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Kevin Estes Feb 24, 2005, 07:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 24, 2005, 07:12pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Russ > Thanks for the help I've tried making the change and resetting CMOS several times. It doesn't work but it tickles me to see the BIOS say my CPU speed is 5005Mhz after resetting the CMOS!

Mike, I know the OCZ ram isn't on the QVL at OCZ or Asus but many people are using it successfully including Sander. I'm not ready to punt just yet. I've already got a PSU ( Antec neo 480) That I need to sell and I'm not sure that was the cause of my lock-ups as it is still happening from time to time.

P.S. Here's a new topic for discussion... What is the absolute best RAM available for 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
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Ryan Lush Feb 24, 2005, 07:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
If i put a DIMM (tried 4 different ones) in slot 1a or 2a i get the beep code for memory error. !b works fine but the wierdest thing is that 1a and 1b together will get dual channel to function but im getting all sorts or memory errors. FIrst time i got the BSOD in like 3 years. Im on the phone with tech support right now. Any one else ever fix something like this without RMA or is it broke?

Ryan

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD ATHLON 64 3000+
CRUCIAL 1GB DDR400(512MB X 2)
Asus EN6800
Western Digital 250gig SATA
Antec True 550W PSU
Phil D Feb 24, 2005, 07:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Hey all thanks for all the great info.
My question is for Mike. Have been reading over Page 16 of your "How-to" and have been running
into some problems with Steps 4 and 5 - IN step 4, I cannot find the drop down menu toselect Performance (3D) . And with I simply don't have a Detect Optimal Frequencies button. And before anyone asks I did install and the 3 bits of software stated in the post. And an additional piece of info, I am running Windows 2000 SP 4.
I am itching to make this thing perform like a champ.

Thanks in advance,

Phil

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 24, 2005, 07:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Fred: Check the System Event Viewer, (start button -> Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer, double click system).

If you get something like 5-6 disk errors XP will lower your transfer rates to non-DMA settings.

Common problems are rounded cables and/or non-80 wire cables, improper disk settings, and bad drivers.





In regards to the loud 6800GT/Ultras...my BFG 6800GT OC came with the nvidia reference cooler and is amazingly quiet...I have all low low dBA fans and I don't notice it at all. I even have a new, but opened NV5 Silencer here I am wanting to get $20 shipped for :)

I am hitting 400/1100 speeds with it...I stopped at base ultra speed once playing in the 425/1200 arena caused either artifacts or freezes....to me I am not going to gain much more tweaking. :)

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 24, 2005, 11:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 24, 2005, 11:25pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
The Detect Optimal Frequencies button is in the 3D performance section of that drop down menu when you access your video card information in >Display Properties>Settings>Advanced. There should be about six tabs, Color Management, General, Adaptor, Monitor, Troubleshoot and your Video Card. Click on the tab that has your card to display the menu. Then click on Clock Frequency Settings>Manual Overclocking>Settings (Drop Down Menu 3D Performance) and you will have the option to Detect Optimal Frequencies.

I have used windows 2000 Pro with SP4, but I'm on XP and I'm sure that the 66.93 or other drivers will provide the same options as XP.

Mike

Kevin Estes Feb 24, 2005, 11:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 24, 2005, 11:32pm EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
I found this tidbit of info while reading another forum. I thought it was interesting as I was using only single gpu rendering before i found this. My benchmark scores are much higher now. This is found in the Display settings> advanced> 6800XX tab

"click on performance & quality settings, & put a checkmark in "Show advanced settings" This will allow you to see a very important setting.
Use the scroll bar in the little window to get to the bottom of the list.
You will see a setting for "SLI rendering mode" By default, it is set to "Single GPU rendering. Click on the drop down arrow at the bottom of the box and click on "Multi-GPU rendering". click on apply & then OK.

Will will only use 1 GPU if this setting is not enabled. Then you will see a big difference in 3D Mark 3 Benchmark results. "

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
Roger Webster Feb 25, 2005, 01:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Regarding 2 gigabytes vs. 1 on an NForce-4 board:

I can't afford two machines. IMHO, my computer serves my needs pretty well. I play a lot of 3D games *and* I do a lot of Photoshop/After Effects/Premiere stuff. Plus a fair amount of programming using Visual Studio 2005, etc.

Also, content encoding and manipulation benchmarks I've seen often show FX-55-based systems (and NForce-4 boards) as the fastest setups for stuff like Premiere (in spite of a general lack of multi-thread support on my beloved FX-55).

It's nice to have Photoshop load in under 2 seconds (once cached) *and* have plenty of real memory left over for editing.

Shucks, if I could afford more than one high-end system, with one dedicated to gaming, I might make some different choices. So, yes, I got my hackles up when I read that "1 gig was enough for anything an NForce 4 board 'should' be doing." I just plain don't agree.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 25, 2005, 01:57am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 25, 2005, 02:26am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Kevin Estes

That's a secret I didn't want to share with anyone, as I wanted to maintain my #5 placement with 10451 ORB on 3DMark 05! lol

I already had it set. I did forget to mention that in my tweak guide though, thanks for pointing it out. By the way, I tested this a month ago and it had no effect on my scores, can someone else give it a try and see if it improves there's?

