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Merc Apr 26, 2005, 06:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 26, 2005, 06:51pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Bad Hawk-
Just for your own comparison data base I am running a 3500+ (Newcastle core) in a Lian Li PC60A with a Zalman 7700CU CPU cooler and my web browsing temps with 2x6800GT's running is between 34c-37c. With Halflife 2 running in SLI, CPU temps go up to 47c-51c. This is with a room temperature of between 71f-77f 22c-25c)

Not sure what core you have but a good study on core temps profiling Newcastle vs. Winchester can be found here: http://www.hothardware.com/printarticle.cfm?articleid=613
Winnies actually run cooler in this study, even when overclocked (at which the winnie is better).

As far as GPU temps on the 6800 GTs, I have two XFX branded units runing in SLI. Here are the temps I have been recording prior to my mounting at least 1 NV5 Arctic Cooler:
(GPU 1 & 2 and room temp.all in c.)
web surfing - 65/51 22; HL2 - 81/59 25; HL2 79/51 22.

Obviously a huge discrepancy between the upper GPU and the lower.

What are the ambient room temps you are running your rig in?

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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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 26, 2005, 06:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 26, 2005, 06:52pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
P D

Alright, I am very annoyed at this point.

I have the following system:

I have been trying to have a successful test with Prime95, I have tried the three different types, the Blend one causes my test to fail wtihin minutes of starting. I have only placed the single GT6600 for the purpose of weeding out the problem, and still have had failed tests. My version of Prime95 is 23.8.1.

I am going to try new Ram, but for some reason when I try to use a SINGLE DDR, in the first slot, the system will not boot. Anyone know why?
>>>Needs to be in B1, third slot for single stick operation. Page 2-11 section 2.4.2 in the manual.
>>>Clear your CMOS RTC Ram when you make sudden changes like this. Page 2-17

Mike :)

Will Bazdarich Apr 26, 2005, 06:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
P D

regarding the RAM problem. When you say you put a single stick in the "first slot" do you mean the slot marked A1? If so you need to take it out and put it in B1 (third slot away from CPU). The manual indicates this as well. Hope that helps.

P D Apr 26, 2005, 08:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Trying new RAM, maybe its the fact that its cheap GB MICRO ram.

I should have red the manual :( Stupid me.

Im just tired of having these problems, everything seems to have occurred when I moved my ssytem from one case to another.

I hope I can figure this out.

p.d

Merc Apr 27, 2005, 09:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
PD I don't think Mike was telling you the RAM was bad but that you had the RAM DIMM in the wrong slot for single DIMM operation. Put it in the correct slot, as stated in the manual, and retry your testing prior to buying new RAM.

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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Okay. I've got and tested the Antec TPS2 (ATX 2.0) 550W powersupply. It works fine with twin 6600GT's and has been very stable. I has two pci-e connectors and four sata connectors. With only a single 120mm fan, it's really quiet. I recommend it for anyone who's power supply wasn't cutting it like mine.

In regards to Fedora core, the problem is the lack of the latest nvidia drivers. If you install in text mode and then boot to text, you can install them and then it's all cool.

Hope that helps.

-=[BAD]=-Hawk[RO] Apr 27, 2005, 02:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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thanks for the advice guys,
followed the link, and looked at this thread "Temperatures for the geforce 6800 gt" on Hardware Analysis.
Seems running this high is quite normal. Certainly put my mind at rest.
BTW
When idle, CPU temp is about 36c and System temp is around 35c with room temp about 20c.

As for the noise, it seems to be coming from the exhaust fan.....connected to CHA2_FAN connector
noise is "air" noise not rattles or squeeks.

think I can put up with that
Once again
Thank You :-)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 27, 2005, 06:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 27, 2005, 09:11pm EDT

 
>> Invention for motherboards by Mike Thellend

OldeCrow R Apr 27, 2005, 08:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
for those of us who have server cases with extra buttons and leds, putting an extra button on the clear cmos jumper is hardly news ;)

but a custom normal case with the extra button for that would be nice.


Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Apr 27, 2005, 08:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 27, 2005, 09:52pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
OldeCrow R

You are missing the point of simultaneous power interruption of the battery, a step required to clear the RTC RAM. In addition to this, the invention is geared for home PC users, not servers. Having extra buttons on your tower and adding it to the CLRTC RAM jumper is not the proper method of clearing, the battery needs to be taken off line, and how? Well think about it! Put your jumper accross pins 3 and 4 with the battery connected and you may burn your CMOS chip out.

Hell, I can add a switch too, but your not seeing the full method required, the apparatus (in it's entirety, like, how to interrupt the power from the battery and with what, and no motherboard alterations etc..) And other procedures?

You have clearly missed the point of this invention.

Mike :)

-=[BAD]=-Hawk[RO] Apr 28, 2005, 01:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Happy Birthday Mike :-)
Have a good 'un
Hawk

P D Apr 28, 2005, 04:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ok, now other problems.

I finnally got ram that would work with Prime95. But, now, for some reason, I re-did my windows installation so I could start fresh, and when i install my drivers, my system boots up, and I get the "your screen may go blank, this is during SLI Gpu's" or something like that, and my monitor goes blank.

