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  1. Sorry to go off topic but I seek the hardware oracle (no not larry) Would it be worth swapping my current green Powerstreem 600w for a GameXtreem? I'll be building a PC anyway and was thinking of this PSU, and I could easily just swap. I don't care about the single PciE of the powerstreem and I don't think the size and quad rails makes any difference... But I really wouldn't know. TIA
  2. considering trades for GFX or DC Opties or something...
  3. PMs all replied to. Keep the offers comming!
  4. I'm very conficted about which RAM to keep. I have my new RMA 2GB Ballistix (Micron 5B-D z503) and Mushkin 2GB with Infeneon 3438. Both are PC4000 and have at least some OC potential. I've had not trouble getting 260 3438 with the Mushies but thats about as far as they go, not bad. Easy and straight forward The Ballistix are the newest batch and IC/PCB revision, and run cooler than previouse. THey have been a real pain to tweek. I just can't seem to get the settings right. I can get 270 3338 with only 2.74vDimm, but can't go any further regardless of voltage or settings. What Bios should I try for Micron? What settings might Micron RAM like. Drive strenght, Tref etc. The usual settings I know of are winbond centric and don't seem to do much for the Micron RAM. CAN the Expert board and Micron Ballistix Play nice together? PLS HLP I couldn't find much on this, and what I found is five months old or more.. TIA
  5. Hey I forgot about the BIOS. Is there a particular BIOS that plays best with these z503 Micron ICs for the Expert board??? I just think its odd that I can do 270 3338 at 2.74vDimm but can't get close to 280 at any voltage or timings. Doesn't seem right.
  6. SOLD Asking $275 ---->$260 OBO - Brand newest batch fresh from RMA (3/1) unfortunately I have to sell these off. **Price Drop** Just opened them to see what they could do didn't spend a whole lot of time testing. 260 3338 SuperPI 32Meg and Prime95 12hours stable at 2.66 vDimm 270 3338 SuperPI 32Meg and Prime95 12hours stable at 2.74 vDimm BL12864Z503.16TD1 CL1116B.WT 63240 Both sticks are identicle (matched pair of 1GB sticks) PM me with any questions or if you want pics, I'll try and find time to post a link.
  7. Don't I wish. too tired and hit the wrong key. I edited the post that should be 270 3338 which I think is pretty awsome. 2.74vDimm BTW These are going up for sale as I bought some mushy 2GB whilst I waited and selling those will be a big loss, so I'll have to part with these.
  8. Actually I disagree here. From the body of anacdotal evidence their seems to me to be no correlation betwenn OCing, Voltage and RAM death. Plenty of people claim that they never ran anything but stock and still had their RAM die. I assume that most of the anacdotes are mostly accurate. So even allowing for fuzzy "data" I'm not sold on the Heat, OC or Voltage supspects. Proof is in the pudding. I am optimistic that the latest PCB and IC revision will actually live. So much so that I decieded to open up my RMA and keep the sticks. Unfortunately Crucial had my RAM for over a month before sending out the replacement and I had to get new RAM. The RAM I got has dropped in price like a rock and to sell them I'll take a big hit and I'm a bit in the doghouse with the wife due to my recent upgrade madness. I may have to let these go to roucoup what I paid for the replacements which can't touch 3338 timings or 270, but run 260 3438 which is good enough for me. These new Ballistis DO NOT get Hot like the old ones did. They get no warmer than my CH5 sticks that have are still kicking butt after three years at 22257 and now 247. Unfortunately there are no 1GB sticks, so I chose to move to 2GB rather than keep the crazy fast RAM. anyway, I've strayed a bit too far form the topic, sorry. OM PS - Think I might have a lead in the mysterious wierdenss of these new Ballistix. I just realized that I was using a heavily Winbond tuned BIOS! I am going to research which BIOS would be best for Micron ICs, and specifically Z503. I may be able to get to 280 after all Not that its necessary, 270 2228 is NICE!***Edit*** I wish! that should be 270 3338 NOT 2228 sorry. cheers!
  9. Hey I just wanted to add my experience since I have owned both boards for a long period and have had a lot of different CPUs and Ram and other parts swapping in both... Anyway as has already been said the newer revision does not change the things you mention. I had the revion 3 LP UT Ultra-D There are two versions of the Ultra-D AFAIK. one with Sata1 chip and one with Sata2 chip. Otherwise identical. I thinke LP Ultra-D is Sata1 and LP UT ULTRA-D is SATA2, but thats just a guess on my part... I also think the one has only 1 LAN port rather than the 2 on the UT-Ultra-D Compared to the UT-Ultra-D the Expert is a significantly better OCing platform IMO. I believe that the true server type 8-pin aux power connection in addition to the 24 Pin main power connection is a big part of this. Also the layout moves the CPU closer to the power connectors. The four phase power architecture I also believe is a big factor. Bottom Line, My CH5 Mushkin RAM OC marginally better in the Expert. Stable 248 22257 instead of 242 22257 on the Ultra-D. Both at 3.1vDimm My CPU OCs seem significantly better. My Opty 168 topped out at 2.7GHz and took a lot more voltage on the Ultra-D. I'm getting 2.85GHz at less voltage on the Expert. I am also getting a much higher OC at default voltage on the Expert. Bottom line IMO is the Expert is the pinicle of 939 NF4 MBs in virtually every way. The fact that it is 8x SLI rather than true dual 16X is a red herring. Like AGP 8x versus 4x was. It is totally meaningless. I even don't by the argument that this will matter in the future. If your shelling out the king of dough for dual top of the line vid cards, you will be running them in the best MB available, not an old MB. Hope this helps OM
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