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ASUS A8N-SLI Premium

DFI NF4 Ultra-D 939 Lanparty

Which one would you recommend grabbing for booting XP off SSD (AHCI ENABLED) and get a decent overclock for the 180?

Whether you use AHCI or IDE won't affect your overall OC'ing results in terms of MHz speed achieved. There is a way to make it work but XP works hassle-free using IDE. I do know if you do an install as IDE and want to change it over to AHCI, there is a tweak for that but just remember either way won't affect what you get when trying to clock the system itself up.
It will improve certain things such as response time from your SSD.

Here's how it's done with certain boards but don't know if it works with your board or not - I've never tried to do a switch myself.
http://www.overclockaholics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4855
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AHCI have performance benefits on Windows 7. Tested personally by me with Velociraptor WD3000HLFS Baracuda 7200.11 1.5TB and Velociraptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB under both WinXP and Win7. AHCI have more efficient random data access.

Windows XP does not natively support AHCI features.

AHCI does not affect overclocking.

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I want 2x2gb ecc NON registered server sticks. doubt i could afford it though.
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Well I am convinced my eVGA 939 Nforce 4 board will never work with an SSD drive....
Every SSD configuration and driver I tried either gives me BSOD, or installs XP then after first reboot never gets back to windows.

I'm about to try ABIT K8N - Grabbed one for $34 shipped. Website say that the board has AHCI support which seems important in getting a SSD to work.

I decided not to buy the ASUS A8N PREMIUM... Though I am still holding on to the possibility of the LANPARTY board.

I really would love getting XP to boot from an SSD on my Opteron 180.
After I get a solid install then I will start to tweak the 180 to go a bit faster.
This is my emulation Machine so I don't want to go too crazy...

Right now just doing a fresh install on the Opteron 180 eVGA NFORCE 4 board on the EIDE HDD... Just to get it running.
After that I might go a different route.
post #25805 of 28706
DFI LanParty board's are the best 939 boards bar none for OC'ing.
They are quirky but like an F1 Formula car, once you get it right it will fly provided all else is capable.
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Originally Posted by Comp1demon View Post

Well I am convinced my eVGA 939 Nforce 4 board will never work with an SSD drive....
Every SSD configuration and driver I tried either gives me BSOD, or installs XP then after first reboot never gets back to windows.

I'm about to try ABIT K8N - Grabbed one for $34 shipped. Website say that the board has AHCI support which seems important in getting a SSD to work.

I decided not to buy the ASUS A8N PREMIUM... Though I am still holding on to the possibility of the LANPARTY board.

I really would love getting XP to boot from an SSD on my Opteron 180.
After I get a solid install then I will start to tweak the 180 to go a bit faster.
This is my emulation Machine so I don't want to go too crazy...

Right now just doing a fresh install on the Opteron 180 eVGA NFORCE 4 board on the EIDE HDD... Just to get it running.
After that I might go a different route.

You realize XP requires 3rd party software to properly utilize and SSD right? I'm just asking to check.
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LANParty boards are good, but my DFI nF4 Ultra Infinity is by far the best 939 board I've ever used. Some of the layout of connectors and ports aren't my favorite, but its clocked the highest stable FSB I've had over ANY of the other FOUR lanparty boards Ive run, post on FIRST boot ever (never had a lanparty do that, tongue.gif) AND its got just as many options to tweak. ONLY set back is the VRMs dont have cooling. Some cheap heatsinks, and some thermal adhesive fixed that. Its got that oldschool brown PCB look which is vintage, small form factor, and rock solid all around. Nowhere NEAR as much work to get going like a LANParty does... thumb.gif

Only thing that sucks is my engineering sample doesnt boot on DFI 939 boards, only ASUS A8N as of now I know of...
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Either way you can't lose with a DFI - I forgot about the Infinity's and yes, those are excellent boards too! redface.gif
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You realize XP requires 3rd party software to properly utilize and SSD right? I'm just asking to check.
Not exactly the truth. Nv raid is all that's required. If you raid 0 your single SSD it's pretty much the same performance as an AHCI SSD.
Alignment is important also. XP will not do this for you. You have to do it manually.
FWIW, I have SSD's on my DFI 939 boards, and older platforms than that, with no issues at all.
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Care to expand on this? Very interested in getting my SSD on XP to work on a 939 setup for my machine.

Raid 0 on a single drive? How is that possible.

Alignment?

Installing XP fresh from a CD to the SSD - how do you install NV-raid?

Thanks
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