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Thats a very nice overclock Kryton. I got my 3500+ to ~3150, but it got too hot and wont budge over 2850 now .

Temps for the most part were never an issue with the A8N32sli. The board did very well, although I think mine had some vcore stability issues. No matter what I did I could never get it stable unlike my DFI's which are rock solid.
The chipset heatpipe works VERY well, never had any problems there either. I put a tornado fan (90cfm 80mm) on my stock opteron cooler once and it moved so much air that my board actually was several degrees cooler than the cpu. And I don't think it ever went above 35*C @ fully loaded.
After I got my Corsairs any sort of stability issues went away. (except for vcore fluctuation).
I stopped using it mainly because of the voltage issues. I was able to achieve a higher 24/7 OC with the DFI's. Not to mention there were so many more BIOS options it wasn't funny.

In regards to the A8N32, most people haven't messed with the PCIe overclock setting. It does actually work, 5MHz per card is what I've found works best. While it doesn't give much it gave about 2fps in Crysis, considering I started @ 15 FPS thats a pretty good improvement.

I do kind of miss that board, but I'm going to be using crossfire so it would've been useless anyway.

N2 if its these cards, then thats a pretty damn good deal.
Vcore stability is an issue I've also experienced with the A8N32 and there is a mod that helps to stabilize it, plus using a waterblock on the MOSFET's at the top of the board helps too. I don't have a waterblock for these but if I can, I'll get one and use it.

The blue coating on the back of the board they all came with works and my MB temps were good too. Asus did some real engineering getting it to work and the heatpipes themselves work great.
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RTFM is so true.

I've run into a snag RAIDing with Darth Raivo. I've had to disassemble the rig to clear the CMOS (the Clear CMOS jumper is right under the video card); I need to redo some of the cables anyway, so it's all good.

Okay. Gotta RTFM now. Will report success (hopefully) or further frustrating failure later.
    
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Vcore stability is an issue I've also experienced with the A8N32 and there is a mod that helps to stabilize it, plus using a waterblock on the MOSFET's at the top of the board helps too. I don't have a waterblock for these but if I can, I'll get one and use it.

The blue coating on the back of the board they all came with works and my MB temps were good too. Asus did some real engineering getting it to work and the heatpipes themselves work great.
what is that mod? Just curious. Also, on my board, I found that using the overvolt option, which from what I gather enables the 8phase power management, actually worked better. Although with Joe's and Pio's boards that wasn't the case.

And I wasn't aware that there was some sort of thermo protective layer on the back. Perhaps that is part of their stack cool thing.

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RTFM is so true.

I've run into a snag RAIDing with Darth Raivo. I've had to disassemble the rig to clear the CMOS (the Clear CMOS jumper is right under the video card); I need to redo some of the cables anyway, so it's all good.

Okay. Gotta RTFM now. Will report success (hopefully) or further frustrating failure later.
Joe, sometimes it's easier to just pop the battery. And if it is that much of a pain to use the jumper maybe you could make yourself a clear CMOS switch.

Good luck, and definitely post up some benches on those raptors RAIDed, I'd like to see what kind of throughput they have.
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what is that mod? Just curious. Also, on my board, I found that using the overvolt option, which from what I gather enables the 8phase power management, actually worked better. Although with Joe's and Pio's boards that wasn't the case.

And I wasn't aware that there was some sort of thermo protective layer on the back. Perhaps that is part of their stack cool thing.
Yes, the protective coating is Stack Cool II and it really works.

I'm not aware that enabling the OV option allows the 8 phase power management to work, more like all that does is to allow 0.2 more volts than what's selected in the BIOS. The 8 phase part should work at all times due to the MB's CPU circuit's design BUT I could be wrong there. I've never heard of the 8 phase deal being enabled/disabled before.
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Joe, sometimes it's easier to just pop the battery. And if it is that much of a pain to use the jumper maybe you could make yourself a clear CMOS switch.

Good luck, and definitely post up some benches on those raptors RAIDed, I'd like to see what kind of throughput they have.
Since I normally just hold down my power button on my case to reset the mobo, I use my reset button a CLR CMOS.

Which I find really works well.

Though, I've always though of picking up one of the silverstone buttons, and modding it into the top of my Antec 1200.
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Thanks anyways blitz.
So there is no way to just put the files in an ISO and put that on the drive?

I didn't realize ISOs were packed down so much.
Nate, an ISO file is more so an Image file (ie. Archive File). What exactly are you trying to boot to on the usb thumb drive? Have tried making the image file lighter like removing unnecessary files that you may not need?

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I've run into a snag RAIDing with Darth Raivo. I've had to disassemble the rig to clear the CMOS (the Clear CMOS jumper is right under the video card); I need to redo some of the cables anyway, so it's all good.
Joe, are you having troubles getting the Windows XP media to boot up after POST? I sort of had the same issue with my GA-K8N SLI-Pro and my DFI SLI-DR. I had to play with the boot device priority and I also had to make sure the optical drive was being recognized on the sata ports...oddly enough it was showing in POST but still wasn't being properly recognized. This problem only happened when Raid was enabled.

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Joe, are you having troubles getting the Windows XP media to boot up after POST? I sort of had the same issue with my GA-K8N SLI-Pro and my DFI SLI-DR. I had to play with the boot device priority and I also had to make sure the optical drive was being recognized on the sata ports...oddly enough it was showing in POST but still wasn't being properly recognized. This problem only happened when Raid was enabled.

Good luck
LOL We have one thing in common, then: the DFI SLI-DR. Times like these I think DFI means Designed For Irritation.

I've fiddled with the boot device priority settings, changed SATA controllers to which the SATA optical is attached from the Silicon Image to the nVidia (which is bootable by default). I've also swapped optical drives (two SATA opticals) and tried a few WinXP discs.

I also tried an IDE optical, but for some reason that didn't work either. I think I'll try using the other IDE channel and double-check that the drive shows up in the BIOS.

And I thought that this thing would be off the ground by now.
    
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Joe, dumb question but after reverting back to Factory Defaults what exactly did you change? This is really weird that you are running into this. I had the SAME exact problem with my boards. It's annoying. I eventually ditched the integrated controller and went with a discrete card (but that eventually took a poopoo...stupid Promise).

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Joe, dumb question but after reverting back to Factory Defaults what exactly did you change? This is really weird that you are running into this. I had the SAME exact problem with my boards. It's annoying. I eventually ditched the integrated controller and went with a discrete card (but that eventually took a poopoo...stupid Promise).

Good luck
Let's see...

After reverting to Optimized Defaults, I saved, then re-entered the BIOS setup (hit Del per usual after reboot).

Went into Standard CMOS Features to recheck if the drives installed on the nVidia SATA controller were detected; they were (2 150GB VelociRaptors which are going to be put in a RAID 0 array - I've done this step both with the RAID 0 configured and not configured). I always do this step after reloading Optimized Defaults.

Next I go to Advanced BIOS Features and check the Hard Drive Priority. Nothing amiss here, near as I can tell, as I can always see my HDDs (both VRs and the 500GB Caviar Green hooked up to the Silicon Image controller, which is not a bootable drive). After this, I check boot device priority, and always select the CD-ROM option for the first device since I'm attempting to install the OS.

Here's where I think things go amiss a bit. When the SATA optical was on the Silicon Image controller, it wouldn't show up on the Boot Device Priority drop-down menu. But when I put it on the nVidia controller, it showed up.

I sort of understand now that you can't use the Silicon Image controller for boot-up drives at this stage of the game, but what's strange is that even when I put the SATA optical on the nVidia controller I keep getting a "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter" message.

(Sorry for the long post.)
    
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I sort of understand now that you can't use the Silicon Image controller for boot-up drives at this stage of the game, but what's strange is that even when I put the SATA optical on the nVidia controller I keep getting a "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter" message.
Joe, at this point does the optical drive led light even light up?

At POST isn't there an option for choosing boot devices? I vaguely remember there being one

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