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  1. Forgive my ignorance on the matter as I am starting to get back into updating my rig. I am switching from my current AMD X2 over to Conroe for obvious reasons (after 8 years with AMD). I normally run DFI with my AMD's, but what is the best MB for Conroe? I am looking to run 2x7950GX2 for quad video video cards and overclock like crazy. thanks in advance
  2. I am finding that most X2's are xlnt overclockers. Odd that your is not going past 2300mhz. I can boot mine at 3ghz but not stable. Inching my way past 2900 at the moment. Hella fast cpu. Lee
  3. Glad to hear it. Yes, I agree. I do alot of photo editing with PhotoShop with my 8.2megapixel pics from my 20D and the X2 flies compared to my other cpu's. It's nice knowing you have the power. Lee
  4. Well for one, create a signature before the DFI police find you. From what you posted you went from 260x10=2600mhz working to 250x11=2750mhz which is a large bump. Have you tried to increment using smaller bumps? Such as 265x10,270x10,240x11,245x11,etc.... Lee
  5. I sure do hope 8x.xx forceware is everything I am reading about. SLI is working great. Only issue is 3DMARK01 will not run in SLI at all.
  6. Your welcome. Frys has the 3800 X2 sometimes for under 380 bucks. That is a good price. Newegg is sitting at 430. Plus factor in selling the old stuff you may have if that is your intention. The 4200 and 4400 are the same except for the cache. 1mb vs 2mb total. I do alot of video editing so the extra cache really helped in Photoshop. Lee
  7. From what I have read and seen, the X2 performs just as well as single core cpu's 200mhz higher in single core applications. I would have to agree with my personal experience and benchmarks. Plus I have read that the 1mb oc's just as well as the 512 versions Now the single core 1mb cpu's did not seem to oc as well as the 512 versions, but the dual cores appear to be a different story. I have yet to hear of a bad overclock on the dual core thus why I bought it. I have heard of some that were dismayed that their 3800 did not reach 2800. But gheesh, your talking a 600 overclock! Also that 2800mhz is equivalent to a 3000mhz single core! Currently my X2 4400 at 2850 is blowing the doors off of my 3800 at 2940 plus I have more room to go. No contest. Glad I made the switch. Would not go back and this is after 2 days of ownership! Lee
  8. See my sig. Had a 3500 Venice (IHS on)at over 2806 Prime stable. My 3800 which has the same clock as the 4000 with the difference in cache would reach 2940 Prime stable (IHS off) and the benchmarks below is the result. I just picked up a 4400 X2 and currently it is running prime stable (6 hours) at 2806 stable with me at 2827 prime stable so far (IHS on for now). My 3Dmark01 score went up 650 points even though this cpu is at over 100mhz below the 2940. My 3Dmark03 and 3Dmark05 scores are also a tad higher but not much. HOWEVER, my Photoimpact , Photoshop, and DVD encoding is so much faster with this setup. I take many pics with my 20D and open many pics at the same time in my photo editing software. The 3800 even at 2940 just could not cope and would slow waaay down. The X2 is laughing at it. I did not have my hopes high for this cpu and bought it due to the many rave reviews here and elsewhere. I can now say that it is a keeper and the 3800 is for sale. No second thoughts about it. Any buyers? For games, I swear FarCry is faster and this is reflected in some bechmarks I have see elsewhere with FarCry with the X2 stock at 2.2 pulling in close to FX-55 frame rates which runs at a stock 2.4. Now if I was ONLY playing games and nothing else and do not believe that I would be anything else other than games in the future I might stay with the 3800 but I know the future holds more powerful software and dual core is the way for ME, possible not you. Lee
  9. I was able to reach 2840 with my Venice 3500 with watercooling. Stable as Prime can make it. Since then I have gone to a 3800 (2940) and now a X2 4400 (over 2900 stable so far-IHS is off). My 3500 id is ADA3500DAA4BP Lee
  10. Did you try to disable one of the sets of SATA in BIOS? I heard the port the Plextor is plugged into plus base on my experience is that it will not work if that port is setup for Raid. Try disabling it. I have two Plextor burners on my setup but of course I have the extra SATA as well. Lee
  11. I ran into the same issue with my Plextor SATA burners. They simply do not like the NForce ports once in Windows with Raid setup. I had them connected to the NForce to install Windows (only way BIOS would recognize them) and then switched them over to the SIS ports. They now burn like crazy with no issues. Lee
  12. Here is a pic of my 3800 A64 venice. This is my 5th AMD that I have removed the IHS. Generally I can pick up 60-80 more mhz by doing so. However this unit only gave me 40 mhz at slightly higher voltage. Worth it? To some yes. To others no. The easiest method for me is to use a single back razor blade and ROCK it back and forth on each edge working it closer to the middle each time. Takes about 5 minutes taking my time and not one damaged cpu. Proceed at your own risk and don't forget you lose any warranty. Lee
  13. I loaded these today from 77.72 and went from 31420 to 31831 in 3DMark01. However my 3DMark05 scores went up slightly-100-150 points. So far so good. I am going to download the 32 bit version for my XPS Gen II laptop. Cheers Lee Dye
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