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  1. I just got my VC-RE fan installed on my SLI-DR and it's great. I had unusually high temps of 52 or so idle before I did this, and it was that way for over a year and a half. Now the chipset idle temp (according to SmartGuardian, is around 45-46, and hopefully will drop some more after the AS5 I used with it is through its "burn-in" period. Edit: Sig is now correct. Previously however I was running the 3800+ at stock speeds with the same high chipset temps (50+ idle)
  2. Thanks Praz, I'm sorry I didn't snoop around some more on the forums.
  3. Heya guys, Over the past couple of months I have noticed that after powering down my system and starting it back up, that my chipset fan makes alot of noise unless I mess with it (blow compressed air or physically touch the center of the fan to re-seat it). I just purchased an X2 4400+ this week as an upgrade and will thusly be using this motherboard for a long time to come. I also notice that in smartguardian my chipset temps are in the low-mid 50's at idle, and upwards of 60+ under load. I am hoping to find a replacement option (forthe fan) that I can use that will not be any higher profile (the fan is very close to the video card as is) and that I can slap some arctic silver 5 on to hopefully help with the high tems a bit. Does anyone know of commercial options for this? Any leads would be most appreciated. Even a direct replacement of the stock fan would be ok, as I've heard on these borads that replacing the thermal pad with AC5 helps with the space issue and the temp issue as well.
  4. Thanks for your suggestions, but I have had no luck whatsoever in getting my system to POST since the last shutdown 4 days ago. If noone can tell me a reason why the 4 status LEDs would stay red on each atempt to boot, or more suggestions of what to try, I will contact DFI directly to do an RMA. I hope that I have a good experience with them. -Pete
  5. I have been using my SLI-DR based system for about 6 months now with no problems, but a few days ago I woke up and notcied that the power was off, so I restarted it and all was well for another couple of days and I noticed that it was powered off again. Then this evening I was using the system and it shut off completely with no warning. At this point I cannot get the system to POST at all. All 4 status LEDs stay red, and I have tried unplugging the video card and memory. I'm using an OCZ Powerstream 520 PSU. The system looks like it's booting, with all fans runing and I hear the HDDs start to spin up breifly, but The status LEDs all stay red and I never get any video signal. Unfortunately I do not have another PCIe video card to test to see if I'd get a signal with that, but I assume if the video card was the problem I could remove it and still get farther into the boot process where I'd have fewer status LEDs lit. What should my next steps be to determine whether the board may indeed have died? Thanks for your help. -Pete
  6. Those components seem to be a good fit as far as I've seen on this message board. The RAM is highly recommended as far as I've seen, and the PSU as well for the SLI-DR. Just realize that with the SLI-DR board, you may well have some initial configuration tweaks to go through, since it is more designed for tweaking/overclocking in mind than being a solid, 100% compatible stock settings ind of board. I didn't really understand that until I found this message board and other forums such as the OCZ support forums. If you aren't afraid of dealing with some small issues, then go for it. As far as I've seen, you'll be glad later if you decide to overclock or upgrade. These boards have been a great resource and there are always people willing to help. -Pete
  7. I'd love to hear someone's thoughts about scaramonga's question as well, is there any reason to leave the square pad on the chipset if all it really will do is make it difficult to get a good thermal connection between the chip and heatsink using AS5? As an aside, I just ran some more demos and benchmarks with the exhaust fan inatalled and got the chipset up to 53c at stock, so I'm questioning whether the added fan makes much difference. -Pete
  8. After installing the PCI-slot exhaust fan above the GPU, chipset temps seem to have dropped maybe a degree or 2 max, which was less than I hoped for, but at least it's something. I think if I do the AS5 mod to the chipset heatsink/fan, and can get a few degrees lower with that, that I'll be safely under the 50c threshold under normal ambient temps, which I'd be happy with, so I'll prolly go that route later this week. -Pete
