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Figured it was time for a change (again!)

Here are the toys I picked up this morning:

Asus P5E Motherboard:

X38 Chipset (full 16x16x Crossfire support). Its actually an Asus Maximus Formula with a few features stripped out. (In fact if you peel away the P5E sticker, it has Maximus Formula silkscreened on the board )

The X-Bit labs review indicated that this board is a stellar performer.


Sapphire HD4870 Video Cards:

Pretty spiffy looking we will see what kind of benches I can pull with my quad at a comfortable 4 ghz...

Here is the link for the hotfix drivers (thanks Grunion)

http://support.ati.com/ics/support/d...asp?deptID=894


Crucial Ballistix: DDR2 Kit

PC2-8500 2x1 GB kit. uses Micron D9 IC's.

All in all a pretty good little deal. Once HD4870 number two arrives, I can really test this.

I have built it, formatting and OS loading is in process. I will post back some benches this afternoon.





Edited by Robilar - 7/2/08 at 8:19am
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Didn't you have a 790i Ultra? What made you change and go ATI?
 
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Sweet looking rig there. I'd love to see crysis on Very High screenies when you get your crossfire running.
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ooo looking forward to the results ^_^ b

and now you'll have to change your user title. "SLI guy" with a crossfire setup will probably lead to more than one brain hemorrhage
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Looks awesome dude. I am contemplating going XFire with 2 4870s as well....
Edited by bluedevil - 6/28/08 at 10:36am
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Everything is now installed and xp loaded.

Some challenges getting the thermalright si-128 se installed but got that worked out as well.

After loading XP, there is an unknown pci device showing. No idea what it is.

I've loaded the ati driver, my creative sound driver, mb inf chipset and marvel lan controller driver. 1394 and on board audio are disabled in bios so I'm a bit confused.


One thing to note with this board, it does not recognize my cpu without a bios update. the system booted and showed cpu at 2.4 (I guess it thought it was a Q6600). When I rebooted it hung. Fortunately clearing the cmos let me boot again and I immediately went into bios and flashed to 0702. All is fine now.

Nice thing about my cpu cooler is that it blows a ton of air down and given the layout of the board, much of that air is blown right onto the nb. I was going to mount a ghetto fan on the nb but it appears that I won't have to.

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Congrats on your purchases Robilar.
Looking forward to seeing some results.
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good stuff, is the 1000w psu really necessary though??
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The unknown PCI device is the soundchip on the videocard.
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Hmm, does that mean I have to reinstall the entire catalyst suite rather than just the bare ati driver?


In system panel it says its an audio device on hi definition audio bus
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