Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sarasota, Florida, USA
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After playing with the 4CoreDual-VSTA (which works fine with my PDC E6600), I have noticed that it does not like 4GB of DDR2 among other things. 3DMark01 and 06 all crash when I use 2*2GB DDR2-800 sticks in XP x86 or 7 x64, but 2*1GB Corsair ValueSelect 533s OC'd to 667 work fine.
My 7800GS artifacts like crazy in Win7 on the 4CoreDual-VSTA, but the 3850 runs great. I haven't been able to get any PCIe cards working, however (7300 LE and GT 440 tried).
My AM2NF3 is only good for XP x86, as Win7 with the 7800GS + quad core has working video drivers but the card runs in PCI mode. I bought a Sempron 130 combo with a Biostar 760G AM3 board I can use later on for a folding card, and I found a new Foxconn A79S AM2+ on Geeks that I had to grab as AM2+ boards are so rare nowadays. If the Sempron 130 single core clocks decently and avoids the multicore limitation, I may *somewhat* like the AM2NF3. I have a feeling I might just send it to crunch for the rest of its life and if it kicks the bucket fast, whatever. $25 boards FTW. Since my 7800GS only works on this board I might as well hang onto it and leave XP on it.
I wish I remembered how crappy NVIDIA's chipset drivers were, or that most ASRock boards from 2005-2007 had no VCORE control, but the boards were so cheap that I was like "whatever." I've spent a ton of time working on them, experimenting, and throwing out bad CD drives that could no longer handle XP installs. :P
My K8NF6P-VSTA happily runs a Turion 64 ML-37 1MB Lancaster @ 2.4GHz with 2GB DDR 480 and Win7. Beats a Pentium 4 630 @ 3.6GHz with dual channel DDR2, surprisingly.
Oh, and the P4VM890 is being returned for a refund next week for being DOA. Decided to refund it after having my PCIe GeForce 6800 die yesterday and remembering how slow Pentium 4s are.
I may consider putting my Zalman VF1000 and a huge fan on my Sapphire 3850 but I don't think I'll get much higher clocks out of it.
Intel Crunchers (27 threads): 2x 3770K 4.3G (14t), 2600K 4G (7t), X3210 (3t), P-M 735A, P4 HT 3G
AMD Crunchers (11 cores):1100T 3.6G (3t), 1045T 3.4G (2t), X3 8550 2.5G, X2 4200+, T64 ML-37
AMD Folders (6272 GCN cores): 2x 7950 1125/1475, 7970 1150/1650, 7770 1100/1200
NV Folders (2336 GF10x + 1344 GK104 cores):GTX 470 & 465 720/1715, 4x 460 768MB 825/2000, GTS 450, 660Ti 1228/6000