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Joaquin Lopez Feb 18, 2005, 11:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Todd Noway Feb 18, 2005, 11:47am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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So no one has a SATA RAID arry running off the Nvidia controller? How said....if so as my 2nd Raptor 74G arrived today!
I'd hate to wipe out my current OS if I won't be able to get it to boot from the NV RAID0 setup that I want!

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
Thiag Logan Feb 18, 2005, 12:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mr Sander, the guru... you please help me with my question on the memory sticks ?? on page 18.. Thanks!

Steve Benfield Feb 18, 2005, 12:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Todd,

I'm running 2 raptors in RAID 0 as my boot drive. No problems.

I may have had problems formatting the drive--had to reboot a few times. But frankly I can't remember if it was the raptors that I was having problems with or my Maxtor 300gb (wish I had bought Hitachi drives!).

Anyway, if it locks up formatting, try doing a quick format. The next time you reboot, the partition will show and you can install.

Somewhere, either on this thread, or somewhere else, I read that when you hit F6 and install the nvidia drivers that you only have to install the 1st one that shows up, and not the 2nd. Not true--I have to install both to see a single striped drive vs. 2 separate drives.

--Steve

--Steve

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (1004.001 Bios)
1GB (2x512) Kingston HyperX 3200/400Mhz Memory
Leadtek 6800 THX
2 Raptor 74G-Striped (Boot)
2 Maxtor SATA/150 300G drives mirrored
Audigy ZS 2
Plextor PX-230A EIDE 52x CDR/W
Sony DRU-710A 16x DVDR
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Steve Benfield Feb 18, 2005, 12:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Todd,
Also, FYI: I am running BIOS 1004.001.
--Steve

--Steve

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (1004.001 Bios)
1GB (2x512) Kingston HyperX 3200/400Mhz Memory
Leadtek 6800 THX
2 Raptor 74G-Striped (Boot)
2 Maxtor SATA/150 300G drives mirrored
Audigy ZS 2
Plextor PX-230A EIDE 52x CDR/W
Sony DRU-710A 16x DVDR
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Todd Noway Feb 18, 2005, 12:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks Steve,

I will be loading up the two 74G Raptors on the Nvidia controller tonight. (SI has had horrible performance on previous boards I've tired RAID0 on (MSI GF3))
-----now if the 64-bit of XP was just out :)

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XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
2x74G SATA 10K Raptors RAID0 on NV 128k stripe
Alkemyst Darkened Feb 18, 2005, 01:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I wish I could figure out the math ASUS programmed into the A8N-SLI dividers :)

295x8.5 at DDR333 gives me 221.xFSB (3:4 divider) on memory should be 245
283x9.0 at DDR333 gives me 231.2FSB (4.5:5.5 divider) on memory should be 235.8
300x8.0 at DDR333 gives me 236.4FSB (6.75/8.6 divider) on memory should be 250


None of the above are the proper 5:6.

Rory Witham Feb 18, 2005, 02:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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What math, It just dont work, I guess this will be the next update from a 200 @2:1 I get 344 beast that, the Nview monitor puts it off the scale so its a bit hard to see, its stopped my clocking as well, I can only get the AMD3200 upto 2.658 Ghz its a shame it dont work as I was hopeing to get to 3.0Ghz.
Most other cheaper board will allow the clock to go to 2.7 before you have to even start playing with Vcores and stuff so Asus's claim on the overclocker friendly board is just plain toilet fodder.

I just banged the other PCI express card in and its amazing... Ive never seen such a black screen and the PC still running, Its a good job I wasnt close to the screen, I may have thought I had gone blind!
I sware that some one said its not hard to get the PCi express card into SLI and working... if they would like to pop around and try on this piece of *&^% there more than welcome... I think they have been bought by Asus like some of those "its wonderful" review you see.


