Please register or login. There are 0 registered and 1111 anonymous users currently online. Current bandwidth usage: 326.30 kbit/s April 06 - 07:23am EDT 
Hardware Analysis
      
Forums Product Prices
  Contents 
 
 

  Latest Topics 
 

More >>
 

    
 
 

  You Are Here: 
 
/ Forums / Motherboards /
 

  Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ 
 
 Author 
 Date Written 
 Tools 
Continue Reading on Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, Next >>
Benjamin Hatch Mar 09, 2005, 06:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
1. Ntune says my single BFG 6800 ultra is running 8x Pcie, why not 16x? What did I miss?
>>>Not sure yet, can you send me some pics of your settings in Advanced Display Properties/Your card/overclock section/2D and 3D @ mikethellend@hotmail.com?
>>>What video drivers are you using?

2. When trying to tune the system (the Mike T. pg 16 method) I don't get the option to click on "Clock Frequency settings" in the side menu under display properties>settings>advanced>BFG 6800 Ultra, and since I am too new (first sys build ever) I didn't try to wing it... Any help?
>>>You need to set the overclock to Manual then click on the Memory Clock Frequency Slider in 3D Performance to activate it.

))))Ok, sorry, now I'm really confused! I just opened it back up and to my surprise there was an option for clock frequency settings! Was not there before, I promise! (Chagrin) Well that's solved. And what's more, I opened cpuz and found that the pcie is now showing 16x!! I know I shouldn't complain but... I didn't change anything!
I am, by the way, running 66.93
Ok, I'll try to go through the page 16 tuning again, see what happens, before I post again or email you...
I will update though.
Also will try ram settings

Thanks for all the help, Mike, to devote the time to this that you have AND still be willing to help the "noobs" (and I quote), speaks volumes...


Want to enjoy less advertisements and more features? Click here to become a Hardware Analysis registered user.
Pedro Filipe Mar 09, 2005, 06:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List

Edited: Mar 09, 2005, 07:13pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 09, 2005, 06:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List

Edited: Mar 09, 2005, 11:10pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Pedro Filipe

Man, I was sure that would do it for you as it worked on others including myself. I will rethink this for you.
But in the meantime, if someone has any suggestions please help to get this gentleman up and running.
What other options are in the MMIO? Just edit your post.

PCI MMIO
Boy that was easy!
ENABLE
DISABLE

MMIO writes are clearly not as significant as MMIO reads. Nonetheless, every time a driver writes to MMIO space, some subtle things happen. There are four minor issues to think about: memory ordering, PCI bus utilization, filling outbound write queues, and stalling MMIO reads longer than necessary.

First, memory ordering is enforced since PCI requires strong ordering of MMIO writes. This means the MMIO write will push all previous regular memory writes ahead. This is not a serious issue but it can make a MMIO write take longer.

MMIO writes are short transactions (i.e., much less than a cache-line). The PCI bus setup time to select the device, send the target address and data, and disconnect measurably reduces PCI bus utilization. It typically results in six or more PCI bus cycles to send four (or eight) bytes of data. On systems which strongly order DMA Read Returns and MMIO Writes, the latter will also interfere with DMA flows by interrupting in-flight, outbound DMA.

If the IO bridge (e.g., PCI Bus controller) nearest the CPU has a full write queue, the CPU will stall. The bridge would normally queue the MMIO write and then tell the CPU it's done. The chip designers normally make the write queue deep enough so the CPU never needs to stall. But drivers that perform many MMIO writes (e.g., use door bells) and burst many of MMIO writes at a time, could run into a worst case.

The last concern, stalling MMIO reads longer than normal, exists because of PCI ordering rules. MMIO reads and MMIO writes are strongly ordered. E.g., if four MMIO writes are queued before a MMIO read, the read will wait until all four MMIO write transactions have completed. So instead of say 1000 CPU cycles, the MMIO read might take more than 2000 CPU cycles on current platforms.

>>>Disabled

Mike :)

PEDRO!!!
I'm still working on your problem, I'll have an answer by tomorrow on a possible fix.

