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  1. Hey guys, I've finally decided to submit my build here. This thing took quite a while to get going and I still feel is a work in progress but at least it's at a stage where I think the components I've chosen are working the best they can. I'm greedy and wanted this machine to do a bit of everything, which made finding suitable components tricky. I'd like to thank braindeadmac and PunkNugget for their help in setting me on the right path for overclocking and choosing components. There's another guy out there called Tutor who also contributes a lot to these style of builds and I can't forget info@turnpcintomac.com who I first approached about the build in the first stage. RampageDev has also contributed to troubleshooting and I hope he'll work his magic in tidying up my system files soon as well Also I'm going to submit while I'm at the top of the Geekbench 3 list for highest OSX multi-core score... but now that I've said this I doubt it'll last very long!! Specs: EVGA SR-2 motherboard 2 x X5679 CPU with Noctua DH14 coolers 48GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z 1600MHz RAM MSI GTX570 Twin Frozr II GPU driving a 30" Apple cinema display Silverstone Strider ST1500 PSU OCZ 240GB 6Gb/s SSD - OSX 10.8.4 OCZ 120GB 6Gb/s SSD - Media Cache OCZ 240GB PCIe SSD - Windows 7 Areca 1213-4i 8TB RAID 5 - Media Storage Firewire 1394a/b card - Backup HDDs and Edirol FA-66 audio interface with Yamaha HS50M audio monitors Lian Li PC Z-70 tower case Performance: I don't always run overclocked but I've spent a bit of time seeing what the machine was capable of. I was quite happy with the results, even in comparison to what others achieved with higher clocked CPUs like the X5680 and X5690. Note I never torture tested for extensive amounts of time, but did let it run through prime95 OSX for a while and things were cruising along ok. Out of interest I smashed it with prime95 and a demanding Cinema4D render at the same time and not surprisingly that set things crashing down after about 20 minutes or so - both these processes were fighting over 100% resources on all cores simultaneously! Temps never broke 60°C which I thought was great for a system without liquid cooling. The guys with the top OSX Geekbench scores use a method called underclocking, which provides greater CPU performance but limits you to OSX 10.7.3 as the latest operating system. I prefer OSX 10.8 so I went the traditional overclocking route. I also think higher clocked memory would have enabled me to push things further as I had to stay within 1600MHz limits. The scores are: Cinebench 11.5 = 21.96 Geekbench 3 = 35,739 (current highest OSX score) Geekbench 2 = 33,182 (second highest score to braindeadmac using overclocking and latest OSX version, 6th highest overall OSX score) Photos: Note: I'm nowhere near patient enough to sleeve cables to nice colours as my case is closed up and windowless... so some photoshop may have been to make things look a bit nicer for display here Also the tan colour of the Noctua fans leaves a lot to be desired! Anyway I hope you guys like the build. If anyone is thinking of doing the same thing I would suggest doing a lot of research on compatible hardware first. I had a lot of trouble with RAM, firewire and RAID cards at first. The other thing is these SR-2 boards can be difficult to deal with and I'm still convinced I got one with extra demons inside so make sure you have a lot of patience! Thanks for looking.
  2. Hey guys, I'd like to share my Mufasa build with everyone! While this isn't the most powerful SR-2 build out there, I think a lot of people would enjoy seeing the machine, regardless! This machine consists of: • 2 x 6-core Xeon x5650 processors • EVGA SR-2 Motherboard • 48GB G.Skill Ripjaw memory • 1 x GTX 690 GPU • Thermaltake Grand 1200W power supply • Corsair Force GT 120Gb SSD • WD 1TB Red HDD • Ethernet PCI card • FireWire 400/800 PCI card • 2 x Thermaltake Frio CPU coolers • Lian-Li PC-A76X Case (Not the exact case, but closest match since Amazon stopped carrying the case I used) Now, here are some pictures: The parts have arrived! This is always the most exciting part of building a new system! The SR-2 really is a beautiful board. The PCI slots offer tons of expansion, there's a good number of SATA ports, etc. I only wish there was a higher memory limit (48GB is the max), and the rear I/O could have used a few more options, such as FireWire. The color scheme looks really nice, as well. I built this system live via my website, so of course, there were a whole bunch of live fails I ended up needing to change the backplate that came on the SR-2 to allow the Frio coolers to fit. Aside from that, the case simply didn't have all that great of cable management. I decided not to go with liquid cooling, as these air coolers were very highly rated, as well as budget constraints (this was a pricey build as it was). Liquid cooling may make its way to this build in the future, though. I decided to go with a GTX 690 for this build. Although OS X doesn't take full advantage of this dual GPU card, there was going to be some work done on the Windows side of things, which would be able to utilize the GPU more than OS X. With that said, the card would still be able to perform quite well within OS X, plus I got a pretty sweet deal off eBay for a next to brand-new card. After some hard work out of the case, the system seems to be performing great! The machine posts just fine, OS X can be installed, etc. The Frio coolers blend right in with the black and red color scheme of the board, and even offer a nice white accent with the actual fan. I also felt that blue memory would be a nice accent to an otherwise black and red machine. Once I got the blue memory in there, there were times I liked it, and other times I didn't. More on the memory in a bit. Well, remember that memory I was just talking about? After putting the machine in the case and tidying up the wires, I boot the machine on, boot into OS X, and what do you know; only 32GB of memory is being recognized. I booted into Windows, and the same thing was happening. This isn't good. Time to do some diagnostics. After booting it up a few times out of the case, it seemed to boot just fine every single time. This led me to believe that it had something to do with the case. After removing all un-necessary motherboard mounts, the system now boots up just fine! **If you get anything from this post, it's this sentence; always, always remove un-needed motherboard mounts.** After removing the mounts, the system then booted up great within the case! :wink2: I also decided to go with different memory, which is where the aforementioned G.Skill Ripjaw memory comes into place. This is pretty close to the completed built, but some tests were still being run: Once all of the kinks were out of the way, I was left with a pretty awesome looking & performing hackintosh! I always loved the look of the Windows CPU meter gadget when under a full load, but with all of these threads, it's better than seeing a real rainbow! I have some additional videos on my YouTube channel regarding this machine if you want to see some more of Mufasa! I have videos of a tour of the hardware, as well as the benchmarks right below: • • Thanks for reading, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions!
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