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colesdav
MVP

Medusa

Description

MultiGPU Compute / GPU Test Rig.

 

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Specifications

CPUStill Selecting.
CoolerHydro Series™ H150i PRO RGB 360mm Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard1Still Selecting - AMD.
Memory1Still Selecting.
Motherboard2Still Selecting - Intel.
Memory2Still Selecting.
GPU1Sapphire HD7970 OC 6GB Vapor-X.
GPU2Sapphire R9 280X  OC 3GB Vapor-X Tri-X  with Custom Backplate.
GPU3XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition.
GPU4XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation.
GPU5TBD - Will be a new 2 slot Polaris based GPU. 
GPU6PowerColor RX Vega 56 Red Dragon.
GPU7RX Vega 64 
GPU8TBD - Possibly AIB Navi based GPU. 
Disc Drive 1Samsung 1 TB 860 Pro
Disc Drive 2Seagate 2 TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD
Disc Drive 3Seagate 10 TB IronWolf. 
PSUDual Corsair AX1600i.
CaseCustom case, based on a mining rig frame.
MonitorBenQ EL2870U 28 Inch UHD 4K 1 ms HDR
BenQ EW3270U 32 Inch 4K HDR.
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colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

Parts are on the way. Stock Photo of the "Frame" for the case as it is not assembled yet. I will not be using those fans for sure.
This build will take a while as I will be waiting on Motherboard and GPU reviews in July/August time period.
Any ideas on how to make a "Mining Rig"  look nice welcome.
I need to keep easy access to the case yet and good airflow yet have something to keep cats out of it...

colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

The mining frame arrived and I assembled it The hard drives have also arrived. Here is a picture of the assembled frame with a GPU  that I used to adjust the height of the metal bar used to support the PCIe slot bracket side of the GPU. The frame is new but at a very low cost. GPU mining equipment is on sale with significant price cuts. 

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Here is a close up shot of the GPU. The camera autoflash worked this time.

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colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

I ordered a PowerColor Red Dragon Vega 56.
It comes with AMD Anniversary Game Code Deal which has Tom Clancy's the Division 2 Gold and World War Z which is a bonus.
Main reason is it is a 2 slot high Vega based GPU, and Performance/Price.
I cannot purchase any RX Vega 64 Liquid GPU's new.
I have no time or desire to buy RX Vega 64 reference GPU's and spend extra time and effort to watercool them, and risk voiding a warranty.
It was time for me to move on from purchasing any more used  R9 Fury X/Fury/Nano GPU's.
I am hoping it will have Samsung HBM2, but that is a lottery with these GPU's. Some have Samsung and some have Hynix Memory.
I will be testing the GPU as soon as it arrives and if I like it I will be looking for some more.  

https://www.powercolor.com/_upload/images//1803211015402.png

colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

I will be using the Sapphire R9 280X on this builld for basic display output.
I decided to get a custom backplate made for the R9 280x GPU.
I had the backplate design made to match the backplate on my Sapphire HD7970 OC 6GB Vapor-X GPU.
Here is a picture of the backplate design, the 6 cututs at the top are to allow viewing the GGPU activity LED's:
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colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

Here is the R9280x with backplate fitted running a compute job: 20190629_080750.jpg

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colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

Monitor purchased during Amazon Prime Day deal = BenQ EW3270U 32 Inch 4K HDR.
This is the larger version of the BenQ EL2870U 28 Inch UHD 4K 1 ms HDR.

It is a very good 4K HDR monitor for the cost.

Here are a few reviews if anyone is interested in it:

https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/benq-ew3270u-ultra-hd-hdr-monitor,review-34353.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV7lknCpj9E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MN9kYsi484
BenQ EW3270U 4K Entertainment Monitor Review - YouTube

I am checking the FreeSync Range and LFC capabilities of the monitor at the moment.
I will be checking the brightness and color callibration next.
If anyone has any questions about the monitor please feel free to ask and I will try to answer.

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colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

Been very busy looking for more AMD GPUs and motherboards for this GPU Test Rig.
I will soon be able to test all high end single GPU examples of AMD cards from GCN 1.0 up running on AMD or Intel platform on Medusa.

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colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

colesdav
MVP

Re: Medusa

Next GPU purchased for Medusa - an XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation.
I normally would not purchase a > 2 slot GPU but this one is interesting. 

Review here: https://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xfx_r9_fury/ 
Here are some pictures of the GPU: