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Adam Miles Feb 24, 2005, 11:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 24, 2005, 11:46am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
The 1005.003 was out on the taiwan FTP for a large period of today, but for the second time in as many days it has been pulled. I've got this BIOS installed now and am experiencing no problems at the moment, I've also heard a rumour 1005 final will be out within a day and fix a host of problems, but again it's only a rumour.

Also I've had one of my Maxtor Diamondmax 10s "disappear" from the BIOS with 1005.001, so that issue is still not fixed.

EDIT: The 1005.003 has reemerged on the german ftp:

ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_939/NVIDIA_Chipse...LI_Deluxe/

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Alkemyst Darkened Feb 24, 2005, 11:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Gerrit you may have to raise Command Clock under DRAM Settings in the BIOS to 2T....

this is not optimal, but needed for those that require huge memory allocation.

1GB should be enough for anything a nForce4 board should be doing.

Mike Yi Feb 24, 2005, 12:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sander,

Many times you have spoken about how good the PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI is, but you have yet to say anything about how loud it is. Could you please comment on your experieneces? I was going to buy one, but on another board ([H]ardforums), I read where many people were complaining about it being a very loud PSU.

Roger Webster Feb 24, 2005, 01:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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"1GB should be enough for anything a nForce4 board should be doing."

Hmmm.... except maybe video editing and/or lots of Photoshopping, which is happy to slurp up as much RAM as you let it. And since I do a fair amount of both, 2 gigabytes is very nice. Yes, I pay a latency penalty for the extra space, but most of the time I consider the tradeoff worthwhile.

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 24, 2005, 01:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Roger: large scale photoshop and video editing are not good choices for the nForce4. Hence my statement about 1GB. I don't understand how all these video pro's out there would choose this platform anyway or any bleeding edge chipset to make as a production machine.

AMD and the nForce IMHO is about gaming. I built myself a A8N-SLI system, but my father I built a P5AD2-E 925XE system.

Sander Sassen Feb 24, 2005, 01:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Mike,

> Many times you have spoken about how good the PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI is, but you have yet to say anything about how loud it is. Could you please comment on your experieneces? I was going to buy one, but on another board ([H]ardforums), I read where many people were complaining about it being a very loud PSU.

Noise is subjective, what I think is noisy you may find whisperquiet, in my writing, but also with this FAQ I always try to be as objective as possible. However let me try to answer your question nonetheless. But let me start by making a few things clear first, to get the right perspective. A PSU that's powering a SLI system running two GTs or Ultras is in for a workout, hence it'll get pretty hot. Consequently not many PSUs will go about this quietly.

There's two factors to consider, the air that gets into the PSU and the load on it. The heatsinks in the PSU need cooling and the fan cooling them has its speed, or rather rpm controlled by their temperature. If you tax the PSU the heatsinks heat up > fan rpm increases and so does the noise. Thus the higher the load the hotter the heatsinks and the higher the fan rpm > more noise.

The idea is to make sure that the air the PSU breathes is cool, so the heatsinks are at a lower temperature and the fan rpm is low. Remember the PSU is often at the top of a case where all heat accumulates, so it is breathing hot air. Hence I use a fan below the PSU in my rig to blow cool air over the CPU and PSU, you might want to opt for something similar. See picture below:

http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/image/11420/

But to answer your question the PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 510 SLI PSU is the quietest of the all the PSUs I listed able to power a dual GT/Ultra SLI system, provided you feed it with cool air, but this goes for all PSUs listed. But even in a case with less airflow over the PSU the 510 SLI does best, the Antec and FSP listed are both louder under load. That said they're still a lot less noisy than the stock heatsinks on the GTs and Ultras, that's why I replaced those with Arctic Cooling NV Silencers on my system.

