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  1. Just got this stuff put together for my first 939-based system, looking for a couple reccomendations from the more experienced people here on the board... - DFI SLI-DR Expert - Opteron 165 CCBBE 0610 DPMW - 2X 1GB OCZ Platinum 3200 EL R2 V1.0 TCCD - XFX 7900GT XXX 560/1650 Questions I have are: - Which RAM slots to use? - Which BIOS? - Which Chipset Drivers? - Which Forceware Drivers? Thanks all in advance for yer help!
  2. Uh-oh. I hope we're not going to get into the Senn vs Grado / supra vs circum -aural debate here Sennheiser HD 555 Cnet Review (7.3/10) Lowest Price $149.99 Grado SR80 Cnet Review (7.7/10) Lowest Price $95.00 My take - the Senns are a great set of cans - undoubtedly the more stylish (though Grados retro-look inspires me), they lack the tight bass and warmth of a really great set of headphones. Most will find the fit-around-your-ear cicrumaural design more comfortable than the Grados, but they are hotter to wear for extended periods and heavier. The Grado's have great warmth and better bass, are diminutively light and the supraaural design fits on-top-of your ear - this provides better "surround" so-to speak. However this design can also be annoying to some. The bottom line is if you like rich, deep sound, grab the Grados. If you like loud, defined and almost speakerlike sound, hit up the Senns. The real difference? The Grado's always score higher in reviews and are US$75 cheaper. If you want to compare apples to apples, try comparing the HD 555s to the Grado SR125s. The price is identical, but the Grados score 8.3 and earn an editors choice even from Cnet!
  3. I've had the Zalman 5.1s, and found them heavy and total overkill, to be honest - plus sound was muddy and I didn't really feel a true "surround" effect. I admit though that I hate over-the-head cans in general for gaming, especially circumaural style. I'm currently using the Logitech Precision PC headset and it's really nice - light, good sound, and the open-style supraaural design keeps my head and ears cool. If you can afford them, and don't need a microphone, then get a set of Grado SR60's or SR80's - bass is deep and smooth, and overall sound is just about perfect - they are probably the best cans I have ever owned.
  4. For best performance and bench scores, 85.96.For best image quality and still great performance, 91.31. For something in between, 87.25B (bear in mind you need to download and install the Nvidia release package first, then the 87.25B file I linked to. When it installs it will "tweakerize" your nvidia package.) For the 7900GT I would use the 91.31 with the classic control panel interface - you'll get all the cool new DVD enhancements and great video/3D quality without a huge hit in performance (maybe 2/3% over 85.96) due to the more powerful GPU. As always, try before you settle - try out a few different packages and see which you like the most. Just remember the proper install/uninstall procedure: 1. Uninstall nvidia graphics drivers from Control Panel 2. Reboot 3. Ignore (cancel) any Windows Installer pop-ups 4. Use Driver Cleaner Pro to clean nVidia graphics files (get it here) 5. Use a registry cleaner to remove invalid registry entries (optional, but reccomended) 6. Install Nvidia Drivers 7. Reboot 8. Run Benchmarks (if desired) 9. Return to step 1 and start again if you want to compare different packages. 10. Remember to donate (even a dollar helps!) to TRU for the great packages. Peace.
  5. On the cooler side, it's written sideways right beside the middle row of capacitors on the right hand side. Says "R02." I'm assuming this is PCB Revision... I'll post photos as soon as I can pull one of the cards so you can compare. I assume so - no boxes provided as this comp was pre-built. My boards are red, with the ugly-faced dude on the cooler and heatisnks around it. Is yours the same? Stock clocks were 425/1000 before overclocking. I may sound like a noob - but is there a chance Rivatuner is reporting incorrectly? Highly unlikely, I assume. No internet on other computer yet - will get screenshots soon.
  6. Rivatuner shows the following on the main page under "Target Adapter": 256-bit NV40 (A1,16x1,6VP) with 512MB DDR3 After the running the Rivatuner batch file unlock trick from Guru3d The board revision on both cards is R02, so I assume newer PCB revisions of this board are NV40? Will screenie for you when I get a chance.
