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2021/05/28 07:44:55 (permalink)
I had this rig for years, a few weeks back the motherboard died (was a 790i system) and I chose to get a x79 rampage as I had access a supper cheap 1680v2 and most everything I had in the system would transfer over, I just had to buy a CPU heatsink.
Sadly the system is slower then my old 790i system. Something to do with SLI not working right on the setup. I guess the cards do predate SLI on Intel chipsets so maybe that has something to do with it? I don't know. 
 
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Asus rampage 4
Xeon 1680v2 @ stock
GTX 285 2gb tri sli.
4gb 1600mhz 8-8-8 ddr3 (have a second 4gb kit in the mail)
250gb SSD
Silverstone tj10 case.
scythe ninja 5 CPU heat sink
PCP&C 950w PSU.
 
I been keeping the 285s around to play some older games as anything newer would not work. 4xx and newer cards removed support for a few older things some early 3d games need. But I think its time to replace them and just buy new copy's of the old games I play from like GOG or something. I'm thinking of ether 3 3gb 580s witch wile lacks some vesa fetchers needed by dos games, it would work with many of the older windows 3d games I play. Anything 6xx and new would have problems with a few games I play a lot, like populous the beginning and dark forces 2. But the 980 is temping. Id go with something newer but I game on a high resolution CRT and need VGA, So may old games don't support wide screen or higher resolutions making modem screens a pain to use with older 480p games.
 

 

 
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Re: old betsy. 2021/05/28 11:35:54 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/05/30 12:51:28
Nice retro rig.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/05/28 17:26:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/05/30 12:51:26
Makes me wish I still had some old HW that I recently tossed to build a retro rig with.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/05/28 22:18:41 (permalink)
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Makes me wish I still had some old HW that I recently tossed to build a retro rig with.


TBH its not really retro aside form the GPUs, case and PSU. The xeon 1680v2 is a 8c 16t beast of a CPU that goes hand and and hand with the 9900k. The ssd is rather modern and so is the air cooler. I'll be swapping the GPU wiht 980s and have been thinking about a new PSU too.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/05/31 09:52:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/01 17:43:26
Old-time classic rig. Me gusta!

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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/01 15:00:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/01 17:43:24
wow miss those days when i had a pc like this running on XP.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/01 17:43:19 (permalink)
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wow miss those days when i had a pc like this running on XP.


Yeah I had XP on it up until I had to get the x79 board. The 3 way sli hack for xp dopes not work on this board sadly, I should be getting a 980ti latter this week and once I get it ill give xp a second shot. right now I have just 7 on the system. Id stick to 7 if it was not for the lack of true eax support. I just play one to many old games.  
on a side note, I replaced the stock CPU heatsink fans with 1200 rpm models of the same fan and doped almost 15c across all cores. 800 rpm is just too slow for the big heatsink. I also drooped in the extra 4gb of ram today. So now I have quad channel ram.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/03 13:59:28 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/04 06:46:44
unique for sure!
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/03 14:06:27 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/04 06:46:46
old-school masterpiece 
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/04 07:03:12 (permalink)
Thanks everyone. 
I'm going to be doing some major upgrade to the system soon. 32gb of 2133mhz ram, a 980ti (will sli latter) a nvme drive and a few other small things. Thinking of a new PSU too.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/04 07:06:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/04 07:57:51
Before the days of glass panels, etc.  Very nice

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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/04 07:43:52 (permalink)
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Before the days of glass panels, etc.  Very nice


Thanks. I'm no fan of glass in a PC. lexan and acrylic are OK if taken care of. Glass is to heavy and if its not laminated safety glass and just tempered glass it can shatter into a lot of small pieces making a mess. That and I find full glass side panels to be ugly. Just too much glass, less is more in my book when it comes to side panel windows. 
when I get the cash I'll be chucking it full of hdds to use for a file server too.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/10 05:13:01 (permalink)
Interesting, is this meant to be a sleeper?
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/10 13:46:33 (permalink)
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Interesting, is this meant to be a sleeper?

Good lord no. Just a old pc I still use regularly.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/10 14:19:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/14 09:37:11
Thats bloody awesome.....I also had a Silverstone TJ09 Case with SLi 280's....later on same case with Tri SLi 580's and Tri SLi 680 Ultras or maybe they were Classifieds....this case had the ability to draw fresh air in fron the side cut outs for the GPU's.........I also have that Asus RIV-E Board in an older build with a 3930K and 1080Ti SC Black......
thanks for sharing!!!
 
