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  1. Hello All, I have been running Unigine Sanctuary Demo v0.4 on a number of G92 based systems and have found consistently that it gives a black screen when running with the following settings after a number of hours/minutes. Windowed, 1024 x 768 8x AA Shadow map hardware soft Shaders: high Quality: high Filter: trilinear Anisotropy: 16x My Current System (also black screens in the demo) Q6600 (stock) w/ zalman 9700 Crucial 2GB DDR2-800 eVGA 680i LT 2x eVGA 8800 GT Superclocked SLI WD 320 GB PC Power and Cooling SIlencer 610 Is this a known issue with G92 based cards (particularly the 8800GT)? Could someone with a G92 graphics card run the demo at the above settings overnight and confirm that the problems I have seen are not confined to the systems I ran the demo on? Thanks All - PP3RKut PS: Link to the demo download: http://unigine.com/download/ (its only about 20MB)
  2. I used a very thin line, applied as recommended by Arctic Silver.
  3. Thanks for the info. I would assume these variations in temperature differences result from an uneven CPU surface. I may consider lapping my CPU to see if I obtain better results. In any case, is anyone using a Zalman 9700 with a Q6600? If so, what temperatures are you getting?
  4. Under load I see a similar core temperature difference. What is peculiar here is that it is no longer Core 3 that is the coolest. Core 0: 45C Core 1: 38C Core 2: 44C Core 3: 42C All on stock voltage/frequencies using a Zalman 9700 on my Q6600.
  5. Anyone used this keyboard? From what I've heard of the Aurora, I figure I might give Enermax's latest board a try. http://www.enermaxusa.com/catalog/product_...products_id=138
  6. Check out UberOptions. http://www.mstarmetro.net/users/rlowens/uberOptions/ The customization it provides is amazing, if it wasn't for the wireless lag I was getting I would have kept my MX Revolution. You cannot bind to the actual mind mouse button (I don't believe), but the small search button can take the place of your middle click. Worked great when I tried it.
  7. Hey guys, looking for someone who has had some experience with the Q6600. This is my first of the Core 2 series of Intel's chips and I am experiencing a significant temperature difference among my cores as reported in Core Temp. I am using the Zalman 9700. Upon installing the processor and heatsink, both surfaces appeared quite smooth. I applied the Arctic Silver 5 as recommended for a Quad and slapped on the HS. Anyway, I am sitting here right now with an 8C difference in temperate between my hottest and coolest core. Core 0: 35C Core 1: 33C Core 2: 35C Core 3: 27C I have read temperature differences among the cores in the Q6600 are common, but this large? Recommendations barring lapping the sucker? (I may consider this if all else fails.) Also, on the topic of temperatures. Anyone else using the Zalman 9700 with a Q6600? What temps are typical of this heatsink for this specific processor? Note: running my Q6600 stock for comparison purposes, all my gear in the Coolermaster CM690 with the default fan configuration.
  8. The Q9450 has an 8x multiplier. This will limit its overclocking potential. If you do indeed plan to get this processor, the P35 and X38 boards are known to be able to reach a 500MHz bus which could theoretically allow you to reach your desired 4.0GHz. For me, the Q9450 was out of the picture, as I wanted to run SLI and the 680i chipset (or 780i, virtually the same with 45nm quad support) typically will not reach those speeds. The 9x multiplier of the Q6600 helps out with that. (The Q9550 has a 9x multiplier, but based off of the chips you are comparing it may be out of your price range.) Both chips perform about the same at similar clock speeds (with the Q6600's large L2 cache giving it the edge in some situations and the Q9450's SSE4 and other architectural changes giving it the edge in others). Basically, I recommend choosing the rest of your system first and then choosing the processor based off of your motherboard or what you want to run. In my opinion (biased?) I believe the Q6600 is superior on the 680i (or 780i) chipset but will fall short (in terms of overclocking potential) if you go with the P35 or X38. I believe you will be satisfied with either chip. If you do plan to get the Q6600, prices will not immediately drop upon the release of the Q9450 as retailers bought stock at a certain price and cannot sell below that price point. (Take the E6600 vs the E6750 for example at NewEgg) -PP3RKut
  9. As I considered the same choice between the two when purchasing the my latest rig, I believe that there are a few games in which the 8800GT performs faster, but in terms of real world difference I don't believe it will be that significant. The price point of the 3870 makes it a better buy. Despite this .. I still bought the 8800GT.