Merc Mar 09, 2005, 07:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I'm not sure but maybe I got a "Good" A8N SLI Deluxe. This thing has been working rock slid for me for over a month and I couldn't be happier. Have updated the BIOS 3 times (currently 1006 a/o 40 minutes ago) and no problems. My setup is as follows:
Thermaltake V7000+ case (5 fans)
Asus AN8-SLI Deluxe Motherboard (awesome piece of gear)
CMX1024-3200C2PT Corsair DDR 400 Ram (2x512) DDR 400/2.5/3/3/6
AMD 3500+ (939 pin) Newcastle Core
2x80gb Caviar Western Digital (8MB buffer) drives in RAID 0
1 XFX 6800 GT
Blue Storm 500 PSU
Sony DVD16x/ CD 52 xR/RW
Sony Floppy
Z-Board Gaming keyboard
Razer Diamondback mouse
Dell 19"CRT monitor
Motorola PCI WIFI Card
XP Home SP2
CPU 34c MB 36c GPU 58c

This is an upgrade from a Dell 4600 w/ 1GB RAM and 6800 vanilla AND my first build so maybe just beginner's luck. Playing Halflife 2 for the second time but it seems like a new game. The Blue Storm provides very consistent powre BUT I am not running SLI yet (waiting for prices to drop on the card). Just wanted to inject some good news into a rather morose discussion.


Merc
Modified Lian Li PC 7077A
Dual Watercooling Loops
Asus P5K Deluxe BIOS 0404
Core 2 Duo Q6600 (3600MHz@1.46v)
Max OC 4050MhHz at 1.65v
1 x XFX 8800GTX XXX Watercooled
2 GB Team Xtreme DDR2 800-PC6400
2 x 150gb WD in Raptors in RAID 0
1 x 640
Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 09, 2005, 07:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List

Edited: Mar 09, 2005, 07:38pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ

Benjamin Hatch Mar 09, 2005, 08:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ack! I got to step 10 (baseline in nvida perform) in your page 16 tuneup. Then I went to start step 11 and Ntune.exe is no longer there! It shows in windows but it gives me "Windows cannot find blahblah, make sure you typed it correctly" when I double-click. Rebooted, same deal... Help!
Also, just as an fyi my current bandwidth in step 10 was 426. This was on a single bfg 6800 ultra...

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 09, 2005, 08:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List

Edited: Mar 09, 2005, 08:45pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Benjamin,

Ntune is there, just hiding. lol
Please follow the guide to the letter, the system will reboot during this process maybe up to three times and you will be prompted to resume the current session. NV performance needs to be closed in order to have the nTune.exe window up during a benchmark process. Reboot again, and access Ntune from here C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune. to get the nvperformance.exe or ntune.exe, worst case scenario.

PS: 426 is a high bandwidth for one card. Got a little NOS kit on there we don't know about?
Can I have the manufacturers part # on that card?

Good luck!

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 09, 2005, 08:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Christopher Fields

Boy your computer really isn't working, there's no text here, problem with the keyboard? lol

Mike :)

Christopher Fields Mar 09, 2005, 08:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Ok, My head is going to explode!!!

Here are my specs:

Thermaltake Pure 560watt PSU
FX-55 AMD64 v1.55
A8N-SLI-Deluxe
2x 74gig Raptors Raid 0 config. (Sil-image)
2x 250gig Maxtor SATA Diamond 10 Raid 0 config. (Nvidia)
2x 512mg Corsair XMS PC3200PC2Pro settings 1T 2.5-3-3-6 voltage v1.75
Plextor SATA 16x DVD-R/RW Dual Burner
ATI x850 XT PE 256mg Video Card
Raidmax Samurai Case (Black with window)
1.44mg floppy ( lol, had to type it)

Ok I have searched these forums, which has been very helpful. I cannot get passed the "Setup" screen in windows. As soon as it gets to where I hit "Enter" it blue screens. I have called Corsair and I am running the memtest 1.51, so far it is passing. I have stripped the DVD drive to a plain IDE CD-RW and have stripped the HDD's to a plain IDE ATA133 80gig Maxtor and I am still getting the same problem.

I followed Sanders Bios update on the 1004 and just upgraded to the 1006, I am currently thinking about installing the beta 1007-002.

So to recap:

1. Settings are all done correctly, so I have been told and from what I have read.
2. Bios is updated.
3. Called Corsair and have been trying to trouble shoot.
4. I cannot get passed the "Enter"/"F8" prompt when loading Windows Xp SP2 O.S.
5. I have tried my OCZ PC4400 and my PC3200 OCZ Performance modules and they to have done the same thing.


Do I need to buy another mobo and processor? I appreciate any help.