That TJ10 Case looks almost identical to my TJ09.....great cases and high end for there time...solidly built and caould be completely disassembled....
 
Here are some more "oldies" with my X79 Classified Board.....back before I switched from Air to Water Cooling...same great Silverstone Case
 

 

 

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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/11 05:56:31 (permalink)
frakenrig. it lives!!! love it man

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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/11 07:04:54 (permalink)
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Thats bloody awesome.....I also had a Silverstone TJ09 Case with SLi 280's....later on same case with Tri SLi 580's and Tri SLi 680 Ultras or maybe they were Classifieds....this case had the ability to draw fresh air in fron the side cut outs for the GPU's.........I also have that Asus RIV-E Board in an older build with a 3930K and 1080Ti SC Black......
thanks for sharing!!!
 
That TJ10 Case looks almost identical to my TJ09.....great cases and high end for there time...solidly built and caould be completely disassembled....
 
Here are some more "oldies" with my X79 Classified Board.....back before I switched from Air to Water Cooling...same great Silverstone Case

Nice setup. And your right for thinking the tj10 looking almost identical to the tj09. They happen to be the exact same case but the 10 has a cover for the drive bays, everything else is the same. And the side intake for the gpu fans are amazing, the 285s I had in the system never went over 70c in furmark, the 980ti I have now never goes over 55c and its a blower card.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/11 10:05:03 (permalink)
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Thats bloody awesome.....I also had a Silverstone TJ09 Case with SLi 280's....later on same case with Tri SLi 580's and Tri SLi 680 Ultras or maybe they were Classifieds....this case had the ability to draw fresh air in fron the side cut outs for the GPU's.........I also have that Asus RIV-E Board in an older build with a 3930K and 1080Ti SC Black......
thanks for sharing!!!

That TJ10 Case looks almost identical to my TJ09.....great cases and high end for there time...solidly built and caould be completely disassembled....

Here are some more "oldies" with my X79 Classified Board.....back before I switched from Air to Water Cooling...same great Silverstone Case

Nice setup. And your right for thinking the tj10 looking almost identical to the tj09. They happen to be the exact same case but the 10 has a cover for the drive bays, everything else is the same. And the side intake for the gpu fans are amazing, the 285s I had in the system never went over 70c in furmark, the 980ti I have now never goes over 55c and its a blower card.




I recall was also a relatively expensive case at the time!!! But no plastic and very few rivets....I dont think a 30xx series card would fit in this case now....

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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/11 17:21:19 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/14 09:37:29
#1, I love the rig name. 
Pretty nice CPU cooler, though HUGE. 
+1 for showing off your classic styled rig. 
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/13 03:16:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2021/06/14 09:37:31
It's an old build but still a classic. 

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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/14 09:39:36 (permalink)
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I recall was also a relatively expensive case at the time!!! But no plastic and very few rivets....I dont think a 30xx series card would fit in this case now....

I think I payed close to 400$ for the case.
I don't see why a 30xx card would not fit, the fan duct can be removed if you need more space.
 
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#1, I love the rig name. 
Pretty nice CPU cooler, though HUGE. 
+1 for showing off your classic styled rig. 


Thanks, the cooler is a scythe ninja 5. despite being a modem cooler it fits in rather well.
 
I have the rig's upgrades mostly done now, I need to get a new PSU and maybe a second 980ti, once that is done I'll post some new photos of it.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/06/22 20:43:35 (permalink)
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I need to get a new PSU



Couldn't be a better time to do it. Idk what kind of wattage you need with three cards in sli, but top tier 650w-850w psus can be had for great prices atm.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/07/12 21:03:01 (permalink)
I bet that weighs 500 pounds. 
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Re: old betsy. 2021/07/24 14:53:28 (permalink)
Takes me way back. Hey a rig is a rig
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Re: old betsy. 2021/07/25 23:52:35 (permalink)
 
The color takes us way back too. LOL! Nice.     ;)

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Re: old betsy. 2021/07/26 00:03:27 (permalink)
Gotta love the classics

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Re: old betsy. 2021/08/13 03:03:59 (permalink)
Supremely cool, though a bit of cable management would go a long way.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/08/22 14:36:51 (permalink)
I recognized the 200 series from those red side panels immediately. I'm disappointed I can't get my 260 working in my linux box because of driver support.
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Re: old betsy. 2021/09/05 01:38:45 (permalink)
Hey nice build there man!

