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Sultan Ojjeh Feb 04, 2005, 01:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
OK done fixed the problem :)
needed much more the 600W... i am up to 1080W600+480) for the whole config..and now works fine... the 480W psu is just for the sli...

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Roger Williams Feb 04, 2005, 02:44pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 04, 2005, 02:46pm EST

 
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Man that is some insane wattage for a pc :) I am guessing that is where my HD problem is coming from. I just looked and my max amps for the 12 volt rail is like 14 or something low like that.

Joey Belsito Feb 04, 2005, 05:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I keep getting System Failed Memory test.

I've tried 3 different sticks of ram. and I'm still getting Memory errors. All three sticks work in my other PCs

The system ran fine for a day or so and then nothing.

Sounds to me like a messed up DIMM slot. Anyone else have any ideas or should i just RMA the board and see what happends next time. :P

Steve Beasley Feb 04, 2005, 05:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 04, 2005, 06:59pm EST

 
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I had the same problems with the A1 B1 dimm slots . System would only post with 1 stick in dimm B2. I am using OCZ EL platinum rev. 2 rated a 2-2-2-5. I talked to ASUS and my mobo is RMA at the time being. Glad to hear I'm not the only one with this problem. All BIOS settings were on AUTO. I'm not trying to OC at this time . Just trying to get er to work.... Bleeding edge !!! Sander , If you can find the time please reply to my earlier post i.e. how to connect 2X6800gt's with the ANTEC Neopower 480 PSU. I just want to get it right.

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
Sander Sassen Feb 04, 2005, 07:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kevin,

> how to connect 2X6800gt's with the ANTEC Neopower 480 PSU.

Just connect one directly to the PSU using the supplied 6-pin PCIe power lead, the other by using 2x molex > 6-pin PCIe adapter cable, just make sure no other devices are on that cable from the PSU. No need to take two cables from the PSU to the 2nd 6800HT though, that's a bit overkill.

Sander Sassen
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Steve Beasley Feb 04, 2005, 07:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kevin:
So you got a replacement board and it sorted the problem??? Was it a standard edition or a Deluxe?

j l Feb 04, 2005, 08:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sander said:

"Oh you don't have to take my word for it, it is a simple fact, as I have all these parts in the lab and have done nothing but test them for about two weeks in my quest to get an absolutely stable running SLI system, I can vouch for the Tagan. I'd stay away from MSI and GigaByte's SLI motherboards for now, esp. considering the price premium they are sold at, the A8N-SLI has had a few revisions already, and thus is more refined, the other motherboards are first revisions and from what I've seen in the labs there's quite a few rough edges still. Once the prices come down and the products mature things may change, but for now the following list is my recommendation for a tried and tested mid-range SLI system.

- Athlon 64 3500+ 90nm CPU
- Asus A8N-SLI motherboard
- 2 x 512MB OCZ PC3200 cas 2-2-2-5 memory
- Tagan TG480-U01 PSU
- 2 x GeForce 6800GT, eVGA, XFX, etc.

Sander Sassen"

Is this still your view? I find it to be a pretty astonishing one. I can't think of another motherboard that current competes with the Asus SLi for general flakiness - boards all over the web are full up with problems. The one I have right now can't even detect my Maxtor SATA drive and it hard locks in all 3D apps in SLi mode even running on the supposedly wonderful Tagan 480w PSU. I'm not actually saying this board is truly bad or anything, but I given all the reported problems it's a pretty extraordianry board to actually recommend people go out and pay money for. Have I missed something?