  9. Here are my results from my preliminary testing: Case cover OFF: Running Prime 95 - 38c CPU, 41c PWMIC, 47c Chipset Case cover ON: Idle - 30c CPU, 36c PWMIC, 47c Chipset Prime95 - 40c CPU, 44c PWMIC, 49c Chipset 3dMark 05 (Max temps during game tests) - 39c CPU, 42c PWMIC, 52c Chipset 3dMark 05 (Max temps during CPU tests) - 40c CPU, 43c PWMIC, 48c Chipset Based on these tests, I have come to the conclusion that the extra high chipset temps I experienced yesterday (nearly 60c) are probably caused by 2 factors. 1. Ambient Room temp (I have a large AV system including a 100W x7 Reciever, and a DLP projector) plus my windows were closed due to rainy weather. This probably increased the room temp by 10 degrees F higher than they are now. 2. Case design. The Lian-Li PC-V1200 case that I use orients the motherboard upside down compared to standard AXT cases. This causes the graphics card fan to blow the hot air upwards, which is not well ventilated away from the chipset, in fact, it like'y hits the top of the case and circulated back toward the drive bays right over the chipset fan. Thanks to these discoveries, I'm going to try instaling a PCI-slot exhaust fan above my GPU, which should hopefully suck out some of the hot air from the graphics card before it is recirculated across the chipset. I'll let you guys know if this helps with the high chipset temps I saw during the 3dMark05 game tests. -Pete
  10. I checked out your post, looks like a nice idea for smaller cases, but in my PC-1200 Lian-li, which is extra deep for EATX motherboards, the chipset fan is a full 8 inches from my drive bays. I wish I could add pics but I don't have a camera handy right now. Currently with my case wide open and a room temp fairly cool around 60-65F I'd say, it's idling at 46c for the chipset., with CPU at 38 and 41 for the other sensor. I'm running some tests now with the case open/closed at various levels of use and I'll report my results in a little bit. -Pete
  11. The only issue I'd have with completely replacing the HS/fan for the chipset is that my 6800GT is very close to the current fan. Do you know for sure that the vantec fan is the same height? Also, before I even try this is there reason for concern that my temps are so high to begin with? If the high idle temps could be an indicator of problems with my particular northbridge to begin with, I'd rather see what DFI has to say before I go voiding my warrantee. -Pete
  12. Just wanted to update this since my new RAM came in and I'm able to memtest now with no errors in Dual Channel! Will do some more testing and see how it goes. Currently using 310 BIOS Orange slots with the winbond UTT VX memory VDIMM voltage at 3.0 -Pete
  13. Hey again guys, I had asked before about the procedure for removing my chipset fan/HS in order to re-apply it with some AS 5. I plan to do this switch in the near future, but my RMAd RAM came in today and I'd like to fiddle around some with that before I go ahead and take the whole board out of my case and attempt the procedure. My question for the short term is, with the NF4 SLI-DR, at what temp for the chipset should I start to worry about possible damage? I'm currently running idle at 47c on the chipset, and when I've rune some tests like Prime95 or played Doom 3 or something for a couple hours, I see temps approaching 60c. These are all temps taken from Smardguardian/Speedfan from the internal sensors. Is 60c and above something to seriously worry about? I don't want to try to push the system at all past stock until I'm confident I'm not gonna fry the north bridge or anything. Thankns again in advance for your advice. -Pete
  14. From Tropikal's post: "Used arcticlean to dissolve the orange/yellowish pad (though you have to be aware of 2 things 1) it only makes it softer to remove,does not dissolve it 2) the square pad on the border does absorb the liquid you poor and starts falling apart - so the less liquid goes there the better)." So there is a second pad around the edge of the chip that you leave on? I have never taken the fan off, so I'm trying to figure out what this means and whether I'll need to worry about it. -Pete
  15. As some have noted, the first PCI-E slot on the SLI-DR board can seriously cramp the chipset fan depending on your board/gfx card. In addition, I have seen 50c+ temps from the chipset thermal sensor on my board (at idle with stock speeds), causing me to want to remove the thermal pad and re-seat it using some of my Arctic Silver 5. My question is, for those of you who have done this before, what type of cleaner and procedure would you recommend for removing the old thermal pad/compound. I assume that this would void the warrantee, so I want to be extremely careful if I were to attempt it. Thanks! -Pete
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