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Merc Apr 09, 2005, 02:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 09, 2005, 02:31pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
That's a helluva system Eric. Just be aware that the AMD chip is going to run your four DIMMS of Corsair RAM at 333mhz rather than 400 (166 vice 200 per module) due to AMD's inability to handle 4 DIMMS in dual mode at higher speeds.

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
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Edited: Apr 12, 2005, 09:51am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Merc

Just be aware that the AMD chip is going to run your four DIMMS of Corsair RAM at 333mhz rather than 400 (166 vice 200 per module) due to AMD's inability to handle 4 DIMMS in dual mode at higher speeds.
>>>Merc, from my experience with borrowed 4 X 512 Corsair, I managed to get the RAM to work at 400 MHz but 2T only @ 2.5-3-3-6.
Does anyone in this forum have trouble with getting 400 MHz using four sticks of Corsair 512, or did I just get lucky?

I currently have four sticks of 256 G.SKill and have no problem getting 400 MHz 2-2-2-5 2T Stable.

Just for the record;
The heart of my system;

BIOS Version 1006
Drivers 66.93 and 6.39
Windows XP SP2
A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD FX55
2x-XFX Geforce 6800 Series GPU (PVT45FUD) Video cards.
G.Skill 4 X 256 MB DDR550 DDR400 PC4400 2.5-3-3-7 - PC 3200 2-2-2-5
2x-74 Gig Raptor SATA hard drives RAID0 on NVidia Raid
LG GSA 4040B DVD
Enermax 3 in 1 24 Pin (EG651P-VE) 36 Amps at 12V+ Single Rail.

Other system components;

19" Viewsonic Ultrabright E90f+
57" LG Widescreen TV with DVI (RU-50NZ60) for gaming
Logitech Z 5300 Speaker system 5.1
2x- Logitech Wingman Force 3D (863174-1000)
2x-MI Hip Gear, Hip Hop Steering Wheels and pedals (LM571)
Winfast TV/FM card
USB 2.0 4 port card
APC 650 Watt Backup System
TPS 2 Telnet power switch
Vanguard Pan, tilt, 44X zoom, 2 camera system with remote and internet control software (http://www.x10.com)

Cooling;

Koolance EXOS System 1/4 inch tubing
2x-NV2 L06 GPU Koolance
chipset-GPU 180 Koolance
CPU-Prometia Mach II GT -62 C

Current ORB 3DMark05 score 10, 451.

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Mike :)


Merc Apr 09, 2005, 06:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 09, 2005, 06:31pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
All in the tradeoffs I guess. What I know about RAM:
1GB of RAM is the new standard for a healthy system. Within a year I would guess that 2GB would not be overkill, but right now 1 GB of high quality RAM will get you through most apps. Currently I am running 2x512MB Corsair DIMMS at 2.5/3/3/6 1T with an AMD 3500+. If I want to increase my RAM I need to either sell my 2x512's on eBay and get 2x1024 thereby doubling my memory while keeping the same aggressive timings or get 2x512 more RAM and populate all 4 slots BUT sacrifice performance by either degrading to 333mhz speed or 2T timing.

The right decision, IMHO, would be based on what I am plannig on doing with this RAM. Cutting edge games benefit the most from RAM speed AND require a healthy pile of RAM to run (1GB minimum, 2GB preferred) Other apps, such as digital video editing or burning music, require a large amount of RAM (2GB minimum, 4GB preferred) but aren't so finicky re. the speed of that RAM.

So right now I'll stick with the 1GB of higher speed RAM since I mainly require performance for gaming. If I take up video editing then I would at least have to immediately get 2x512MB more RAM to get the 2GB minimum for decent performance editing video. Either way, in a year I will be moving this RAM out and and either getting 2GB of Corsair RAM in 2x1024 at 2.5/3/3/6 1T for gaming or 4GBof cheaper RAM in 4x1024 at 3/3/3/8 2T for video editing.

Does this make sense? LOL, just me thinking abstractly. In a year i'll have a newborn and may have considerations other than RAM latency and 1T 2T timings.

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
Tim Buescher Apr 09, 2005, 06:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I am currently having problems with my new A8N-SLI Delux motherboard installation procedure. I have connected all the wires and fans properly, as well as the memory and PCI-E video card. The problem I am having is that on start up I have not been able to get any signal on my Decaview G380 .25mm DecaClear Monitor display. I have tried reinstalling the battery and moving the jumpers for the battery around to reset the system, but still have the same problem. I have also tried forcing beeps by removing the video card and the RAM but still no video or beeps. It appears that my system is possibly failing the POST startup sequence. I was wondering if anyone had any questions on how to remedy this situation. Also since my monitor is VGA, I must use my VGA adapter. Thanks for your help.

