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Sultan Ojjeh Feb 07, 2005, 04:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
imagine this..the A8N burned my primary 6800U down :o never seen this b4. so i am back to 1 GPu card, and all is working fine lol

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Michael Cruty Feb 07, 2005, 11:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
My first board would not load Ai Booster and it showed a CPU temperature less than the system temp.
According to Asus tech support, the problem was likely a bad BIOS and/or Northbridge.

The replacement board corrected these problems but would not load Windows XP Pro on my Raptor (SATA) HDD. I followed the suggestions in FAQ, but still did not work. I finally was able to load Windows using the nVidia SATA connectors and drivers. One thing to be aware: when you are asked to load the drivers, you are given 2 options, both listed as "required". If you choose both, you bomb out. Choose just the first option.

Since Windows then requires a reformat, I lost all my programs and data. Somehow my backup Raptor was changed to "unallocated" and had to be reformatted also, with a loss of all backup data.
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A8N-SLI Deluxe | Athlon 64 3500+ | 1 GB Corsair XMS Pro PC-3200 | XFX GeForce 6600GT | 2 Raptor HDDs
Linksys Etherfast Cable/ADSL Router | dual Samsung 21.3" LCD monitors | KaVoom KVM software
NForce2 A7N8X-E Deluxe | AthlonXP 3200+ | 512 MB Corsair XMS Pro | Matrox P750 | Maxtor 80 GB HDD

Gary Thomas Feb 07, 2005, 07:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Sander, I just got off the phone a few minutes ago after speaking with a gentleman named Bob at PC Power. I suggested that it seemed to be short sighted on the part of PC Power to not send you a 510 SLI PSU as their true cost on a $240 PSU is probably $80 plus another $50 for int'l shipping so it would be really inexpensive advertising for them and you have a credible website. He said he wasn't aware they had turned down the request previously, but that they had received an email request today from a hardware sight today that he thought was from Holland. Did you send them an email today? I gave him your email address and he indicated that they plan on sending you the PSU. He said they will usually provide a sample but they want the PSU to really be abused from a temperature, load demand and with cutting edge compenents, he said thats what really shows the difference between their PSU's and the rest. If you get the supply for testing, would you comment on how loud it is under the most extreme load you can put it under as well?

George, thanks for the feedback on the loudness of your PC Power PSU. Maybe when Sander does his testing he can stress the PSU even more and we can see his findings of how loud it is.

George Kisslak Feb 07, 2005, 07:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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No sweat Gary.
As for the demo 510-SLI... I sent an email last night - guess they listened! I got an email back today from Larry Aldridge - he says a PSU should be on it's way to Sander next week.

Cheers,
--George - in the USA :)

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Edited: Feb 07, 2005, 10:55pm EST

 
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FYI, I was planning on using the 2 x 4 pin MOLEX > 6 pin PCI-e adapter to power my 2nd 6800GT from my Antec Neopower 480 PSU. Sander assured me in his response to my earlier question that it would work. I was thinking (this is a stretch for me... LOL) though this would be a working solution, that another modular PSU to PCI-e connector from the factory would definately be a better setup. I contacted Antec customer support and they sent me another one for a measley $1.95 plus $4.00 shipping. If anyone else intends to use this PSU for a midrange SLI system (i.e. no 6800 Ultras and no FX CPU's) This may be of interest to you . The phone number for Antec customer support is 1-800-222-6832.

Asus A8N-SLI w AMD64 3500+ Winnie
2 x 512mb OCZ EL Patinum Rev. 2 DDR400 PC3200 RAM
2 74gb Raptors in Nvidia RAID 0
2 x BFG 6800GT OC
Gigabyte 3D Rocket CPU cooler
PC Power and Cooling 510 SLI PSU
Michael Cruty Feb 07, 2005, 08:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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New problem with the A8N-SLI Deluxe....tried to upgrade the nVidia NForce4 drivers to v6.39.....the install program first uninstalls the old drivers then installs the new. However during the uninstall process I got an error message re uninstalling SubComponents....now can neither uninstall the old version nor install the new without the error message which freezes the process. Any thoughts or experience with this problem?

