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Russel Pepper Sep 20, 2005, 12:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 20, 2005, 12:31pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
The X-Connect PSU should have enough juice to run both of those cards.

I use the XFX 7800 GTX OC (if that is in fact the one you're talking of)...it comes at 490/1300 from the factory. I've only had it in a week, but the system runs cool (102 F on the mobo, 93 F on the CPU with stock cooling) and the card is amazing. The warranty hits are only due to the lack of power surge protection, but keep a good surge protector setup and you're fine. I wholeheartedly recommend the vidcard.

As far as the proc...it's your call. I have the X2 4400+ (Toledo core w/ 1MB x 2 L2 Cache, same cache setup as the 4800+, just slower clock) and it is awesome. Personally, for gaming you can't beat the single core setup with the FX-57...but as more games take advantage of multiple threads, etc...I think you'll see the dual cores show more promise. Either way, for all around computing, the dual core is ideal for multitasking. The X2 4800+ for all intents and purposes can be compared to an FX-53, which is still amazingly fast. If you ask me, you'll be doing your best to future-proof by going with the X2.

Also, on CPU cooling...go stock. Always go stock. If you overclock an FX-57 or 4800+ X2...you need to be shot. Besides, why void a warranty? Buy a retail CPU and use the stock fan that comes with it. OEM CPU's seem to invoke Murphy's law with a vengeance...;)

Other opinions from the rest of the forum?

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
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Tony Lorenzo Sep 20, 2005, 10:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 21, 2005, 01:10am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I had to send my board back to asus for repairs -- nb chipset died and so on. Got it back and they updated the bios and fixed the nb on it. I installed windows onto a brand new hard drive and booted it up => went to install the ethernet controller drivers for Yukon GigE (yk51x86) and the system crashed. Booted it back up and it no matter which version of the drivers I install the system will crash. I've managed to get them working for a little while, but the system will eventually crash. After crashing when it posts, none of my hard drives are detected...so I have to shut down my computer..wait a couple minutes..and boot it back up then it is fine. Think the updated bios is causing this or is my controller shot?

Please help >> I've been dealing with this thing for months now and it hasn't worked consistently for more than two weeks. If you think it's the bios, please write up some instructions on how to downgrade it...

Thanks a lot for the help,
Tony


ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE ACPI BIOS REVISION 1013 => current


EDIT:
Actually, the computer just randomly restarts now -- providing no warning whatsoever. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

tyson Noob Sep 21, 2005, 06:17am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 21, 2005, 06:19am EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
HI i searched the forums but nothing helped fixed my problem, my PC was working fine as normal and has been working for 5 months now, i turned it of @ night then next afternoon i turn it on and there is no display output.

AMD Athlon 3800+
1GB Ram
A8N-SLI Deluxe - ASUS MoBO
2x 6600Gt (Xpertvision- brand)
Truepower 2.0 Power supply (recomened for SLI)
250g HD

i go to turn on PC then the PC starts as usual lights come on makes its noises, however screen does not come on, it registers as if the cable is plugged in but the PC is off, as if no data is coming through cable so it goes into "power saving mode".

Tests - tired multiple screens no result
- swaped graphics cards
- changed from SLI to single video card - no result
- Reset CMOS

Im not sure what else to do, or whether it is the MOBO or graphics cards

Merc Sep 21, 2005, 06:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Have you tried a different monitor cable?

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
Tony Lorenzo Sep 21, 2005, 08:58am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Tyson, that sames**t happened to me...luckily my board was under warranty. Sent it back to asus, the nb chipset fan was shot to hell and a capacitor was blown. They replaced both of them and everything seems to be working fine now. Hopefully that provides you with some direction.

Adam Wahlgren Sep 21, 2005, 11:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Russel Pepper Sep 21, 2005, 11:26am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
The stock cooler is great on the GTX card...haven't measured temps yet, but the general temp in the case is very low. The power supply I use is an Enermax w/ 535W. not sure of the exact model right now though (I'm at work). I seems to do the trick, and it also includes two power leads for the video cards. (The box says designed for SLI, but I haven't seen it on nVidia's "recommended" list).

