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  1. Oh, this is beyond stuff like that. Trust me, I (and many with me) have tried everything from changing the slot to standing on one foot and waving the left arm. It's a timing/bus-conflict and creative says manufacturers have to update their BIOS'es, which is sort of what I wanted to know: if the xfi vs nforce4 issue have been fixed through bios and if so, which versions.
  2. I forgot (I think) to add that I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (32-bit).
  3. I have MASSIVE snap,crackle & pop (I'm calling it the S.C.P Syndrome) whenever one the SATA harddrives are working hard, for instance when defragging a drive. It is unbearable to listen to music (think machine-gun SCP, not the occasional glitch). I still have found no solution (been trying all kinds of drivers, settings, PCI Latency tricks and whatnot). If it hadn't been for the fact that I need low latency ASIO I'd have ripped the card out and used onboard sound instead, but that's not a choice. Creative have said that vendors had to fix the problem with BIOS updates. No word from DFI about that, and their ultra-slow global site is sort of crappy, and now that dfi-street is no longer affiliated with DFI, there's nowhere else to turn.
  4. I've always reverted to the 623-3 bios after trying others...
  5. Thanks... Makes sense now.. Somehow misguided by the values given in BIOS... But 2700/14 makes more sense.. If I could push my CPU to 2.8Ghz I'd hit 200Mhz nominal frequency. But Core #0 won't run stable.... :/
  6. Running BIOS 623-3 and bus @ 300Mhz. I want to run the RAM stock (not overclockable RAM) and have it set to 133 (2:3) in BIOS. However, that results in the RAM frequency to be 192.7Mhz instead of ~200Mhz. Not a big deal but it irks me... Anybody got any ideas?
  7. If money was no object I'd get the DFI CFX3200-DR Crossfire and another x1900xt (mastercard if needed).
  8. I don't know the viscosity of Galden but the viscosity of veggie oil is high and increases when the temps drops. Galden is a heat transfer fluid with low viscosity which means it'll flow better around the components (ie. more fluid matter will absorb heat) etc... http://www.inlandvacuum.com/galden.html I'd go with Galden HT anytime if economy permitted.
  9. Of course, it's messy to change components. But since it's non-conductive, non-corrosive etc. you shouldn't have to do anything to protect the components. You'd need to have a pump, huge butt radiator, perhaps a cooling unit if you want lower temps, filter etc. to keep the Galden fluid in a constant stream around the components. The filter would definitely be needed to filter out metallic particles etc. that will come loose from any metal parts of the system. Seriously though, if I had a lot of extra cash and stuff I'd love to experiment.
  10. Then there's always the issue of oxidation, thermal properties and other things to keep in mind. This stuff is supposed to be kind to plastics and other materials. Weird name though, Galden. I wonder if that's the name of the inventor.
  11. They'd better build in heatstrips in the walls of the tank then...
  12. No, not a joke. The liquid (called Galden) is non-conductive, non-toxic, non-flammable.. I'd looooove to see some O/C tests with it. At over $400/gallon it's a tad expensive though.
  13. I think this has to be the ultimate cooling (as long as the system is closed and the liquid known as Galden can be sufficiently cooled). Imagine an aquarium with a clear liquid. On the bottom of a layer of pimp rock sits a motherboard with all necessary components (cpu, ram, gfx etc. etc.) powered up. The liquid is constantly pumped through a filter to keep it clear, and the temp of the liquid is -90C. Would that be sufficient cooling? http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=32959
  14. Benching to me only makes sense to compare your own system after doing changes, to notice any improvements or problems. And it's always a kick to compare your system with an older bench you did with the gfx-card you had before... Since 3dmark is synthetic, comparison between different systems makes less sense. Game benches makes more sense then.. like FEAR min/max comparison with same settings. But that bench is only valid for FEAR, not as an overall score.
  15. Where do you find the board revision? I've been going over my board on both sides and can't find any revision info. I haven't removed the cooler though. Also, getting the NV40 to run @ 500MHz sounds incredible, esp. on stock cooling and stock voltage. :S I had a 6800GT before getting the BLISS 6800GS GLH (changed motherboard from AGP to PCI-E) and I could never get the GT (NV40) past 425MHz. I have no 3mark06's @ 16x12, only at the default 1280*1024, and my BLISS 6800GS GLH scores 3357: http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=331439 A mystery though, BLISS 6800's with NV40's. The NV40's aren't manufactured anylonger so that's part of the mystery. Are your cards Golden Sample/Goes Like Hell editions? From your description it sounds like the PCB's are the same high quality ones though (red, with japanese capacitors etc. instead of the cheaper stuff usually used by manufacturers). If you actually got two BLISS 6800's with NV40's running @ 500MHz, you're one lucky sob...