Sander Sassen Feb 08, 2005, 08:01am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Gary, George,

I've sent PC Power & Cooling an email this morning asking about a sample once more, hope they'll come through for us this time. In the meanwhile I've seen you and a few others comment on how loud various parts are, and how to set things up to run as quiet as possible. Here's a few recommendations and a quick look at the interior of my case.

- Use a case with 12cm fans in the front and the back, I use an Antec SLK3700BQE
- Get a ThermalRight XP120 with 12cm 1200...1600rpm fan for the CPU
- Equip both 6800GT/Ultras with Arctic Cooling Silencers NV5
- Remove the chipset fan, take off the thermal sticker and apply good thermal paste
- I'm using the FSP550-60PLN PSU, it is pretty quiet

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/image/11420/

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mothow Feb 08, 2005, 08:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 08, 2005, 08:20am EST

 
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MY God im Jealous
Hey how would my adata PC4000 work in a SLI mobo with a 3500+ or better.Or wouuld it be better to get something like Corsair XL series ram.My Adata will run at 2-3-3-7 at FSB200.

ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 / i7 4790K / Corsair H80i / 4x4GB Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 1600 / 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black / 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSD / 2x Evga GTX 670 FTW 2GB in SLI / Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty / Corsair HX1000w
Thomas Reeve Feb 08, 2005, 09:55am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have just bought an a8n-SLI motherboard and a enermax 370 psu. Asus say that because I am running a low level chip that I can use this power supply. Yet all that happens when I power on is i am getting a beep for one second then a one second gap and so on.

Any ideas?

Remi Holm Feb 08, 2005, 12:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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HI everyone!

I have just had this system a short time now and are very happy with it.
My problem is that i am not sure that it is running in SLI mode.
I installed Win XP pro with SP2, and was not asked about SLI.
If I look up nview advanced properties I can not se a multi GPU option.
But i see both cards in Device manager.

EZ selector is set to dual, and bios is set to SLI.
EZ power plug is in.
Nforce 6.39
GeForce driver 67.66
Bios 6.03

My Specs:
AMD 64 3500+ winchester, w Thermaltake tower 112.
Mem 2 sticks 500MB Corsair PC 4400C25. (TWINX)
bzerk 500w power supply, 20 pin with 24 pin adapter.
2 Gainward GeForce 6600GT 128MB PCI-E GLH (Golden Sample).
2 Hitachi 160 GB 7200RPM SATA put in raid 0.

Any idea would be appreciated.

Remi Holm

Kevin Forbes Feb 08, 2005, 12:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sander Sassen Feb 08, 2005, 12:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kevin,

I've seen this issue before, the only solution is to create a slipstreamed copy of Windows XP and SP2. By doing this the SP is included with the install automatically. Just Google for 'slipstream', 'SP2' and 'Windows XP'. If it weren't illegal I'd even be willing to put up an ISO to a slipstreamed copy. But there's plenty of guides, that are beyond the scope of this FAQ, that detail how to simply do this yourself.

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Sander Sassen Feb 08, 2005, 12:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Gary, George,

Just got an email from Larry at PC Power & Cooling, my Turbo-Cool 510 SLI is on its way so expect an update to the FAQ and a standalone review soon.

Sander Sassen
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Sander Sassen Feb 08, 2005, 12:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Remi,

> If I look up nview advanced properties I can not se a multi GPU option.

By the looks of it you have two cards with a different BIOS, only way to diagnose whether this is the problem is to plug the cards in individually and check the BIOS version. Of course you'll also have to change the EZ card to 'single card' and apply these settings in the BIOS as well. BIOS version can be read in the NVIDIA driver panel which details driver versions etc. it also lists the BIOS version there.

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Sander Sassen Feb 08, 2005, 12:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thomas,

> I have just bought an a8n-SLI motherboard and a enermax 370 psu. Asus say that because I am running a low level chip that I can use this power supply. Yet all that happens when I power on is i am getting a beep for one second then a one second gap and so on.

That PSU is not powerful enough I'm afraid, try one of the listed PSUs.

