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Getting Ready for GeForce GTX 580 Upgrade for Stereo 3D Gaming

December 1st, 2010 · 11 Comments · Other S3D Tech

I just got my hands on the brand new GeForce GTX 580 a.k.a. the new high-end single GPU by Nvidia and I was frankly quite surprised in a good way from it. If you remember when the GTX 480 was announced there were a lot of people complaining that the video cards based on that GPU were getting very hot and noisy when they are under load. I’ve been using GTX 480 for a while now, but I’ve solved all my possible problems by going with water cooling for the video cards, so they are kept cooler and they are not noisy and I would recommend to anyone going for a single or especially dual GTX 480s to go for water cooling instead to stay with the default air cooler. On the other hand the new GTX 580 is surprisingly cool while remaining quite silent even under high load, after about an hour with the card running Fur Mark at extreme settings it was about 74 degrees Celsius and the fan was running at just 56% meaning pretty much silent. If you ask me Nvidia should’ve gone out earlier with the new cooler using vapor chamber technology not only for the GTX 580, but the 480s should’ve been equipped with it too and they would’ve been ranked much higher in all the reviews than they were due to the heat and noise complaints. So the GTX 580 is perfectly usable with the air cooling and can even handle some overclock without the card getting much noisier, reaching to a level that you will find it uncomfortable, so well done Nvidia.

But back on the water cooling, the main reason I wanted to get my hands on a GTX 580 was to see if the new cards will be compatible with the full cover water cooling block from EK for the GTX 480 since I already had these. After seeing the first GTX 580 photos I was pretty sure that the water cooling blocks will also fit on the new cards, but today I was able to personally confirm that if I go for GTX 580 I will not have to replace my older (are they old already?) water cooling blocks for the GTX 480. This was pretty much enough for me to consider upgrading to GTX 580 from GTX 480 and due to that I’ll be doing some benchmarks, comparing the older top model and the new top model in stereo 3D mode. I just want to be sure that I’ll be getting even better results while gaming in stereo 3D mode with GTX 580 than with GTX 480, and while waiting for the new Crysis game, I’ll have to do with the Metro 2033 for being one of the heaviest game titles even when not in S3D. So expect some results later on and meanwhile I’m taking my tools and am going to work on the PC to replace the video cards… ;)

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The Cooling Performance of the Green Reactor 3D Test PC

July 13th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Other S3D Tech

As I’ve mentioned a few days ago the new Green Reactor 3D Test PC is ready and functioning with just a few minor things been tweaked and changed/fixed, mostly related to the appearance and not the functionality. And of course the good question that arises here is how well does the custom liquid cooling does its job in keeping the CPU and the VGA cool enough, so here are the temperatures of both. The two components are being cooled in a single loop with the water first going through the CPU and then through the GPU water block. For really stressing both main components I’m using LinX for the CPU and FurMark for the GPU running with everything to the max and even 32xAA active to really push the video card to the limit…

The processor being currently used is Intel Core i5 750, a quad-core CPU with idle temperature of about 34 degrees Celsius and it goes to around 50 degrees Celsius in about 20 minutes and stays at that temperature after that. This is with an ambient temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius and the fans not running at 100%, but at 60% instead to be really quiet, which still providing really good airflow and cooling performance.

The idle temperature of the GPU is around 42 degrees Celsius with 30 ambient temperature in in about an hour of serious load with FurMark its temperature rises up to 71-72 degrees Celsius max and pretty much stays there after that. If the cooling liquid did not go first through the CPU block and then through the GPU block the temperature could’ve been lower, but even this way it is still very good. Silent operation and around 25 degrees lower temperature as compared to the loud air cooling and the high working temperatures reached with the same level of high load otherwise. If staying at default working frequencies the voltage of the CPU could be further lowered while the card continues to operate flawlessly, up to something like 0.86V the temperature drops with about 10 degrees under maximum load of the GPU, and that is something that you should do if you do not intend to overclock the video card.

For the complete Building Process of the Water Cooled Green Reactor 3D Test PC is here…

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Building Process of the Water Cooled Green Reactor 3D Test PC

July 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Other S3D Tech

Somewhere along the idea to upgrade the old 3D Test PC with water cooling (details for that project are available here) I got the idea to leave the other computer as a dedicated AMD/ATI test system and build a completely new 3D test PC for 3D Vision, again with water cooling of course. So practically you can say I’ve started working on the two projects at the same time, but the system that just needed the upgrade was finished much faster than the completely new system. The reason for that being that I wanted to make everything the right way, choose the components carefully and apply a matching custom water cooling and the end product to be really good looking and performing as fast as possible in order to have the ultimate 3D Test PC for testing stereo 3D content and of course to be able to game comfortably enough in stereo 3D with the 3D Vision. Now that there are just some minor unexpected details left to work out…

The photos above are from the almost finished Green Reactor PC with a lot of small finishing details only left to be done, so it is pretty much ready and working at this point of time. I’ll just update with some more pictures when all the finishing touches are ready… So stay tuned for more information and photos.

The complete Building Process of the Water Cooled Green Reactor 3D Test PC is here…

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