After toying around a bit with the bios and Motherboard, I finaly managed to get this board running GREAT!!!! I am getting over 1.9k in benchmark with gl excess, as well as real high scores with 3dmark. I have the overclock set to 5%, Turbo and PAT enabled, with 1 gig of geil ultra dragon pc3500 on a 2.8 p4c. I am using a Radeon 9700pro. Here is my benchies from Aida32.
Other than the 5% overclock and pat as well as turbo enabled everything else is running stock, including the ram timings. I am thinking about adding another gig of ram as well as switching to a 9800xt, but am trying to hold out for the new crop of radeons to come out. I have also thrown every thing but the kitchen sink at this computer and ran various ram and burn in test for a couple days at a time and it comes out with high test scores and has never failed. However, I do recomend lost of cooling and a good case for this mobo. I run a Thermaltake 4 fan 80m system inside of a Chieftec Dragon Tower with a Thermaltake 480w Purepower with FSP. Anyways, thought I would post this to show that these mobos rock if you can set them up rite.
Yeh, it works fine until you push it. I own one. I even wrote a review on it. If you stress these things hard under overclocking, the CPU vCore starts bouncing all over the place, even with stable line voltages.
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I agree, I seen alot of boards that basicly stuck the middle finger up at people when you push them hard. I have read that the Vcore on these boards do the same when you stress it. I do not majorly overclock, 5 to 10% is as much as I will puch any board, guess thats my comfort level. I like to overclock as much to the point where I do not have to raise the cpu voltage.
I did some research on the 9800xt last night and found out that its really not worth upgrading from a 9700pro. The 9700 only, slightly, is behind in some single digit fps then the 9800 on this mobo. However, I did order another gig of Geil memory.
My final system specs on this build is:
Chieftec Dragon Tower (older version with full window/heavily modified)
Asus P4C800-e Deluxe
P4C-2.8 5% OC'D w/Thermaltake Spark HSF
Thermtaltake 480w Purepower+FSP
1 gig Geil UD pc3500 (soon 2 gig)
Radeon 9700pro (new one once they come out)
4 Western digital SATA 120gig 7200 HD's 2xIND. Masters 2xRaid 0
Vantec Blue Round EIDE Cable/Neon Active Spiral Cable Rap
SB Audigy Platinum 2
Leadtec tv2000-xp dlx
Harmony 56k modem
Asus 52/32/52 CDRW
Asus 16x DVD Player
Thermaltake Hardcano 12
Thermtlake 3.5 bay 4xSmart Fan Kit 80m
Vantec Active Northbridge Cooler
Thermaltake Xaser 3 Keyboard w/Kensington (blue) lighted mouse
Black NEC Accusync 19 inch LCD monitor