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Post #101 Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:35 am 
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This video by JimRPG comes to similar conclusions about cards becoming hot especially at their VRAMs:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ywKemBUnuk

"Don't Buy a RTX 3090 for Mining... or Gaming. GDDR6X Temperatures more than 100 deg Celsius."

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Post #102 Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:58 am 
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RobertJasiek wrote:
This video by JimRPG comes to similar conclusions about cards becoming hot especially at their VRAMs:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ywKemBUnuk

"Don't Buy a RTX 3090 for Mining... or Gaming. GDDR6X Temperatures more than 100 deg Celsius."


Hmm, my brother has such a video card, there is no overheating. He plays fairly resource-intensive computer games and does not experience performance problems.

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Post #103 Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:33 pm 
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I went ahead and tested 1x3090 + 3x3080 on a test bench (aka motherboard's box and my desk). I had to use risers to get them to fit on an X299 board. They were all 3 PCI slots tall and just didn't physically fit on the board without the risers.

The setup just wasn't stable with a 1600w PSU. It would go for a few hours then just reboot randomly. I probably could fix it by limiting the power draw on the cards but otherwise I probably need to go to 2000w psu and I am concerned even 2000w would have issues with 4x overclocked 3090s. I couldn't even find 2000w PSUs in stock. I am guessing miners got them.

All in all, 4x3090 dream is just getting more expensive and more troublesome than I expected. The 30xx series cards just are so clearly not designed to be stacked, I feel kind of defeated. I did find that some manufacturers (Asus included) make "blower" versions of 3090 that are shorter and clearly designed for stacking. But I literally can't even find them listed anywhere except on specialist system builders (e.g. Puget)

Water cooling is starting to sound pretty good now.

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Post #104 Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:28 pm 
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Are you in the hardware business so that you have access to some cards?

Top PSUs suffer from miners, transport delays and ressource / component shortages.

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Post #105 Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:30 pm 
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I got some early and just kept picking them up when I found them. One of the 3080s is from stockx.com for $1200+taxes.

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Post #106 Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:00 am 
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I think I found my solution. It's a bit frankenstein but should work. I'll swap the motherboard on my Intel machine to a MB with 3xPCIex16 slots and a thunderbolt 3 port. I'll then put the 3090 on top and a 3080 at the bottom and attach an eGPU enclosure with 3080 to the thunderbolt 3 port. In the future, if the waterblock 3080/3090s become available, I could just drop two of those in as well.

Now the problem is even those motherboards seem to be sold out.

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Post #107 Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:31 am 
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Isn't eGPU/Thunderbolt too slow for mining?

Do you search for preassembled waterblocks or add-ons, which you would have to assemble?

Which mainboard do you consider?

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Post #108 Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:34 am 
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Thunderbolt does not slow down mining at all as far as I could tell, at least with the ehtereum mining algorithms Nicehash has been running since like November last year. Mining in an eGPU is still slightly less efficient because the eGPU unit itself draws more power, but it's really not much, like 50w overhead, maybe. At any rate, mining is just a bonus, a subsidy for the setup, not the primary purpose of the rig.

I am looking at something like the Gigabyte Z490. 3 PCIe x16 slots spaced for triple slot height cards and comes with two thunderbolt 3 ports. It's not ideal because I can only configure the GPUs to run in 8x/8x or 8x/4x/4x (if I put 3 on the MB) but for KataGo and mining it should be a non-issue. Alternatively, I could go with a X299 (such as Asus Prime X200-Deluxe II) but those are like $100 more and for my purposes don't really add to the performance.

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Post #109 Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:58 pm 
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Hooked up two PSUs, tried running 1x3090 and 3x3080 on an X299 board with risers. I also plugged in an old 2060 super and 5700xt in eGPU units as well. I just wanted to make sure the setup could run stably if I could feed it enough power.

With all the other stuff (monitors, another computer, and that sort of thing) I also have plugged in, breaker tripped and my dreams of running 4xRTX 3080/3090 at home went dark for good.

I'm just going to stick with 3 GPUs and water cool the two on top when Asus EKWB cards become available.

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Post #110 Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:58 pm 
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PC with RTX 3090 shall have 850W, an RTX 3080 at peak might use 550W so

850W + 3 * 550W = 2500W and boom! Even without adding extra cards.

850W + 2 * 550W = 1950W might work with a 2000W PSU.

What W are your PSUs?

One 2000W PSU should fit into one electric socket in most European countries but I have read that US sockets might be tighter or at least not accept two huge PSUs in one socket.

So you have spent $1200 on the 4th GPU but I guess you earn from selling it:)

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RTX 3060 in Germany: unavailable online (of course, but who wants that card anyway).
RTX 3060 TI €1469.
RTX 3070 €1199 ~ 1749.
RTX 3080 €2399 (yesterday €1799, sometimes €2700).
RTX 3090 €1940 ~ 3183,25 (including shipping, surprise!).

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In restrospect, I could have bought an RTX 3080 from Zotac or PNY in October for a reasonable price but I do not want loud mining card designs. Asus TUF has never been available here. MSI GXT only at scalping prices. MSI Suprim were offered €100 ~ 200 above MSRP but I cannot know whether they were actually available or just waiting list / prepayment offers like the one I tried at MSRP. Silent PSUs are extinct. In conclusion, I have never had a chance to build a silent RTX 3080 PC in Germany. My best chance appears to have been RTX 3080 from Gigabyte for roughly €150 above MSRP in late autumn but I dislike their kind of fan noise.

Apparently, I have to wait for RTX 4000 and prey that those cards will be available together with acceptable PSUs at reasonable prices. For the next generation, I might even consider upper mid range RTX 4060 TI or 4070 cards, which could have similar performance as RTX 3080 and, if TDPs should be about 200W, the best could operate at about 31dB. Well, one can dream...

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Post #111 Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:32 pm 
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I had 2x 1600w PSUs connected. The 3080s varied (FE, Zotac, and MSI) but none touched 500watts and typically hovered around 300-350 with occasional spikes over 400 even with Nicehash running. The 3090 (Asus Strix) was 350-400 with rare spikes over 500 but never over 550.

Note the spikes are really rare and I suspect that nvidia may eventually patch out the spikes with drivers. Alternatively, I could probably limit power draw more aggressively with minimal loss of performance.

The 3080s are going back to where they belong. I salvaged them from multiple PCs I had lying around (like the VR machine in living room). I actually still need 2x Asus EKWB water blocked 3080/3090s to finish the build. Maybe I'll get the EVGA ones but I am quite taken by EKWB's water block for my favorite O11D XL case.

If not for EKWB's distroplate looking so good, I'd still not go for water cooling. A motherboard with 2x thunderbolt ports and PCIe slots far enough to comfortably air cool 2x3080/3090 would be enough. I can attach two more cards via thunderbolt.

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