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Want to Sell FS: Triple 3870 EK Watercooled setup + Accessories

vinister

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- 3x Visiontek HD3870 Video cards, With EK Full Coverage Copper/Acetal Waterblocks attached.

- Various Fittings to assist in mounting triple-crossfire system in single chassis. (2 types - all spacings possible)

- I have the original coolers for the 3870's, they are not pictured, but none of them were ever used.

- One of the 3870's has a volt-mod. I stopped using it because 2 of my original cards had short lives, and were warrantied by Visiontek. The volt-mod still works I am sure, but be warned, it definitely shortens the lifespan of the product.

- The 3870 that is volt-modded is from the 3870 release. The others are warranty replacements from Visiontek and are only 6 months old. They have never been volt-modded, the EK blocks are the only change.

- One of the 6-month old cards had some water spill on it that I didn't notice for about a week. Many of the components on the back suffered some corrosion, and there is even a slight scorch mark. Amazingly it still works fine, but obviously it has seen better days. Just want to be honest about its condition, pictures should show it well.

- The EK blocks have been in use since the 3870 release (whenever that was). They have been taken apart, cleaned out very well, and put back together once. There was some tarnishing of the copper inside, I cleaned them very well but not to the point of looking brand new. Since then they have been used for about 8 months - so I would bet they would be ready for another good cleaning.

- The cards scored me 20,500 in 3DM06, with a Phenom 955 @ 4Ghz. Performance is really great up to about 1080p. Any more resolution than that and you start to run short of Vram since each card has 512mb. I replaced this setup with a single HD5850, the performance is about the same until you go above 1080p. The new card obviously takes less power and makes less heat, which is what drove me to upgrade.



Each Visiontek HD3870: $50.00

Each EK Waterblock: $50.00

Kit of all Fittings, adapters, etc: $50. 00

Everything: $150

All Prices Plus Shipping. Everything is sold as-is, final sale. These cards are not in the best shape - hence the low prices.


























 
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vinister

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$150 for everything pictured, PLUS shipping. I am very meticulous about packaging and will make sure they get to their destination safely. This setup cost $1500 only 2 years ago!!

Performance in today's games is still very good. At 1920x1080, in DX9 mode, I was getting steady 60fps in bad company 2 with 2x AA. Performance in Far Cry 2 was spectacular. If by todays' games you are referring to DX11 games, then of course, this is not the best setup.

I think the ideal buyer is maybe someone who already owns a 3870 or 2, and wants to add cards and get a sick deal on waterblocks. Its also a very powerful setup for folding. 2 or 3 people could also join together and purchase the setup, there is no reason the cards have to stay in the same system together.

Another thing to keep in mind is you will need at least a 850W power supply to run reliably. I have been using Silverstone Strider 1000W supplies.

You can see the volt-mod in the pictures. The grey box is the potentiometer, just turn the screw to raise the voltage. The other lead is to measure it with your DMM. At one point I had all 3 cards at 1.4V @ 1000mhz. The setup screamed performance-wise, but it certainly heated up the room in a hurry and consumed a ton of juice. Since loosing 2 of the cards, I have decided that volt-modding graphics cards is simply out of my budget lol. I'd rather just put them in and play the games!
 

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