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DJConan Aug 22, 2005, 04:52am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hey Merc, I have a memory question for you. In one of your more recent messages, you were talking about RAM. Basically, what you were talking about, I already have the gist of, but that is about all I know and I'm trying to find an answer that goes a little further. Maybe you can help...

I currently have 2x512 OCZ value ram running at 212MHz 2,2,2,5 1T. I want to increase my RAM w/o slowing it down. So I figured I would just switch to 2x1024.

With my current RAM, I can only get it up to about 220MHz and from what I read, that's because the A8N won't allow me to give it more than 3v. I have my CPU running at 250x10 for 2.5GHz. So I set my RAM to DDR333 since it will not run at 250MHz and it keeps it conveniently under the 220MHz cap that I've reached.

My question is, if I went with something like DDR500, could I expect to get closer to 250MHz with aggressive timings at a max of 3v? Am I understanding this correctly...I'd want to get the memory to run at 250MHz as my CPU currently is. Is the performance boost worth the cost?

One last question. As a gamer, what should yield the best results...something like 220MHz 2,2,2,5 1T or 240MHz 3,4,4,8 1T/2T? I've never understood what offers the best performance, aggressive timings or higher speed.

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AMD 64 3200 Winnie 2.5GHz
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, Bios 1010
OCZ VX 2x512 3200 (2,2,2,5 1T) @208MHz
ATI x800 XL 461/530
DiMax 10 250 SATA 16MB
Deckstar 200 PATA
DiMax 9 80 PATA
Antec TruePower 2 550w
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Merc Aug 22, 2005, 06:30am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Dj-
You may want to bump this to the overclockers forum as the questions you're asking are more in that line than for this thread. Plus, I am not a big overclocker, just dabbling in it right now, but maybe someone else can address your questions here. From what I know, though, you have achieved some pretty impressive numbers already with both RAM and CPU. Maybe 4QMan or one of the other Overclockers will check in and help you out.

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 Aug 22, 2005, 06:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Elliott -
First off NsW 2005 can really screw up a system. Don't install GoBack for sure and as for the rest of the utilities only use what you need. Second remove the 254MB sticks of RAM and use ony the 512MB sticks in the 2 blue slots. I posted about AMD 64 problems with RAM just above here. Third what kind of PSU are you running? Uninstall system works and adjust the RAM and see if that stabilizes things.

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
Paul Steel Aug 22, 2005, 09:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 22, 2005, 09:07am EDT

 
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I hope I'm not being an idiot but I have an issue trying to upgrade the Bios. I currently have 1008. I can't update it via AsusUpdate (even the latest windows version of that) as it keeps telling me that I don't have the correct motherboard or something. I understand this is an issue with the bios and it's one reason I'm wanting to go with 1013.

So I try booting to a command prompt (I have WinXP Home) but when I run the bios update dos program from the command prompt it tells me that it can't run under windows..DOH!

So I need to create a boot disk for XPHome..hmm. ok BUT I also have two disks set up as Raid 0 (striped) and so HOW do I create myself a boot disk that recognises the Raid disks etc?? I see that "Format a: /s" no longer exists as with the old SYS command..Booting using the original XP CD to a command prompt doesn't work either....

So...Help please!

Thanks
Paul

Keith Smith Aug 22, 2005, 09:12am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Merc,

Just for general info I have a AMD 4800+ X2 and I am running four 512 sticks of RAM. However this machince doesn't seem to like 1T, although it's stable as a rock at 2T. It does let me run the RAM at full 400 and 2-2-2-5 timings after manually setting them in the BIOS though.

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AMD 64 3200 Winnie 2.5GHz
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, Bios 1010
OCZ VX 2x512 3200 (2,2,2,5 1T) @208MHz
ATI x800 XL 461/530
DiMax 10 250 SATA 16MB
Deckstar 200 PATA
DiMax 9 80 PATA
Antec TruePower 2 550w
Merc Aug 22, 2005, 12:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Keith -
Thanks for the info.

