Thursday, April 17th 2008

NVIDIA Admits to Data Corruption Issues with 790i Chipset

NVIDIA has admitted that its new nForce 790i chipset may cause data corruption when overclocking. A support article on the company’s website says:
NVIDIA has received reports of data corruption when using certain high speed memory and overclocking the front side bus. Our engineers are currently investigating this issue and as soon as we have more information, we will provide an update to this knowledge base article.
Unfortunately NVIDIA hasn’t revealed any workarounds or specific details on what causes the data corruption, so it may be best for 790i owners to run at stock speeds until a solution is found.Source: NVIDIA
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68 Comments on NVIDIA Admits to Data Corruption Issues with 790i Chipset

#1
Cold Storm
Battosai
Glad I didn't pick up that Striker Extreme board! Glad to see that Nvidia admitted to it!
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#2
ShinyG
The "success" story of the post-NF4 nVidia chipsets continues!
First, the all-mighty NF4, which has almost no Vista support when it comes to networking or RAID...
Second, the NF5, which is the old NF4 with a brand new sticker. Marketing rules!
Then the NF6, the "Prescott" of nVidia, a chipset so good, you could heat a bathtub of water with it...
Then the NF7, which either overheats up like crazy, doesn't support the latest Intel processors or uuh, doesn't overclock!
When their CEO said it was time to kick some a**, probably he was thinking of self-inflicted buttage...

Let me hear you all say: "THANK YOU, NVIDIA!!!" :P
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#3
Morgoth
want to overclock? get an intel chipset for godsake..
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#4
DaedalusHelios
by: ShinyG
The "success" story of the post-NF4 nVidia chipsets continues!
First, the all-mighty NF4, which has almost no Vista support when it comes to networking or RAID...
Second, the NF5, which is the old NF4 with a brand new sticker. Marketing rules!
Then the NF6, the "Prescott" of nVidia, a chipset so good, you could heat a bathtub of water with it...
Then the NF7, which either overheats up like crazy, doesn't support the latest Intel processors or uuh, doesn't overclock!
When their CEO said it was time to kick some a**, probably he was thinking of self-inflicted buttage...

Let me hear you all say: "THANK YOU, NVIDIA!!!" :P
Nvidia has made mistakes just like any other company. ATi users will take note of any weaknesses in the other companies design and whine about it.

Ati has made me pissed off that they can't churn out drivers that work with all popular games and work with all their cards at the same time. Is it that hard?:laugh:

Thats just the tip of the iceberg for both companies. We all make mistakes, but to admit the problem is the first step to fixing it.;)

I love both companies for their strengths and are wary of their weaknesses. Lets not turn this thread into a Nvidia vs. ATi vs. Intel thread.
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#5
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Well every chipset has growing pains. Remember ATIs first foray into chipsets?
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#6
ShinyG
@DaedalusHelios:

I don't want that either, I just like to make fun of it corporation and their problems!
I don't want to start another vs thread, in fact you were the one to mention ATi and took the oportunity to bash them a bit. Now, THAT's offtopic and can trully start a hateful "vs" thread!

My post reflects my feelings towards nVidia when it comes to their chipsets. Even though I own an AMD CPU and ATi GPU I'm a big fan of the nForce4 chipset. That is precisesly why I'm upset about the decline in the quality of nVidia chipsets... :(
That is all my post was ever meant to state, and that is all I had to say, sorry for not being more specific!
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#7
DaedalusHelios
by: ShinyG
I don't want that either, I just like to make fun of it corporation and their problems!
I don't want to start another vs thread, you mentioned ATi... Actually, you took the oportunity to bash them a bit. Now, THAT's offtopic and can trully start a hateful "vs" thread!
I am sorry if I hurt your feelings.:toast:
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#8
ShinyG
No worries, just wanted to make sure people don't follow up on the whole ATi/nVidia thing..
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#9
BumbRush
by: ShinyG
The "success" story of the post-NF4 nVidia chipsets continues!
First, the all-mighty NF4, which has almost no Vista support when it comes to networking or RAID...
Second, the NF5, which is the old NF4 with a brand new sticker. Marketing rules!
Then the NF6, the "Prescott" of nVidia, a chipset so good, you could heat a bathtub of water with it...
Then the NF7, which either overheats up like crazy, doesn't support the latest Intel processors or uuh, doesn't overclock!
When their CEO said it was time to kick some a**, probably he was thinking of self-inflicted buttage...

