High-end PC Buying Guide @ TechSpot

By on September 28, 2005, 2:47 AM

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Didou said:
The chipset fan on that motherboard is comeplete crap : nousy & very prone to failure in the first month of use. If you want to stay with Asus, put the Premium version (the one with heatpipes linking the chipset to the mosfet heatsink) instead. :-PGood article other then that. :-)
Per Hansson said:
Yea, or stay away from that mobo all togheter, there is a "feature" in the BIOS that kicks in a memory dividor when you reach a certain FSB speed effectivley making the system slower when you overklock it, this is not mentioned anywhere in the manual or BIOS... You have to ask google, (or me) to find it out ;-)For example if I set the FSB to 230Mhz the memory dussenly drops down to 167mhz, if I further increase the FSB it just gets worse... And there is no getting around this problem...So people that post "amazing" FSB overklocks on A8N mobos should maybe check their facts a bit more... Like many car lovers tweaking their card to in the end be slower than they where in the first place ;-)And on that "deluxe" or whatever version with heatpipes; not such and great idea to put that in a high-end lian-li chassi; a heatpipe does not work if you turn it upside down.... But I also agree that the chipset fan is waaay to loud for any system... First tried replacing it with just a bare Zalman "blue" northbridge heatsink but then the system crashed... Glued on a nice Pabst 40mm fan and now it's quiet as a mouse ;-)
donnagual said:
I am an owner of the A8N-SLI deluxe, and one of the people who had the faulty chipset fan. It died on me in the first month, but ASUS was quick to send me a replacement for it. The new fan is much stronger, and I am extremely happy with the board.But shame on Asus for sending out so many boards with the faulty chipset fan. Major hassle.
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