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  1. You might get by installing Windows without all 4 connectors, but the board really wants all 4 power sources plugged in on good rails. I'd unplug the FDD and plug in the mobo after you get past needing the FDD, while waiting for a Molex->FDD power plug adapter.
  2. BIOS 414-3 maybe, or good old 310 official. Otherwise it should just plug and play and OC
  3. Yes, some PSU's lack enough FDD connectors. There are Molex to FDD adapters, Jab-tech.com is one source.
  4. Maybe my clips are wimpy or I'm stronger than I think, or my idea of lots of pressure is lower than yours, but I found the XP-90 clips only took about 2-3 lbs of force to engage. The stock HSF took like 5-10 lbs to engage the cam lever! Even with the IHS removed, people are putting more tension on the board and die than that without damaging anything.
  5. I cannot seem to get the rig in my sig to show a S.M.A.R.T. report from my drives. The Western Digital website seems to indicate that the Raptors support S.M.A.R.T., but I've tried both the WinDlg.exe WD Data Lifeguard and Speedfan utilities to no avail. WinDlg.exe shows my logical drives, but no physical drives. Speedfan shows nothing under the S.M.A.R.T. tab drop-down menu. It is as if the physical drives are hidden by the array. I do have S.M.A.R.T. enabled in the BIOS. I see a lot of you out there with Raptors and Hitachi's in RAID 0, is this a known issue? Does the Hitachi's S.M.A.R.T. feature work in RAID 0? I did try forum search and googling but could find no links stating one way or the other. This isn't a show-stopper, but I'd like to know!
  6. I run the OCCT 30-minute test and then SuperPI 32M just to see if it's worth doing a full 8 or 24 hour Prime95 Blend or OCCT Torture session. Prime and SuperPI still have a place. I've seen situations where my system was stable in OCCT Torture for over 10 hours, but failed Prime95 Blend after 5 hours, so you really need both running for a LONG time to be confident.
  7. I really like the Key Tronics. Very positive tactile key feel without lots of noise, and solidly built frame. I use the model E06101DUSBBUS-C (see here) which I get through Amazon.com (actually TechDepot.com is the supplier). I use to use ergo keyboards, but it's too hard switching back and forth from regular to ergo at different sites. Mice are the real culprit for carpal tunnel though.
  8. It's a great idea psy^, strong enough to stand on too I bet! (starts looking for a supplier of UV-active milk crates)
  9. Did you put the nVidia LAN MAC address into the Genie BIOS settings? Just a thought, some routers and ISP's are expecting this. Both LAN's work fine for me, but I've settled on using the nVidia LAN. I'm using a Netopia R910 router/firewall that acts as the DHCP server for my home LAN.
  10. I've had ASCII character generation problems with the BIOS versions of Memtest 1.51 on the NF4 310 official BIOS version, even though the RAM would pass all tests without error. Memtest #8 shows this most clearly, where the bar graph starts randomly overwriting parts of itself but the test still passes repeatedly without errors. I downloaded the Memtest 1.55.1 ISO image and burned it to a DVD, then booted off that. No ASCII character artifacts. I also tried Memtest 3.2 off a boot DVD, again, no problems. I'm not sure if the BIOS has some DOS code in it to allow Memtest to run vs. different DOS on a bootable floppy or CD/DVD. If so, that might be the difference on some newer video cards trying to emulate basic VGA.
  11. Sure looks funny. I wonder if there is a firmware difference between the two? The read rates on the top image are suspiciously even at 60 MB/s, which makes me wonder if the PCI card is topping out.
  12. THunDA, that does look bad, even compared to mine. My Raptors RAID 0 benched a bit lower compared to some of the other benchmarks, but I'm using 16k stripe and default NTFS clusters, so I expected my scores to be lower than some. Still, I'm getting much better burst speeds of like 213.7 MB/s, average read of 129.6 MB/s, Random Access of 8.4 ms. My graph is fairly smooth from a peak of 145 MB/s on the left to a low of 107 MB/s on the right. I don't have ATTO or I would try it, I can't seem to find a place to download it
  13. With the other stuff in your wish-profile, yes 2x6800GT could be chancy with 420w, or even 480w. Old rule of thumb for electrical engineering is figure out how much you should need according to the specs, then add 20% to be on the safe side.
  14. Really sweet 3dMark01 there, I'm envious! Your screenie reminds me of another sign that it was made by a DFI enthusiast: our application icons on the desktop are mostly benchmarks, monitors, and stress-testers. Who has time to install and use other applications?
  15. Yeah, I like cool! Year-round I run 67-68° ambient in a tshirt and shorts. For testing I turned the furnace up to 74°F the other day to simulate worst-case summer when the A/C can't keep up, and still that XP-90 kept things at 42°C max load. And I know I used too much AS5 on the install and the HS isn't lapped, so I'm sure I could get a shave a few more degrees off that. Idle temps are 26-28°C.
  16. I know it's obvious, but just to rule out one more thing, you are remembering to install the SLI bridge on the top of the cards as well moving the SLI jumper blocks? My friend forgot to do this once and couldn't figure out why SLI stopped working for 2 days...
  17. Start gaming and benching! If it's still stable, you can try overclocking, but beware it is addictive! You may find you spend more time in the BIOS and running Memtest than playing "other" games or being productive
  18. 46-48°C under load with the Thermalright XP-120 sounds a bit high unless your ambient room temperatures are in the 75-80°F range. My XP-90 never goes over 42°C at load with 68°F (20°C) ambient. Still, anything under 50°C is probably fine. Is your room warm? Do the temperatures drop appreciably with the case side off? It's possible you used too much or too little TIM between the HSF and the CPU IHS, or that the mounting is just a bit off.
  19. Yes, DFI strongly recommends you connect power to all 4 connectors on the mobo for greater stability. They put those on there for a reason! It might POST without the +12 Molex and +5 FDD connected, but it might not. Or you might get instabilities later in Windows.
  20. Glad you got it resolved! Yeah, floppy drive quality control really has gone down the tubes -- I got a bad one too and had to replace it. That XP-120 is a great heatsink, and you are getting some really nice temps!
  21. Use the ITE SmartGuardian that comes on the DFI mobo CD-ROM to check your CPU temperatures and fan speed while in Windows. Your temperatures might be so low that the CPU fan isn't needed at times. You can adjust the CPU fan speed to stay on in the BIOS PC Health settings. Sorry, I don't have a clue on your FDD if you're sure the cables are plugged in right. Look at the FDD cable header on the mobo to make sure all the pins look straight. If you have another rig, you might just double-check that the same FDD and cable work in another system.
  22. I think RGone and AG are calling attention to the 1.25vcore setting. If that is what you have it set to, that seems too low for an AMD 3000+. You might not be stable at such a low CPU voltage. That being said, it could also be a Windows device driver issue or even a bad cable. Memtest, Prime, and SuperPI only stress your CPU and RAM. You could still have IDE, SATA, or USB problems that only show up when everything is interacting at the same time.
  23. POST = Power On Self Test. No POST means the board failed the self test and goes into possum mode to prevent more permanent damage.
  24. ATI controls manufacture of their cards, while nVidia licenses their reference design out to a variety of manufacturers like eVGA, XFX, Sapphire, Asus, BFG, etc. Because of this, some people believe that ATI offers more consistent quality than nVidia.
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