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Todd Noway Feb 15, 2005, 12:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mark Donoghue Feb 15, 2005, 12:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the information Mike...

So to get this clear

Forceware you are running 71.25 or 71.80

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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 12:59pm EST

 
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Thanks for the information Mike...

So to get this clear

Forceware you are running 71.25 or 71.80


Yes. One more thing! I use NVidia Ntune to tune my system as I have almost full control over settings.

Hypertransport Link - 1060.009 MHz
Memory Bus - 424.004 (DDR) MHz
PCI Express bus - 2971.000 MHz
PCI Bus - 20 MHz
CPU Multiplier - 13.0x
CPU Speed - 2756.025 MHz
GPU core - 450 MHz
RAM - 1.200 MHz
HT Link Multiplier - 5X
CPU Voltage -1.5V

These settings are for graphics performance.
I can go higher but I don't. I'm getting my Prometia Mach II GT on friday and will further overclock then.

Mike



Alkemyst Darkened Feb 15, 2005, 12:51pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Todd: I am still working on max cpu speed....I think it's going to be 2550 mhz....I will know tonight, 2600 blew up in prime95, but 2550 ran like 6 hours by the time I went to bed and about 18 hours if no problems when I get home tonight.

Then I will shoot for as close to 290MHz (9x285 I am hoping) and run the best divider that will allow my OCZ Plat PC3200 EL Rev.2 to hit 200 and 2-2-2 or 2-3-3.

My voltages are default with the cpu getting 1.55 now (58C max load, like 39-41 idle). I plan to go right to 2.9V DIMM for testing.

I will post here once I know.

Mark Donoghue Feb 15, 2005, 01:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Has Anyone looked at the OMEGA drivers as of yet and checked for stablilty with those. Just another thought for increasing performance.

http://www.omegadrivers.net/

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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 02:41pm EST

 
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Just a note.

When overclocking your SLI video cards in your advanced settings, manually adjust both cards in dual view, not SLI, to the lowest (Detect Optimal Frequencies) in 3D Performance. Use the settings of the lowest card that they provide and set both cards to those numbers. Make sure you apply these settings more than once, for if you go back to the settings (like refresh) they might not have changed for you. Do this till they are permanently set clicking apply, ok, use these settings on startup checked off, and apply the same core MHz to the 2D Performance section, Ram will default to the 3D Performance settings. These settings will be directly proportional to your current GPU and Ambient temps, choosing the lowest of the two cards will be best. Then, once you know your settings are staying, you can go into SLI mode and both cards will be as one, properly. You can use NTune to overide the advanced settings and up the core and Ram speeds and they will increase proportionally on both cards. I found that when not doing it this way I would get periodic freezing.

3DMark Score: 10451 XFX Ultra-A8N SLI-Corsair 2048 TwinX C2PL-FX55-

User: thellendfamily@rogers.com
Date: 2005-2-12


CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 2757 MHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Series GPU, 468 MHz / 1296 MHz
Display Driver: 6.6.9.3
Driver Status: WHQL - FM Approved
Resolution: 1024x768 32 bit
OS: Microsoft Windows XP
System Memory: 2048 MB
Video Memory: 256 MB



Mike

Todd Noway Feb 15, 2005, 03:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 03:21pm EST

 
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ALkemyst: "Then I will shoot for as close to 290MHz (9x285 I am hoping) and run the best divider that will allow my OCZ Plat PC3200 EL Rev.2 to hit 200 and 2-2-2 or 2-3-3."

Thanks for this tidbit as I wasn't aware you could overclock the CPU while leaving the RAM at "stock" speed. I'd done this on past motherboards but somehow missed this on my new Asus :( So where is that option in the BIOS?


A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3700+ San Diego
XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
ALkemyst: "Then I will shoot for as close to 290MHz (9x285 I am hoping) and run the best divider that will allow my OCZ Plat PC3200 EL Rev.2 to hit 200 and 2-2-2 or 2-3-3."

Thanks for this tidbit as I wasn't aware you could overclock the CPU while leaving the RAM at "stock" speed. I'd done this on past motherboards but somehow missed this on my new Asus So where is that option in the BIOS?


Just out of curiosity what type of data transfer readings do you have in memtest for your OCZ?
What type of CPU are you using? Backtracked in the thread I see 3200+

Mike

sham al Feb 15, 2005, 04:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi, i just built my pc and the thing doesnt work.

when i press on the power button, it turns on, but the moniter goes into standby, and the pc speaker beeps every 4 seconds. when i press on the reset button the cpu fan spins faster! (wtf!).

my specs:
CM Wavemaster
ASUS A8N SLI
3500+ winchester (asus star ice cpu cooler)
Raptor x 2
1024 ddr400 (2x512)
200gig sata x 1
X850XT PCI-E
X-Connect PSU

does anybody know what might be the problem and how to resolve it?

many thanks!