Sander Sassen
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Fitter Feb 24, 2005, 03:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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this is to reaffirm the importance of the psu when running sli gt, or ultras. Ive gone thru a enermax 600w psu already, and am now on a 680w thermaltake. After changing out the enermax, i started doing some more stress testing. With the 680w psu my computer seemed stable, would run prime 95 for hours, super pi, and a few other cpu tests with no problem. When running any video stress test the computer would run for about 15-20 mins then shut down. Would reboot with no problems. After some probing i found that my 2 6800u were for some reason oc'ed to 430/1.13. When i set them back to stock clocks everything ran fine for hours. Im thinking thats what fried my enermax psu was the draw from the oc'ed cards. Im now questioning whether the 680w psu is gonna keep me stable in the future, or if it starts overheating just a little will it still have random shut downs. I am gonna try a PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI, and see if that can take the cards oc'ed to 430/1.13.

Have you tried to oc your cards sander?
If so, what were you getting, and still running stable?

Oc'ing the cards didnt raise my temps very much, and never saw any artifacts, so im assuming the psu wasnt pumping enough to the cards to keep things stable.

Sander Sassen Feb 24, 2005, 03:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Fitter,

> Have you tried to oc your cards sander?
If so, what were you getting, and still running stable?

No, I'm still at stock 425/1100, anything higher wasn't stable.

Sander Sassen
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BlackHawk Feb 24, 2005, 03:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have two XFX 6800 GT's. I cannot get Windows to recognize the second card. Both cards work in the first PCI-express slot. Both have the same BIOS. I have tried the motherboard BIOS versions 1002, 1003 and 1004. Device manager still does not see a second card. Anybody else have this problem or know how the solve it?

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Sander Sassen Feb 24, 2005, 03:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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BlackHawk,

> Anybody else have this problem or know how the solve it?

Lost of people have this problem, but mostly on 6800s, not 6600s. You got it all setup properly? EZ card > SLI, molex power connector in the EZ-plug connector, BIOS set to SLI, SLI bridge installed on top? I'd try setting it back to non-SLI in the BIOS, removing the 1st card (blue slot) and boot up again. If the 2nd slot is alright it should output to the screen using the 2nd slot. If not, I'd RMA the motherboard.

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Athanasios Karageorgiou Feb 24, 2005, 04:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Maybe the SLI is disable from the bios of your cards.I had the same problem till Gigabyte released an update to enable the SLI mode.Check this out too.

Kevin Estes Feb 24, 2005, 04:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 24, 2005, 04:44pm EST

 
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I am still having problems with general stability( Random freezes in windows desktop and games) and cannot for the life of me get my OCZ EL platinum rev 2 ram to boot in dual channel mode . Both sticks are identical according to CPU-z . I can run memtest for hours with no errors with both sticks in single channel mode (slots B1 and A2) . When I install the memory in the A1 and B1 slots the monitor will not come out of sleep mode and there are no post error beeps or messages. All Bios settings are on auto with the exception of max mem timing set to DDR400. I have tried various relaxed settings and all auto and DDR 333 to no avail.Frustrated with this one any ideas guru's. Thanks Kevin

Bios is 1004 final
chipset drivers 6.39
nvidia display drivers 66.93

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
Mr Zwickie Feb 24, 2005, 04:44pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
> Hi all,
>
> I'm having a problem with my A8N SLI Deluxe: If I try to install WinXP SP2 on a RAID 0 at the
> NV-controller, the system freezes at random positions when formatting the system partition (for example
> at 23%, 35%, ...). The SI-controller (which I'm using at this time) works fine, but I dont want all the
> HDs-load at the PCI-Bus. Has anyone an idea of how to get my NV-RAID 0 working?
>
> System configuration:
>
> A8N SLI Deluxe / BIOS 1003 final
> Athlon XP 3000+ (Winchester core, non OCed)
> 2 x 512 Corsair TwinX 3200 (2 2 2 5)
> 2 x Maxtor 6Y120M0 HD
> XFX GeForce 6800 GT
> Windows XP SP2
>
> Thanks and regards,
>
> MrZwickie

An update to 1004 plus newest nvidia SATA / RAID - drivers in nForce 6.39 solved this problem for me.