  16. I definitely need to get a new case. My current one is so stuffed nowadays with hellish cables. When I bought it it was enormous, now it's cramped and messy. I've got two intakes on the front and two exhausts on the back but I doubt the air flows particularly good since there's tons of junk in there. And in this damn summerheat (30c+/86f+) my machine just melts. I want one where the drives aren't even near the motherboard. Currently it's quite difficult to even connect the powercord to the X1900XT since the HD's are in the way. btw, the RAM modules on the X1900XT/XTX's are usually graded 1.1ns. 1000/1.1=909. In theory, the RAM on the cards could be run in 909 as it's nominal speed. I guess the problem to bring the RAM up to ~900MHz is the PCB itself. Any knowledge about this?
  17. I've seen the blurry loader screens as well (in 3dmark05 I think) but the scenes themselves looks normal. Here's my benches of my X1900XT (flashed to XTX) at stock XTX clocks: 3dmark06: http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=372915 3dmark05: http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm05=2098646 And when it comes to changing the coolers from stock, I'm getting the Zalman vf900-Cu. I read alot about both the vf900 and the accelero2 (x1k version) and the accelero got a lot of complaints. The only thing it had going for it was silence. The vf900 got highest scores on the other hand while still being silent. But I have no 1st hand experience. I'm ordering a Zalman though, the stock cooling is horrible and it seems that the automatic fan controller just doesn't work. My card can reach 90c without the fan spinning any faster and that's definitely not something I like to see. I tried ATI Tool but DAMN, the fan sounds like it's going to explode when it spins up. So the Zalman is going on the card as soon as it's arrived.
  18. "unlock the extra 4 pixel pipes using RivaTuner" That part is very interesting since the chip is not an nv40, the core on BLISS 6800GS cards doesn't physically have the last quad on the core. It's either the NV41 or NV42 on those cards (NV42 is a shrunk version of NV41). As you can see if you follow the links, the transistor count is way lower than the NV40. NV40: http://www.beyond3d.com/misc/chipcomp/?vie...er=Order&cname= NV41: http://www.beyond3d.com/misc/chipcomp/?vie...er=Order&cname= NV42: http://www.beyond3d.com/misc/chipcomp/?vie...er=Order&cname= And as you can see in the Basic Pipeline config for those chips, the NV40 have a 16/16/32 config while the NV41 & NV42 have a 12/12/24 config. It's just not possible to unlock a BLISS 6800GS since they're using NV41/NV42's. ps. I had a BLISS 6800GS 512MB GLH myself and I did look it all up to see if I could unlock it..
  19. Wow, I'm already in love with my X1900XT. It put my 6800GS 512MB GTH card to shame. Talk about generational shift in performance.
  20. They're powerhouses in any case whether they're running DX10 or DX9, so don't dismiss them on that premise. I don't know about G80 but R600 will boost DX9 performance with quite a bit.
  21. Note: I don't have aircondition. Very few in Sweden have that. Note2: I really really really don't like the Catalyst Control Center. What's wrong with the old-style tabbed config system? bah..
  22. Holy hell, I just popped mine in and immediately ran the built-in overclocker tuner. It stopped @ 650 (wth) when the temps just ran past 88c. Something is telling me the heat is the wall at the moment. Anyone got recommendations for cooler replacements (air)? I've been checking out the zalman vc900 (or something similar) but I'd like some opinions before I order one. Of course, I also blame the bloody heatwave we're having... over 30C (that's 86F and up for you imperials).
  23. One thing that was important was to get 512MB RAM instead of 256MB. The games I've played with high res textures require 512MB of RAM on the card unless I want to pinch down on quality on the textures. Also, at the moment I think the X1900XT/XTX will be more futureproof than the 7900-series due to the serious amount of pixel shaders (48), and games will just use shaders more and more.
  24. Yeah, I know.. I made the post, planning on waiting for some results. But after browsing around checking more reviews and tests I decided to jump and place the order, and I went back to edit it... Sorry..
  25. I'm just about to buy a new card and I've browsed around for various tests but they're inconclusive (esp. since they all seem to be focused on SLI/Crossfire). I'm currently trying to figure which would be the best purchase. A Powercolor X1900XT 512MB ViVo A Gainward 7900GT 512MB (Golden Sample) I've been using nVidias since GF4's but it seems that the X1900XT beats the 7900GT hands down. It's also cheaper than the Gainward 7900GT 512MB. Any tips and recommendations accepted. EDIT: I placed the order on the X1900XT.
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