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You don't really need dual 16x SLI, since no card out there fully uses the bandwith of an 8x lane.
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Blah at DFI for intel. They just havn't come out with anything of any real significance for Intel, they concentrate almost entirely on AMD. I wouldn't risk getting a DFI for intel.
    
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Blah at DFI for intel. They just havn't come out with anything of any real significance for Intel, they concentrate almost entirely on AMD. I wouldn't risk getting a DFI for intel.


Sorry, I didn't even think aboutthat. Yeah, DFI owns AMD, but not so much Intel
 
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I'm giving the P5N32 one more shot. I've got the latest drivers for chipset/video/audio burned on a CD, and I'm going to install windows and install the latest drivers right away this time. If I'm still having problems, I'm going to rip the damn thing out and get a more stable board. If I have to go with the intel chipset that only supports 8x PCIe on the secondary video card, then fine.

Anyone want to suggest good boards other than the P5N32 that are good for dual SLI and a dual-core pentium? I have a Pentium D 930 and two Nvidia 7900GTX cards (by PNY). I'd also need DDR2 667 RAM support. I have two sticks of Mushkin's PC2-5300.
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I'm giving the P5N32 one more shot. I've got the latest drivers for chipset/video/audio burned on a CD, and I'm going to install windows and install the latest drivers right away this time. If I'm still having problems, I'm going to rip the damn thing out and get a more stable board.
Well I tried reflashing the BIOS and hit the power button. And it wouldn't start up. So I started ripping the components out one-by-one. I had two sticks of ram in, one in each yellow slot. I took the second one out. The board posted. Okay, I thought bad ram from mushkin? Nope. Putting the other stick in the primary yellow slot yielded a post also: both ram sticks were good! Putting both in, one in each slot, both combinations, yielded the no-post situation where it had previously been able to post with 2 sticks. The board managed to burn out its second yellow ram slot.

And that, my friends, is the last straw. Asus was the first on the market with a board that could handle two 16x PCIe slots at full bandwidth simultaneously with an Intel CPU, and it shows. I am RMAing this board, and then it's going straight on eBay.

I'm eyeing a Gigabyte board that also uses the Nforce4-SLI chipset and is reported to be significantly more stable than the Asus P5N32. I'm gun-shy of buying another nforce mobo, but what can I say? I need those full 16x lanes...

I'm sure others have had success with this board. Feel free to step up and defend; I won't take offense. But I for one have never had so much trouble with a motherboard.

Ha, and I was worried about setting up the watercooling! That was the easy part...
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