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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    This is what I generally use on my Venice Core 3000 which has similar multiplier etc. Adjust CPU FSB Frequency - 289 HT Frequency - 3x HT Width - 16 16 Cool 'n' Quiet - Disabled Adjust CPU Ration - 9x Adjust CPU VID - 1.45v Extra CPU Voltage - 3.3% Memory Voltage - 2.85v NF4...
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    I'd be a litlle suspect about 2 x 512's and a single 1GB. If you could buy a pair of 1GB I'd expect things to be happier and more stable. I'm running 2 x 512 and 2 x 1GB both Dual but obviously at 3-4-4-8 2T and things are very stable. Keep the memory in pairs I'd say.
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    Post your 3dMark 2005 scores here. (Link to list in 1st post)

    See Sig, I'm happy considering no dual core.
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    need hsf reccomendation

    I'm going to highly recommend the Zalman VF900-CU. It's very effective, very quiet and easy to fit. Also comes complete with Zalmand speed controller and Memory Heatsinks. Review - http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/zalman_vf900-cu/ Review -...
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    FireGL V5200 for gaming

    True, But you still have a choice of another laptop. Either way, It will play most games fine but like most ATI chipsets it'll favour D3D over OpenGL games. You can run the mainstream Catalyst drivers if you modify the setup .inf's to include the V5200 chipset. I doubt you notice...
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    FireGL V5200 for gaming

    I ran a FireGL V5100 128MB DDR in my PC for several months and it was based on the X800 Pro chipset. It generally ran most 3D games O.K at up to 1024 x 768 (Fear, Quake4, Doom3, Oblivion etc) and in typical ATI fashion 2D and 3D quality was nice and sharp. I then swapped it out for an...
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    Have you tried disconnecting all components (except essentials) like CD/DVD drive/s, Modem, soundcard etc to see if one of them is at fault. Sure it's not an incorrect jumper setting on a drive? Have you got the latest bios? Have you tried different ram and/or Graphics Card? Etc...
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    Pea size dab or thin layer of paste? Poll!!

    I always use 1/4 to 1/2 a BB sized blob of AS5 in the center of the heat spreader and then just fasten the heatsink on in one smooth movement (eg: Don't lift the heatsink off after you've placed it on the CPU and see if it's spread enough!). Just trust that it has spread nicely and as long as...
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    Nvidia 2D quality (7800GT/GTX series) ?

    I've used NV, Ati and Matrox cards over the years for various CAD and/or rendering work and I must say I've never seen bad 2D quality on any ATI or Matrox card I've used while the earlier NV cards 2D was crap. Todays higher end cards are fairly close however and although at home I use an ATI...
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    Just bought a Neo2 Platinum...what should i know about it?

    Solution could be to reflash the bios with the additional flags of /py/nvmac:xxxxxxxxxxxx/wb where xxxxxxxxxxxx is the origonal MAC address which, can be found on a sticker on top of the motherboard's parallel port block or somewhere around there! awfl833d.exe w7025nms.xxx...
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    Just bought a Neo2 Platinum...what should i know about it?

    Definately visit this site - http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=43033 Also make sure you are aware of the hidden bios settings - TIP: In the bios press and hold Shift+F2 and then press ALT+F3 to unlock "hidden" features within the BIOS. Basically this boards bios...
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    MSI classaction..?

    It wasn't just MSI in the spotlight at that time and MSI have used nothing but good quality Japanese made capacitors for a long time since this issue. http://abitsettlement.com/ Was an industry wide issue and while people could point the finger at the board manufacturer they should also...
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    MSI K8n Neo4 Platinum

    There was an issue with earlier revision boards where the GPU fan power connector contacted some capacitors right next to the PCI-E slot prevented the card from fully inserting. These cap's could be gently pushed slightly apart and the power connector would fit between them and the card could be...
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    Very very quick question

    It will work with the 20 pin connector but I'd highly recommend he at least get's the 20 - 24pin adaptor for stability.
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    Very very quick question

    If your mate has a power supply less than 400W and with a 12v rail of less than 18A then buy a new ATX 2.0 standard power supply with the 24pin connector. If the ATX 1.0 power supply currently used is more than 400W and has the 18A minimum 12v rail then they could save somemoney and get a...
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    nForce3 -> nForce4 without formatting

    I went from a MSI K8 Neo2 Platinum to the Neo4 SLI PLatinum and had no problems. Just uninstalled the chipset and audio drivers etc from the system while it was still in the Neo2 and once I'd transferred everything into the Neo4 I just booted up and installed the new chipset and component...
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    any 2D quality differences with today's high-end gaming cards?

    Nvidia has always focused on 3D and definately improved the 2D quality in the last couple of years. However ATI originally concentrated on excellent 2D quality and have never disapointed in that area while they've worked on and evolved the 3D performance. Matrox was always excellent and...
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    939 AGP board?

