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HiS X1800XT scores using an A8R32-MVP board!

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May 3, 2006 6:54:16 PM

My PC I bought in Dec 2005


Lian Li PC-60plus Black Aluminum Case (w/TR-3B Black Thermometer/Fan Controller 3.5” bay)
Opteron 175 (2x 2.42 GHz, 2MB cache, Socket 939, .09 micron, E6 stepping, OSA175DAA6CD)
ThermalTake BigWaterSE 12cm liquid cooling system complete kit
Asus A8R-MVP Motherboard (ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire, socket 939, SATA2)
HiS X1800XT Graphics Card (625 MHz/700 MHz OC core/1500 Mhz/1600 MHz OC mem, Dual DL-DVI VIVO 512 MB PCIe)
ATI TV Theater 550 PRO Tuner (PCI TV and FM Tuner)
4x 512MB Corsair Micro Xpert DDR RAM (2-3-3-8-2T (spd 2-2-2-5-1T) TwinXP 1024-3200XL)
2x 74gig Western Digital Raptor Hard Drives RAID-0 (WD740GD RAID0 150gig Boot Drive)
2x 250gig Western Digital Caviar SE16 Hard Drives (WD2500KS storage and data)
Plextor 716AL Black 16x DVD/CD Burner (IDE slot loading type)
Antec TP-II 550 Power Supply (550 Watt ATX12V v2.0 PSU)
Dell 2405FPW 24-inch LCD Monitor (UltraSharp Wide Aspect Flat Panel Display)
Logitech G-15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan
Case Fans (SilenX 120mm intake, Adda 120mm exhaust blower, SilenX 92mm exhaust and SilenX 80mm Fan)

My Opteron 175 would only oc to 2.68GHz using the A8R-MVP, yet was only really stable at 2.5GHz...
So I crank it down a bit more and run it 24/7 at 2.44GHz and does fine.
I am hoping for some more top end with this newer revision of a well made board and ordered the A8R32-MVP board as a replacement.
Now maybe I can hit 2.7GHz semi stable, so I could run 2.6GHz 24/7!!!

Benchmarking with original December setup (using A8R-MVP mobo) hits pretty high according to FutureMark’s results ~ 4,935 3DMarks06 and 9,881 marks in 3DMark05.

The only change to system was replacing the A8R-MVP mobo to a A8R32-MVP a few days ago, and am pleased with the results so far.
Benchmarking with this newer current setup (mobo A8R32-MVP) hits even higher according to FutureMark’s results ~ 5,035 3DMarks06 and 10,096 marks in 3DMark05.
I also just ran 3DMark03 and got 18,364 3DMarks03...

Regarding overclocking potential...
I got a preliminary (quickie, since I did not fiddle much with timings and used auto settings for all other settings other than 2.5-3-3-3-2T) stable overclock using timings of 2.5-3-3-3 @2T of 246MHz (2x 2711MHz) using SysTool. And that is with 4 sticks of DDR RAM!!!
I just might be able to run this rig stable at 2.8GHz or even 2.9GHz if I tweak the memory settings a bit more...

Anyway, I am tickled pink that I can now run stable at 2.64GHz which is considerably faster than a stock FX-60, (due to more memory bandwidth plus the additional 40MHz) of which the FX CPU alone costs $1,100 and I got my OEM Opteron 175 for only $460 from NewEgg in December! WooHoo! :wink:

Does anyone know how to determine the best DRAM bank timings "skew" which is a new setting on this board? That might be the ticket to squeezing the most out of my RAM setup.
May 3, 2006 7:09:26 PM

Nice results.

10k 3dMarks... nothing to sniff at. :) 
May 3, 2006 9:40:16 PM

My rig:

AMD64 3000+
1GB ram
Asus A8N-VM motherboard
Maxtor 160GB harddisk
Sapphire X1800XT 256ram (standard core/mem clock)



My 3dmark05 is only 7404.......nearly 3000 score difference to yours :( 
May 3, 2006 9:47:29 PM

Thanks man. I am really digging this mobo.
I will continue to tweak it and am eager to find out what its top overclock is... I am so exited that I got it to just over 2.7GHz on my first try!
But my goal was stable at 2.6GHz and I am happy! :D 
May 3, 2006 10:49:27 PM

Quote:
Thanks man. I am really digging this mobo.



This is exactly why I"m ordering my DFI CFX3200 within the week. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

TY Rich, although I've read numerous reviews on their potential, its always nice to see somebody in house have sweet success, I cant wait to see how much farther I can push this 148 :wink:
May 4, 2006 3:26:24 AM

Why the DFI board? It costs $40 more than Asus's A8R32-MVP and it seems that they used some lower cost components than Asus too.

Following are some differences I noted before deciding on buying the Asus: (not knowing whether these choices make much real world difference, I just noted it before deciding)
1: DFI's 2nd SATA controller is SATA1 (sil 3114), but Asus uses a SATAII (sil 3132), yet you only get 4 internal SATA ports plus 1 external on the Asus yet DFI gives you 6 internal. (I believe tho the 3132 controller can have one port split to share 3Gb/s between two making 6 total)
2: Asus uses the Marvell Yukon 88E8053/88E8001 dual Pci Gigabit LAN Controller verses Dfi Marvell 88E8052/88E8053 Gigabit PCI LAN.
3: Asus uses Texas Instruments 1394a controller which supports two IEEE 1394a connectors verses Dfi VIA VT6307 controller which supports one IEEE 1394a connector
4: Asus has 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports verses 6 USB ports on DFI
5: Asus features the Realtek ALC882 8-channel CODEC for audio verses Dfi using
6: Asus and DFI have 3 PCI slots, but DFI gives you two Pci slots verses Asus's one.
7: DFI gives 5 fan connectors where Asus only gives 4.

Anyway, the main thing was the large price difference...
Either way, it seems that ATI has a solid chipset that is very competitive. So far I like it a lot!
May 4, 2006 4:08:24 AM

I dont know if this is normal or not but I managed to get my Sandiego 4000+ on an asus A8N5X completely stable at 2950ghz! Even after playing games for hours on end I was still fine with no crashes. This is with 4 sticks of DDR 400 btw.


I scored 11,700 in 3dmark 05 with my X1900XT also overclocked to 702 core and 1610 mem 8)

Guys I am new to this whole overclocking thing so let me know if you dont think this is safe, my temps on the CPU under full load are showing 45 degrees celcius. My video card is cooled with an aftermarket fan so there are not worries there.
May 4, 2006 5:34:30 AM

Wow, I scored just 796 marks below a X1900XT using a X1800XT clocked the same!
10,096 marks in 3DMark05 > X1800XT
11,700 marks in 3DMark05 > X1900XT
May 4, 2006 1:07:32 PM

Oh yeah! :twisted: Well my ricer pwns you! Muha hahahahaha!
May 4, 2006 10:53:24 PM

Quote:
Wow, I scored just 796 marks below a X1900XT using a X1800XT clocked the same!
10,096 marks in 3DMark05 > X1800XT
11,700 marks in 3DMark05 > X1900XT


Actually that would be 1604 :tongue:

Nice score on the X1800 anyway! :wink:
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