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It's funny that SSD is mentioned in the bios update. I ran into my first issue yesterday and although it resolved itself I wonder if it is a bios issue or my SSD. I have the Intel 320 160Gb SSD as my OS drive and there are known issues with it, but the issue I had was different. I was playing a game and after playing for about 2 hours the system froze or became extremely slow. I could move the mouse, but nothing seemed to be responding, so I rebooted the system and this is when issues really started. First thing I noticed was theat my 2 x 2Tb RAID array was now in "Verify" status. Then the OS would try and load, but would either just sit there or BSOD on me. I figured I had some corrupt files, but I could not run repair from the W7 install disk, just kept failing. After several reboots and whatnot I finally got "Safe" mode to load. I ran diags on the Intel SSD and they came back fine. After that, I rebooted and went straight into windows and now everything seems fine again, although I have not checked to see if the RAID array was still in "Verify" status or not. System has been up for almost 12 hours again with no issues, so I am going to choc this up to corrupt W7 files that got fixed by W7 itself while in "Safe" mode. Any thoughts or ideas are welcomed.
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Agreed on the return option - if it isn't what you expect, return it. 30 days is long enough to decide.

I don't know if they will honor the rebate either, but why not submit for it anyway? They might accept it, since it would be ASUS paying. The original buyer (that returned it in the first place) didn't get it, so you should try since it hasn't been paid on this card yet. I think it should qualify. Go for it!

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Yeah I did ... I got it ... I figured worst case I can return it within 30 days if it doesn't work out ?
Plus not sure, but anyone know it ws through NewEgg, and NewEgg had an additional $30 off Rebate going for this card, is it valid on Open Box items also ? or not ?
IF I can use the $30 off then $220 for THIS 480 GTX would be AWESOME !

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also, they had this one too ...


ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 @ $260.00 OPEN BOX

and it was gone in less than 10 minutes.
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Ovlazek, you are probably right, but I won't have to wait very long to find out about the potential price drop, so I am waiting for now. They will probably tempt me into buying a next gen-card anyway! I am still watching the 6950s though (lucky would be good).

Congratulations to LAKF on his purchase!

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The 6950 are awesome cards. But I wouldn't hold my breath about the price going down. Previous generation cards price never REALLY drop. They hold the prices high for people wanting to go dual gpu at a later point. I wanted to crossfire my 5870 and waited for the 6000 series to drop the price. Didn't happen (locally). They sold out long before any decent deals came along. You can always get lucky and snatch up one of the few that goes super cheap.

Also, @ LAKF- Nice pick up! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Just found this combo deal at NCIX. Saves around $50 if anyone is looking for the board and a great SSD. Gene & Wildfire 120GB
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I will need a new power supply to go with the GPU, so I will have to find the right deal and timing. I want an AX850 (or bigger), so I can run dual GPUs, etc. - if I want to do so in the future. My old Antex 500 has served me well, but I don't think it will meet the demands of dual cards.

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Ovlazek, you are probably right, but I won't have to wait very long to find out about the potential price drop, so I am waiting for now. They will probably tempt me into buying a next gen-card anyway! I am still watching the 6950s though (lucky would be good).

Congratulations to LAKF on his purchase!
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It's funny that SSD is mentioned in the bios update. I ran into my first issue yesterday and although it resolved itself I wonder if it is a bios issue or my SSD. I have the Intel 320 160Gb SSD as my OS drive and there are known issues with it, but the issue I had was different. I was playing a game and after playing for about 2 hours the system froze or became extremely slow. I could move the mouse, but nothing seemed to be responding, so I rebooted the system and this is when issues really started. First thing I noticed was theat my 2 x 2Tb RAID array was now in "Verify" status. Then the OS would try and load, but would either just sit there or BSOD on me. I figured I had some corrupt files, but I could not run repair from the W7 install disk, just kept failing. After several reboots and whatnot I finally got "Safe" mode to load. I ran diags on the Intel SSD and they came back fine. After that, I rebooted and went straight into windows and now everything seems fine again, although I have not checked to see if the RAID array was still in "Verify" status or not. System has been up for almost 12 hours again with no issues, so I am going to choc this up to corrupt W7 files that got fixed by W7 itself while in "Safe" mode. Any thoughts or ideas are welcomed.
Hmm, i know only this 8MB bug for all Intel 320 ssds: this happens if the system has had e.g. a powerloss without normal shutdown or the ssd is used with hot plugging: afterwards the firmware has a bug which notifies now just 8MB size of the ssd. This one is to be repaired with a firmware update which is not yet released for these Intel 320 drives. Are you using the Intel RST driver? Then maybe it could be helpful to switch off LPM. The issue is known with Event ID 9 and Source iastor. The workaround is to switch off LPM inside the Windows Registry for ALL SATA Ports:
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I will need a new power supply to go with the GPU, so I will have to find the right deal and timing. I want an AX850 (or bigger), so I can run dual GPUs, etc. - if I want to do so in the future. My old Antex 500 has served me well, but I don't think it will meet the demands of dual cards.
You probably should upgrade your psu, but since you will only get up to two gpus, an AX850 will be plenty. (Unless you are getting two 6990's or 590's.)
I always recommend people to see this guide of Phaedrus'.
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html
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A good way to see what power you need if it helps. http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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I will need a new power supply to go with the GPU, so I will have to find the right deal and timing. I want an AX850 (or bigger), so I can run dual GPUs, etc. - if I want to do so in the future. My old Antex 500 has served me well, but I don't think it will meet the demands of dual cards.
I have the AX750 and love it, but there are some deals out there for some good PSU's under $100 for up to a 1000 watts, just check the deal section.


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Hmm, i know only this 8MB bug for all Intel 320 ssds: this happens if the system has had e.g. a powerloss without normal shutdown or the ssd is used with hot plugging: afterwards the firmware has a bug which notifies now just 8MB size of the ssd. This one is to be repaired with a firmware update which is not yet released for these Intel 320 drives. Are you using the Intel RST driver? Then maybe it could be helpful to switch off LPM. The issue is known with Event ID 9 and Source iastor. The workaround is to switch off LPM inside the Windows Registry for ALL SATA Ports:
Yeah, I did that mod already to try and fix my Crucial SSD issue I was having. I don't thing it's the Intel bug, I really think it was a corrupt file that fixed itself as everything seems to be good now.
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Doublepost...sry.
Edited by Woschdsubbn - 8/5/11 at 2:07pm
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A good way to see what power you need if it helps. http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
Nope, i have made very bad experiences with all those PSU calculators, they're merely a merchandising and marketing instrument of the manufacturers: All of them gets me some PSU with too much power!

Better use a power meter instead with your old system and then think about your future system and keep some reserve in mind!

My old system with 4 HDs, HD5870, 8GB, Asus P5Q Deluxe and C2Q 9450 needs about 320W under NON real circumtances consisting out of:
- 100% CPU load with Prime95
- 100% GPU load with Furmark
so my Corsair 520W was very fine with it and i've never had some issues with too less power also with the more power consumptioning HD4870 before.

Examples:
- This one at bequiet gets me either a 900W or a 1000W PSU
- This one at Enermax is better and calculates one with about 650W, but this is also too much.

- So i've decided to take a psu with a wattage between 550W and 600W. This should be more than enough also for future vgas with my new system.
Meanwhile i've used my powermeter again and the max was about 380W, pretty fine for my Seasonic X-560W

- If you don't plan to use SLI/Xfire or more vga cards then a good psu from 550W and above is fine enough! If you have some Nvidia single card with much more power usage then better use something around 650W maybe.
Edited by Woschdsubbn - 8/5/11 at 2:08pm
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