Christopher Fields
Com-Tek Services / USANA IT Support (whatever, lol)

christopher.fields@us.usana.com or
chris@epgservers.com
christopher@comtekservices.net
sales@comtekservices.net

Christopher Fields Mar 09, 2005, 08:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
no, no problem with the keyboard, it's called a minor case of retardation, lol.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 09, 2005, 09:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List

Edited: Mar 09, 2005, 09:59pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Christopher Fields

Ok, My head is going to explode!!!
>>>Lets try and get you running first, WILL your computer to me, then let your head explode. lol

Here are my specs:

Thermaltake Pure 560watt PSU
FX-55 AMD64 v1.55
A8N-SLI-Deluxe
2x 74gig Raptors Raid 0 config. (Sil-image)
2x 250gig Maxtor SATA Diamond 10 Raid 0 config. (Nvidia)
>>>Swap these drives. Raptors on NVRaid. But try and set your timings on ram first and give it a try.

2x 512mg Corsair XMS PC3200PC2Pro settings 1T 3-3-3-8-2T voltage v1.75
>>>Drop timings to 3-3-3-8-2T to start until OS is in. Stick with the Corsair for install.
BIOS>
Advanced>
CPU Configuration>
DRAM configuration>

-Max Memclock (MHz)-------------[DDR400]
-1T/2T Memory Timing--------------[ 2T ]
-CAS# latency (Tlc)------------------[ 3 ]
-RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd)-----[ 3 ]
-Min RAS# active time (Tras)-----[ 8 ]
-Row precharge TIme (Trp)---------[ 3 ]
-Row Cycle Time (Trc)---------------[ AUTO ]
-Row Refresh Cycle Time (Trfc)---[ AUTO ]
-Write Recovery Time (Twr)--------[ AUTO ]
-Read-to-Write Delay (Trwt)-------[ AUTO ]



Plextor SATA 16x DVD-R/RW Dual Burner
ATI x850 XT PE 256mg Video Card
Raidmax Samurai Case (Black with window)
>>>Make sure there's no sword stuck in there, could short the board. lol
1.44mg floppy ( lol, had to type it)

Ok I have searched these forums, which has been very helpful. I cannot get passed the "Setup" screen in windows.
As soon as it gets to where I hit "Enter" it blue screens. I have called Corsair and I am running the memtest 1.51, so far it is passing. I have stripped the DVD drive to a plain IDE CD-RW and have stripped the HDD's to a plain IDE ATA133 80gig Maxtor and I am still getting the same problem.
>>>Put your CD on IDE 1 MASTER, Remove the IDE HDD Drive
>>>Plextor SATA 16x DVD-R/RW Dual Burner (don't connect)

I followed Sanders Bios update on the 1004 and just upgraded to the 1006, I am currently thinking about installing the beta 1007-002.
>>>Good, we might need to make some changes though. Not yet for the beta 1007-002.

So to recap:

1. Settings are all done correctly, so I have been told and from what I have read.
2. Bios is updated.
3. Called Corsair and have been trying to trouble shoot.
4. I cannot get passed the "Enter"/"F8" prompt when loading Windows Xp SP2 O.S.
5. I have tried my OCZ PC4400 and my PC3200 OCZ Performance modules and they to have done the same thing.


Do I need to buy another mobo and processor? I appreciate any help.
>>>We'll know soon enough.
>>>Is your windows XP cd SP2 Slipstreamed, OEM, or home made?
>>>Full Format every time
>>>Clear CMOS and load page 1 in BIOS again if your install is unsuccessful.
>>>Make your disks Dynamic in windows manager.

Christopher Fields
Com-Tek Services / USANA IT Support (whatever, lol)

christopher.fields@us.usana.com or
chris@epgservers.com
christopher@comtekservices.net
sales@comtekservices.net

Hi, I'm Mike :)

Christopher Fields Mar 09, 2005, 09:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
O.S. Disk is OEM with SP2. It came with my Action Pack from Microsoft along with a bunch of other software. Thanks for the feedback, I will reply soon, I am currently doing a low level format on the two 74gig raptors.

Christopher

Mister J Mar 09, 2005, 10:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi Everyone,

I am sure glad I found this board! Unfortunately, I didn't find this board before I ordered my system. Everything will be arriving tomorrow and I just want to make sure I do things correctly. Here is the setup:

MB: A8N-SLI (base model)
PSU: ANTEC True550EPS12V
CPU: Athlon 64 3500+ Winne (retail box with Fan)
RAM: 1GB (2X512MB) Corsair TWINX1024-3200XL
HDD: 120GB Seagate Barracuda SATA (will be non RAID)
Sound: SB Audigy 2 ZS (PCI)
O/S: OEM Win XP Pro with SP2
Video: Gigabyte X700 Pro GV-RX70P128D (128 MB)

First mistake was purchasing the Plextor DVD+-RW PX-716SA/SW drive. I thought I had ordered the PX-716A but after my order with Newegg went through I see that I ordered the SATA version. So, before I get home tomorrow, I'll pick up an IDE DVD/RW drive probably a Sony 710A or 720A.

