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Hey guys,

This is my little vent/rant...so bear with me.

Since it became available, I had always had this fascination with Nvidia's SLi technology. I read about it and dreamed of being able to use it but I didn't know if it was worth the cost. One day the stars aligned and I decided that I was going to go for it; piece by piece.

First was the 680i board so I can get dual x16 so off I went and got a P5N32-E SLi. There was nothing I could do to get my E6400 to overclock to even noobish levels and my RAID arrays were breaking left and right. Buh Bye!

Next came an EVGA 680i-A1. Overclocked to moderate levels well and no RAID problems at all. Great--must have had a dud before. One day, no power lights, no fans, no post, no NOTHING. Buh bye!

In comes a second EVGA 680i-A1. Same performance as before and worked quite well for a while. Next thing I know overlocks that been working for months no longer do so. The only thing that changed was a BIOS revision. Some of you might say that overclocking to certain levels can never be guaranteed. I think you're right. My counter-point would involve something about BIOS update after BIOS update from the Nvidia camp and how flaky they tend to be. I could have rolled back but why the hell should I have to? Nv-specific forums are usually crammed with "which BIOS fixes what but f's up what else?"

I get ahold of the friend I gave my P965 (what I was running prior to 680i) board to and ask him if it's given him any problems. He says none at all. I told him he must not overclock or tinker with stuff. He corrected me and told me his 6850 runs just fine at 3.6. Super.

Then comes the 780i. Good board from what I read about and I could get it locally for a good price. Even found someone that wanted to lay claim to my 680i so I went for it. The 7-series worked quite well for me for about a week and then one night, as I sat down to process some client photos, it wouldn't post. Cleared CMOS, pulled battery, etc to no avail. It was a goner.

Now at this point some of you are probably thinking I'm a noob doing stupid things with my hardware and creating my own problems. I don't blame you but now I will hopefully correct that. I do overclock but I am very cautious and thorough when I decide to do so. I feel that I am experienced in the area and I ALWAYS test, test, and test again all while having voltage and temperatures under a watchful eye. I read A LOT through forums like this one and get a ballpark for my EXACT setup before I start monkeying around with anything.

So...I took the 780i back and bought an IP35 Pro. Unfortunately my second GTX no longer has a home (hopefully eBay will correct that) but so far it's like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It just f'ing works. I don't have to keep swapping BIOS after BIOS, setting after setting. As I said, this new Abit board just does what it's supposed to without being a princess about it. I love it.

Sorry for the long post but I felt like ranting a little bit. Now I feel better
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Sorry that things haven't worked out for you, I guess I have been fortunate to only have a few problems with my setups so far.
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wow i have never had a problem with my rig and i have raid 0 and SLI lol. im sorry nvidia didnt work out for you.
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I should also add that I'm not all-out bashing the big N. I have a pair of 8800GTXs that have treated very well and I also use a EVGA e7150 mobo in an HTPC.
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Ofcourse Intel Chipsets are easier to get a new system up and running on.

But as other posters said ive used P5N32-E SLI and no Problems in terms of installing

Just ure bad luck i guess
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I should also add that I'm not all-out bashing the big N. I have a pair of 8800GTXs that have treated very well and I also use a EVGA e7150 mobo in an HTPC.
oh dont worry. i a die hard fan of nvidia for being so good to me and i didnt get the idea that you were bashing nvidia. i would of been all over you lol. some things just work for other and some dont. like i have killed 6 AIT cards in my life and only 1 nvidia card and it was my fault. im now on my 6th nvidia card. 3 were 8800 and one as a 7800 and a quadro 4 card.
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RAGE ISSUSES SON! ?



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oh dont worry. i a die hard fan of nvidia for being so good to me and i didnt get the idea that you were bashing nvidia. i would of been all over you lol. some things just work for other and some dont. like i have killed 6 AIT cards in my life and only 1 nvidia card and it was my fault. im now on my 6th nvidia card. 3 were 8800 and one as a 7800 and a quadro 4 card.
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Sorry to hear about all your misfortune with Nvidia. Fortunately, I haven't had nearly as many problems, just one dead PCIe X16 slot. But, as soon as I can afford an X38 replacement board, this 680i is getting RMA'd and the replacement is getting sold.

I wanna go Crossfire!
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I chose the Abit board because of the reviews it got from normal people like you and me on Newegg. Considering how many people out there that probably give bad reviews to products because of unrelated issues or their own mistreatment of it, I figured it has to be nice and simple to use. Turns out I was right. I had one issue so far with my memory getting undervolted. SPD is for 1.85 and loose timings on my Ballistix and the board was only giving it 1.8 on the first boot. Fixed that and voila...awesomeness.

As far as Nvidia goes, there are a few things other than my experience with bad motherboards. It really seems that Nvidia puts products on the shelves before they are thoroughly tested. A problem arises that affects enough people and on come the updates and revisions. It's almost as if early adopters are their beta testers. Just so you don't think I'm talking out of my arse, I give you two examples: The AR/A1 fiasco with quads and the overheating 8800GT thing. The latter of which I got to experience myself.

I used one in a friend's build and 2 days later the dreaded phone call came in saying there were problems. The problem was an 8800GT that couldn't keep itself cool even with the fan set to 100%. I switched it out for a G92 GTS and all was well. A couple weeks later I noticed the newer GTs have larger fans. Go figure. You'd think Nvidia would replicate conditions found in a cramped case (read: worst case scenario) and make sure the little single slot was up to the job.

Go and look how many BIOS updates there are for the 680i and compare that to a P965 board (who's day has come and gone already). Seems to me like attempts to patch in immature product.

What I don't understand though is why this policy? Why push products when they could be sitting back in their chairs and relishing the fact they're number one in the vid card market with hardly any competition (until the x2 came out that is).

I probably will not buy an Nvidia motherboard for a long time because of what's happened and the reasons I just listed above. There's a point where stuff happens, bad luck, etc and there's also a point where poor efforts lead to poor products.
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"Don't worry, I'm very careful when I overclock I only take it about 2.0Ghz at a time, and I only raise the Vcore 1 volt at a time. I'm very careful."


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