Kevin Estes Feb 04, 2005, 11:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sorry about the lame post above! LOL Thanks you Sander for this thread and your timely reply.I now feel as though I can safely connect all my goodies to the power supply without any regrets. Hey, PCI-e and SLI are new to all of us with the exception of the lucky few who have already wired it. Nothing worth having comes easy!! I managed to get my system to post and run after many memory test errors in the POST. I could only get my mobo to run with 1 stick (either of the two) in the B2 DIMM slot. It would also run fine with 1 stick in B1 and one in B2 but the BIOS only recognized the stick in the B2 slot. I went straight to ASUS and the tech told me to RMA the board. That's where I am at the moment. The board has only been gone for 1 week so I am patient for now. I was not running in SLI . Only 1 GPU installed but the system was stable. I never flashed the BIOS or tried to adjust DRAM voltage. I did try loosening my mem timings but was always rewarded with bickering Betty telling me that my system failed memory test with the RAM in the proper (A1 and A2) slots. I'm just not used to a mainboard not functioning with all setttings on Auto. By the way here are my specs:

3500+ winnie
A8N-SLI
2X 512mb OCZ EL Patinum Rev. 2 DDR 400 PC3200 rated @ 2-2-2-5
2X BFG 6800GT OC
2x 74gb Raptors in Nvidia RAID 0
Gigiabyte 3D Rocket cooler
Can't wait to actually play a game on this system!!!

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
Steve Beasley Feb 05, 2005, 08:22am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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so is the Enermax Noiseatker 600W a suitable power supply or would changing it sort my blue screen crashes?

Sultan Ojjeh Feb 05, 2005, 08:42am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have the same problem.. serious crash as soon as i launch a 3d application. no idea where this comes from. the board was fine with all simple stuff like a 3400+, 6800u running on solo... and now that all is hooked up. i get this problem.. hope its just a little wall i could jump.

Sander Sassen Feb 05, 2005, 08:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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J L,

> Is this still your view? I find it to be a pretty astonishing one. I can't think of another motherboard that current competes with the Asus SLi for general flakiness - boards all over the web are full up with problems. The one I have right now can't even detect my Maxtor SATA drive and it hard locks in all 3D apps in SLi mode even running on the supposedly wonderful Tagan 480w PSU. I'm not actually saying this board is truly bad or anything, but I given all the reported problems it's a pretty extraordianry board to actually recommend people go out and pay money for. Have I missed something?

I'm just providing advice on what works best if you want to buy this motherboard, if you only want to buy products that work 100% guaranteed all the time, then I suggest you don't buy any SLI motherboard from any of the manufacturers right now, they all have problems.

The advice on what parts to use as outlined in the FAQ is tested to work with two of Asus's A8N-SLI DLX motherboards we have here, with a number of different configurations for PSU/VGA/MEM/etc. What you do with it is your decision, I'm not forcing anybody to buy the A8N-SLI, just providing advice and suggestions to the people that have bought it how to set it up properly.

If you need to vent your frustrations somewhere I suggest you email or call Asus, don't do it here, I did not design and manufacture this motherboard, I'm only helping people out with their problems.

Sander Sassen
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Sander Sassen Feb 05, 2005, 08:52am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Steve,

> so is the Enermax Noiseatker 600W a suitable power supply or would changing it sort my blue screen crashes?

I don't know, I suggest you stick with the PSUs listed as these are known to work, the Tagan is a good and affordable choice, and if you want something a bit more flashy the Antec NeoPower might be your pick.

Sander Sassen
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Sander Sassen Feb 05, 2005, 08:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sultan,

> I have the same problem.. serious crash as soon as i launch a 3d application. no idea where this comes from. the board was fine with all simple stuff like a 3400+, 6800u running on solo... and now that all is hooked up. i get this problem.. hope its just a little wall i could jump.

As mentioned our first OCZ PowerStream 600w went out in a fiery flash, the second one refuses to run a SLI configuration. So I'd change that out for one of the PSUs I suggested, these work fine on the two A8N-SLI motherboards we have here.

Sander Sassen
Editor in Chief - Hardware Analysis
ssassen@hardwareanalysis.com
j l Feb 05, 2005, 09:38am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sander

"If you need to vent your frustrations somewhere I suggest you email or call Asus, don't do it here, I did not design and manufacture this motherboard, I'm only helping people out with their problems."

