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Just curious, but is there a DFI board (939 pin, of course), that actually supports 4GB of ram? My ultra-D will only go to 3.12. (Yes, I did all the normal procedures to check if its running right).
Also side question, is the opteron chip the best available? I looked up the 185, same specs as my 170, except its 100mhz over my OC. With 4gbs of ram installed, I can only get to 2.5ghz. With 2gbs, I got 2.7ghz. Its all air, and I'm a noob, so I consider it a win! Lol.
Would the best DFI board yield better "performance" than mine?
I'm really just seeing what I can upgrade cheap to keep my 939 kick'n butt!
Upgrades so far:
4GB ram. G.Skill ddr400 (my ddr500 black sticks went belly up and had to trade them in frown.gif
EVGA GTX460 1GB
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD. ,
changed out fans....
Replaced 6ea 80mm masscool and 2ea 120mm Antec for....
3ea 140mm Xigmatek 2ea 80mm Xigmatek
Of course had to re-mod my case to fit the 140mm fans.
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I have found the same issue on a DFI NF4 Ultra-D. With 4 sticks of 1GB G.Skill, only 3.2 available on a Win7 64 HP install.
There was a very late socket 939 Opteron release of a 190 clocked at 2.8GHz. Rare chip but headroom not much better than any other descent chip, I have a current rig with a Opteron 180 clocked at 2.8. Will run a bit over 3.1 with 1.55v under water but not 100% stable.

I have an DFI SLI-DR I want to check if it'll run 4GB but I'm going to guess it won't fully report 4GB. Also have an ASUS A8N but haven't tried 4GB in that either. Maybe later this week I'll get a chance to check. Got a nice FX-60 that runs 3.0+ that should do nicely.
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My A8N32-SLI Deluxe ran 4GB of RAM just fine at DDR-466 with my Opty 165 at 3.0+GHz.
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All DFI 939 boards should run 4gb just fine. You must be using a x64 bit OS in order to see all 4GB's of ram wink.gif
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post #25315 of 28697
DFI's also have a special setting for enabling 4GB of RAM. Its hidden somewhere in BIOS. It may have "4G" in the name IIRC.
Been there, done that smile.gif.
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Originally Posted by Kryton View Post

I'm just guessing but an average of $75 for that board sounds about right.
You'll see some go for less, some for more depending on the seller and how it goes, esp if it's an auction. As for the Opty's you may want to actually keep both if you plan on using your 939 stuff for sometime to come for whatever reason. Good 939 chips aren't exactly easy to find anymore and you have two, one obviously for a backup in case the other one runs into trouble.
BTW the single stick of PC 2100 sounds to me like the source of it's slow-boot problem.
Actually no, it was the SATA drive I was testing. The drive is broken and was taking forever for BIOS to [incorrectly] identify it.
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Come on now, of course I'm running win 7 64 bit.
"Hidden setting"? Come, really? U have to be kidding.
I am also thinking of getting a PCI card to use sata 3, it will cost me about $14 (discount and rebate $). My windows score went from 5.1 to 7.1 with my SSD, but I know "windows score" means nothing. The entire rig seems to be working faster, but I honestly don't know.
Any opinions on the PCI card?
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It won't be worth it, as a PCI card won't even utilize full SATA 2 bandwidth, let alone SATA 3.

Just use your native SATA controller, its ALWAYS the best option for an SSD. Even a good PCIe card is going to add too much latency for an SSD. If you want to utilize faster speeds out of your SSD, I'm sorry to say it...but you'll need to upgrade your entire platform. Putting a band aid like a PCI or PCIe card is only going to waste money towards the inevitable (and it won't help you anyway).
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Ah, dang it! I was so hoping u wouldn't say that. I was really hoping it would work.
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Quote:
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Ah, dang it! I was so hoping u wouldn't say that. I was really hoping it would work.

It'd be like me using my Marvell ports on my 1155 motherboard. It technically WORKS, and its "technically" SATA 3, but my native SATA 2 ports are faster for an SSD...and my Marvell ports are on the motherboard too. Problem is, the Marvell ports run through the south bridge (same as your PCI lanes), so there's too much added latency. It completely negates the entire reason of an SSD.

Just use your native AMD ports, and enjoy. The benefits of an SSD really aren't the sequential speeds anyway, its the access times. And you can enjoy that even on a SATA 1 port, so long as its native.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by InVeNtOr View Post

Come on now, of course I'm running win 7 64 bit.
How should I know you don't have all of your rig listed in your sig rolleyes.gif

DFI Ultra D
Opteron 170
4GB G.Skill
850XT

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"Hidden setting"? Come, really?

The hidden bios setting might say some thing like Memory Hole Remapping or something along those lines iirc. It's been a while since I played around in the DFI BIOS. tongue.gif
Edited by N2Gaming - 8/6/12 at 11:42pm
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