I plan on following Sanders' FAQ on the setup up, but since I have the standard MB, should I go ahead and use the 1004 BIOS? I am not sure what BIOS will ship....but it will probably be 1001 I guess.

Second question...since I am running an X700 which is an ATI chipset, do I need to install the Nvidia chipset drivers (6.39) and the NVidia ForceWare drivers (71.81)? Or is that only if you are running a GeForce type graphics card?

Third question with respect to the RAM timings should I run 2.5-3-3-6 1T or 3-3-3-8 2T?

Thanks for the help in advance. I will keep you posted on the install.

Mister J

Christopher Fields Mar 09, 2005, 10:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
da$m, I signed in again and did not reply, lol.

I found the problem.......................this is the second time in a month, where I purchased 2 raptors and one was bad. I purchased 2 x 36gig Raptors 2 weeks ago and 1 of them was DOA. I purchaed 2 x 74gig last week and one will not load any software on it. I tried doing a low level format using a couple of different Serial ATA utilities but the drive will not respond. All is well now here in Utah.

Thanks for your fast reply SLI Scientist, you are the man, or the woman, what ever, lol. If you need a good deal on some hardware or a fast machine, give me a call,

Christopher Fields
Com-Tek Services / 1-877-884-3151

check my link of cool scores and pics:

http://www.comtekservices.net/pwnd/
http://www.comtekservices.net/pwnd/6105_WOW!.JPG
http://comtekservices.net/comp

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 09, 2005, 10:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Christopher

I tried doing a low level format using a couple of different Serial ATA utilities but the drive will not respond

May I ask how you are formating?
>>>You enabled NVRAID PRIMARY MASTER 1 and 2?
>>>You ensbled SIL as well?
>>>On boot you see NVRAID utility?
>>>Did you create RAID Stripe there?
>>>Did you create SIL Stripe in SIL utility?
>>>What are you doing when OS on F6 Window?
>>>Do you have the drivers on FLOPPY? One for SIL and one for NVRaid?
>>>Did you install all drivers when prompted during OS install?
>>>When windows installs do you choose partition C:\ 138 GIGs (apprx) and do a full format from there?
>>>What happens after the format now?
>>>Does windows finish the install?

I just find it odd that all these tested drives are DOA.

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 09, 2005, 11:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List

Edited: Mar 09, 2005, 11:05pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mister J

I plan on following Sanders' FAQ on the setup up, but since I have the standard MB, should I go ahead and use the 1004 BIOS? I am not sure what BIOS will ship....but it will probably be 1001 I guess.
>>>Talk to others that tried the 1004 first.
>>>You guessed right.

Second question...since I am running an X700 which is an ATI chipset, do I need to install the Nvidia chipset drivers (6.39) and the NVidia ForceWare drivers (71.81)? Or is that only if you are running a GeForce type graphics card?
>>>Yes on the 6.39.
>>>Install drivers from your CD in windows, then update from manufaturer.

Third question with respect to the RAM timings should I run 2.5-3-3-6 1T or 3-3-3-8 2T?
>>>3-3-3-8 2T to install OS.

Mike :)

Mister J Mar 09, 2005, 11:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
SLI Scientist,

Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. One more thing about the ram. Since I got to sticks, First one goes in A1 and second in B1 correct?

Mister J

Simon Lu Mar 09, 2005, 11:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
anybody OCed with 1006 yet?

Simon Lu

Christopher Fields Mar 10, 2005, 12:03am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List  
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I am using the 1006 update, man this mother f%$ker smokes!!!!!!!!!

I have never used a faster machine. I will post some 3D Mark 2005 Bench score 2 maro.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Mar 10, 2005, 12:20am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
Private Message - Add to Buddy List

Edited: Mar 10, 2005, 12:45am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mister J

Yes on the DIMMS A1 and B!.

Any problems in the install mikethellend@hotmail.com MSN Messenger.

Mike :)


Write a Reply >>

Continue Reading on Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, Next >>

 

    
 
 

  Topic Tools 
 
RSS UpdatesRSS Updates
 

  Related Articles 
 
 

  Newsletter 
 
A weekly newsletter featuring an editorial and a roundup of the latest articles, news and other interesting topics.

Please enter your email address below and click Subscribe.