Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido Sets New 3DMark Record with X79 4-way SLI System


November 30th, 2011
By James Wang

Earlier this week, renowned extreme overclocker Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido broke yet another 3DMark record by scoring X12554 in 3DMark11. The ace up his sleeve was the "CLASSIFIED" series of graphics cards and motherboards from EVGA. We caught up with him over email and asked him how he did it.

We heard you broke the world record for 3DMark11, again. What score did you achieve? What was former record?

I was able to get a score of X12,554 in 3DMark 11X (Extreme preset) a few days ago during a lab test session trying to push the limits of 4-WAY SLI benching. The former 3d11X record on previous generation chipset(X58) that stood for over 1/2 a year was X11,474 which was done using EVGA CLASSIFIED SR-2 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and QUAD SLI technology. When X79 launched recently, that score was broken at around X12.2k. The newest score of X12,554 that was done was on EVGA’s new E779 X79 CLASSIFIED 4-Way SLI motherboard and EVGA’s CLASSIFIED GeForce GTX 580 ULTRA. This is the current top score in 3D11 Extreme.

A push will be made for X13k though, so it probably won’t last too long.

Vince sets a new 3DMark11 world record.

What clock speed were you able to take the GPU and CPU?

Clockspeeds were about 5.3GHz for CPU and for GPU’s 1300MHz core frequency and 2400MHz memory frequency for GTX 580’s (4) in QUAD SLI.

The new record was made possible by some hardware advancements. What changed between your last rig and the latest rig? What made the biggest difference?

The new X79 Chipset on EVGA’s E779 CLASSIFIED motherboard helped as its quite powerful in 3DMark 11 particularly in last two tests (physics/combined). Because this is 3D11X (Extreme preset) which runs on higher resolution and it really is all about GPU power, the GTX 580 clocks were much more of a factor in getting the final score that I did. My previous 3D11X score was at 1200MHz core frequency on NVIDIA GTX 580 Reference cards in QUAD SLI. The new one is at 1300MHz.

Liquid nitrogen being poured into custom containers for the GeForce GTX 580s. Vince designs and manufactures all of his overclocking equipment.

You used EVGA's "Classified" line of motherboards and graphics cards. What has your experience been like with these products? What makes them good for overclocking?

EVGA’s CLASSIFIED line of motherboards and graphics cards are designed for the most demanding power users. PWM power design and overclocking features are of the most robust in the industry. The tradition that started with EVGA’s CLASSFIED X58 motherboard and GTX 285 CLASSIFIED graphics card continues today with the latest generation offerings.

Did you do any modding on the graphics card?

Nope. The new CLASSFIED GTX 580 ULTRA can be 100% voltage controlled using EVGA EVBOT technology for direct on the fly PWM voltage control. I can program ANY of the three main voltages(core, memory, and PEX) on the card as I see fit and it also utilizes a GPU profile feature which stores 4 voltage profiles for up to 4 cards at once. The cards are 1600MHz capable in single card mode and over 1300MHz capable in QUAD SLI mode without risking any damage to the card by modding. The card also features dual VGA BIOS via one main switch. One stock BIOS with normal VRM and temperature limits for daily operation and another for extreme overclocking without limits.

What cooling solutions did you use for the system? Are they available for purchase?

I design and manufacture LN2 (liquid nitrogen) containers for both CPU and GPU extreme overclocking. My Dragon F1 GEMINI CPU pot was used for the processor and TEK-9 SLIM pots were used for the GTX 580 video cards. They are both available for purchase at as well as other extreme OC containers and related products.

Finally, what are you looking forward to most, hardware wise?

There is a lot of work and potential left with CLASSIFIED E779 X79 and GTX 580 video cards. For sure I will be benching the setup hard over next few months. After that it will be time to start thinking NVIDIA next generation graphics technology. Can’t wait to see what new monster team green has created for us in 2012. Should be really exciting time for extreme overclockers, gamers, and GeForce fans in general.

Thanks Vince for sharing your experience with us.