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Dave Belchek May 29, 2008, 08:10am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Thank you for all your help Gerrit, I think it is a rip-off that you cannot run all 4 slots... oh well hindsight is always 20/20. :blush: This board was my first ground-up system build... so far it has handled everything i threw at it. I will probably just upgrade my 1 gig to 2gigs of ram and be done with it. Thanks again for all your help guys, lol i have been posting on this board sporadically since it was first set-up when the motherboard came out and gave people problems. Awesome thread... and it does need to be put in the guiness book of world records :D. Props to Sassen and everyone who helped people in troubling times.

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Gerritt May 29, 2008, 10:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Dave,
The boards CAN run 4 sticks, it's just that you give up certain high end functionality when doing so.
I'm in the process of upgrading my system, and am sticking with both AMD and Asus.
My overall experience with both has been better than average (given a 30+ year experience).
Before working with Asus MBs I worked with Supermicro and Tyan, but these boards, while extremely stable, do not fit the early adopter mentality. You may want to check them out, even though they don't get a lot of press, they are very well engineered MBs based upon years of experience.

Gerritt

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TWolfe May 29, 2008, 11:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Yes you can run 2x2GB sticks. I'm running 2x2GB sticks of Crucial Ballistyx DDR 500 on that very same board, it's a real bitch to run 4 sticks of any memory on that board. I've had the best luck running BETA BIOS 1805 on my system, other people have NOT.
Best of luck.

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Dave Belchek May 30, 2008, 05:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks again guys your help as always is much appreciated. :) God bless and may all your gaming adventures be pleasant ones :).

Oliver Ivins Jun 17, 2008, 06:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Not sure if anyone wants more posts here... but i have a question :P
Obviously, I have the Asus A8N SLI Deluxe, and am currently in the process of upgrading my components to extend it's lifespan a much as possible. I have got an Athlon 64 X2 3800+ from a friends old PC, which is overclocked to 2.6Ghz, and i'm about to buy an Nvidia 8800GTS 512MB gpu. What i'm wondering is if in the future i'll be able to run 2 of them in SLI without everything else putting a bottleneck on their performance?
I have 2GB corsair XMS RAM.

Any wise knowledge you could give me here would be very much appreciated!!
Oliver

Gerritt Jun 17, 2008, 10:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Oliver,
If you really want to extend the life of the board get a Toledo Core 4400+ or better, but beings that you do have a good 3800+ for free, I'd not worry overly much about this, but keep your eye peeled for 939 socketted AMDx2s on e-bay and such for very good bargins that can help you keep in the running so to speak.
You can SLI the GPUs that you are listing, but on the ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe offering, and the Premium offering, you have to know that when you plug in two GPUs in a SLI configuration that you will be running both at PCI-E x8 and NOT PCI-E x16 speeds. You can still get a increase in throughput though utilization of SLI, but not as high as you would on a MB that supports PCI-Ex16x2 Such as the ASUS A8N-SLI-32 offerings.
I would think that a couple of reletively low end and dirt cheap SLI capable GPUs would be a better configuration for this particular MB, given it's lack of true x16x2 and its very short legs as a platform due to the discontinuation of the 929 socket.
All that said and done, you may want to concider a SINGLE very good 9800 series GPU and wait on doing SLI until you upgrade your MB and CPU.

Gerritt

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Oliver Ivins Jun 18, 2008, 06:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Gerritt,
Thanks for the help there, Gerritt. From what you suggest I think i'll go down the path of a single, good graphics card and possibly get one of those 4400 X2s or better from eBay. I didn't realise there were so many still on sale there!
Once again, thanks for the help :)
Oliver

Geoff Sams Jun 19, 2008, 08:13am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I just have one very simple question. It's probably silly, but I need to know. What make and model Battery can I get for a replacement for this board? does it vary at all?

m0k0 Jul 30, 2008, 09:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Quick Question Guys.
I thought my A8N-SLI Deluxe had finally died due to some random freezing anywhere between 1min & 20 mins of startup . I tried working through most components and kind of assumed it was the board, but I bought another cheap Athlon 64 on an online auction to test and it works perfectly... So I've decided to get another processor (better than the Athlon 64 3200+ I have now) probably second hand and give the is board another life.

Back to my question. I just cannot find a good resource for what processors this board will now take and what BIOS is required to run them and maybe also a description/comparision of what processor is best.

Any idea's?

Thanks,
G.

Gerritt Jul 30, 2008, 05:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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m0k0 said:
Quick Question Guys.
I thought my A8N-SLI Deluxe had finally died due to some random freezing anywhere between 1min & 20 mins of startup . I tried working through most components and kind of assumed it was the board, but I bought another cheap Athlon 64 on an online auction to test and it works perfectly... So I've decided to get another processor (better than the Athlon 64 3200+ I have now) probably second hand and give the is board another life.

Back to my question. I just cannot find a good resource for what processors this board will now take and what BIOS is required to run them and maybe also a description/comparision of what processor is best.

Any idea's?

Thanks,
G.


The resource you need is http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx
Just plug in MB Socket 939 A8N-SLI-Deluxe then OK.
This will list all of the processors supported and the BIOS level necessary for that processor. You can click the BIOS to take you to the BIOS download page necessary.

Of the supported processors the Opteron 185 or the Athlon 64x2 4800+ or 4400+, both Toledo cores with 2MB L2 Cache are probably your best bets for best performance. It is unlikely that you can find these still for sale through normal outlets, but there are plenty still available on E-Bay and other after market resources.



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Monty Jul 31, 2008, 12:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Oliver.
Just for info, I run 2 x 8600gts (msi - 256Mb) in SLI with a 3800+ 64x2 and I am very pleased with the results without OC the VGA's or CPU.
It's a bit of an old chestnut, whether 1 High End VGA is as good as 2 lesser versions but the problem is none of the publications bother to check this out!
In the end it's down to what satisfies your needs,personal preference and pocket money I suppose. I can state categorically that 2 in SLI are better than one alone, the difference is huge. :)

Monty - Brit in France.