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Steve Benfield Feb 18, 2005, 02:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Found the password there on the guru3d download site...DOH
In my downloading haste I missed this line: "If requested, the unpack password is: guru3d.com"

In looking I found a driver site that seems to be very well organized:
http://www.3dchipset.com/drivers/nvidia/beta/nt5/index.php

--Steve

--Steve

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (1004.001 Bios)
1GB (2x512) Kingston HyperX 3200/400Mhz Memory
Leadtek 6800 THX
2 Raptor 74G-Striped (Boot)
2 Maxtor SATA/150 300G drives mirrored
Audigy ZS 2
Plextor PX-230A EIDE 52x CDR/W
Sony DRU-710A 16x DVDR
D
Ilya Voloshin Feb 18, 2005, 03:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I've looked through the posts and seen that some people have had problems with this board while others haven't. My parts are on their way from newegg, so I decided I'd list them here to see if anyone want to comment on them all working together to make me breath easier (or ship them right back if I got the wrong stuff)... So here goes:

ASUS "A8N-SLI" nForce4 SLI (of course)
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHz, 512KB L2 Cache 939-Pin
ZALMAN Aluminum + Copper CPU Cooler "CNPS7700-ALCU"
CORSAIR XMS Xtreme Memory Speed Series, Xtra-Low Latency 184-Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200
ENERMAX Noisetaker Series 470W Power Supply, ATX 12V V1.3 "EG475P-VE-SFMA"
Lian Li Silver ATX Mid Tower Case, Model "PC-6077"
Leadtek nVIDIA GeForce 6800 Video Card "PX6800TDH-256MB"
SAMSUNG 120GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive x 2 for RAID0
The case comes with 3 fans, so I got another one:
CoolerMaster Blue 80mm Neon LED Fan, Model "TLF-R82"
Also, 1 IDE DVDRW and 1 IDE CDRW

So am I missing anything and/or will something obviously not work?

Thanks in advance!
Ilya

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 18, 2005, 03:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Rory, I don't have a problem with my A8N-SLI, I bought this as bleeding edge. If I wanted stability I would have picked the P5AD2-E and a P4 540 like I built my father :)

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Edited: Feb 18, 2005, 04:06pm EST

 
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Thats Not a bad bunch, out of what you got I would change:

ASUS "A8N-SLI" nForce4 SLI (of course)

ZALMAN Aluminum + Copper CPU Cooler "CNPS7700-ALCU"
CORSAIR XMS Xtreme Memory Speed Series, Xtra-Low Latency 184-Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200
ENERMAX Noisetaker Series 470W Power Supply, ATX 12V V1.3 "EG475P-VE-SFMA"

Leadtek nVIDIA GeForce 6800 Video Card "PX6800TDH-256MB"
SAMSUNG 120GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive x 2 for RAID0

CoolerMaster Blue 80mm Neon LED Fan, Model "TLF-R82"
and 1 IDE CDRW

Fair play with all the issues.. You cant seriouly want one of these boards!! :)

PC cooler make a cooler just like the zalman here. Play spot the difference http://www.pccooler.cn/english-www/product/product_8c_42cu.html
(techie wise theres 1 oC between them and about 50% the price)

I have never liked the XMS RAM, I found that samsung's original was faster. with the issues that i have (see projects thread) I would get some good OCZ EL PE they clock higher so you will be able to get something from your PC that will still be stable. I got some balistix's and it peaks out far to soon so I cant get 3 Ghz from my 3200 Winnie. which 265Mhz Tops with lots of playing.

The PSU is a tad low powered the Qtec are cheaper and I sussed them out and their fine for SLI the 550 Watt gold ones. there a touch noiser than some but nothing to bad... The GPU, well I would have the 6800GT though the one you getting is fine, aparently its got a great cooler (no modding needed there) and you can clock them...

HDD, no.... Get the hitachi 7K250 or bigger , they were put against the raptor for comarison they were better in some cases, but the raptor had them by a margin... but then they are 250 (which is 467.66 when formatted with raid 16K)


My issue fixed! well not quite, I got a dead card. SO I will sort the that out soon...


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Hey guys my OCZ ram is back from RMA and I'd like to get an answer to my previous post ( found on page 16) concerning powering all my drives ( 2 Raptors, 2 opticals and the legacy floppy) on the same lead from my Antec neo 480 PSU. Will this cause any problems? It's the only way I can power the 2 6800gt's and the EZ plug on their own leads. Please reply as I surely don't want to fry my raptors. THX.

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
Rory Witham Feb 18, 2005, 04:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Alkemyst Darkened>

Its not bleeding edge its a hashed mess, back lat year anus brought out the NF3 deluxe which was fine, how ever if I was to buy a car, i would think that the engine runs, the lights work and the doors open, asus seam to have it a bit wrong and with this being the 2nd launch of a board that dont work as it should, I just think they did it to say they could be the first... gigabyte has there boards out and they run fine, Infact there faster! and stable. stable not being in asus's vocab they covered there last mess up with a new board as it was a unholy mess, If they cant fix the issues with this one then it will have to be a remake which will put them last in the production of a first class board that everyone else seams to be able to make, seaming as it one of the more costly boards, why should any have to pay for being a test dummy ??