  10. Hey All, I have a reasonably simple question. Heres my issue. I am having trouble getting my SLI system stable, however the instability is very infrequent and near impossible to test for. I have spent over 2 weeks - 1 month trying to troubleshoot this and I have been unable to determine with confidence the cause of my issue. When in SLI mode I see BSODs and Artifacts. I am 100% confident the power, ram, and CPU are all functioning correctly. However, as it takes about 5-8 hours for an error to appear, within games it is near impossible to determine if the motherboard or one of my two 8800GTs is faulty. Does anyone have any suggestions short of RMA'ing all three components? Q6600 (stock) w/ zalman 9700 Crucial 2GB DDR2-800 eVGA 680i LT 2x eVGA 8800 GT Superclocked SLI WD 320 GB PC Power and Cooling SIlencer 610
  11. At this point, since your system seems capable of functioning correctly, I would probably recommend a fresh install of the OS. If you don't want to reformat use a partition editor to create another partition where you can test under a fresh install. This may seem tedious, but it often solves alot of software problems simply overlooked. If you can indeed run the latest drivers fine on this fresh install then you may want to consider a reformat as the issue seems difficult to pin point. Otherwise, you could simply stick with the 167.06 drivers if they appear to function perfectly.
  12. Kilgong. I have one other suggestion that I simply forgot to mention earlier. I apologize for not informing you of one of the prime causes of FPS slowdowns under Vista, an inadequate (or failing) power supply. It appears you have extensively tested the drivers and software, and they seemingly check out okay. If you can, I would suggest testing the system with another power supply certified for SLI. What is the make and model of your current PSU?
  13. I believe OP is looking for a monitor around 200 USD. At this price point I would not recommend going for a low end 22 incher. The quality on those Acers are subpar. I would highly recommend sacrificing size rather than quality. A good 19 inch screen will run you less than 200.
  14. I have not, myself, applied any hotfixes but I would bet that they perform preliminary detection as to whether or not you are using an 8 series card or a SLI system. However, this can't be detected by the software without drivers to interface and tell the OS how to program your hardware. I would try reapplying all applicable hotfixes now that you have the driver installed. Give this a shot. I looked up other causes of major performance issues under vista, and generally the recommendation is simply the latest drivers and the latest hotfixes. If this still doesn't work, I would recommend calling eVGA's 24/7 tech. They have a Vista department that may have some answers for you. Good luck, hope you get your issue solved.
  15. Update on my progress so far. I continued testing each card in the primary PCIe slot, and they both seem to check out fine. No artifacts, BSODs, or errors of any sort after extensive gaming and 3dmark06 loops. Basically, I've come up with a list of possible causes for my issues: - Bad graphics card(s) - secondary PCIe slot bad - Power Supply - SLI Bridge - Driver Issue - Overheating I am fairly confident that both graphics cards are okay, so for now I will assume that the errors under SLI that I am seeing are not related to a bad graphics card. I have tested the power supply under load as noted above, the voltage seems fine over each PCIe supp. power connector. All of my testing is being done on a fresh install of XP with the latest drivers. The problems under SLI occurred over multiple driver types. I do not believe it is related to the drivers. Using Rivatuner's Hardware monitor, each card maxes out at 80C under full load, which is hot, but not hot enough to cause any issues and it well within operating specs. This leaves only the possibilty of a bad secondary PCIe slot, or a faulty SLI Bridge. I have now swapped in each graphics card to the secondary PCIe slot and tested it, and have found that under 3dmark06 the scores in the secondary PCIe slot are slightly lower regardless of the card installed. I was wondering if this is due to a bandwidth constraint on the secondary PCIe slot, or rather indicates a fault? If anyone out there has the 680i LT (or 680i for that matter), I was wondering if you could comment on this. It is possible the nForce MCP is slightly restraining the bandwidth for the secondary PCIe slot.
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