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You can read about all of my testing with the RAID guru's here:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?282326-LSI-RAID-Controller-help-2308-chip-on-board-ASRock-Extreme-11-motherboard-is-slow!
As for the EK Lighting 7970 blocks, yes they are nickle plated (it's the only version they make).

My blocks shipped out Thursday and should be here tomorrow. I can not wait to try them out.
     
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As for the EK Lighting 7970 blocks, yes they are nickle plated (it's the only version they make).

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I finally got my AE11 in & up and running today!!! I have been having a weird problem that were exactly the same on 2 different RIVE boards. I localized the problem to 2-way up to 4-way SLI, running PCI-E slots at different speeds. x8/x16, all the way up to 4-way. :MY INTERMITTENT USB POWER & GPU DROPS ARE GONE! Wow what a relief! x16/x16/x16/x16 fixed the problem. Its just hard to believe that I am the only 670 owner that has experienced this?? Many other people have to have 670 SLI configurations with x16/x8 pci-e slots configured. I dont know what to say to that.

But I am loving this board!!!! First of all no patches needed (that Nvidia say might or might not work) Running PCI-E 3.0 x16 to all 4 GPUs. With no stinking patch or hack. All you have to do is change PCI-E lanes to gen 3 in bios. RIVE also had that option in bios, but it didnt work. The unofficial patch seemed to work sometimes, and sometimes not on the RIVE.

I did see an initial FPS performance boost right when starting up BF3 compared to the RIVE. Dont know if its the driver related problem that helped or the extra bandwidth. But after the initial performance boost, the CPU bottleneck is still apparent with 4-way SLI.

This board has been a joy to work with. Build quality is great. Bios is great. Starting my OC on my CPU has been a breeze. I'm @ 4.7ghz 1.390v right now. Onboard Creative sounds amazing! Only thing the RIVE has over the AE11 is the PCI-E lane switches, which were convenient.

There were some issues with the LSI controller with RAID 10, that was not getting up to advertised speeds that some people were experiencing. But I'm just using x2 Samsung 830 SSDs in RAID 0 + HDD, so it works amazingly well for me, so damn fast! Finally back in action!
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I finally got my AE11 in & up and running today!!! I have been having a weird problem that were exactly the same on 2 different RIVE boards. I localized the problem to 2-way up to 4-way SLI, running PCI-E slots at different speeds. x8/x16, all the way up to 4-way. :MY INTERMITTENT USB POWER & GPU DROPS ARE GONE! Wow what a relief! x16/x16/x16/x16 fixed the problem. Its just hard to believe that I am the only 670 owner that has experienced this?? Many other people have to have 670 SLI configurations with x16/x8 pci-e slots configured. I dont know what to say to that.
But I am loving this board!!!! First of all no patches needed (that Nvidia say might or might not work) Running PCI-E 3.0 x16 to all 4 GPUs. With no stinking patch or hack. All you have to do is change PCI-E lanes to gen 3 in bios. RIVE also had that option in bios, but it didnt work. The unofficial patch seemed to work sometimes, and sometimes not on the RIVE.
I did see an initial FPS performance boost right when starting up BF3 compared to the RIVE. Dont know if its the driver related problem that helped or the extra bandwidth. But after the initial performance boost, the CPU bottleneck is still apparent with 4-way SLI.
This board has been a joy to work with. Build quality is great. Bios is great. Starting my OC on my CPU has been a breeze. I'm @ 4.7ghz 1.390v right now. Onboard Creative sounds amazing! Only thing the RIVE has over the AE11 is the PCI-E lane switches, which were convenient.
There were some issues with the LSI controller with RAID 10, that was not getting up to advertised speeds that some people were experiencing. But I'm just using x2 Samsung 830 SSDs in RAID 0 + HDD, so it works amazingly well for me, so damn fast! Finally back in action!

Sweet, glad it's working good!

Board it working great for me also. Although I do have a few complaints. Board is super tight/cluttered on it's items. They really should have made this a larger board size like the Big Bang XPII. The AE11 has the power and reset buttons, and the debug LED directly under GPU #4. Really silly location. Also, this board has the tightest RAM slot to PCI-E #1 slot spacing I've ever seen. I had to remove the back-plate off 7970 Lightning #1 and cut the edge of my RAM heat-sinks in order for them to fit. Now that is just ridiculously close spacing.