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Rory Witham Feb 18, 2005, 04:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kevin Estes>

I was wondering the same thing. the PSU has four connectors on the back, in the box there is a bunch of clips so you can add hardware (molex) to the cables to add items to them.

Lucky they didnt bother to be helpful as to which were the two 12V rails and also which one was the higher powered one. the cleaver guys! you the most powerful one when youve worked that out for the 6800's and the rest on the other stuff.... two EZ plugs?? theres only one and then the PCIexpress cable..

I dont have any issues withthe one i got but I have only been running a single card, - unless they were both working untill the mobo blew one??


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Rory, my neo 480 was great with 1 video card but randomly froze after I installed 2. I had some other stuff hooked to the lines running to the 2nd card and the EZ- plug. Now I have a separate line to each of the GPU's ( I bought another one from Antec customer service). A separate line to the EZ-plug and a separate line to all my drives as mentioned above. I think it will work but would like some input from a knowledgable person before I turn it on. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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
Rory Witham Feb 18, 2005, 05:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well I attached it this way, running from out side in on the blocks.
1 12V 4 pin, single
2 sata drives and case fan
3 Optical drives
4 ezplug

I dont know how to tell the 2 differnt 12v rails apart as there not marked and there is nothing in the book about which is which I guess the single one by iteself (4) is the other 12V rail as it makes sence froma desing point. thats where you what to run the 6800 from.
I still think that PSU is a bit low powered for the 2 6800's you should have got a 600+ watt one really.


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Rory Witham

Hi!

I went to your site and saw some pretty nice units. One in particular caught my attention, the Ultima unit. I saw that the system with an FX55 will have a processing power of 5.0 GHz with an external cooling unit.
I would like to ask you, how do you propose to achieve this goal when the FX55 has a maximum internal clock speed of 3700 MHz? I have an A8N-SLI Deluxe right now and my maximum stable clock speed is 2785 Mhz, but I have a Prometia Mach II GT ((-65C) idle (-30) under load) on the way and I'm hoping to get to 3250 MHz. I know of others who have the Vapochill XE and can only overclock to 3100 or so.
I would love to get my unit to 5.0 GHz, what's your secret? If I can, I will use the prometia thats on the way that was intended for my CPU and buy another one and use them for my XFX Geforce Ultra GPU's.

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> Its not bleeding edge its a hashed mess, back lat year anus brought out the NF3 deluxe which was fine

Rory...this is so different...I don't think you understand. SLI and a bunch of other 'enhancements'. Regardless there is no 100% great NF4 board...and most of the problems have to do with overclocking out there which is never guaranteed anyway.

In regards to it all though, I choose ASUS 1) because it's a name I trust and 2) I needed 3 PCI slots + the ability to later try SLI. I have a full SCSI sub-system and wireless. If ASUS offered wireless built in like their Premium 775 Boards I'd be in heaven now.

My only real beef is I can't get the dividers to work right. At the 300 x 8.5 I am running my 5:6 divider should give me a 250MHz memory speed....instead I am getting 232.9....probably splitting hairs anyway as this board runs everything fast.

Currently I am dropping my voltages. I had my own error to blame for 60C temps I think...now at 1.5V I am at 49C under super PI 32M and prime95 torture and posting with a few other apps open....motherboard is at 39C and our house around 25C

> how ever if I was to buy a car, i would think that the engine runs, the lights work and the doors open,

exotic cars have major problems at times....still people are buying.

I am not trying to argue and this isn't the place, however, the nForce4 boards are definitely a bad choice to make for a turnkey 'Dell' type machine....but I like tinkering and haven't bought in several years. All my machines have been 'wierd' except for one P133 I got myself and built....still I added SCSI which then was still against the grain.

I am sure Asus will fix a lot of these issues with BIOS updates. If they come out with a better 'Premium' board so be that too...I'd love a dual 1gig ether with Wireless G+....I know they will eventually have one.

I'd have loved to try a Gigabyte or DFI this time around (fisher price colors aside), but my need was 3 PCI slots for SCSI, Audio, and Wireless..


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