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  1. More than that, DDR2 ram won't fit in the socket. The position of the key slot changed between the two types. Also, a DDR socket only has 184 pins to make contact, whereas DDR2 requires a socket with 240 pins. DDR3 is also 240 pins, but again, the position of the key slot changed, so you can't accidentally mount a dimm of DDR3 in a DDR2 socket. As to would it work if it fit? No, in fact, it would kill the board. I've been a part of a force-fit test, and the board went boom.

  2. No, that board will not run DDR2. DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 are the same size of dimm. DDR2 and DDR3 even have the same pin count, but they are not interchangeable, and shouldn't mount in the same sockets. The position of the key slots has been moved so that the dimms aren't physically possible to interchange.


    DDR2 clocking kits? Buffalo Firestix PC2-6400 kit, Ballistix PC2-6400 kit, and most of the Team Group Extreme stuff are excellent.

  3. Coming off of a Lanparty board, I'd have to recommend the 680i chipset. It seems to do very well with OCing, and the bugs some complained of are long gone.


    The P35 is also a good choice, in most cases it clocks higher than the 680i. If you're not used to the Intel bios, it can be a pain to work with.


    The DFI boards for either of these chips is a good choice as well as BFG, eVGA, and Gigabyte. Stay away from Asus, they're all hype. Poor products selling for high prices based on brand name, I think.


    Your other option is to wait for the x38 chips to come out, but I'd only do that if you have a hard-on for DDR3 at it's current prices.

  4. I ran a 2x1G kit of Ballistix at 275 DDR at 1T, so I'd say it's decent stuff. Redlines as well are great memory. I haven't used a kit of Kinston HyperX, so I can't say from experience how it performs. I think they are a fairly decent clocker as well, but I'd look at Mad Shrimps or Anandtech to see if they've reviewed it. Both of those sites are on my A list for accurate reviews.

  5. I'm going to have an OCZ 700 watt GameXstream coming up as soon as the Thermaltake Toughpower 1000 I won from the contest at Extreme Outervision comes in. Multi-rail, 2xPCI-e 6 pins, 2xMolex(3 plug) with floppy, 2x SATA(3 plug), 20+4 pin main, 4+4 pin EPS/P4, Active PFC, 80%+ efficient, runs at about 17-20 db of noise. Been a great unit for me, I ran my DFI SLI-DR Expert with a 3G FX-60 on it, and am running my sig rig with it now, never a hitch. Unless you want to run 8800 GTX SLI(not enough 6-pin plugs), this supply will do almost anything. PM me if you're interested.

  6. OK, it's time for a long CMOS clear and minimum startup. Switch off the power supply and unplug it, pull out the battery, switch the jumper to the clear position, hit the power button, and wait for an hour.


    Come back, put the jumper and bettery back in position, and make sure you only have the following installed: 1 stick of ram, one opticle drive, one hard drive, one video card, and NOTHING else. Then try to start up. Usually this solves most DFI 3 led issues. If not, we need to go further.

  7. The results of the 3-year anniversery contest are in, with the winners listed on the site. Check it here.

    I got lucky and will be reviewing the Thermaltake Toughpower 1000w supply when it comes in. We have any other winners here?


    In any case, take a moment to drop the folks that run the site a thank you for not only holding the contest, but for inviting us to participate. The utilities they've developed are a huge help for we builders/enthusiests, and I'd like to see them continue to contribute to the community.

  8. Also, if you're using Norton Utilities, or any antivirus or active spyware prevention software, remove them. All they do is eat resources 90% of the time, and not a little either. Lots of em.


    Install Spybot S&D, update it, immunize the system and do a scan once a week. Keep a copy of the Avast installer on your machine and once a month, install it, update it, do a full scan and fix issues, then remove it. Anything more is just overkill unless all you do is wallow in porn sites 24/7. Using Firefox instead of Explorer helps a lot too.


    You can also jump your FSB up to 300 and drop your mutli on the cpu to 8. This will open up the data lanes a little more while keeping the ram and cpu at stock speeds.

  9. I've got a friend having issues with a 7950 GX2 not functioning due to a wiped bios. I'm trying to get him a method of flashing the cards with the right bios so it'll at least run again. The weird thing is, nvflash gives him this message:


    a:>nvflash -b backup.rom


    Select display adapter:


    <0> GeForce 7900 GTX (10DE, 0290, 0000, 0000) H : P B:03, PCI, D: 00, F: 00

    <1> GeForce 7900 GTX (10DE, 0290, 0000, 0000) H : P B:03, PCI, D: 00, F: 00


    Select <0>, <1> *yada yada*...screen may go blank..*.yada yada yada*


    (Same message as follows when either adapter is selected)


    Reading adapter firmware image...


    Image size : 0 bytes

    Version : Unavailable (Invalid)

    ~CRC32 : 00000000

    Subsystem Vendor ID : 0000

    Subsystem ID : 0000

    Hierarchy ID : None


    Saving of image completed.


    This indicates to me that the bios on the chips is totally blank. Also note that the gpu's show as 7900's instead of 7950's... Is there a way to force-flash the chips with the correct bios? This is a process I've never had to mess with before, so any pointers here would be a big help.

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