running the comparison, that is a big difference. I wish I'd known this before I bought the 850 but saved a couple hundred bucks I guess. Nice to know I could upgrade to the 950 pro later though. Enjoy the build man!
Thanks for the detailed reply! Interesting to know how the SLI works on this mobo, I had no idea it could support two 980s!
I would be curious to see the crystal disc results if you ever get around to it, I'll try to run some myself. My OS runs off a SATA 850 SSD, boots to lockscreen in 5-6seconds or so which is plenty fast for me. I run all my games off the M.2 850 SSD and it has worked great. I'm not sure what difference swapping the gaming M.2 SSD to a 950 would have on this board if anything, maybe shorter load screens i guess? The load screens are already too fast for me to read the hints on them for most games haha, Masterrace problems... Will be interesting to see how an 850 performs vs. a 950 in that M.2 slot.
Beautiful build man!
Quick question about running the 950pro M2 SSD with that MOBO:
I have the same MOBO but chose an 850pro M2 SSD because all the info I found stated that this MOBO could not utilize the extra speed of the 950PRO. I even put in a support ticket with Gigabyte and they told me the same thing. The 950 would function OK but would only run at the max speed of an 850.
The 850 has worked well for me but just curious if your 950 is running at full speed?