Sorry, didnt mean to come across as moody. But I still think that you are doing more than simply helping people who already have this board. You have expressly recommended it. If it genuinely is the best SLi board out there, then that recommendation ought to come with a big warning and the additional suggestion that not going for SLi right now and waiting for the technology to get-it-together would be best for most people (ie for people who dont actually enjoy buying three or four PSUs in order to find one that actually works - that may be fine for some or for those who have loads of spare kit knocking around. But I have the Tagan PSU you recommend to work well with this board and I can asure you that in my case it does not. I just happened to have these components around, but someone else could easily buy them on the strength of your advice and find that they simply won't work.) Basically I am of the view that this board shouldnt come with any kind of recommendation. Its a strictly buy-at-your-risk product for me.

Jan George Feb 05, 2005, 10:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I found finaly the core of my memory problems(Geil Ultra X PC-3200 cl.2-2-2-5).I bought dual channel kit but-surprise ,it wasn't-the one module was mentioned but the second -PC-4400.Outside looks the same,heatspreader,markings,thermometer display.So i call to my Geil dealer and got new pair of modules.
BTW this board is great OC-er -A 3500+ Winnie at 2.75 Ghz on air (Thermalright XP120) and two hours Prime 95 at full load without probs

DFI NF4 Ultra D
250 Gb SATA Maxtor
3500+ Winchester
Albatron GF 6200 VGA
Thermalright XP120 CPU cooler
2x256 Mb Geil Ultra XL 276 HTT 1.5-2-2-5 1T
George Kisslak Feb 05, 2005, 12:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 17, 2005, 09:40pm EST

 
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An update about using Mushkin PC3200 222 L2 V2 DualPack memory in this board:

Since my last post I have been running quite a few memtest86+ sessions using different timings. Looks like the fastest stable DRAM settings are 1T, Tcl=2, Trcd=2, Tras=5, Trp=3. Set these manually, dont use Auto as this memory wont work at the SPID settings of 2-2-5-2. For the money it's probably better to avoid this and get OCZ or Corsair from the ASUS approved list. Oh well, maybe a upcoming BIOS update will fix this.

FYI - I also set all other mobo and cpu settings manually, not Auto.

XPPro is installed and running fine - for the moment. I still have to install drivers and run an overnight HL2 session - then I'll know for sure. :)

One other point, I am using the Plextor PX716 SATA DVDr and it works fine connected to the SATA3 connector of the NForce4 controller.

EDIT 2/17/05 - I thought the SATA Plextor was working, but it turns out that after the first time I accessed a CD the Plextor drive light stayed on and hung the OS. I could never get this drive to work. I now use a legacy IDE Plextor PX708A DVD drive.

--George

varun rao Feb 05, 2005, 12:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jl,

I'm afraid ur missing the point Sander is trying to make. SLI is todays-tech and there are many people out there who like to be at the cutting edge... even if it includes overcoming problems... cause in the end, the SLI system is a kickass solution to high-end gaming.
Basically, yes there are problems, but Asus have been continuously releasing updates and revisions which indicates that the company is keen on making this system work, NO system out there is 100% stable which means you could never recommend anything to anybody...
How many of your other components match Sanders recommendation??...it could very well be that some other component is the cause for ur problems and by submitting ur system specs u'd be helping improve the stability of this mobo.
I agree with Sander about 'RECOMMENDING' this board over all other SLI solutions cause it has seen considerable testing and many people have got it to work. So what I'd suggest is that u submit ur complete system specs (everything) so Sander can try and help you out ... and more importantly, u'd be contributing towards improving the stability of this board. This is only a suggestion and u can toss it out the window should u choose to do so.

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So is anyone using the NVRAID in a two-drive mirroring configuration? I can't seem to get this to work. I've tried the drives connected to SATA1/SATA2 and also SATA1/SATA 4. XPPro always sees this a two separate drives. I've tried installing to only one drive with NVRAID disabled, and then configuring the NVRAID mirror as described in the manual and running the Rebuild command on the added drive, but I can't get Rebuild to work, it just jumps immediately back to the raid menu.

Any ideas?

A8N-SLI BIOS 1003 Final
Athlon64 3200+
Mushkin 1GB PC3200 222 L2 V2 DualPack
2 of WD760 Raptor connected to NVRAID using mirroring
BFG Tech GeForce 6600GT-OC
PCPower&Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI

--George


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