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New Hack Pro X58 @ 4 Gigs, GTX 280 x3, Asus P6T7 WS Revolution Supercomputer Mainboard + Snow Leopard!

The point of creating this machine was to provide the ability to fit 3 double slot Graphics cards into a Mac case. A Mac Pro was out of the question as with 2 DVD drives and a power supply up top - there is no way this can be fitted. However, the G5 has the space but lacks the quantity of slot outlets for the 7 PCIe sockets on a Asus P6T7 Mainboard.

Once again, my old friend the CoolerMaster "Wavemaster" Case provided the mounting for the Mainboard.

To run at 4 gigs on Aircooling would also require a fairly meaty heatsink, I looked around and the Coolermaster V10 seemed to fit the bill - this thing is massive and incorporates 2 x 120 mm fans!

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To run those 3 Graphics cards would require a pretty good Power Supply and I found the Thermaltake 1250 Watt should do the trick, although it was stripped of it's case and built into the front of the G5 case. It also had a 140 mm fan so I hunted round for a couple more to use with this project. I found a couple of Yate Loon D14SL-12 1000RPM 140mm Fans from Tekheads that could be controlled by the bios to keep things quiet.

http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=608506

The X58 P6T7 Mainboard

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Some Specs below:

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There will be more to follow soon - including a side door with a window!!

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As this board offers one extra x1 clock multiplier than the official support from intel, some programs that access those details report a speed of 3.8 GHz. However - It is running at 4 Gigs quite happily and I have had it running at just under 4.2 GHz!

This system now uses 2 x Corsair Flash HDD's to hold Snow Leopard. The result of using just 1 drive was equivalent to a 4 drive raid setup, so when I raid 2 of these together things should really start to fly!

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