Sorry on the CPU cooler thing...I had a bad experience with a Thermaltake Volcano and cooked a brand new Barton XP 2500+ back in the day. I guess I've been a little gunshy of third-party cooling solutions since then. With your expertise though, I'm sure you won't have a problem. I hear the name Zalman a lot these days, but I can't recommend something I know nothing about. ;)

On the RAM...I've never heard bad things about OCZ. MaximumPC has an article this month about RAM and they feature a little blurb with some manufacturers and their approaches to cooling/etc. OCZ was mentioned, so I can't see them pimping bad RAM.

I keep hearing these chipset fan problems and I'm starting to get worried. Is this truly as big a deal as everyone is saying?

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Adam Wahlgren Sep 21, 2005, 11:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
wow fast reply.
I hear the same thing about the chipset cooler, but like I said except for a bit of noise for about 3 days I fixed the problem myself. BUT never hurts to be prepared.
I dont think I see a need to overclock the Graphics cards so the stock cooler should be fine. I do NOT plan on hugely overclocking anything especially the CPU. I have been messing around with computers and building them for myself and friends for about 12 years... now I usually just build them after researching the parts. But now I am trying for my dream system.. thats why I bought a Motherboard that wont be outdated in a month. Its also why I am asking for some advice and help from the powermodders/powerbuilders.
I will look at powersupplies... the last list of recommended powersupplies in this thread was done back in June so I will get on the search engines and tech sites.I am looking forward to the upgrades i purchased... 2 gb of GOOD ram compared to the cheap 512mb I have will be an obvious improvment and to go from an ATI X300 128mb of ram to even a Single XFX 7800 GTX will be like night and day.
My next major purchase is a monitor... not sure to go LCD or CRT... so many choices....

Oh yeah I DID buy the ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU... BUT now I am worried it MAY overlap one of the RAM slots... THAT would be a no go. Thanks for the help again.

Tony Lorenzo Sep 21, 2005, 11:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
What version bios does the a8n-sli deluxe stock come with? When I sent it back to asus, they flashed it with the 1013 version. How can I flash it back to stock? It's causing some conflict with my ethernet controller. Where can I find the old version? Thanks for the help.

Russel Pepper Sep 21, 2005, 11:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
You can flash the bios to the older version. Asus' website should have all of them still available.

The board comes with whatever was the current bios revision at the time it was manufactured. I have 1011 which is good, considering I bought an X2 and spent the next few days worrying if the board would recognize the proc when they both came in.

Adam:

Yeah, I feel you. I went from 512 MB of Corsair (which is nice, but small) to 2 GB and the difference is amazing. Also, from a 128MB Radeon 9800 to the single 7800GTX. Trust me, you'll definitely feel the difference.

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Adam Wahlgren Sep 21, 2005, 11:51am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I just went to the ASUS website and they have all the old BIOS for download.
I have read several more reviews and forums on the Dual Core... I cannot wait :)
My NEXT computer (hopefully not till end of NEXT year) will be my first attempt at watercooling.

Russel Pepper Sep 21, 2005, 11:56am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Like I said, with my luck on 3rd party cooling...I have a recurring nightmare that in short, could end with my computer being compared to the Titanic. Watercooling is an awesome technique/idea though. If I didn't live in Ohio I'd have someone do it for me when/if I make the switch. But alas, here in the heartland, there ain't exactly a lot of folks familiar with these here computers.

And on the dual core note...if I could legally marry a CPU, my X2 and I would get hitched (man, I started making fun of my state, and now I'm using the vernacular...that's enough for me)

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Adam Wahlgren Sep 21, 2005, 12:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Just got done reading a review of Prometeia Mach II GT its a Phase change cooler. Keeps the CPU about -30c... yes NEGATIVE 30... of course it is $800 BUT I have the spareparts at work... wonder if i could make something like it. Makes watercooling seem childish... lol


Russel Pepper Sep 21, 2005, 12:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
That would be awesome. However, if you make one yourself...(and I know this is probably not something I need to tell you) don't use the X2 as the test proc...lol.