  7. Yes, yes and probably! Differences between drivers are similar for all cards - the 85.96 are still the fastest, and would probably be the best bet with a GPU like the 6600. However also try 84.37v2 - this was what I was using when I used to have a BFG6600GTOC, and it worked great - though I assume the 85.96 is still faster. Peace
  8. Hey all, thought I would do some more posting as I'm stuck at work today and it is DULL. Wanted to share these driver links as they have proved AMAZING for me. JRd1st and GOZ over at TweaksRus have released some stellar Forceware packages, and these are a few of my favourites. I have tried literally everything out there, including tweaking my own drivers. These have consistently been the best overall. Fastest Xtreme-G 85.96 - These give the best speed of all drivers for me - and a literally have tried them ALL. I'm picky about quality too and these seem to provide the best balance. Prettiest X-Treme G 91.31 - I really like the DVD enhancements and quality on these 9-series drivers, but they're about 2-5% slower across all benchmarks than 85.96. This is the English "Select" release - allows you to choose the new or old control panel which will be active by default. Other Favourites Xtreme-G 84.37v2 - Still a favourite. Now eclipsed by 85.96, these still give great FPS and quality in most games. I have heard there are fewer issues with the equivalent nVidia release of this package compared to later releases. However if this translates to XG drivers I don't know - and I've never had a problem either way. This package is almost identical to Goz's XG84.43v2 and XG84.56v3B. Performance is very similar, as is quality. Xtreme-G 87.25B - This is a beta release, and this installer ONLY tweaks an existing, official install of 87.25. Quality was on par with 91.31, but it was faster - closer to 85.96. This is a great mid-point if you want to strike a balance between quality and performance. Try these and enjoy. As always make sure you uninstall and clean your old drivers off your system first (for me, this entails: uninstalling in Control Panel, Rebooting, Ignoring Windows Installer attempts, use Driver Cleaner Pro, use a Registry Cleaner, then install). EDIT: Almost forgot - if you try these and, like me, love them, then maybe find it in your heart to donate. I did, and it gave me that warm fuzzy feeling inside.
  9. True enuff - I meant performance is pretty close to the X850XTPE. My oldoldold X800 overclocked to 475/1150 did 1258 in 3DMark06, and my oldold X850XTPE at 540/1175 did 1375 - about a 8.5% dif for way less money. The way you guys are bombing Iraqis these days, you'll be cross-border shopping in Canada in the not-too distant future. JK - but I just changed some US cash to Canadian for 9% - not bad considering it used to be like 22%! Might even make a nice card in a SLI/crossfire setup. Tho I don't know anything about ATI's SLI, so maybe not. Peace
  10. Not yet - this all went down yesterday and (late) last night. At work today and to the cottage this afternoon so won't have a chance to play any games until next week. I can't wait to rock some Half Life 2 @ 16x12 with full HDR and eyecandy! Peace
  11. OK, so I have to admit, this is my first foray into SLI, and I have always been a HUGE skeptic, but the results of this "experiment" are pretty compelling. I was recently in my favourite local computer store, and as always, asked my buddy who works there if he had any great deals / open box specials. As luck would have it, he had a semi-complete SLI computer which had been partially built for a customer who subsequently bailed. Being my buddy, he also let me in on the fact that they had already collected the non-refundable deposit (50%) and agreed to sell me it to me at cost minus 50%, plus another 15% off, which is their standard discount for open-box items. God bless the hook-up - this came to $304.73 after taxes (Canadian). Turns out this setup consisted of a DFI NF4 SLI-DR Expert and 2 Gainward "Bliss" 6800GS 512MB PCI-E cards. The cards themselves are pretty slick - bright red, with a big, ugly cirque-de-soleil looking guy on the cooler housing and lots of heatsinks around it. And a DFI board is always good news Since this setup had already been pre-setup and tested for SLI functionality, I simply took it home, ripped out my 250GB and plugged this in with a borrowed Athlon 3700+ and let her rip. Managing this setup was actually pretty easy through the control panel - I thought it would be much more difficult. With a little help from the forums at Guru3d.com, I even managed to push the cards from their already overclocked state to 500/1475 and unlock the extra 4 pixel pipes using RivaTuner. Just for fun, I decided to run a full-out 3DMark06 test at 16x12 - HDR-R/SM3.0 Bench with AA4X and AF8X. After it completed, I sat back, literally at a loss for words. This setup scored 1422 - my old 6600GT scored in the low 200s and even my 7800GS doesn't break 1000, routinely getting high 900s. So this was nearly 700% faster than my 6600 and at least 25% faster than the 7800GS! All I can say is WOW. I admit I always an SLI skeptic, but this definitely changes my mind. Considering I paid $359 + tax for my 7800GS, SLI def has a price/performance advantage (even considering my sizeable discount). I have yet to install any games and start playing, but believe me, that is definitely on the horizon! However, these bastardos are LOUD, and my system temp has gone up 5 degrees after installing them. Ugh. No more silent PC, I guess. Peace!