60 GB Western Digital
120 GB western Digital
SONY CD-RW
2 X 512 MB (crucial) 2700
A8N-SLI Delux
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Winchester
Antec SL450 Watt Power Supply
standard floppy drive
evga GEFORCE 6800 GT

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 09, 2005, 10:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Merc

You definitely have the right idea on the RAM, man! (a little banter)
I thought I would be daring and get 4 X 256 MB sticks, first to give me flexibility of removing two sticks for an even lower RAM count, therefore increasing speed for certain benchmarks, testing out RAM in 4 DIMMS, and of course have 1 Gig for gaming etc..
With the four sticks of RAM I have now, I can get DDR 550 even 600 at various timings, but I found that 500 3-3-3-7 2T 2.9 Volts to be the best setting.

FX 55 CPU-3250 MHz
Voltage-1.664
HTT-250 MHz
Multiplier-13X

Mike :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 09, 2005, 11:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Tim Buescher

>>>Just out of curiosity, you do have a properly connected case speaker right?
>>>Try different RAM all together.

Mike :)

Tim Buescher Apr 10, 2005, 01:58am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Yes, I did properly hook up the case speakers to the jumpers. I made sure the plus and minus connections were alligned correctly. I also tried connecting ear phone cable into the earphone plug, and did not get any beeps from there either.

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I did also try different RAM making sure it would work, with the manufacturers website, and it still gave me the same problem

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
A Mate Has This Motherboard we havent seen any problemms with it so far.

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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 10, 2005, 09:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 10, 2005, 09:57am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Tim Buescher

Not a good sign that you're not hearing any beeps under the conditions you created, I think your board is DOA.

I have connected all the wires and fans properly, as well as the memory and PCI-E video card.
>>>CPU as well?

Mike :)

Mike S Apr 10, 2005, 01:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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System running stable so I've started to try some tweaking of memory and other things.

set memory to following from previous post:

BIOS>
Advanced>
CPU Configuration>
DRAM configuration>

-Max Memclock (MHz)---------------[AUTO]
-1T/2T Memory Timing----------------[1T] for two sticks [2T] for four
-CAS# latency (Tlc)--------------------[ 2 ]
-RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd)--------[ 2 ]
-Min RAS# active time (Tras)-------[ 5 ]
-Row precharge TIme (Trp)----------[ 2 ]
-Row Cycle Time (Trc)----------------[ AUTO ]
-Row Refresh Cycle Time (Trfc)---[ AUTO ]
-Write Recovery Time (Twr)---------[ AUTO ]
-Read-to-Write Delay (Trwt)---------[ AUTO ]

BIOS>
Advanced>
Jumperfree Configuration>
Set to manual>
DDR Voltage

I did not change anything on the voltage.

System then becomes unstable and will get BSOD with overclocking of 5% or greater. Memory is Corsair Twin X 3200XL 2-2-2-5 Latency. I can put the memory into a system with an A8V-Deluxe and the memory will run at the 2-2-2-5 with everything on Auto with 10% overclocking. On the A8N-SLI the same memory runs at 2.5-3-3-5 with everything on Auto. These memory readings are from cpuz. With everything set to Auto on the A8N-SLI the system will run at 10% overclocking without any problems.

I am going to try setting the 1T/2T setting to 2T and see if the system is stable.

Any suggestions on what to do to get the memory to run at the rated 2-2-2-5? If I change the voltage what should I set it at?




Dean Edward Apr 10, 2005, 07:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus releases Intel SLI mobo
Im probably late to find out, but just in case.....Asus released their Intel SLI mobo.

http://www.hothardware.com/image_popup.cfm?image=big_P5ND2SLI-...57&t=n

Im kinda p**sed that they experimented on us AMD users. Notice the fanless chipset heatsink? C'mon Asus. Just because Intel has the market share doesn't mean you have to treat us AMDers like lab-rats. This little whiney chipset fan that they sluffed off on us is probably only one of the things that they will have improved for their cash-cow Intel clients.
I rarely get steamed...but this did it.