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
Elliot Shiu Aug 22, 2005, 12:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
-Merc

I'm using a Coolmax CXI-500B Sli ready power supply. Right now, my hard drives are wiped anyway so there is no NSW 2k5 to install. I can't even install windows because the screen goes blank after the Win Xp loading screen after I finish the text only part of the setup. (You can read the details in my post above.) The memory thing doesn't seem to be working, but I'll play with it more later. I have to go to work -_-.

Do you know of a good alternative to NSW 2k5?

Merc Aug 22, 2005, 03:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Elliott-
I'll send you a PM so as not to rehash on this already long thread.

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
Craig Burgess Aug 24, 2005, 08:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have recently a rig with a a8n- deluxe motherboard. I have a FX57 processor, XFX 7800GTX, 2GB Corsair TwinX memory.

The PSU is a Ultra x-connect 500w.

The problem i am getting is that if i leave the pc overnight it locks up. I have tested the memory using mem86x, 22 tests and no problems found. I have tested the CPU, no problems found. But whenever i run a torture test with prime95 it locks up.

I am about to replace the chipset fan with a Zalman.

Does anybody know of any reason why this could be locking up on me

Merc Aug 24, 2005, 08:53am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 24, 2005, 08:53am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Probably that Ultra X Connect PSU. It is quickly developibg a really lousy reputation for poor stability and dirty power.

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
4Qman Aug 24, 2005, 09:11am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 24, 2005, 09:12am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Craig Burgess,

Id also say the PSU like Merc, Ive used Prime loads of times and ive had loads of errors and problems
but never the system locking up. If the temps on the CPU are fine as with the board then id definatly say
its hardware and the PSU is your best bet.

Dave Kelsen Aug 24, 2005, 08:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Gerritt Aug 24, 2005, 09:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dave,
It looks like you have RAID turned on for the particular connection that you are using for your external SATA connection.
Now if you are using RAID on any of the drives hooked up to the chipset (a lot of motherboards have 2) then Identify this specific device in BIOS or BIOS RAID as JBOD. Make sure it is not in the boot sequence.

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Dave Kelsen Aug 24, 2005, 09:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Gerritt said:

"Dave
It looks like you have RAID turned on for the particular connection that you are using for your external SATA connection.
Now if you are using RAID on any of the drives hooked up to the chipset (a lot of motherboards have 2) then Identify this specific device in BIOS or BIOS RAID as JBOD. Make sure it is not in the boot sequence."

Gerritt, I do not have any RAID turned on in any fashion. Both the red connectors and the controller that runs them are completely disabled in the BIOS. Although SATA ports 1 & 2 on the Nvidia controller are enabled, no RAID is enabled. In fact, I have gathered that in order to do so, I would have to load the RAID drivers at Win installation time. Anyway, in my case this is a stand-alone SATA drive, no RAID involved.

Thanks for the reply.

Dave Kelsen

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Dave-
Gerritt is exactly right. Go into BIOS and disable NVRAID and all SATA ports. The Nvidia SATA ports are enabled by default. What you are enabling in BIOS is the RAID functionality on the Nvidia SATA ports. Since there is only one drive connected there cannot be, by definition, any RAID array so no drive is recognized as the controller is waiting for you to connect the rest of the array. Disable NVRaid and the SATA ports, reboot and the drive will be recognized in BIOS. You'll have to format it and assign a partition letter in Disk Management in order to see it in "My Computer" and be able to start using it.

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
Dave Kelsen Aug 24, 2005, 11:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Gerritt & Merc:

That makes sense; I'll give it a try when next I reboot. Thanks for the tip!

Dave Kelsen

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Hey guys, hope you can help me out.

I just bought a Maxtor Maxline III 7L300S0 (SATA-II, 300GB) and I can't get the board to detect it. I have two 74GB WD Raptors on raid-0 on the NVRaid controller, I try to hook the new drive to the third SATA port on the same controller and it won't detect it. I don't wanna RAID the new drive, I just want it to be a regular SATA drive. Basically I wan't a raid-0 array with the two raptors, and then just a single sata drive.

Can anyone show me how to configure it properly through the BIOS?

Thank you very much.


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