Asus A7N8X Deluxe Question...

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by melon, Feb 11, 2003.

  1. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    I'm wondering if anyone knows the answers to these questions:

    --How high of an AMD processor does this support? The ASUS site says this: "Socket A for AMD® Athlon™ XP/ Athlon™/ Duron™ 600MHz ~ 2.8GHz+." Now I've noticed that the Athlon 3000+ operates at 2.17 GHz. Does that mean that this board could potentially support not only the 3000+, but any future Athlon chips that don't break around 2.8 GHz?

    --Does this board even support Barton core chips to begin with?

    --I'm currently running a 2400+ (266 FSB) with 2 256 MB DDR 400 memory in the Dual Channel position (slot 1 & 3). When I do a Sandra test, however, it appears that the bandwidth is at about 2000 MB/s. Is this the limitation due to my processor and FSB or is there something that I'm doing wrong that is lowering my memory performance? (FYI, I bought the DDR 400 memory with the expectation that I would someday upgrade my processor, so I know it won't be as spectacular as a 333 FSB chip, but I am just curious if there is anything else I can do.)

    --Anyone else having problems with the ASUS website? I've read that there is a BIOS update for this board (1002), but I haven't been able to download a copy that hasn't been beta. AsusUpdate is also working terribly. I've never had a problem with their driver support before, and I was wondering if people are sharing an equal frustration with this.

    Lots of questions, yes, but I am curious to the answers. Thanks!

    Melon
     
  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    its supported... nvidia and amd hve both released statements saying the nforce2 platform supports the barton and possible 200mhz clock processors in the future (400fsb)
     
  3. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    you have 5.3gb/sec of theoretical bandwidth (2.7gb x 2)... so i'm sure you should get a higher number then that. this might be dumb, but did you have to enable a dual-ddr option in the bios somewhere?
     
  4. you don't have to enable dual ddr in the bios, as long as you use slot 3 and either slot 1 or 2 you will be in dual ddr mode, although asus recommends you use slots 2 and 3
    the A7N8X will support every socket a cpu to come from amd
    the boards have a 22X multiplier so no worries there
    although the barton will be the last ever socket a chip
     
  5. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

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    Yeah baby, I have A7N8X Deluxe as well, AMD Athlon TB 2.1+ XP 1.733GHz 333FSB. It supports up to 2.8+.

    To see all the processors this board supports go HERE, it is a Socket A(462).

    To download latest Bios 1002 click HERE

    For a mirror click HERE

    If you want you can use the PAIN IN THE A$$ DOS tool Asus recommends OR you can use this windows based app that will let you apply the new BIOS image inside windows; please note this app is also made by Asus but is not on the download page. Download HERE


    If you want to thank me go HERE
     
  6. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    Yeah. This is what it weird! I'm running on 1 and 3 right now. Maybe 2 and 3 will give me all that bandwidth? Or maybe the default BIOS settings are wrong?

    Does anyone know for sure?

    Melon
     
  7. deadzombie

    deadzombie Guest

    Use slots 2 & 3. I was using 1 & 3, then one of my buddies at the local shop told me to use 2 & 3 instead. I immediatly saw a difference in my benchmarks...
     
  8. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    Cool...I'll have to try this in a few days when I have time.

    Melon