What is causing this?

p.d

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Edited: Apr 29, 2005, 07:45pm EDT

 
>> Hello
Hello everyone.

I got similier problem of some people wrote here before, I couldnt find a proper answer due to the ammounts of this big thread.

Here is my problem:

I bought a new computer, built it myself, it worked well , till once it crashed and Iv'e seen "IRQL NOT EQUAL OR LESS" message.

Tried to re-boot it, there were beeps with spaces between them, I didn't see nothing on the screen, tried few memory combinations, nothing, now the computer just starts, I can't see nothing, I dont think it POST.

I took the memories to a friend's computer, it worked, both.
I took the 6600GT to another computer, it worked.

Here are my specs:

AMD 939 64 3000+
ASUS A8N (Not deluxe)
PSU - 20 Pins, 400 Watt, 18A/12V.
GIGABYTE 6600 GT , not in SLi mode.
1 Maxtor hard-drive (make the correct noise when computer "Starts").
1 DVD-rom NEC 3520 (i think).

Any chance the Motherboard causes the problem ? (I did pull out the battery, did the CMOS thingy mentioned here (moved it to reset), Ive tried to unplug and plug it.

So, I wonder is it the motherboard, or the PSU -(20 pins)? or might be the CPU?

dr dr Apr 28, 2005, 05:14am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 28, 2005, 05:21am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hello folks,

A quick heads up and Thank You to the folks at TAGAN and FLEETWOOD COMPUTER SYSTEMS, my Tagan PSU wasn't working and I returned it to them.

To my delight they send me a replacement SLI compliant PSU at no extra cost.

Something to watch out for though the Tagan TG480-U01 (480W) comes in 2 flavours SLI and non-SLI.

The other thing that I wanted advice on was would a FX55 chip boufght in the US work in the UK, I presume there would be no difference but thought that it would be worthwhile checking.

Cheers and happy birthday Mike

Merc Apr 28, 2005, 08:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Happy Birthday Mike.

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
Merc Apr 28, 2005, 09:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 28, 2005, 09:07am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
P D
Let me understand this, the program says "your screen may go blank" while it is running and the screen then goes blank and you see a problem here? Does the PC work at all? Does it finish the test and then run normally? When you change settings on any graphics system the screen will go blank while it adjusts. Your test is telling you that the screen will go blank as it runs so I'm not sure what the issue is here.
Merc

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
Nathan Cole Apr 28, 2005, 10:12am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Wow, I haven't posted here in quite some time (p. 55) but that's how helpful everybody has been! I was happy for so long with my setup (even breaking 10,000 in 3dmark) but now it's all crashing in around me!

About a week ago I woke up to a dead internet connection (there was an icon in the system tray for my cable modem connection and it said "acquiring network address"). I hadn't changed anything since the night before, and so I called the isp and they walked me through the normal power cycling, attempting to release/renew the ip address. Basically everything times out. I can never get an ip other than a 169... I'm using the nvidia ethernet connector (marvell disabled), although i have tried the marvell (with nvidia disabled) and both enabled. I uninstalled and reinstalled the networking drivers, reset the cmos data, and finally at the advice of the isp reinstalled xp. But the problem remains! Sometimes an icon is there in the systray and sometimes not. The connection works on my girlfriend's ibook with no problem. There is no router involved.

Additional info: about a week before this problem appeared i increased my memory timings (nothing crazy, i think i got the numbers from one of mike's posts) and noticed no ill effects. Not even artifacts on 3dmark. Since then I've put everything back on auto so there's no overclocking. Next, now that this internet problem appeared it also takes forever to boot up. It's about 60 seconds from the time my desktop appears before I can look at My Computer properties or access control panel or explorer or anything. This happened even after the reinstall. Finally, when I did reinstall things seemed fine for a couple restarts but then I got "NTLDR missing" and now can only start windows when the cd is in the drive.

Sorry for the long post! Are these things related in some cosmic way?

Yours,
Nathan

A8N-SLI deluxe (1007 bios)
PC power & cooling 510W SLI
fx-55 with thermalright xp-120
1 GB Kingston value ram kit (2 x 512) in dual-channel
2 x evga 6800 ultra
2 x WD raptor 74 GB in RAID 0 (on NV sata 1 and 2)
Maxtor DM10 300 GB (on NV sata 3)
Plextor px -708a (primary IDE)
floppy
Creative Labs sb audigy 2

Dulce Bilog Apr 28, 2005, 06:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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On the SLI-A8N Mobo, does anyone know a good replacement fan or northbridge heatsink for it? My video cards sometimes seem to be hitting the fan that's on it now. Sometimes the fan on the northbridge doesn't even spin when I turn on my pc. So any suggestions would be really appreciated! Thanks.

AMD FX53
ASUS SLI MB
2 XFX 6800 ULTRA SLI
2 RAPTORS
WINDOWS XP
OldeCrow R Apr 28, 2005, 06:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 28, 2005, 06:59pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
@ Nathan Cole

Try booting from the xp cd and going to the repair console .. then run FIXMBR and FIXBOOT
if your running the 6.53 standalone motherboard drivers try downgrading to the 6.39 IDE drivers if the above procedure fixes your problem .. the 6.53 IDE drivers were not happy with my raptors



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