Dean Edward

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe(BIOS Rev. 1007beta)
Athlon 64 3500+,NewCastle,939 @2.21ghz.(stock cooler)
Antec Neopower 480w ATX12V v.2.0
2x Corsair dual 512mb,PC-3200, DDR 400
1x Leadtek(Winfast) PX6600GT-extreme(Core,553 mhz / clock,DDR3 1.125 ghz)
Maxtor 6Y160M0 HDD (163.93 GB,7200 rpm,8mb buffer,SATA)
LITEON Dual Layer 16x DVD Writer,IDE
LITE-ON DVD-ROM,IDE
Realtek AC'97, 8 channel Audio,
Windows XP Professional(SP 2)
Lian-li V1100,modded antec 80mm intake fan through rear pci slots.

Dean Edward Apr 10, 2005, 07:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: new Asus Intel SLI mobo
I forgot to include the Intel SLI mobo number. It's Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe

Dean Edward Apr 10, 2005, 07:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Daniel Boyer Apr 10, 2005, 10:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Okay I would like to know exactly what I version of the video bios I need to get, I have ran into issues after installing windows xp. When my computer went to reboot after installation l lost all my video, I had to get out an old PCI card to get into windows, So far this has very difficult to get running I just want to make sure I do this right.


My Setup
AMD 3200
512 x2 Cosair XMS Memory
250gig maxtor sata hard drive
2 MSI 6600gt
DVD-RW
Tagan 480watt PSU

Marcus Wolf Apr 11, 2005, 04:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hi folks,
I found this forum due to googling around the net.

I have very big problems with my Asus A8N-SLI deluxe. No matter when it allways happens by suprise, my screen goues black, my infrared mouse is off and the system is not responding anymore. I have to power down and wait (at least 5 min) until I can reboot. Also being in WIndows XP a can't do a reboot, system shuts down and stays down. The problem occurs also during the installation of Windows
The strange think is that if I power up the maschine from a CD/DVD using Windows PE the systems stays up.

Here is all my hardware:

Asus A8N-SLI deluxe (1006 Bios, also tested on all 1007 betas)
AMD 4000+
4*512 MB TwinMos (Speed Premium), also tested with 2*512
2* Samsung 200er SATA-2 as RAID 0 on nForce Chip
2* Geforce Quadro FX 3400
2* NEC 3500A
Floppy
Enermax 600Watt 24pin powersupply


Kind regards,

Marcus

Kim Cowburn Apr 11, 2005, 06:19am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Does anyone know of any benchmarks or stress tests for vga RAM?

My sytem reboots and then give me the system failed vga test whenever I play 3d games and I would like to run some diagnostics on my card to see if I can find any problems with it.

Also, is anyone aware of any way of changing the acceleration on the PCIe slot from 8x to 16x. I've flipped the selector around and its the same both ways

Cheers.

Thierry Cairus Apr 11, 2005, 06:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Mine while playing games closes the game (after playing 5-15min) and I am back in Windows XP. Asus is telling me that I should upgrade to bios 1007. I don't know what to do anymore with this motherboard ... a friend told me there is nothing to do but to change it for a A8V model.

Has anyone managed to make the A8N-SLI Deluxe work properly?

Jerry Beck Apr 11, 2005, 07:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hello Mike and OldCrowe R,
I tested my other HD with the unknown device in the device manager and you were right. It was the missing ACPI driver you mentioned above:

>>The unknown device usually relates to the ACPI driver missing when one doesn't install AiBooster.

I still wonder why the unknown device went away on my first HD when I reinstalled/replugged my WLAN stick...
Whatever, now everything is up and running, thank you all for your great support,
and I hope that from now on everything stays ok with my board.
Thanks guys,
and good luck for everybody else with problems, here's definetely a good place to get help.
Jerry Beck

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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Setting up my Asus A8N: The Q-fan controller, that is so the mobo can control HS fan speed right? Sander has it as disabled on the bios setup. So then I have to use an alternate means for temp monitoring/ HS fan speed control right. With difficulty I've placed a temperature probe as close to the cpu as possible, but it's still largely on the fins right where they come out of the block (Zalman cpu cooler). I'm nervous about accurate monitoring, and ultimately cpu frying. Is it better to still just use the q-fan controller and have the mobo monitor it?

Lian Li PC-6077B
DFI LP UT X48-T2R
Intel C2D E8400 (@4.0)
Corsair Dom, PC2 8500, 2 x 2G
Sapphire HD4870
Corsair TX750

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