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One of the happy customers here
Follow Robilars' guide and you're good to go.
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post #22 of 30
My Striker Extreme has been solid...it has been to OC hell and back.
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I'm getting the second board RMA'd as we speak. This time around it's the BIOS acting up. I was getting random freezes and BSOD's at stock. I followed Robilar's guide to the letter and was satisfied with the cooling suggestions in it. I must say though that I haven't been able to OC at all with any level of stability or success.
The latest problem for me has been the BIOS. I'm getting prompted now to load the BIOS flash program from the CD. This is the second time it's happened with this board. I've had nothing but trouble at very low levels and you can only take so much before moving on. I must say though - it keeps me busy.
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post #24 of 30
Well I love my board, got it a few days after it came out and haven't had any trouble.

I fine it doubtful that so many board keep failing. Now I know why:
"I'm getting the second board RMA'd as we speak. This time around it's the BIOS acting up. I was getting random freezes and BSOD's at stock." people just need to take some time and think about stuff. check your voltages man, and most likely the BSOD are because you had another board and then switched without reformatting, windows really doesnt like that.
    
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post #25 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ninja_Boy View Post
Chozart:

Check out Robilar's Asus P5N32-E Overclocking Guide. I would highly recommend purchasing two northbridge coolers. (Thermaltake Spirit II, Thermalright HR-05/SLi, Antazone AS-N1000.) Or, at the very least reseating the coolers with Arctic Silver 5. Asus does a terrible job with thermal paste, they put way too much and dont spread it out.

NiNja
Look at his sound card. Spirit II wouldn't fit on the southbridge.
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people just need to take some time and think about stuff. check your voltages man, and most likely the BSOD are because you had another board and then switched without reformatting, windows really doesnt like that.
Dude. If I were a noob with a computer you might have a point. Troubleshooting this stuff is my job. Please don't make the assumption that bad hardware is in anyway related to someones level of expertise. It can cause confusion for sure but if you know the basics of troubleshooting and you can draw on 10 years of experience, and you can read a post correctly, then you can be confident that pretty much everything was covered. Trust me. I checked the freakin' voltages.
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post #27 of 30
I've been truly happy with this board until i got the Quad Core......to cut a long story short. It seems the board sucks bigtime with them. Can't do more than 1450.
 
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post #28 of 30
I have the P5n32-E SLI myself and am sending back my third board as well, this time I will go ahead and RMA the board but I have ordered a replacement as I can no longer deal with this on my main computer.

In the past I had the issue where if you reboot or shut down it would "light up" but you would get no post beep or display, the solution was to unplug the board and remove the cmos for an hour or more. That went away when I updated to a bios update that is no longer available.

I then decided to update my firmware to 1404 (?) which has caused me tons of stability issues and BSOD when before doing this the board was rock solid for months. I did so because I was going to upgrade my CPU. The solution was to replace the bios since I cannot downgrade according to Asus, this new bios rarely boots at all much like the old issue now only ten fold.

My ram voltage is appropriate, I do not do any over clocking at all and have tried 4x1 gig for 4 gigs of Crucial ram and 4x2 gig of Crucial Ballistix for a total of 8 with no change.

I am done with this board and likely Asus for the time being due to this issue and others I have had with client machines, it takes them up to 48 hours to simply confirm whether or not they have the board in stock then to do an advance shipment they want $310.00 for a board this old that didn't cost this much brand new? Then it will take them 3-5 business days to ship the board out, then ship back time and processing of the old board. Meaning they will hijack much more then the boards worth for what was for me the last time I played this game 3-4 weeks which includes me paying to have it over night shipped. No thanks...
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post #29 of 30
So there seems to be quite a few people that have problems with the P5N32-E SLI regarding reliability. I, too, am currently awaiting my 3rd board to come back from ASUS.

The first was DOA, and the second lasted all of 4 days, then the northbridge fried on me. No overclocking involved, as I was still in the process of perfecting the system build. Funny thing though, it was fine for a bit, then I go to FoxNews.com and try to read my news one morning, and it resulted in a hard freeze and a refusal to boot. The NB heatsink took a little skin off my finger when I touched to see if it happened to be hot.

I've been overall very satisfied with ASUS in the past, with my A7N8X Deluxe, my A8V, and currently my P5K Premium Black Pearl. I just know that when I get the P5N32-E SLI back, first thing I'll do is take off the heatpipe cooler and reapply with some good TIM.

It's kinda sad to see a great hardware manufacturer release a board with such a high fail rate. Other than this experience, I must reiterate that ASUS has been a top notch company in product quality and support.
    
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post #30 of 30
I forgot to mention that like Spinoza above bios version 1404 also gave me the issue where the machine would randomly lock up and on reboot would want me to reload the bios.
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