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Adam Wahlgren Sep 21, 2005, 12:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
LOL whats a grand down the drain... NOT.
Do you have the XFX cards in SLI? What version of Windows are you using?


Russel Pepper Sep 21, 2005, 12:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I only have a single XFX, as I upgraded to 2GB of RAM, a new mobo, PSU, and the X2 all at the same time along with the card. I didn't have an extra $499 to dump...but Christmas is coming soon.

I run WinXP Pro SP2.

System Specs:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Toledo
XFX GeForce 7800GTX (490/1300)
2GB Corsair XMS Pro DDR400 RAM
Merc Sep 21, 2005, 01:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 21, 2005, 01:54pm EDT

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Adam-
I use the 7700CU and it fits the board fine. It does overhang the RAM but doesn't hit it, just don't get the stuff with LED's and stuff on it that sit real high. Also, the Seasonic S12 PSU did really well in the THG stress test.

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
Adam Wahlgren Sep 21, 2005, 02:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thanks Merc the ram I got doesnt have any of the extra junk... just great reviews :)
I will look into the powersupply thanks!!

I know this is a tad off topic but anyone recommend the best LCD/CRT for UNDER $600 this is MOSTLY for gaming.


LMO LeBeau Sep 21, 2005, 04:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Hi. A report and a question.

I am using a Zalman cooler on the northbridge - with two 120mm fans (front and rear) and a Powercolor ATI X800 card that blows through a cowl right over the northbridge. The Mobo temps have dropped about 4 degrees from the loud, junky fan. On load, Probe reads about 42- 45 on CPU and 36-40 on mobo. Mobo ran 38-44 with fan). Another probe from my Antec 160 case never runs over 38 - placed right in the cooler. Install was easy and it fit fine. Used Artic Silver.

Foolishly I put the part in then updated to NForce 6.6 and bios 13 without a couple days to check it all out. All looked fine but downlaods of files are now very erratic -some small ones work, web pages open, but updates for Norton AV or largeish downloads (like winamp 5.1 at about 5 megs) - are consistently defective. All this is new - never a problem before. T Lorenzo notes problems with bios 13 on his ethnernet controller. Any other experiences?

My other computer on same modem and router runs fine, downloads successfully - this one did too until the update. Yet the box seems more stable now - just won't download consistently which is not OK with me. Did shift from Nvidia to marvell ethernat controllers - no difference. Any ideas?

System is A8N-SLI, Win 3500, stock cooler, 2 512 OCZ gold at 2.8v and 2-2-2-5, hitachi 80 sata (no raid), ATA Maxtor 160, Powercolor X800 (I need vivo - where's the Nvidia part?), Tagan PSU, Creative Audigy 2ZS, Plextor 708a and cheapo Samsung DVD player, Antec 160 case with front and rear 120mm fans). Using Sander's settings in bios.

Thanks


Tony Lorenzo Sep 21, 2005, 09:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
I keep getting BSODs and I think it's with my ethernet controller...if I disable my ethernet controller, I don't get any BSODs whatsoever. But here's the error:


Category: (102)
Event ID: 1003

Error code 000000fc, parameter1 f0755950, parameter2 0de3b163, parameter3 f07558bc, parameter4 00000000.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


0000: 53 79 73 74 65 6d 20 45 System E
0008: 72 72 6f 72 20 20 45 72 rror Er
0010: 72 6f 72 20 63 6f 64 65 ror code
0018: 20 30 30 30 30 30 30 66 000000f
0020: 63 20 20 50 61 72 61 6d c Param
0028: 65 74 65 72 73 20 66 30 eters f0
0030: 37 35 35 39 35 30 2c 20 755950,
0038: 30 64 65 33 62 31 36 33 0de3b163
0040: 2c 20 66 30 37 35 35 38 , f07558
0048: 62 63 2c 20 30 30 30 30 bc, 0000
0050: 30 30 30 30 0000


I appreciate any help I can get..
Thanks a lot.


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