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Victor Beckers Dec 19, 2008, 08:40am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi guys,

great thread by the way. I want to buy some memory for my mobo which is the well know A8N-SLI Deluxe. I was thinking of buying Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel Kit (BL2KIT12864AA106A) , but not sure how this will work out with this mobo. if someone is able to help or need more info to do just let me know.

thanks a lot

Victor

Monty Dec 19, 2008, 10:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Oliver.
We have almost the same rig. I currently run 2 x 8600GTS in SLI with very pleasing results, but my question surrounds the 2.6Ghz OC - just how do you do it?
Both the VGA's are OC max and it seems stable enough.

Monty - Brit in France.

AN8-SLI \ AMD 64x2 3800@2.4Ghz
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Ed Beer Dec 20, 2008, 02:19am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My question is about Blu Ray capability on my computer.

My setup is very close to filled out

x2 4800 oced 5% via the AI overclocking
3 gb dual channel memory (2 1 gb and 2 512)
500 gb IDE hard drive
evga 9600 gt
1 DVD+RW DL drive (i might sell this to get a blu ray sata drive)
Raidmax 450 watt 2 fan power supply with 1 SATA cable (for possible Blu-Ray)
Diamond sound card
Hyundai L90D+ digital monitor

If i do decide to get a BD drive, will my computer be good enough? I downloaded a BDrip of Kung Fu Panda at 1920x816 and it ran fine with all the proper codecs plus an animated great





Kevin Branco Dec 26, 2008, 03:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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In the many years i have had this board and used it as my main and only computer, i never came upon this thread and here i am bumping it. Truly an epic mega thread!! =P

In the quote below, Gerritt gives the link to the mobo cpu compatibility list from asus. I wish i had seen this list about a year ago when i purchased an AMD A64 x2 3600+ and a large new fan for it to replace my old (and initially thinking "until i get the money to replace") Athlon 64 3200+. I since received the chip but never got around to the novice daunting task of actually installing it.

Now h'm looking at the compatibility list and realize the x2 3600 is NOT listed on it. HAs there been anyone on these forums with experience of installing this chips to the a8n-sli deluxe? Or should i be posting this still sealed chip on ebay?




Gerritt said:
m0k0 said:
Quick Question Guys.
I thought my A8N-SLI Deluxe had finally died due to some random freezing anywhere between 1min & 20 mins of startup . I tried working through most components and kind of assumed it was the board, but I bought another cheap Athlon 64 on an online auction to test and it works perfectly... So I've decided to get another processor (better than the Athlon 64 3200+ I have now) probably second hand and give the is board another life.

Back to my question. I just cannot find a good resource for what processors this board will now take and what BIOS is required to run them and maybe also a description/comparision of what processor is best.

Any idea's?

Thanks,
G.


The resource you need is http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx
Just plug in MB Socket 939 A8N-SLI-Deluxe then OK.
This will list all of the processors supported and the BIOS level necessary for that processor. You can click the BIOS to take you to the BIOS download page necessary.

Of the supported processors the Opteron 185 or the Athlon 64x2 4800+ or 4400+, both Toledo cores with 2MB L2 Cache are probably your best bets for best performance. It is unlikely that you can find these still for sale through normal outlets, but there are plenty still available on E-Bay and other after market resources.




Gerritt Dec 30, 2008, 08:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The A8N is a Socket 939 MB.
The 3600+ is a Socket AM2 CPU.
It is NOT Supported.

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TamTheBam Dec 31, 2008, 06:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Dec 31, 2008, 06:31am EST

 
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Can't believe how many hits this thread has had. Must've been a very popular board
at the time. I did actually have this board at one point and attempted my very first
OC. Was a good board...sniff...sadly missed RiP LOL!

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Kevin Branco Dec 31, 2008, 03:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Dec 31, 2008, 03:07pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe FAQ
Gerritt said:
The A8N is a Socket 939 MB.
The 3600+ is a Socket AM2 CPU.
It is NOT Supported.



Actually,

The X2 3600+ i have IS a 939. I saw it quite awhile ago on sale at TigerDirect and figured moving from my Athlon 64 3200+ to an Athlon 64 3600+ would be at least a slight upgrade in performance and dual core bump.

But after your reply i actually looked for my part number on the amd site and i can't find it.
Its a # ADA3600DAA4BV
http://www.amdgeeks.net/processor/ADA3600DAA4BV/AMD-Athlon-64-X2-3600+

My current is:
http://www.amdgeeks.net/processor/ADA3200DIK4BI/AMD-Athlon-64-3200+


Actually looking at it's specs from a 3rd party site, i'm thinking it's basically the same chip i have (with a bit less cache) but 2 on them in one chip.

Gut feeling is telling me this is not the deal i expected. :/

Bungle Dec 31, 2008, 04:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Dec 31, 2008, 04:07pm EST

 
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Is this thread going for the record or something?

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Ramoth Mizpah Jan 03, 2009, 03:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Anybody know if this board (early revision 3 - I think) with BIOS 1017-004 can support an external usb ide 200GB hard drive? I took out this same harddrive from my case slapped it into an external case and plugged it in. The hard drive worked fine when it was inside the case, and when it is plugged into two newer laptops (using the new external case) it works fine. When plugged in to the pc using usb my pc freezes at POST, and on a NEW, fresh install of windows vista 32bit it causes windows to freeze. Anytime the external drive is switched off my pc resumes what it was doing and everything is OK. I have tried all of my usb ports on the back of the mobo with no effect.

Any suggestions?

Thanks


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