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 15, 2005, 04:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 15, 2005, 04:31pm EST

 
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Hi!

It could be many things at this point.

I guess you did a memory test right? Both sticks are in slot A1 and B1 right?

Make sure your SLI card is set to single video card not dual.
Turn your power supply off and wait for the green onboard LED to go out, remove the battery for a few minutes. When you put the battery back in turn the supply on and boot. Enter bios to adjust as needed, if the time and date are not current you did well, save settings and reboot. If you do this and it doesn't work for you let me know.

Another thing! Can you post the exact specs on your card?
EX:RADEON X850XT PLATINUM EDITION 256MB DDR PCI-E DUAL DVI

Mike


Todd Noway Feb 15, 2005, 04:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Back when I was running an Asus mobo on a P4 there was a really nice asus forum (2 years ago). I can't find it anylonger. I thought it was right off there main site. Did they remove this forum?

A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD64 3700+ San Diego
XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
Kariage Kun Feb 15, 2005, 04:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>Make sure your SLI card is set to single video card not dual.

I just wanted to add here... actually it doesnt matter if you switch the SLI card single or dual when using a SINGLE video card...

I got my SLI card in dual mode with a video card and the system actually booting to windows...

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 15, 2005, 04:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yes I know it works too, but the correct method is single video card for one card, I didn't mean to confuse the guy.

Mike lol

Athanasios Karageorgiou Feb 15, 2005, 04:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Quick Guys
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ForceWare 71.81 Win2000/XP WHQL

http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=993
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Better say that i fixed my problems with games today i add another two 74 raptors,Soundblaster Audigy 4 Pro and finally the second Gigabyte 6600GT in SLi mode Tagan seems to be good enough for the system no blue screens no reboots everything so far in stability tests looks good well see in time.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 15, 2005, 04:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kariage Kun,

I meant to ask you, do you have an FX55? This is regarding your previous post about BIOS and settings and RAM timings to me.

Mike

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 15, 2005, 05:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mark Donoghue,

Guess what? Yet another driver out today! lol

Mike

John Davis Feb 15, 2005, 05:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 17, 2005, 09:24am EST

 
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Success story!
I the random restart problem when doing anything graphically intensive (games). Tried EVERTHING, from swapping power, BIOS settings and the works.

What finally worked was relaxing the timings on my ram. Specified at 2-2-2-5 T1, turned it down to 2-3-2-5 T1 and everything worked fine. Could now play games all day long with no probs. This board has probs with agressive timings. Hopefully BIOS 1003 fixes this, I'll test it and repost.

My Setup:

3500+ (Newcastle blah)
x2 Patriot xbl 3200 (2225 SPD)
x2 MSI 6600 GT (OC to 580/1116)
x2 Seagate NCQ Raid 0 128k
Coolmax 480 W Fanless PS (can't believe this works lol!)

Kariage Kun Feb 15, 2005, 06:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>I meant to ask you, do you have an FX55? This is regarding your previous post about BIOS and settings and RAM timings to me.

Hi Mike,

No I don't I have FX55... I have AMD Athlon 64 3000+

I'll just repost my spec here to make things easier :)

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (w/ Thermal Take SIlent boost)
1024mb TWIN-X Corsair Memory (512MB x 2) (it's not the version with extra low latency)
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Asus EN Geforce 6200
500watt Ultra Xconnect PSU (w/ 20-24pin converter from Xconnect)
NEC 16x DVD-/+RW
80GB Seagate SATA 150

Temperature:
MB: 28C (Idle) 30C(Max Load)
CPU: 31C (Idle) 36C(Max Load)
Based on normal clock speed

So far, my system has been stable but as I said before I'm getting lower performance on my system... like I was getting 4600-s points on 3dMark03 (The first time I tested my system with all default and auto settings) and now I'm getting 3300-s points...

Same drivers, etc... this is really puzzling me...

Cody Stewart Feb 15, 2005, 07:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well I have ran into more problems with my system. I finally got the keyboard problem worked out after buying a wireless one with usb. I set my bios to the FAQ and when I try and install Windows XP Pro I get the blue screen after the intial setup and before it suppose to tell me the microsoft agreement and what hard drive I want to install it on. Also I have the Corsair XMS TwinX1024 DDR400 PC3200 model: CMX512-3200C2PT.

Kariage, I haven't tried setting the timing to T1 yet so I well do that next. Also is your Corsair memory have the silver heatspreaders on them?

Here's my pc specs:
ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 90nm Winchester
2 - 512mb Corsair XMS PC3200 CMX512-3200C2PT ram
2 - Maxtor 80 gig Sata hard drives
ATI Radeon X700 Pro 256mb Video Card
Plextor Double Layer DVD Sata Drive
Thermaltake 480W PSU

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Cody


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