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Originally Posted by schriss
Some say they can't overclock, they have problems etc.
A8N-SLI Premium is like Deluxe with many bugs fixed.

I own A8N-SLI Premium, I have volt modded it to allow vcore up to 2.0.
My Athlon64 (1800MHz) runs rock stable on this board at 2450MHz 1.65v at FSB of 271MHz, multiplier 9x, HTT 3x, RAM set to DDR266, CL2-2-2-5.
My 3DMark 2005 score with 7800GT (500/1.22GHz) is 8382 on this board.
If you don't like setting everything manually in the bios and prefer easier, load-defaults and all-auto type of board then don't buy A8N-SLI.

P.S. I can boot with FSB 300MHz, but it was not stable, and I didn't want to push it that hard
Sorry to hijack thread...but what volt mod did you do? Because 1.45v vcore isn't cutting it for me.
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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
Sorry to hijack thread...but what volt mod did you do? Because 1.45v vcore isn't cutting it for me.
1.45v? I could get 1.55v before the mod. Also watch out if you have dualcore, been reading about burned CPUs.
Anyway, here it is:


I set it to the middle position, got into BIOS, set low voltage, like 1.2v, went to Hardware monitor menu and adjusted voltage to be something nice like 1.4v
This way it's easy to adjust with bios
So when I set it to 1.3v in bio, in reality I get much higher, but predictable.
WARNING: It is NOT limited to 1.85v like it says, I got 2v once, just quickly turned it down. Hopefully mine is watercooled and survived :]
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Yeah I have watercooling too...when you said youd been hearing about burnt CPUs...did you mean because they overheated or they can't handle that high of voltages?
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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
Yeah I have watercooling too...when you said youd been hearing about burnt CPUs...did you mean because they overheated or they can't handle that high of voltages?
I didn't read carefully as I don't have X2. It was that when you put dualcore CPU in the board, the BIOS automatically detects it and lowers max vcore, so you have 1.45v with X2, I had 1.55v.
Your's is watercooled so I'd go for it, but before, If I were you I'd do some research on how it went for others.
Google for "A8N SLI vcore", then ask those who did it if they had X2 (or check in their sigs)
BUT THIS IS REALLY OFF-TOPIC, maybe start a new one.
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whats the difference between the deluxe and standard?
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I am running the Premium, and can say, it overclocks excellent. At first, I had issues, but once the system ran a burn in for a day or two, it has had not a single issue. The premium has a better RAID system, and the fanless Heat-Pipe, which is pretty nice, as I run 5 fans including the CPU cooler, and it's pretty quiet without a NB fan. Only time I hear anything, is when I crank my PSU fans up all the way, so it is pretty quiet. Other than that, they are pretty much the same boards. Personally, I would use the Premium, and no offense, but not a DFI mobo. I did a ton of research, and the Asus has been at the top of the list everywhere I look, but, the DFI DR is a great board.
I have had no probs getting my HTT high, currently it's at 235, and have had it as high as 255, but I dropped it till I install water cooling. Advice, I can say the Premium will be a great board for ya, but with the 3700+ San Diego core, you may need to update the BIOS depending on what it has installed when ya get it. Hope this helps.

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Also, the price difference between Deluxe and Premium is so small, that I'd nor consider getting Deluxe. Also remember that it's been said that Premium has many issues found with Deluxe fixed.
Standard is like stripped Deluxe, no second Network Card and other stuff. But take a look at Asus website and compare Standard to Deluxe.
I can't comment on Standard since almost everybody has Deluxe or Premium.

WARNING: A8N boards have issues with some PCI DVB Cards, especially SkyStar2, which will most likely burn your PCI slots and FireWire controller. This is because those cards are PCI 2.1 (5v), while Asus is PCI 2.3 Compliant, which means it provides 3.3v to PCI slots. Other manufacturers chose to provide better support for those old 5v PCI cards.
On the other hand, I'm running two old tuner cards on my Premium: Hauppauge Win-TV and Technotrend TT-DVB-Sat and have no issues with neither of them.
SkyStar2 is supposed to drain to much power from PCI slots, causing problems. Just so you know.
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