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TC

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I've been busy but I haven't forgotten about Seti! My tbred wasn't happy in the old Epox 8K7A, so I got it a new place to put down some roots - an A7N8X deluxe. I've heard these are so so mobo's so I picked one up. Anybody had experience with one?
 

Just shoot

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According to a guy at xtremeoc he loves it running a xp2600+ at 2.5 gig LINK. There is another guy but I can't seem to find it that has the chaintec nforce2 not sure if it was a beta board or not but it had alot more options as far as voltage and such. Take a look and please let us know how it does. Just Shoot
 
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Will do. I ended up putting my new 2400 into a shuttle ss40g cube (no overclocking) so I need to get another one - maybe a 2600 to get the better stepping. The new rig will be water cooled using the same setup as my old 2.4 P4.
 

Yodums

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I heard it was a pretty ok board. I would have gone with the Abit KD7. It's basically the KX7 with the KT400 southbridge and an add-on of overclocking features from the previous KX7 i.e. more voltage, more settings than anyone can possibly imagine like the Epox's bios etc. But, I'm sure that board will do just as good.

2600+ aint bad, but I still think the 2400+ is the bang of the buck in the 'luxury' class :D
 

Yodums

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Just shoot said:
TC any news yet been itching to buy the Epox board, but was hoping you had a bench for us.

/me slaps justshoot around with a trout

I reckon from his previous posts that he was averaging times of 2:15. Pretty good. The Epox seems to be a great board. The nForce 2 is a very good chipset in terms of performance and bandwidth - You'll see a 3 - 5% increase in memory bandwidth from switching over. It's alot better than VIA as well.

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TC

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I've been playing with the settings so much I haven't taken time to run our team bench; however, the average time taken from my Q server is about 2:17. I'm running a 2400+ @ 11X200 with corsair 3200 C2 @ cas2 522. I can push the cpu closer to 2250, but this gives me the best combination of bus and cpu speed. The board will not go higher than 200, and the cpu gets flaky above 2230. I could probably go a little higher, but these settings are with sane voltages that don't leave me sweating over a burnout.

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Yodums

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TC, have you considered the new Epox 8RDA+ w/ the new nForce 2 chipset? If I was getting a new board, I'd really consider it. Locked PCI/AGP Bus and get some Corsair PC3500 and I'm sure you'll be able to hit 225 or around there CAS2 with some voltage and stay within spec! Oh and there was a 3-5% increase in memory bandwidth and the performance CPU wise is much better or at least from what I heard. Plus, it aint VIA (Problematic at times).

May want to consider that.
 

katelin

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Wow! Nice numbers TC. This should help our team race. Think you can having it up right and going right now, or are you still playing around with it?
 
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Yodums said:
TC, have you considered the new Epox 8RDA+ w/ the new nForce 2 chipset?
I have and let me tell you what I think so far. From the reading I've done so far it appears as though all of the N2 boards are hitting a wall around 200. People with Corsair 3500 are not getting any higher. The Asus board has AGP/PCI lock so far as we can tell, and it doesn't seem to be a factor. Corsair ram has always had some room to play with. I can run 200 with fast timings @ 2.6 Vdimm. This leads me to believe that I could push the ram to 204 with more volts and loose timings. I can't do this and I don't think it's the ram. I've tried to isolate other components and the results keep pointing at the board. Epox makes some nice stuff, but I don't think their board is going to be that much better that it can run 225 with the N2. I could be dead wrong, but this is my gut feeling right now.
 

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Just to add to that TC it appears that the EPOX board is also having problems with the Corsair memory, mostly just the pc3500 but there appears to be a few cases of the pc3200. The board gives a C1 error code which is bad memory but the memory checks out good in other boards. I seen a work around for this if the problem arises at Corsairs forums, I think that nikhsub1 from our forum here is the one that brought the issue up HERE's LINK.

On another note I beleive that asus has already come out with a BETA bios that people have been getting some slightly better restults than the original bios. I'll try to find a link for you.
 

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TC said:
I have and let me tell you what I think so far. From the reading I've done so far it appears as though all of the N2 boards are hitting a wall around 200. People with Corsair 3500 are not getting any higher. The Asus board has AGP/PCI lock so far as we can tell, and it doesn't seem to be a factor. Corsair ram has always had some room to play with. I can run 200 with fast timings @ 2.6 Vdimm. This leads me to believe that I could push the ram to 204 with more volts and loose timings. I can't do this and I don't think it's the ram. I've tried to isolate other components and the results keep pointing at the board. Epox makes some nice stuff, but I don't think their board is going to be that much better that it can run 225 with the N2. I could be dead wrong, but this is my gut feeling right now.

http://forums.oc-forums.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&postid=1264436#post1264436

Some guy seem to already hit 211. I'm sure when the next revisions come along or a bios update - the PC3500 will be more beneficial.