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  1. Likely the case, unless you can find a USB hub driver for 2.0 somewhere. I'd check around, just to be sure, but I think slipstreaming a updated copy and re-installing will be your only bet.
  2. I prefer BFG, but that's just me. EVGA is good stuff, as is the DFI LT.
  3. Well...3 SATA controllers? I can't say I've heard of that before. I do know that the 680i SLI or SLI LT can handle multiple arrays, and with the p25-28 bioses, the issues with this board are virtually non-existant. The vdroop isn't terrible, that I'm aware of, and there are simple pencil mods to correct it even further. As for the FSB, running 400(QDR) 24/7 should be no problem at all. Some are running this chipset above 500(QDR) 24/7 with no issues. Vdroop, unfortunately, is getting to be a way of life for the Intel boards at the upper end, and it's not a matter of getting something good as it is choosing the best of the worst. Asus, for all they talk about being so stellar, seems to be one of the worst companies for having massive vdroop. Give one of the 680i references a shot, and I think you'll be more than happy with it.
  4. The only thing, and I mean only thing I would like to see added is an option to alter the A/GTL settings to help with processor overclockability. Maybe this isn't needed with the reference boards, but it would be an awesome option to be able to monitor/tune.
  5. So...this board is marketed as an LT, but I see that there are more pci slots than a referrence board, and still all three pci-x slots...correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the LT supposed to be a scaled down version of the full 680i? I agree, that board looks great, although I'm not a big fan of the heatsink designs. That's easily changed though. It's also nice(and funny) to see that DFI just tossed the old stock southbridge cooler and bought them direct from Evercool, since the first thing everyone did with the SLI-d®s was to buy one and change it out. The ability to control the GTL REF is awesome, something I wish the referrence boards had in their bios'. Be interested in your results, especially with a Cascade system.
  6. Speaking of that, has anyone tried a 40 watt pelt on the NB to see if it makes a difference? Been wondering about that for a while...
  7. Hehe, if I can talk Woita out of his 775 board at our 4th gathering, I may test the 4300 to see what it can do with a few mods...but in the mean time, my 6600 and Ultra Extreme come in today, so I may be busy with that...
  8. I had to pump over 1.4v to hit 2.7g, and even then, it would randomly shut down under load at 9x. At the same volts, the OC fell right in place, and I'm sure I have more room. Most of the time, dropping a multi step will free up at least .125v. I think in this case, it was closer to .250v.
  9. Some of you may recall a while back I was having trouble getting my E4300 to not shut down when overclocked. I tried everything, more volts, less volts, juicing up the bridges, HTT multi's, ram timings, you name it. The problem lies in that I have an early release E4300, and they weren't as efficient as the later ones. This causes 2 issues; higher temps, and way more volts needed for a stable OC. If any of you run into this problem, the solution I've found is to lower the multi to 8x. This releaves a huge voltage draw in the cpu core, and lets you keep clocking.
  10. Not one I'm familiar with, but even the weaker steppings of the E6600 are OC'ing very nicely. It becomes not a question of what speed can you hit, but can you keep it cool enough to survive it. Given enough cooling, you can hit almost any speed with any stepping. I recall a guy getting a Core 2 over 7 gig, stable with a homemade Cascade cooler(-90c). I'll actually post the link to it if I run across is again. I prefer to tell people not to 'chase the chip' but instead get every single spark out of the one you've got. I spent almost $1000 chasing chips with ddr, and in the end, a Crucial kit, with no extras, OC'ed better than all my hand picked kits.
  11. My guess is that you're actually at the FSB limit of the north bridge, not the cpu. 522 is stellar for a board to hit, and with the 7x multi, that leaves you around, 3.6 g's. The next step is to see if a higher multi cpu can also ride on that fsb, and if so, an e6420 or 6600 becomes a lot more desirable all of a sudden. I'd try around .05v more on the NB, and if you can't get any further with the voltage increase, then your board is likely maxed, barring something like Peltier cooling the NB, and I don't even know if that would help. Silicon has it's limits, after all, hehe.
  12. Don't get me wrong, I never meant to criticize you man, I was just detailing the logistics of the matter. We always try to be as constructive and informative as possible here.
  13. The memory controller on the Brisbane may not like the divider ratio, or is unable to adapt its latencies appropriately to accomidate the ratio. Try this, go to an even lower divider and see if this trend continues. If so, the memory controller may be weak on your cpu, or you may need to play with some other options like drive strength and refresh time. Either of these could easily cause the issue you describe. Let me know what happens at a 533 divider, and we can go from there.