  12. It's too bad you guys in the US don't have Purolator - here in Canada this is def the way to go. I work for a wireless + cellular business / industrial store, and we sell VERY VERY expensive cellular and wireless products - not to mention delicate. Like this $20,000 cellular repeater - which can't be jolted too much or it will need to be re-calibrated. Plus we send huge boxes of cell phones literally every day without issue. I've as yet not had one damaged box. It seems even with almost no packaging at all, Purolator always seems to get things to their destination on time, undamaged - and cheap. Tho unlike USPS, our postal service is actually pretty damn good. Fast and pretty cheap. Plus I think it's cool when the Purolator guy brings me coffee (his previous scheduled stop is right next to a Tim Horton's) and always remembers my name. I acutally saw him at a bar a week or so ago and he bought me a beer. That's cool. And that's the kind of company to takes pride in itself, it's employees and ultimately it's service. Head's up UPS.
  13. For those canucks in the crowd, Canada Computers has the X800XL 256MB PCI-E card on for $169.99 Canadian. Shipping is free in Canada, but there is a $10 flat handling charge. http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?d...594&cid=999.243 Order Online or pickup from one of their 7+ stores across Ontario. This is the 400/1000 Core/GDDR3 version, which many people have been reporting is able to overclock to 450/1120 - pretty close to X850XTPE speeds... Would make a nice base for an SLI rig for some!
  14. Believe it or not (probably not) I'm now "just" using two 2005FPWs for graphic design, and the 2405 is "relegated" to Xbox/Xbox360 use. I find the dual monitor thing ideal for tools/palettes and editing, and the widescreen means I can edit multipler layers/objects at once without moving things around. I use my computer mainly for work, so this makes way more sense, though I considered setting up the 2405 in the middle with the two 2005's flanking it. Pure geek-vana, but a bit excessive. So now the 2405 is in the bedroom and doubles as our nightime TV and my get-away-from-my-GF-to-play-xbox refuge. Yes, and don't think anyone here doesn't hate you for it I get to tax deduct my gear for business, but it's not quite the same. Still you need to have some balance, and it becomes hard to spend all your cash on bleeding-edge computer gear when you have a mortgage, utilities, insurance, gas, etc to pay for. True enuff. I never begrudge anyone their hobbies or vices. I'm a computer geek through and through, but I see a point in balance - I'm also a mad runner, windsurfer, snowboarder, mountain biker, whitewater kayaker, hiker, etc , etc. For all the 'indoor' interests I have, I also have at least an equal amount of outdoor hobbies - keeps me balanced, my skin a nice shade of not-white and reminds my lungs how to process real oxygen. Not to mention counteracting all the beer I drink
  15. Agreed - I used to play HL2 on my old BFG6600GTOC at 1024x768 and get ~60fps... which is lots enough for me. I'm currently using the Dell 24" Widescreen (1920x1200) - So I "upgraded" to the 7800GS - which is way too much memory card as it is, just so I could upscale 1280x1024 for the LCD. More than this for me would be overkill. However you hardcore junkies who play at 16x12++ with all the eyecandy enabled might just have good reason to buy that SLI rig. Though I question sometimes the time and money people spend on their computers (people = predominantly guys) - you might invest in something more practical maybe, like - a car? For the price of an SLI rig, I could probably get you a decent late model import. Might improve your dating prospects too - girls like guys with cars and tans, not pasty, malnourished guys who can clame the most frags in their Quake Clan. P.S. Yes, I was kidding about the last part. I have the most frags in my Quake Clan. Nah-Nah. But I also have a car.
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