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  1. The ones you see without fans are allowing you to customize the fan you put on it. You need a fan, unless you have some amount of distain for your CPU and wish to kill it. For mild overclocking, lets say under 2.4, I'd suggest the Zalman 7000 Cu or 7000 AlCu. Huge surface area, 92mm fan, very quiet, easy to install.
  2. I don't think it's possible to get a modern day CPU to run below body temp (37C) on air cooling.
  3. No, it wasn't my heatsink installation, I probably reinstalled it a dozen times before RMA'ing. Before, Prime95 would send it to 70-72 and with that S&M program someone posted, it once read 76. This was with the 9/14 BIOS, which reads lower than the original BIOS Now, Prime95 tends to top out around 43, S&M at 45. I probably should reapply the heatsink, though. I ran out of Ceramique when I installed the old board, so now I'm using some cheap Vantec paste, which I'm sure is at least a couple degrees worse.
  4. iytenorio, I had the same problem with the same heatsink (actually mine is AlCu) and simply swapping in another board solved my problem. Load temps before were 70C, now they're 45C. Same BIOS, same CPU, same settings, etc.
  5. Could also be a driver conflict, anything that would cause the bootup process to hang.
  6. Nah, Newegg doesn't care. The only reason I buy from them is because I know that I can RMA if I need to. A certain percentage of components will just be DoA and a higher percentage will work with defects. I'd be interested to know what percentage of computer hardware ends up being exchanged. I'd guess 5% minimum.
  7. I would just exchange the board for another one. It could be a fixable problem, but how much more time are you willing to invest in this without any assurances that it can be fixed?
  8. I don't think you're gonna get a solid answer on this, it doesn't follow conventional wisdom. If that's really the only variable between your system being stable/not stable during UT2004, then the obvious answer is driver compatibility with your hardware. We can rule this out though, since you've gone through numerous certified drivers and found only one that works. If you can rule out BIOS settings (timings too tight, voltages too low, incorrect AGP settings, etc.), I'd then look towards Windows and more specifically, DirectX. On some systems I've upgraded without a clean install, Windows would act up. Sometimes AGP acceleration wouldn't be enabled in the DirectX, othertimes performance seemed inconsistent. This is why it's best to always reinstall Windows and go through the ideal install path (Windows > DirectX > Chipset Drivers > Video Drivers > Audio Drivers > Apps).
  9. Got my new board, along with another Newcastle 3200. Idle temps now with 9/14 BIOS CPU=35 PWM=33 SYS=38 Idle temps before with 9/14 BIOS CPU=57 PWM=40 SYS=45. CPU load temps are now 43C max, as opposed to 70C+. I know the SYS temp is off, because that's with the side off, basically room temp inside. The CPU temp seems accurate though, and that's all that matters for automatic shutdown purposes. I was curious as to whether the contrast in readings was because of the new mobo or new CPU, so I swapped in my old CPU and I got pretty much the same results as I did with the new CPU. The sensor in the old board was just f'ed. Also the voltage readings on my new board are surprisingly close to what my multimeter reads, save for the 3.3v line, which reads a little low. Just gotta finish stress testing tonight, but I think I got a good board.
  10. The temp problem isn't minor. Because it reads way too high (I've used a probe), I can't make use of the temp shutdown feature in the BIOS, because it would always shutdown under load. This means I have to pay RMA shipping costs and sink more time into installing this board again. I know you guys like DFI and I'm sure it's with good reason, but be careful not to dismiss the problems of others as non issues.
  11. Well my DFI experience so far has been a bumpy ride. 1. Board refused to post when disabling Thermal Throttling on original BIOS. That's always one of the things I make sure is disabled when setting up a new board for the first time. Flashing to the 2nd official BIOS fixed this, can't believe it was even an issue to begin with. 2. CPU temp was just way off, reading as high as 75C. BIOS didn't fix this. I didn't have an extra A64 to pop in and test, so I just RMA'ed the board and CPU, thanfully Newegg allowed me to do that. 3. Something occasionally made a squeaking noise under load. I thought it might be the power supply at first, but I removed the board from the case and it was coming from the CPU area. Maybe a capacitor or coil. #1 won't be a problem anymore, hopefully my new board won't have problems #2 and #3.
  12. Of course there are mild overclockers. I ran my Athlon 2500 @ 3200 speeds with no voltage increase, that's what I'd call a mild overclock. Infact, I'd say anything obtained on a AXP with 1.725v or less is a mild overclock. Not everyone wants to invest in watercooling and throw 3.4v at their expensive RAM.
  13. I think DFI takes a little more liberty with standards than other makers. Given the right components and settings, it will fly. I do think DFI should make more of an effort to optimize the BIOS more for mild overclockers and get all the features working.
  14. What's a good number for an AMD64 system? I have 24A on my 12v rail, each rail is dedicated.
  15. It seems to be pretty good, although configuration and logging could be better. The best thing about it is it can do packet inspection at the hardware layer. A firewall has to open ports for you to get on the internet, that's just a given. So what stops someone from exploiting those open ports is packet inspection...basically, if the firewall gets a packet that it wasn't expecting, it's dropped. If you send out a request, the firewall will note your request and allow the matching incoming response. No firewall is bulletproof and NVIDIA's solution can't compare to high end dedicated firewalls, but it's esentially free and much better than software firewalls, which are full of holes because of the high layer they operate from.
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