Mike

Robert louis Feb 25, 2005, 07:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 25, 2005, 07:37am EST

 
>> if error: should the ASUS A8N SLI beep on post boot?
should the ASUS A8N SLI beep on post boot?(if detected an error)

i have
NO RAM
NO CPU
NO hard drive installed.

shouldn't i hear beeping (I have a speaker installed).

p.s im still waiting for the ram,cpu (therefore i can't test it with these installed)
just would like to test if my motherboard is working ok.
whats the best way to do this?

i switch it on and it turns on! ..but i hear no sound from the speaker??? no error message??
(i tried switching the speaker connection around without luck)
although everything is on
i also noticed my "power led on the case is not on" tested the powerled socket there is no power.
is it because
I have connected a 20pin PSU to a 24pin pin plug on the motherboard.

(my case is thermeltake va 3400)

Greg Giles Feb 25, 2005, 08:02am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 25, 2005, 08:06am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
omg Mike, I cant believe you didnt tell me that secret :P Now I cant wait til later today when I wake up to try it out!

Edit: Kevin if you dont mind, what other board was you reading when you saw that secret? Im trying to find other boards to read around on also. Also mind if I ask your 3DMark05 score? Our systems seem the same setup except for the ram.

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 25, 2005, 08:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 25, 2005, 09:23am EST

 
>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Robert

i also noticed my "power led on the case is not on" tested the powerled socket there is no power.
is it because
I have connected a 20pin PSU to a 24pin pin plug on the motherboard

No, either your supply is toast, you didn't connect it properly, or your Mobo is garbago.
Is the green power LED at the bottom of your board on?
Did you connect the 4 pin ATX connector top left hand side of CPU?

It will work, if you put it in the right way!

connector clip>>>>>>>>>> ___
BOTTOM OF______ XXOOOOOOOOOO____EATXPOWER
MOTHERBOARD___XXOOOOOOOOOO____TOP OF MOTHERBOARD

X = free
0 = used

Mike

Kevin Estes Feb 25, 2005, 09:02am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Greg> I found that info in an 87-88 page thread at Anandtech.com in their forums. They also have an A8N-SLI sticky under motherboards. I don't have 3Dmark05 installed just yet as I'm still working with my memory and stability issues but my Ntune graphics benchmark is around 400 before all I could get was about 385 or so.

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
Ilya Voloshin Feb 25, 2005, 10:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Here's a noob question:

I installed Corsair RAM, 512x2 into both blue slots on the board, went into BIOS and in addition to the suggested specs on this thread forced the settings to 2,2,2,5. As to the question... How do I check to ensure that it IS running in dual channel mode??? Is it just what slots the ram is in?

Thanks in advance,
Ilya

Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 25, 2005, 11:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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There's a few way's of doing this but I would get this program http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpu-z-125.zip and click on the memory tab and SPD tab to get the info you want.

Mike

Alkemyst Darkened Feb 25, 2005, 12:33pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
Roger you can chuckle all you want, the nForce4 was still the wrong choice for anyone needing more than 1GB of RAM and/or doing any major graphics *work* on. It's the wrong choice for anyone looking to deploy as a production machine at all for any purpose other that if that purpose in and of itself was to test on a nForce4 platform.

However, saying you can't afford two machines yet list megabuck software has me chuckling on the licensing of that software.

I am willing to bet you still don't need more than 1GB for what you are doing. This would be evidenced by memory readout in the system utilities.

Todd Noway Feb 25, 2005, 12:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Another nice program:

http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

I have a Rev A3 booard. I read elsewhere that the Rev A2 boards have problems OC'ing. Who knows....but CPUZ will give you the Rev :)

I had RAID0 running off SATA1 & SATA2 on the NV controller. It ran great and I gamed on it for days but Upon trying to OC to the max. I lost the array. Just wouldn't boot off it anymore. Even after clearing the CMOS. So I loaded XP now on a single Raptor until I get to my comfort OC zone :)

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XFX 6800GT PCI-X
2Gig Transcend PC3200 (2x1Gig)
Antec TRUE550-EPS12V
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Whizzz AKA: SLI Scientist@Work Feb 25, 2005, 12:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Roger you can chuckle all you want, the nForce4 was still the wrong choice for anyone needing more than 1GB of RAM

I definitely agree Darkened

Mike

BlackHawk Feb 25, 2005, 12:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the reply Sander. Found it was a faulty second slot. Will RMA the board tonight.

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I enjoy every minuet of it!
Greg Giles Feb 25, 2005, 02:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
With forceware version 75.90 you cant change the SLI rendering mode. It is checked but you cant uncheck or do anything to it. It says Predefined (read only). I cant get it to change at all. Anyone else usingn 75.90 able to change it?

Robert louis Feb 25, 2005, 05:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi mike
thanks for the response

i have connected extactly like this...

connector clip>>>>>>>>>> ___
BOTTOM OF______ XXOOOOOOOOOO____EATXPOWER
MOTHERBOARD___XXOOOOOOOOOO____TOP OF MOTHERBOARD

X = free
0 = used

the LED on the motherboard is on!
the power does infact turn on! everything turns on! fans on mobo fan on case etc
(just the case power LED is not working -the mobo power LED pins are not suppling any power to it!)
but the real problem is the speaker it should it not make a sound
as i do not have a CPU installed or any RAM. (it should make a really long beep sound i think!)


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