  14. Sorry Ryder, what you posted is what I was trying to say, not that you had a glaring fault in your product that you've ignored. That, and if there is a compatability issue with the board in question, it's unlikely that a SPD revision would solve the problem, and even if it did, a request to a company from realistically .01% of the market to make a significant change in production isn't likely to be realized unless there are other benefits to be had from doing so. Not saying bad things about OCZ, I've had nothing but good results from your products. But OCZ is still a company, and sometimes hard economics is much more reasonable that having the theoretical perfect product that everyone loves and has great results with. After all, spending $100,000 on a 'problem' that might lose you 1 sale out of 1000, and if fixed will only gain you 1 sale out of 1000 is not only unattractive, it's irresponsible, in my book. Especially when the 'problem' isn't actually with your product, but another company's.
  15. Granted they know, but they're not going to change the SPD chips on an entire line of ram for a board that represents way less than 1% of the total market, in a standard that will be all but vanished in a year(DDR). Try grabbing a copy of Tmod's boot cd from the bios factory section, and flash to the 704-2bta bios. This is the most lax and tolerant bios for memory on these boards, so if you have a chance of solving this issue simply, this is likely it. Also, try talking to some of the OCZ reps here and on the Bleeding Edge forums, as Tony has been know to help with a SPD chip flash to solve these kinds of issues before. Other thing to consider is finding the ram you're using in the OC database and try using some of those settings profiles as a baseline. Just changing one setting on a Lanparty can require that you change every other setting on the ram to fit the new profile.
  16. Still working on this, I just haven't had time to get the bios features all written down yet, hehe.
  17. From the PCPerspective.com forums... 1) If your HDs are plugged into one of ICH8's SATA ports, just change the following BIOS setting: Integrated Peripherals -> Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode -> IDE mode Reboot and, once again, enter BIOS Setup and open the Standard CMOS Features menu. Press ENTER to autodetect devices on IDE Channel 4 Master, then change Extended IDE Drive and Access Mode to Auto. If you have a slave IDE device, do the same on IDE Channel 4 Slave and finally Save & Exit Setup. At the POST screen, you'll see your IDE devices being detected by the BIOS and the Gigabyte IDE/SATA BIOS will no longer be loaded, resulting in a faster boot. This is the best way to use DVD/CD drives, because the Main BIOS handles the device detection and you can even choose CD-ROM in the Boot Menu (F12 key). If you have already installed the JMicron driver, just change the driver to Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller. Now you can see/change the transfer mode of the IDE devices, just open the properties of the third Primary IDE Channel. 2) If your HDs are plugged into one of Gigabyte's SATA2 ports, just change the following BIOS setting: Integrated Peripherals -> Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode -> AHCI mode In this mode, the IDE port and the SATA ports are detected as standalone devices, Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller and GIGABYTE GBB36X Controller, respectively. Now you can see/change the transfer mode of the IDE devices, just open the properties of the third Primary IDE Channel. If nothing else, flash back down to the F5 revision of bios, as this seems to be the one that people have had the best luck with.
  18. Ouch. You may indeed have a faulty ide channel. Removing the offending drive has always worked for me, and I do a lot of builds. Does the cd rom drive show up in the drive recognition section of bios? If so, there's something else at fault here...I'll see if I can get anything else for ya.
  19. If it was there it'd be right under the boot priority list. Sorry, I thought that was a standard bios option. Every board I've ever worked with has had it. Just pull the floppy cable off of the motherboard for the install, then put it back in afterwords. If the device refuses to let other things boot, remove it, hehe.
  20. Try setting all the boot devices to cd-rom and disabling 'boot from other device. Always works for me.
  21. Nice. I've used a method like this for other things before, and it seems to be very helpful to have a visual queue. It is also nice for us to post a pdf of the settings in bios, rather than type them out when we need to ask for help. I'd like to request the 680i reference boards(EVGA, BFG, ETC). I'll give you a settings list later today.
  22. Personally, I avoid Asus like the plague these days. I had a P5B Deluxe WiFi that was supposed to be the shizznit...I couldn't every get it to work well, and I'm not a build/OC noob in the least. I really like the 650i/680i platforms right now. I'm getting huge 3D mark numbers and performance with little to no effort, and other than one small lingering issue, I've had no problems at all with it. EVGA, Gigabyte, DFI, BFGtech, and Foxxconn are the makers I use exclusively right now.
  23. Of course the initial prices are being inflated too, due to lack of availability and newness.
  24. Did you do some installs on that day? That's the likely source of them. They are a file that controls the order of compression and decompression, like from a zip file.
  25. Hmmm...first thing I can see is that you're underpowered on your supply. You should really have a 500 watt or higher psu for an eXpert. Secondly, are all the pwer plugs connected on the board, 20+4, 4+4, and the fdd connector above the PCI-E slot? These are all required for stability of the system. Next thing, stop by the bios factory section here and download a copy of Tmod's boot cd. Burn it, and boot with it, and flash your bios to the 704-2bta bios. It's easier to get the settings to play nice in this one. After that, look in the stock speed and overclocking databases to find the settings to use on your memory.
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