Thanks for this helpful thread!

Regards,

MrZwickie

Sander Sassen Feb 24, 2005, 04:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Kevin,

Mind giving me the exact details of the sticker on the DIMMs, as well as a screenshot of the SPD page of CPU-Z, I'll then compare to mine, I have the same memory, and we can see if we can get to the bottom of this, weird issue, I'll agree with you on that.

Sander Sassen
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Mike Yi Feb 24, 2005, 05:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Sander,

>>But to answer your question the PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 510 SLI PSU is the quietest of the all the PSUs I listed able to power a dual GT/Ultra SLI system, provided you feed it with cool air, but this goes for all PSUs listed. But even in a case with less airflow over the PSU the 510 SLI does best, the Antec and FSP listed are both louder under load. That said they're still a lot less noisy than the stock heatsinks on the GTs and Ultras, that's why I replaced those with Arctic Cooling NV Silencers on my system.<<

Thanks. That's what I was looking for. My CPU cooler is a Zalman, and nice and quiet. Those GTs are loud as hell. I just may upgrade to the PCP&C PSU because my case has plenty of airflow, and I can, if necessary, add additional cooling from the front of the case directly to the front of the PSU. Of course, I still have to get those NV5 card coolers. ;)

Thanks again for a great FAQ!

Mike

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Edited: Feb 24, 2005, 06:05pm EST

 
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Thanks for the rapid reply, The stickers on the RAM say PC3200, 512mb El dual ch, Platinum rev. 2, 2-2-2-5, PN:ocz4001024ELDCPER2-K and here is a link to my CPU-z screeny. http://www.myimgs.com/data/actionman/CPU-Z%20Speeds.jpg
Thanks for all your efforts this is by far the most informative thread on this mobo on the web. Good work!!

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
Russ Spry Feb 24, 2005, 06:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Kevin,
I have found with this board as have many others that it is really twitchy as to memory changes. In order to install more memory or change the slots that it is in, make the memory changes, then remove the power cord, remove the battery and move the jumper to #2 & # 3 pins. Then go have a cold drink and a smoke if you indulge. Then put everything back and power up. It should then boot to the new config.

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Has anyone noticed a problem with the Nforce4 PATA device knocking down the transfer rates. I have a SATA 160GB as my primary boot and an IDE 40GB just for extra data holding. I have been having the issue as when I access the 40GB drive(configured as drive F:) any type of read/write command the system crashes with a Machine-Check error and reboots. The bios sees the drive as ULTRA DMA 6 but the PATA device in DEVICES see this as a PIO device. When I click the setting to "allow BIOS to configure transfer rate" it immediately displays ULTRA DMA 6. I reboot the system and now can access the drive..BUT...when I go to copy files to the drive it is almost crawling through the transfer, I look back at the device driver and it has set back the HD transfer rate to PIO ONLY and the bios setting is unchecked. So has anybody ever seen this or have a work around to make sure the transfer rate stays at the required level...Thanks
NB: I have changed cables to assure they are working and also put the 40GB in another system and worked fine at Ultra DMA 6.

ASUS A8N SLI (Standard)
BIOS V 1001 (all settings at default until stable)
OCZ DDR400 Dual Channel pc3200 1GB (2 x 512MB residing in slots A1 and B1)
Maxtor SATA 160GB HD (Port 1)
Maxtor IDE 40GB HD (Master) (740XL-6L) (Primary Channel)
MSI RX600XT 128MB Video PCI-X
LG 4163B DVD MultiDrive (Secondary Channel)
420W RaidMax PSU
Nforce Standalone Kit v6.39 (IDE Driver 5.07)

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Sorry forgot to mention CPU...

AMD Athlon 64 3000+


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