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    Waiting patiently for this board!!!
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    Ok with the intial offering of 45 units, this thing will last..what 15 sec? Then what? So when can can we realistically expect to get our hands on one?
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    well im thinking of getting this board too~
    but how good will it stack against the evga680i?

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    Build guide

    For the benefit of us noobs who are lusting after this board , can someone please post a build guide link?
    Last edited by hillwilla; 04-26-2007 at 03:28 AM.
    Infinity 965-S Dark, 424 bios
    E6600 L640A, 3.01 (9 x335) Zalman 9700LED
    2 x 1gb Buffalo FireStix DDR2-800 5-5-5-12 "D9GKX"
    EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB
    OCZ GameXtreme 700w psu
    WD Raptor 150g SATA
    Seagate 320G perpindicular x 2 SATAII
    SB X-Fi Fatal1ty
    Lite On LS DVD/RW & floppy/card reader
    NZXT Nemesis Elite Gaming Case, 3 x 120mm fans
    Dell 22" LCD monitor
    Razor Tarantula Kbd
    Razor Copperhead Mouse

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    well its a little more expensive then the evga board...
    at least to me...

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    nice mother board dude congrats, Wish there was 7 segment display on my board to.

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    well can any owners post their oc results??

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    Quote Originally Posted by somiao View Post
    well its a little more expensive then the evga board...
    at least to me...
    Some members on evga's forum have replaced their heat pipes with chipset tower coolers in order to maintain stability when overclocking. Those chipset towers go for around $30 ea, and usually for evga's they install two of them. Thats ~$50-60 extra that I would be buying to get evga's motherboard cooled the way I'd like it.

    DFI's solution is better than the heatpipe design, at least thats the way it looks like. Andre said the SB chipset fan is quiet, but I'd like to know the RPMs. =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by vengance_01 View Post
    Damn you already have a nice rig
    Yeah, but when is enough speed enough speed?

    OFF TOPIC: I'll be selling my motherboard/RAM/CPU as soon as I get this board.
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    Posted by VIRTUALRAIN
    Can someone with this board do me a huge favor and measure:
    - the box bound by the 4 NB retention loops
    - the pin-to-pin distance on the SB retention pins
    - the pin-to-pin distance on the DPWM heatsink retention pins
    Posted by DOGCHAINX
    -What size of fan can you put on the NB heatpipe/heatsink? And does it need it when overclocking?
    a 60mm fan fits the fan clips. dont know about overclocking yet.


    Ill get the DPWM later, too hard to measure when its in the case.
    Last edited by EYEBORG; 04-26-2007 at 08:17 AM.

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    wuts the maximum cu voltage??
    can u post the mxium fsb u can do??
    thx

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    If my next client meeting goes well I'm ordering this mofo.

    Thanks for the pics and stats, I'm glad I held out on other 680s til now.

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    currently have it running orthos blend - E6400 at 3.5ghz 438fsb x8, if it likes that I'll push it a little, I hope it likes it.

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    Thanks for the measurements Eyeborg!

    How hot does the DPWM heat sink get when loading up your OC'd proc?

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    where can we buy this board, can we even buy it now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAR View Post
    where can we buy this board, can we even buy it now?
    Nowhere yet. Check newegg tomorrow or early next week. I posted info about it in this thread, look back a page or two. I did NOT verify this info. I just took it off a thread that was in DFIclub forum.

    I sent an email to newegg asking if they have an ETA, but they said they don't know ETA's on new item shipments (BS...ask managing staff for hell's sake! You're purchasing it afterall!)

    There are other countries other than the USA that have seen these in stock. MotherboardPro.com (i do NOT recommend them, since i have no dealings with them) list it as shipping 4/30/07. Newegg might get it sooner, but I doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogchainx View Post
    There are other countries other than the USA that have seen these in stock. MotherboardPro.com (i do NOT recommend them, since i have no dealings with them) list it as shipping 4/30/07. Newegg might get it sooner, but I doubt.
    Thanks for the heads up. I just cheched out that Motherboardpro.com site...

    http://motherboardpro.com/displayPro...&categoryId=29

    $315.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by neptunes View Post
    Thanks for the heads up. I just cheched out that Motherboardpro.com site...

    http://motherboardpro.com/displayPro...&categoryId=29

    $315.99
    Still a far cry better than the Striker Extreme and in this case, you get more for less in my opinion!