Sander Sassen
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BlackHawk Feb 08, 2005, 12:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I am having a similar problem to you Remi, only device manager only recognizes one card as well. I do have a multi-GPU tab, but the only thing in it is a link to nvidia's website to learn more. Can't find the option to turn on SLI mode in windows.

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BlackHawk,

See my reply to Remi's post above.

Sander Sassen
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Gary Thomas Feb 08, 2005, 02:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sander, I'm glad to hear your PC Power 510 SLI is on the way and I and many others I'm sure will look forward to your review.

I want to clarify that this is my first system build and maybe its a little big for a first project, but I've got the patience (or at least I think so).

I would like to provide my list of components I'm planning on using besides the A8n-SLI obviously.

I read your suggestion on the Antec case, I like the following case, http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=11-1...amp;depa=0 (Black) or http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-1...amp;depa=0 (Silver) You notice it has 3 fans @ 80mm and 2 more @ 92mm (with the capability for a total of 7) their is also the LCD display that allows you to control all the fan speeds. Would you expect even with this number of fans and the spacious size of the case that I could run the fans at a lower RPM and keep the db down to a tolerable level (I'll be running two 6800 Ultras)?

Which brings me to the next question I like your NV5 suggestion, I was reading the feedback from buyers at Newegg and almost all are using this with 6800GT's and are in many instances exceeding the freq. of the 6800 Ultras. I am paying $504 each for the EVGA Ultra cards ($480 before tax) which is $120 less than retail (I know its a great price). At this price does it make sense to stay with the Ultras or based on your findings would I be as pleased with the 6800GTs? There was the following comment on the NV5 from a Newegg buyer, "Second issue is that the included expansion slot cover is not made for a 6800 ultra, so you will be forced to do one of three things, cut the stock 6800 expansion slot cover in half, not screw in your 6800 ultra, or not exhaust the air from the cooler outside your case." This comment was left on Sept 1, 2004 so has Arctic Cooling made some changes to accomodate this issue for the Ultra cards?

The rest of my components are:

PC Power 510 SLI PSU
AMD 3500+ 90nm - does this reduce power consumption/heat over the 130nm die size substantially?
4 - 512MB Ram Kingston KVR400X64C3A/512 - on the Asus approved list for this MOBO
CPU Cooler - Zalman CNPS770CU - 120mm as you suggest, different vendor
WD Raptor 74GB - no plans to RAID
Backup HDD - maybe the Samsung 160GB SATA because I've read its quiet.

Final questions. Have you noticed XP or this mobo having any issues recognizing 2GB RAM as I'm planning and do you see this as too much? I know there is little performance gain for RAID O with Raptor drives over a single Raptor, do you think they really have a substantial benefit over a 7200 rpm SATA drive if not I'm ok with skiiping the Raptor?

I'm not looking to impress anyone with this sys., if it were not for the fact that I like flight sims and how brutally hard they are on video cards and the CPU, I wouldn't even consider this type of sys. as I use MS Office primarily. I don't want or need thousands of pictures or movies on HDD, I'll stick with DVD's. So I don't foresee any time in the near future that I would need more than 74GB of space. The only backups I need are of documents, emails, and spreadsheets, so a DVD burner should suffice.

Thanks for the input Sander or anyone else.

Kevin Forbes Feb 08, 2005, 03:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sander,

excellent advice, cheers for that. i will put together a slipstream tonight and post the results. just wanted to thank you for the prompt reply. I was also wondering if you or anyone else for that matter would recomend also including all of my drivers on the slipstream disk??

Regards,

The Yankee from Tucson

Remi Holm Feb 08, 2005, 04:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sander.

>By the looks of it you have two cards with a different BIOS, only way to diagnose whether this is the problem is to plug the cards in individually and check the BIOS version. Of course you'll also have to change the EZ card to 'single card' and apply these settings in the BIOS as well. BIOS version can be read in the NVIDIA driver panel which details driver versions etc. it also lists the BIOS version there.

Thanks for the help.

I checked the bios on both cards, and they where the same. v.5.43.02.36.00.
I still have the same problem, but somthing has come to my attention.
In the user guide it pictures the SLI conector mounted both ways. I have put the JP1 on the "blue"
PCI-E card.
Could it be the other way?

Remi Holm.


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