Let me hear you all say: "THANK YOU, NVIDIA!!!" :P
not quite correct, the nf500 is the nf4 chipset renamed the 550-570-590 chipsets are acctualy based on the ULI chipsets nvidia bought in the nf4 days, this is true at least for the AMD chipsets, now the intel chipsets, i dont care, i have owned many intel systems in the past and i have alwase found that SiS or Intel chipsets worked best, ATI chipsets where great but u cant get them anymore because intel didnt like it when AMD bought ATI.....

but i do agree about the vista support, the one thing that i dont like about nvidia is their horrible driver support with what they deside is "lagacy hardware" such as the 7900gx2.....
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#10
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
this is why i went to 580X
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#11
DOM
by: Morgoth
want to overclock? get an intel chipset for godsake..
ppl and Tri Sli :p thats not even worth it :laugh:
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#12
EastCoasthandle
Ever since the n-force4 people have found problems with data corruption. This is no isolated incident.
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#14
TheGuruStud
by: EastCoasthandle
Ever since the n-force4 people have found problems with data corruption. This is no isolated incident.
I think that was almost all driver related with that SW IDE driver or wtf-ever it's called.
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#15
Dia01
That's just fan-bloody-tastic!!! My 780i shat itself, managed to get a refund after a month and a half and awaiting arrival of the Striker 790i. Because, 1. I wanted a bloody good board. 2. Don't want to upgrade for some time. 3. Want to OC my Q6600 and 4. I have SLI cards just waiting to rock and roll. Hopefully a BIOS update will fix the problem otherwise I'm gonna be pissed!!!:wtf:
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#16
eidairaman1
ouch thats a :slap: to the face and a :nutkick: to nvidia loyalists.
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#17
qwerty_lesh
THANK YOU, NVIDIA!!! :laugh::laugh::laugh:
if u go single card solution for your pc and dont want to futurproof for SLIme then an intel chipset stomps an nvidia one anyday, dont get me wrong i like nvidia but really they need to improve or go back to gpu only. imho. no flames i burn easy :P
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#18
imperialreign
by: BumbRush
not quite correct, the nf500 is the nf4 chipset renamed the 550-570-590 chipsets are acctualy based on the ULI chipsets nvidia bought in the nf4 days, this is true at least for the AMD chipsets, now the intel chipsets, i dont care, i have owned many intel systems in the past and i have alwase found that SiS or Intel chipsets worked best, ATI chipsets where great but u cant get them anymore because intel didnt like it when AMD bought ATI.....

but i do agree about the vista support, the one thing that i dont like about nvidia is their horrible driver support with what they deside is "lagacy hardware" such as the 7900gx2.....
huh?! You can still purchase new Intel CPU based boards that have an Intel NSB and ATI SSB. They're not exactly aimed at the high-end market by any means, but they're still out there.

They tend to be found more with OEM Intel-based setups.
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#19
qwerty_lesh
also, poor dia01 i feel for u bud. and if eastcoast is correct then nvidia is a few too many years late on admitting their chipset problems. i also hope their is a bios update not that i own an nvidia chipset but in a month or so ill probably be working with a few of these chipsets through my workplace, and well if the problems remain i wont want to reccomend them to anyone wanting an oc'd sli rig, but on the other hand as long as the fault gets corrected (if a bios update can correct such a bs fault) then brand name boards with the 790i will probably stomp on other chipsets :D that is provided that nvidia gives their chipset the best product support and compatability support they possably can.
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#20
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
I have the ASUS 790i

I have crashed Vista

I have crashed XP 2 times now

I hope there is a fix soon, it kinda makes you :banghead: with a 500 dollar motherboard.

I have trust that it will be fixed....
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#22
X-TeNDeR
Data corruption.. AGAIN??!?! :twitch:

Luckey my former K8N Neo 2 Platinum (oh the good ol'..) was nForce 3, NVidia was yet to mess the chipset with that one :)

The best thing for them is to release a fix ASAP, and advise costumers to apply it (and maybe end this type of problems in their products, too).
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#23
DanishDevil
by: cdawall
this is why i went to 580X
Lies. I am why you went 580X :D
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#24
tkpenalty
This is something similar to the B2 Phenom's TLB bug..
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#25
[I.R.A]_FBi
by: tkpenalty
This is something similar to the B2 Phenom's TLB bug..
But unlike the TLB bug it is more prominent if i read correctly.
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