AE11 is handling my 3960X very sweet! Got it up to ~5.1 GHz. It's amazing how much cooler SB-E runs versus IB. My 3960X stays under 65 C in Prime95 with the following settings:
AE113960XOC.jpg
This is a bit nicer overclock than I could get this chip to do on both the RIVE and the Big Bang XP-II. Maybe an ASRock convert. biggrin.gif
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You can read about all of my testing with the RAID guru's here:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?282326-LSI-RAID-Controller-help-2308-chip-on-board-ASRock-Extreme-11-motherboard-is-slow!
As for the EK Lighting 7970 blocks, yes they are nickle plated (it's the only version they make).

Just read through it all. So, if I'm understanding everything right, to get the fastest SSD speeds, you need to wipe the firmware on the LSI chip and immediately flash it with the current firmware for IT mode without the LSI BIOS (for LSI 9207-8i). But the LSI RAID0 array's got to be through an OS run software RAID0 array. And that means it can't be used for the boot OS drive with true RAID0 function & performance. (Other than installing on a single drive and then converting to a dynamic drive after install which will just do spanning or mirroring but not splitting which is where you get the performance boost from a RAID0 array.) Which also means that you'd have to use Intel's X79 SATA3 ports in RAID0 as the boot OS drive and setting up the RAID0 array for the LSI chip connected drives after OS installation. That pretty much relegates custom installs for all programs & games to the non-bootable LSI RAID array.

Does that about sum it up or is my understanding wrong?
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That pretty much relegates custom installs for all programs & games to the non-bootable LSI RAID array.
I would work around this by creating an appropriately-named "C:\Program Files\My Game's Default Install Dir" symlink to a folder on the fast drive before installing. That way it appears to the OS that the files are installed to the default location, but they're actually getting fetched from where you want them and not filling up your root drive.

Personally, I always like for the system to believe I really just have C:\, even when I really have multiple volumes of differing speeds and capacities in use.
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AE11.png
I finally got my AE11 in & up and running today!!! I have been having a weird problem that were exactly the same on 2 different RIVE boards. I localized the problem to 2-way up to 4-way SLI, running PCI-E slots at different speeds. x8/x16, all the way up to 4-way. :MY INTERMITTENT USB POWER & GPU DROPS ARE GONE! Wow what a relief! x16/x16/x16/x16 fixed the problem. Its just hard to believe that I am the only 670 owner that has experienced this?? Many other people have to have 670 SLI configurations with x16/x8 pci-e slots configured. I dont know what to say to that.
But I am loving this board!!!! First of all no patches needed (that Nvidia say might or might not work) Running PCI-E 3.0 x16 to all 4 GPUs. With no stinking patch or hack. All you have to do is change PCI-E lanes to gen 3 in bios. RIVE also had that option in bios, but it didnt work. The unofficial patch seemed to work sometimes, and sometimes not on the RIVE.
I did see an initial FPS performance boost right when starting up BF3 compared to the RIVE. Dont know if its the driver related problem that helped or the extra bandwidth. But after the initial performance boost, the CPU bottleneck is still apparent with 4-way SLI.
This board has been a joy to work with. Build quality is great. Bios is great. Starting my OC on my CPU has been a breeze. I'm @ 4.7ghz 1.390v right now. Onboard Creative sounds amazing! Only thing the RIVE has over the AE11 is the PCI-E lane switches, which were convenient.
There were some issues with the LSI controller with RAID 10, that was not getting up to advertised speeds that some people were experiencing. But I'm just using x2 Samsung 830 SSDs in RAID 0 + HDD, so it works amazingly well for me, so damn fast! Finally back in action!

Will be plenty of butthurt asus owners out there after seeing this thumb.gif

Nice user review +1
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Will be plenty of butthurt asus owners out there after seeing this thumb.gif
Nice user review +1

I wouldn't say butthurt at all...lol.

I'm still curious as to what his actual issue was as he's the only one that seemed to have it. frown.gif Glad his issue is resolved though. thumb.gif
 
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