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Just got another Rig together over the weekend--up till 4 am and all that as usual.

I call this one Luminus. The name just sort of arrived in my head when I first saw her all put together.

Case is from taeric--an Aluminus Ultra--silver, very lightweight, tall, long, sort of narrow--with a big window.

The interior is so huge that it looks really clean after a little cable management.

For the nonce I have an FX57, Asus A8NSLI, 2GB OCZ, 2 Cheetahs in RAID1, and 2 x 160GB SATA3.0 in nothing--as the NVraid controller will not do a thing I want it to just yet--an x1950pro (I bought two to try Crossfire--but having no Crossfire mobo I am running it single), and my personal favorite: an 800 Watt PSU with 54A devided between the quad rails. That is the phattest PSU I have ever owned--not sure if it is good make though (BFG) but it does have a warranty so whatever...

Not thrilled at all with the SCSI set up--it is slow as mole asses. When I have the time I will try and update the HBA BIOS and see if RAID0 performs any better.

Nothing to show yet as far as Benches, but I will post them as I go along.

Currently Clocking the FX57 at 2700mhz--apparently stable.

One downside of the light aluminum case is that is incredibly NOISY. I mean like a dishwasher or laundry machine or something--the fans/'drives reverberate throughout so I will need to put some matting in there. The Dynex fans are el cheapo Best Buy units that make some noise--but it does not seem to be one particular thing--everything together more like.

Anyway--it was a relief to be dealing with a familiar BIOS (Asus) but I am still somewhat annoyed by the NF4 chipset in regards to it's RAID host. I have RAID enabled, the channels enabled, the Motherboard drivers installed--and still the drives do not show either in Windows or during the POST. I must be missing something. I have been through the BIOS again and again looking for that missed option that will magically make the SATA drives appear.

Wierd..

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Did you set up the RAID configuration?
I'll pop back in mine and see if you missed anything... have results for you tommrow.
 

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It does not list it as an option in the POST--usually it is F4 for NF4 and CTRL+S for SiS...

Could be the SCSI controller is making it skip that...not sure.

Yes I have lot's of pics Fishie--soon!
 

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Much struggling later I got the SCSI gear installed and it was SLOW as mole asses. I mean minutes to boot and a 2.5 MBs transfer rate...I dunno...

SO I popped in a pair of SATA 3.0 160GB drives and wrestled with the install some more and wierdly enough the Asus CD make disk was creating the wrong disk for the RAID drivers! I kept getting a Hard Error NTLDR.DLL error

I Explored the CD and found the Disk Drivers and simply put them on a Floppy.

Now I have the drives plugged intot he NV RAID headers (as lableled on the the mobo) but the Foppy drivers say SiS Soft RAID5 drivers..nonetheless I loaded them F6 and everything went fine--in fact Windows loaded very fast indeed.

A little quirky--but much better than on the DFI board.

Can't wait to bench the drives and see what they can do.

I also pulled the X1950pro and lovingly inserted a pair of Zalman cooled 7800GTs by EVGA. I set up everything on the board and in the BIOS for SLI so I am hoping for the best.

Luminus has been transformed from a Slug to a Bullet.

Still loading stuff so nothing to report just yet--I have been taking pictures of all of this and will be sharing them shortly...
 

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Daunting at times
 

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These shots are all with the SCSI gear installed--I have new shots--just need to finsih the install and I will post them--much cleaner without the peppermint taffy...
 

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Thanks for the linkage...I tried the latest driver (beta) 93.87 which lists my card as supported--but it made thescreen go nuts!\\
So I uninstalled and reinstalled the driver previous to that and it works great--I enabled SLI and DLed 3DMark06 and am running my first benchmark as I post on Claw.

Got the Wireless installed too...

The A8NSLI seems a lot easier than the DFI to set up and I have a suspicion that it runs a faster RAID aray too. If 4 Raptors in RAID10 is slower than a couple of Barracudas in RAID0 I will be very surprised...but it seems faster.

I can see the difference between the SLI 7800GT and the X1950pro in a couple of important ways--the GTs are way faster (like 2X the FPS) but the quality of the image is lacking--lots of jaggies and a kind of blah color. The ATI X1950pro produce cinematic quality images in the same benchmarks...so for running some frames in a FPS the SLI rig is awesome--but for sheer detail and rich color ATI rocks. It's always a toss up--until Crossfire enters the arena...

SO I am definitely going to be looking at a Crossfire mobo for the ASTI cards and I will be cranking up the GTs for some benchmark goodness.

More to come!
 

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Use the control panel (Nvidia) and always select Quality...the driver will still pump out the performance hi-end...that's what made the old drivers so good...good FPS w/good speed...
 

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Thanks Probn--I will try that out next.

Results are in for 3DMarl06--FX57 at 2700 Gts stock

5728.

I was hoping for more--much more. THe best I got with a single X1950pro was 4889 and it looked a lot prettier doing it....

The case came from taeric. Not bad for $40....

The el cheapo fans I bought at Best Buy (Dynex) are hideously loud and growly...must be replaced immediately The light aluminum case is very nice to look at--but not too nice to hear--it is really loud. The noise is primarily the fans--which will soon be gone as I have a Storm and a pair of GPU WBs that are ready to be installed.

Gonna download Rivatuner next and start cranking on those GTs...

Is 2700 pretty good for an FX57?
 

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Just ran HD tach and as I suspected the Asus is really fast--120 burst and 100 average read.

So in two instances I have found Asus superior to the DFI with the same chipset.
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Just ran HD tach and as I suspected the Asus is really fast--120 burst and 100 average read.

So in two instances I have found Asus superior to the DFI with the same chipset.
The DFI needs way too much configuring...it's a get it once and leave that part alone kinda board...
 

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Good to see you having some luck with the Asus board. The 3d Mark score seems about right.

I've heard of people flashing the A8N Deluxe boards to Premium. That would give you a higher vcore option and hopefully you could OC that chip a little higher.

I'm off to bed and I look forward to more results. Wish me luck as I take the first of 5 finals tommorow morning!
 
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