    No problem for us to source these here in New Zealand. http://www.ascent.co.nz/mn-product-template.asp?cname=Motherboards http://www.pp.co.nz/Motherboards-Socket939.php http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_4390.html And the fact that it's still listed on all the MSI global websites makes me...
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    MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum - USB 2.0 problems

    Can you post a little info about the actual device/s your trying to connect. Brand, Type, Model Number etc
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    And you've got to be quite happy with that! I use Everest Home Edition to check my voltages as I've found it the most accurate. http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=1&lang=en But at least you persisted and got a good result in the end. Cheers,
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    Yeah, What I'm referring to is the superpi failure which I find (on my PC) fails first when I'm pushing my memory a little further than it want's to go. If I relax the timings or drop the speed I get through the test. Exactly what speed is your ram running at? Same as your sig or...
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    Overclocking a 3000+

    The memory potentially will hold you back. If you get PC3200 sticks you'll need to run them at 166 to get your FSB to anything decent. Do your research and choose ram that you know will run O.K at relaxed timings well above it's stock speed. Also make sure your MB can provide the voltage...
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    MSI K8N Neo2 Platinium Questions

    When the mem modules are manufactured and sold as dual modules they have been tested and certified to run together. Not all identical modules will run as pairs with 100% stability. That's why they are sold a dual kit's (tested and certified). If the system from work uses dual paired sticks...
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    MSI K8N Neo2 Platinium Questions

    They should work fine but I'd be surprised if you get then to run as dual.
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    Memory's holding you back.
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    MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum - USB 2.0 problems

    Update to the latest bios from here using Live Update or Winflash - http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_detail.php?UID=607&kind=1 Should be bios v1.B and released 9/9/05 I'm fairly confident that should fix things up for you.
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    MSI K8N Neo2 Platinium Questions

    Only buy matched pairs. You cannot buy two sticks of ram and expect them to work together. Invest in some good memory that you know has some headroom otherwise it will guarantee to hold you back. If you don't overclock or plan to, then stick with your DDR333 non dual sticks. I use...
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    We'll, at least your getting more than you paid for from your efforts. What are your core temps getting to at the moment with stock cooling. Unless it's hitting 45C+ under load I'd give it a little more vcore.
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    MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum - USB 2.0 problems

    From the front ports (off the motherboard) or from the back ports. What OS are you running aswell.
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    Have you tried 3-4-4-8. The real world performance difference is undetectable so it might be worth a look.
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    As far as I'm aware the PCI bus on this board is automatically locked and shouldn't be an issue for you. I'm running my 3000+ Venice at over 300 FSB and the PCI bus hasn't been a problem. The CPU is perfectly good up to around 1.55v on air cooling and I'd say the memory is the most likely...
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    O.K, Can you change to the following, Adjust CPU FSB Frequency = 230 then try 240 if stable HT Frequency = 3x CPU Ratio = 10 Adjust CPU VID = 1.35v Extra CPU Voltage = 3.3% Memory Voltage = 2.80v NF4 Voltage = 1.55 Timing Mode = Manual MEMClock Index Value = 166 TCL = 3 TRAS = 8...
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    official MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI thread

    Fill this info in - Just out of interest can you post your O/C settings from your bios, DRAM Configuration = ? Adjust CPU FSB Frequency = ? HT Frequency = ? HT Width = ? Cool 'n' Quiet = ? Adjust CPU Ratio = ? Adjust CPU VID = ? Extra CPU Voltage = ? Memory Voltage = ? NF4 Voltage...
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    MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum s939 sli & -5v Rail

    I've read a number of posts from people using this board with ATX 2.0 PSU's without the 5v rail and everything is fine. The original issue was that the Onboard Soundblaster Live "apparently" required the -5v rail and therefore had an issue on the ATX 2.0 standard. I am 99% confident that...
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    Bizarre CPU fan problem and possible solution

    Just use the cable ties around the black arms and rethink it again after that if you still need improvement.
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    Odd prob with K8N Neo 2 Plat

    Have you got the D bracket with the diagnostic LED's mounted. If so, what is the LED sequence when it's turned on? Have you tried any other memory? What slot's have you got each stick of ram in? Have you tried it with another Graphics Card?
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    And once again i can not OVERCLOCK!

    Give us this information from the bios, or at least what you can find. DRAM Configuration = ? Adjust CPU FSB Frequency = ? HT Frequency = ? HT Width = ? Cool 'n' Quiet = ? Adjust CPU Ratio = ? Adjust CPU VID = ? Extra CPU Voltage = ? Memory Voltage = ? NF4 Voltage = ? DRAM...
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    help OCing a venice 3000

    Personally I think use the divider and get the extra 300Mhz. The on chip memory controller in the A64 CPU's basically minimises the memory bandwidth loss from using the divider. When I'm encoding video I get more benefit from the extra core speed. Compare your own bench's with mine below...
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    K8N Neo 2 Plat Upgrade(AGP) to?? (PCI-E)

    Yes, the M2 socket will hit the boards sometime in the second quarter/mid year 2006. So I guess you could wait but I'm sure the 939 sockets won't be completely dropped straight away.
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    Bizarre CPU fan problem and possible solution

    Don't use tape as it will just fall off. Use some heat resistant cable ties (Tefzel Fluoropolymer Cable Ties or Stainless Steel) as you can get them in various lengths and they are very slim so they won't affect your fins but you can tension them to suit. They won't loosen or fall off...
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