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    raid test, 4x wd 160gb wd1600ys raid 0 16mb cache...




    fun times for this weekend benching SLI...

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    Quote Originally Posted by raju View Post
    raid test, 4x wd 160gb wd1600ys raid 0 16mb cache...




    fun times for this weekend benching SLI...
    Never knew you also had the board.

    Can't wait for the rest of the results.

    PS: How do you like those hard drives?
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    Quote Originally Posted by raju View Post
    raid test, 4x wd 160gb wd1600ys raid 0 16mb cache...




    fun times for this weekend benching SLI...
    Is it just me or is that poor? The burst and seek is ok for those drives but the STR curve is terrible - it looks to me like something is thottling as you should see the curve slowly drop down as it moves to the inner cylinders. Your average STR per drive is only 35MB/sec... that's not good. Something is capping it.

    EVGA users were having similar problems with their boards... http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=128803 You may want to check out post #66 on page 3... some users were able to improve things by turning off read caching and command queing although this was not a sure-fire fix for all.

    For comparison, here's a pair of 8MB Cache 74GB Raptors on NF4 (which is not the best RAID controller either) and it keeps up with 4 drives on this thing!? Yikes!




    If RAID0 performance matters to you, then you may want to consider an Areca RAID controller with this board... (shown below with 4 74GB Raptors with 8MB Cache each)
    Last edited by virtualrain; 04-26-2007 at 11:45 PM.

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    Two suppliers have pre-orders in Australia, both saying 5th of May as ETA. I called the disty who confirmed May 5th.

    http://www.tekcorp.com.au/catalog/pr...f8d15c5b00d6b6

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodjer420 View Post
    Two suppliers have pre-orders in Australia, both saying 5th of May as ETA. I called the disty who confirmed May 5th.

    http://www.tekcorp.com.au/catalog/pr...f8d15c5b00d6b6
    That's close to what these guys are saying (4th of May)... http://www.motherboardpro.com/displa...&categoryId=29

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualrain View Post
    Is it just me or is that poor? The burst and seek is ok for those drives but the STR curve is terrible - it looks to me like something is thottling as you should see the curve slowly drop down as it moves to the inner cylinders. Your average STR per drive is only 35MB/sec... that's not good. Something is capping it.

    EVGA users were having similar problems with their boards...


    If RAID0 performance matters to you, then you may want to consider an Areca RAID controller with this board...

    I though we already knew nvidia raid sucked. .... it should be a silent agreement that if you buy this board you have to get an areca card if you plan to use raid!!!


    On board raid controllers are getting terrible all around minus intel.
    __________________________________
    [ EVGA X58 Classified ]
    [ Intel i7 920 ] --- D0
    [ Sapphire 4870x2 ]
    [ BenQ G2400WD 24" Monitor]
    [ 3 x 2GB G.Skill Trident DDR3 ]
    [ Corsair 850HX 850 watt PSU ]
    [ Auzentech Prelude ]
    [ beyerdynamic MMX300]
    [ Logitech G15, G9 , G7, MX518]
    [ Saitek X52 ]
    [ 4 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB ]
    [ 1 x WD 150GB Raptor ]
    [ 1 x Seagate 500GB 7200.11(32mb) ]
    [ Windows 7 64-bit]


    Water Cooling Setup

    U2-UFO Black Powder Coat - 3 Big Window
    Swiftech MCP-655 aka Laing D5 Vario w/ EK Top
    Thermochill PA 120.3
    Swiftech XT CPU Block
    EK Classified Full NB/SB Block
    EK-MultiOption 4 Port RES 150 Rev. 2
    NZXT Fan Controller + Sunbeam Multi Fan Port
    7/16" ID (5/8" OD) Primochill Black Tubing
    7 x Yate Loons-D12SM ‘s
    Bitspower Compression barbs

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