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Asus Maximus Formula

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by trt740, Mar 1, 2008.

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    let me know if you see any way to improve on this.thx
     
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    Anyone have suggestions for low-profile air coolers for the SB? I need something that will fit under my 4870X2's :D
     
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    I really couldn't tell you man... Your one of the lucky ones! lol.. I need a sweet chip now... Got water in the baby! and awaiting the GTX
     
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    Still looking for ideas on the SB heatsink/fan. Anybody know the hole-to-hole measurements?
     
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    I don't cool mine. With a QX, you don't really have to go for high fsb speeds. I just keep my fsb at or around 400 +/-10 or so. I do the rest with the multi.
     
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    Adding a fan to the NB seemed to help with stability quite a bit, even though I'm only running it at a 400 MHz FSB. I have an EK waterblock I was planning on putting on the board, but I would need a replacement for the SB and I'd rather not watercool it since it doesn't need it.
     
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    Ever since I added water, my Northbridge is getting quite toasty... right now it's at 47c...Should I throw a spot cooler fan on it?
     
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    If you're running water for the CPU, Asus recommends using the squirrel-cage fan they include with the board.
     
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    Yeah, I know that, and its added onto the mobo... But, I was just worried since the nb at 3.5 is 55c.... and quite toasty.
     
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    Then an extra fan would be a good idea. Mine seems much more stable now that the 70mm fan is on it.

    Or you could watercool the NB, too. ;)
     
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    Yeah, I don't quite get why it's like that..

    As for the water cooling.. It seems to be next on the list.. lol...:ohwell:

    Just have to think about everything else... :banghead:
     
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    All right.. more questions.. lol.. I was thinking of doing the pencil mod for the V droop... Have anyone done this yet? I was going to do it when I grab another hdd so I can check out my Asus striker II board... I really don't want to play with the drivers on this hdd.. plus it gets me a reason to go raid..

    Now, the next one.. Raid on the board... I know, T_ski, you have raid... How is it? ANd does anyone else have Raid also? Don't know which to go.. Thinking Mirrored, but don't quite know yet...

    Thanks for everything guys. :toast:
     
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    Now i have the intel system up =) .But i had no go with the formula board i had to buy rampage board and it firedup instantly so th the next thing is overclocking .Cpu is idling at 29c and system at 40c.Im very happy at the moment a big long struggle with the maximus .
     
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    I have four Seagate 7200.10 drives in Matrix Raid 0/5. I took the first ~50 GB of each drive and set it for the Raid 0 array (volume 1). The rest of the space was allocated for a Raid 5 array. Mind you, the Raid 0 array is even faster because of using the first section before the rest (remember: HDTach graphs always start higher on the left then go down as they go right). ~570 MB/s reads for the Raid 0 array, and ~230 MB/s for the Raid 5 array.

    If you want maximum performance you should do the same. What I would love to do is have a total of six drives, then run them in Raid 5 for max performance/reliability. I'm taking donations of V-raptors right now :pimp:
     

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    X, I'm glad the hear that you have some type of board running now! :toast:

    T_ski: I'm just now re reading in to Raid. I looked it up once I started back into computers... But, your way does sound a lot better! Thanks for the Thumbnails.

    Would love to help ya... but i know those prices.. lol
     
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    I have been using Raid arrays since my NF2 days and won't go back. Too much performance is lost on a single drive setup. Unfortunately, the HDD is still the slowest component in everyday PC use :(
     
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    That is true man. Going to grab a new hdd as we speek. Then, I'll probably hit ya up via PM, or here on what to do.. well how to do it like you... But, that won't be till probably end of next week.. going to try and see about getting my Striker II board to work..
     
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    get three ;)
     
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    lol.. wish I could... and do the set up like you.. but have the extra cash for one... might wait... i get the GTX friday... so that would hold me off for that time... but $59.... its tempting...
     
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    load times for OS improve. Load times for games improve. You wouldn't believe how fast HD tach runs lol
     
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    35 seconds for the short test
     
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    Damn.. I get around a min right now... Drooling...
     
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    Bought a 250 drive.... lol.. T_ski..:shadedshu
     
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    Here is some results after little fiddling with the bios :)
    I dont if its good becuse this intel thingis new to me.
     

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    dang man... Can you throw me your bios? Because I can get 3.8... but its not at those volts... Mine is around 1.6.... :toast: nice one man!
     
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