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AHCI support was only on the m2n-sli deluxe i think. i know mine has it, how ever i haven't been using my board as the Ethernet ports stopped working. i think you will be happy with sli. i loved it when i got it to work right. i was running my pci-e at 107 becuse i had issues with some games above that.

you will have to oc your fsb and not the multi to get most of the sli performance though if i remember right you liked the fsb oc better anyways.
Given that just about any mid-priced or higher motherboard sold now supports SLI, it is standard fare, so I'll be able to easily lift and move this over to the next system. That's part of my simpleton logic. Besides, this has been teasing me forever, one lonely unused slot...

When it comes to OC, i suppose I'm as greedy as anyone else that wants to squeeze the most of their system. Increasing the FSB IMHO was a major step in overall performance, and getting there took some time, so I can understand why some may only want to play with just the CPU multi. Right now the system has 3 different areas overclocked, 4 if you count RAM which is really only moderately tweaked.

The BIOS calls them:
  1. CPU Frequency (default 200, mine set at 250)
  2. PCIEX16 Clocks (default 100, mine set at 110)
  3. CPU Multiplier (3.4GHz is stock but running up at 3.8GHz)
  4. DRAM Frequency (default is 800MHz, but running at 832MHz

As for the SLI performance itself, I'm actually not sure what to expect. If there's some good way to check it (other than WEI), I'd like to hear about it.
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3Dmark http://www.overclock.net/downloads/9...mark-11-a.html or vantage http://www.overclock.net/downloads/5...k-vantage.html for benching.

I had 9800gt's sli'd for quite a while,one good thing is the 3 slot spacing,but you will get higher in case temps,but the performance boast is worth every degree

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3Dmark http://www.overclock.net/downloads/9...mark-11-a.html or vantage http://www.overclock.net/downloads/5...k-vantage.html for benching.

I had 9800gt's sli'd for quite a while,one good thing is the 3 slot spacing,but you will get higher in case temps,but the performance boast is worth every degree

Gyro
Right, forgot about those. I'm not so focused on numbers as I am on being able to run the more graphic intensive games turned to high. But I will run the benchmarks to just to see what they say. I recall when Crisis came out how it brought so many PCs to their knees. I decided to fire that game up today and the one 460 I have doesn't seem to break a sweat.

As for the case temps getting high, I can see that being a problem, but then again the case the M2N32 is in now wasn't one really built for the type of application I'm hitting it with now. And so the case sits on its side and will run with side panel off so that heat can escape more easily. As I've posted numerous times, I'm running 2x140mm fans inside the case now blowing on the board. They really help a lot. FWIW, this GTX 460 I have runs much cooler than the previous ATI X1900GT.

My next purchase will be a new case, AM3+ board and DDR3 memory to take the hardware I have to the next level. The new board will most likely use the latest AMD chipset. Something I can be sure plays nice with my Vertex 3 SSD.

BTW, do you think running a second GPU will cause me any overclocking issues, perhaps the PCI clocks? Also, do you think clearing the CMOS is something that needs to be done?
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Right, forgot about those. I'm not so focused on numbers as I am on being able to run the more graphic intensive games turned to high. But I will run the benchmarks to just to see what they say. I recall when Crisis came out how it brought so many PCs to their knees. I decided to fire that game up today and the one 460 I have doesn't seem to break a sweat.

As for the case temps getting high, I can see that being a problem, but then again the case the M2N32 is in now wasn't one really built for the type of application I'm hitting it with now. And so the case sits on its side and will run with side panel off so that heat can escape more easily. As I've posted numerous times, I'm running 2x140mm fans inside the case now blowing on the board. They really help a lot. FWIW, this GTX 460 I have runs much cooler than the previous ATI X1900GT.

My next purchase will be a new case, AM3+ board and DDR3 memory to take the hardware I have to the next level. The new board will most likely use the latest AMD chipset. Something I can be sure plays nice with my Vertex 3 SSD.

