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Old 07-03-08, 07:16 AM   #13
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In my experience with nforce boards is that 90% of the time ,it is ram issues that cause me the most problems.For whatever reason it was always the ram timings or voltage i had to mess with.I would get lock-ups just like you are describing and windows installs would lock-up too.
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Old 07-03-08, 12:47 PM   #14
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1. You don't overclock system before you actually test whole configuration at stock.
2. Secondly Nforce Chipset is great, never had problems with them
Nforce 4 SLI - still working
Nforce 590SLI AMD - still working
Nforce 680SLI Intel - i killed it (board was bended big time, still have no clue how it managed to perform for 3 months before it died)
Nforce 780SLI Intel running right now with zero problems.
3. Did you try to unplug one card and runs system with single GTX280.
4. I think your problem is PSU.
5. There are bad GTX280 cards. I RMAd eVGA GTX280 got new one...things don't go over 76C after 3 hours of playing Crysis.
6. Generally two cards in SLI will run a bit hotter, but also rules says that primary card should be hotter for about 2-4C at most while they are running together.
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Old 07-03-08, 12:49 PM   #15
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Is this your PSU SuperFlower Amptac 850W PSU?

You have to be ****ing kidding me...you need 1000W PSU with 2x6pin and 2x8pin connectors.
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Old 07-03-08, 01:06 PM   #16
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Man, which part of NO POST don't you understand? And the friggin PSU is fine. It powered both cards for 3-4 hours before I got the errors... Did you even bother to read my post? Both cards are fine.... Read, THEN bitch.... You couldn't even be more ignorant... The PSU has 6 12V+ rails, maximum of 68A combined and has 2 PCIe 6p and 2 PCIe 8p... There goes your theory and drop the attitude...
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Old 07-04-08, 06:01 PM   #17
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Default Re: My terrible experience with SLI...

You'll have to excuse hell of doom. He appears to be one of those typical fanboys who feels obligated to defend anything and everything said about his precious company while ignoring the facts.

I can relate to your troubles. 3 dead 680is and 1 dead 650i in a span of 3 months. 2 of those boards were never overclocked. All were well-maintained.

On the other side of the coin, I've owned 5 or 6 Intel boards over the years and never had a single issue with any of them.
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Old 07-05-08, 04:27 AM   #18
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I have the 680i SLI and have not had no problems running SLI and never had my Evga 680i sli ever go bad,but maybe I am just one of the lucky ones. I don' have the new GTX-280,but I have read the power draw of one is 292watts and with SLI it draws around 508watts with them not over clocked at max load.So your power supply should be plenty as long as it is working alright.I know I had a problem with my 8800GTS 640mb SLI setup once and everone kept saying it was my prower supply and I kept saying there is no way because I had a Thermaltake toughpower 700watt and it had four 12v rails and put out a total of 56amps,but i boke down and bought a Silverstone OP650watt that had a single rail 12v line and put out 54amps and to my surprise the rebooting stop and the lockups and other probles just went away and it worked perfect.And if you have got different boards and they are different brands to and they both lock up and mess up ,I would start looking somewhere else instead of just saying it is the nforce boards .Your power supply might be fine ,but it would'nt hurt to try a different one just to make sure.Because even tho I thought my power supply was fine it turned out to been the problem ,I sent it back and they sent me a new T.T.700watt and it worked fine ,but I stuck with silverstone since I had such good luck with them.
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Old 07-05-08, 07:22 AM   #19
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John I appreciate your comments, but as I said, all of my problems were hardware related, and all were the motherboard's fault. The first setup worked for 3-4 hours until the board suddenly died(freeze, restart, CPU INIT error), the second system lasted for 15 seconds (boot, go into bios, lock up, CPU INIT error) before it suddenly died and the third board was DOA... I'm not complaining about restarts, or instability which could be PSU related... Stuff simply wouldn't work... There's no point to swap my PSU, as I never went into Windows in the latter two cases and the setup was working fine with SLI and all in the first case...
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Old 07-05-08, 12:42 PM   #20
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It was just my opinion since I would have swore it was never my power supply but turn out to be so.All i was trying to say it never hurts just to try .
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I know your intentions were well meant. I'm just saying that the problems I have suffered indicated a different problem than the PSU. I mean I could have also blamed the PSU if I had gotten into Windows and crashed during 3d games, which would indicated stability issues at full load. But when a board is DOA, it can't be the PSU, correct? If another board starts, locks up and never starts again, same story, it can't be the PSU... The first board worked well for quite a bit too, until it suddenly crashed at one point and never worked again. If it was the PSU, these boards would have booted fine but I would have simply experienced stability problems...

Btw this is my PSU, SLI Certified and all:
http://www.super-flower.de/index.php...d=36&Itemid=47
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That PSU is not enough. Can you stress your system with only one GTX280 and see if anything is going to crash? In 2D Mode GTX280 draws little W, so two of them in Windows is not a big deal.
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Oh dear God enough with the f*cking PSU. It's running both GTX280s at this friggin' moment on a P7N Platinum THAT WAS NOT DOA!

Which part of "The PC won't post" did you not understand mate? I mean the PC has to start somehow if the PSU is going to give out...
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