Quite the solid system for lots of SLI fun, but retro games it won't do all that well, speaking of games from 1991 to 1997 for example.
For hose I'd choose something much much older like a 3dfx Voodoo3 based Athlon 700 or Pentium 3 800.
Voodoo3's give the best image quality for Dos based games thanks to 8 Bit Palatalized textures & table Fog, something the GTX 285's won't do.
Phil'sComputerLab explains why:

So you may run in to troubles due to that, for me these cards are not even close to Retro, but morely seen as Mid-Aged cards.
To be Retro it would have to be 15 years and older and Vintage would be 25 years and older.

From what I can tell that is a 3-WaySLI set of EVGA GTX 285 SSC Edition 2GB's, I remember these quite well, when it comes to 2009.

Back in 2009 they became the the best NVIDIA choice for a single GPU Solution, since I only had 2 PCI-E slots but full 32 Lanes thanks to Supermicro's H8DAE-2
With that, I went for 2x EVGA GTX 295 Red Editions instead since I did a lot of Flight Sims where Quad SLI really showed the advance as well as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1 & 2.
It fulfilled my goals for a nice Dual Quad Core OpteronDP 2380 C2 Shanghai HT 1.1 system, 8 Cores @ 2.5Ghz and with 4 G200-400-B1 GPGPU's.
in 2010 I upgraded the build with two Six Core AMD OpteronDP 2435 D0 Istanbul CPU's:


This gave the system a total of 12 cores @ 2.6Ghz and still using the Four G200-400-B1 GPGPU's for CUDA & Flight Simulation programs.
Quad SLI EVGA GTX 295 RE's gave my system 4x 240 Tesla CUDA Cores @ 576Mgz GPU & 1242 Mhz for the 960 CUDA Cores and 1998Mhz DDR for the VRAM 896MB 448Bit GDD3 per G200-400-B1 GPGPU.
Here some of the last photo's of this epic build I had back then:
 

The Ferrari Red paint of the EVGA GTX 295 RE's gave a nice neutral blend within the Icy Blue & White Cold Cathode lamps, these lamps are still in use and still work
Despite them being from March of 2009, Sharkoon did a great job making these.


Here pics of the drivers & control panel setting modes from back then:
BarsWF CUDA x64 is seen in the first pic, performance was amazing for 2009, in this program the two GTX 295's did have a strong advantage over Three-Way GTX 285's.
This program I used a lot back then, I also have a separate thread of other results I had with GTX 480's 580's & 680's with this same system

You can find my BarsWF CUDA x64 Thread here:
https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/1834872

Here the SLI main Page, QUAD SLI worked but also Tri SLI + PhysX.
The next shot shows all  FSAA & AF selectable modes


The system is still in use but with a Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon R9 Fury PCI-E 4GB 4096Bit HBM, yea I am more a Radeon guy these days, just due to better experiences.
But this one was surely worth mentioning hence your system gave me golden memories of the years 2009 to 2012.

As drivers go I kept an archive of the four best drivers for 9800 GX2 & GTX 295 Quad SLI users from the years 2009 to 2012. 
As for Tri SLI I am sure these drivers will do very well for these setups as well, here all four links:

Forceware 197.45 WHQL
http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_64bit_197.45_whql.html
 
Forceware 285.62 WHQL
http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-winvista-64bit-285.62-whql-driver.html
 
Forceware 306.97 WHQL
http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/49949/en-us
This adds FXAA support for GTX 295, very handy and very stable.
 
Forceware 331.82 WHQL
http://www.nvidia.com/dow...sults.aspx/70184/en-usMost Stable Latest Driver.

Hereby I hope this becomes helpful for some of you guys here
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Re: old betsy. 2021/09/05 06:20:08 (permalink)
Thanks gold leader. Sadly I no longer have the system. When the 790i board died and was replaced by a x79 board I lost interest in the system and parted it out. I really miss it, but I hated the x79 board. It just never worked right in sli with the 3 285s so I put in a 980ti in the system and mote or less did nothing with it after words.
I did try old drivers and many other things, just for some reason the setup haired the x79 board.
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