BTW, do you think running a second GPU will cause me any overclocking issues, perhaps the PCI clocks? Also, do you think clearing the CMOS is something that needs to be done?
I dont think sli will cause any problems as long as your psu is not maxed out and the voltage stays stable. mine did get hotter, only about 3*C but i was in a custom case with a fan blowing between them. but as long as you have decent air flow i dont see any problems.

i did notice when running sli you can run games a lot higher. my 9800gt was running black ops on med settings, with the sli i could max it out except for AA i could only run up to 4x. i noticed big improvements in games like grid and dirt though.

Am3 setups are nice. i have a low end am3 setup at work and it blows my 940be out the water on load times, boot, and tasking. cant say anything about gaming because it is on on board vid and aftermarket card.
post #9125 of 12349
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I dont think sli will cause any problems as long as your psu is not maxed out and the voltage stays stable. mine did get hotter, only about 3*C but i was in a custom case with a fan blowing between them. but as long as you have decent air flow i dont see any problems.
One of the 140mm fans will be blowing between the two cards, so yes I expect that to help. I'll let you know once it's all setup. I should get the card by Wed. FWIW, with the case closed, the CPU core temp is about 2C difference. 33C vs 35C. Keep in mind I'm using PMT's cool 'n quiet feature, so the processor is only running at 1GHz at idle. When the new build happens, I need to add a proper cooler too now that I think about it because I don't really want to go mucking with the backside of the mainboard once I get everything together.

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i did notice when running sli you can run games a lot higher. my 9800gt was running black ops on med settings, with the sli i could max it out except for AA i could only run up to 4x. i noticed big improvements in games like grid and dirt though.
Can you recommend any newer games that will tax a SLI setup?

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Am3 setups are nice. i have a low end am3 setup at work and it blows my 940be out the water on load times, boot, and tasking. cant say anything about gaming because it is on on board vid and aftermarket card.
Mind you I'm not trying to spend your money, but a good SSD even in an old AM2 board like M2Ns will make a marked difference in those items you mention. I can get the desktop up in 17 seconds.

I just got my son's Rampage III extreme finally working in AHCI mode and while I can tell his system is faster than mine, I don't really feel the difference is all that much. His system isn't overclocked though and mine is.
post #9126 of 12349
Well Ive got issues that are pissing me off big time

installed Windows7 on another HD, so I have a dual boot Win7 and WinXP... in XP everything is still ok with my CPU overclock but not in Win7

I remember to run Nvidia Control Panel to unlock all 4 cores but NCP in win7 all though same version does not have Core1 core2 core3 core4 setting to set that... also cant control the CPU multiplier.. it auto sets to 21.5x only thing I can actually controll is the HT bus.. but even after I apply.. it just doesnt...

cpuz stays the same showing me my awesome core speed of 804.1MHz !!
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Well Ive got issues that are pissing me off big time

installed Windows7 on another HD, so I have a dual boot Win7 and WinXP... in XP everything is still ok with my CPU overclock but not in Win7

I remember to run Nvidia Control Panel to unlock all 4 cores but NCP in win7 all though same version does not have Core1 core2 core3 core4 setting to set that... also cant control the CPU multiplier.. it auto sets to 21.5x only thing I can actually controll is the HT bus.. but even after I apply.. it just doesnt...

cpuz stays the same showing me my awesome core speed of 804.1MHz !!
I JUST finally installed W7. Did you remember to select "high performance" mode in your Windows "power options"?
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Ahh found the performance option.. thanks for the tip
Edited by Doba - 9/18/11 at 8:10pm
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im so new to this win7 stuff... where is this power option? I have no idea if its in performance mode

its frustrating because in one OS Nvidia CP allows me to unlock cores and multiplier and in Win7 it does not.. yet the same version !! ummm OK
The OS' are not that different really in this area. Power Options is one of the selections in Windows Control Panel under System and Security if you don't have Control Panel set to automatically menu expand. I highly doubt you're running High Performance as Nvidia Control Panel is very forceful of this being the case to expose the CPU multi selector.

Whereas PhenomMsrTweaker doesn't care at all. Remember you can control, in addition to the CPU multi, Vcore and NorthBridge voltage as a function of CPU multi, so you can create a Cool 'n Quiet function from within this tool. Greener.
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yeah I found the high performance mode It did unlock the cores and now NCP is fully functional again.. im OC again.. however It doesnt seem to ask me "keep these settings everytime windows restarts"
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