Originally Posted by Hamstrings
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...