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    Talking Phenom II X4 + GTX 295 Quad SLI = AMD 3DMark Vantage WR

    Hi everyone,

    I finally got some time to try Asus M4N82 Deluxe motherboard which is based on NVIDIA's nForce 980a SLI chipset. Officially this chipset / motherboard supports 3-Way SLI but I decided to try Quad SLI configuration and after some initial problems I got the system up and running with 4 GPUs

    I used NVIDIA's latest WHQL-Certified GeForce 185.85 drivers, which will be soon also FM approved.

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    Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
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    First I did tests with all default (CPU @ 3,2 GHz):

    Single GeForce GTX 295 = ~P15000
    Two GeForce GTX 295 = ~P18500

    Then I overclocked the CPU to 3,72 GHz (18 x 206,7 MHz), NB to 2687 MHz and GFX 675/1475/1245 MHz.



    The score was 22320 in 3DMark Vantage which seems to be new AMD WR:

    hwbot.org: Phenom II X4 940 BE 3DMark Vantage results
    hwbot.org: Phenom II X4 955 BE 3DMark Vantage results

    I gained ~3300 points raising CPU clocks from 3,2 GHz to 3,72 GHz (+520 MHz) so it will be interesting to see the result when CPU goes under LN2 and hopefully runs Vantage @ +6 GHz. I'm thinking +30k
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    You got me scared there. For a second I thought you have got a 7GHz Vantage stable Phenom II, then I've noticed that you mentiond AMD WR in the title

    With LN2 on the CPU and serious clocks on the VGA, we will see 30k from you soon. Nice work!
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    What were the problems in getting quad SLI to run on the board?

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    I had plans for a tri sli on foxconn...

    but I've got some medical things going on. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_redfield View Post
    What were the problems in getting quad SLI to run on the board?
    First I just got a black screen when trying 3D but after re-installing drivers couple times and switching the cards system suddenly started working
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    LOL misleading title is misleading. Like claiming the wPrime AMD record with a 6-core AM3 chip Will be interesting when you put the CPU and GPUs under LN2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sampsa View Post
    First I just got a black screen when trying 3D but after re-installing drivers couple times and switching the cards system suddenly started working
    I hate when things unexplainably fix themselves. It makes me feel redundant.

    Congrats on the score though.

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    whats the point of this over a crosshair II does 980A do anything different?

    both "support" quadsli
    same NF200 chip
    both run DDR1200
    hell they even look almost identical


    oh and good scores
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdawall View Post
    whats the point of this over a crosshair II does 980A do anything different?


    oh and good scores
    Yah it does something diff, it works apparently lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by chew* View Post
    Yah it does something diff, it works apparently lol
    lol sounds good!



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    This was on my Foxconn Destroyer which I got rid of recently due to shady support/bios and picked up a M4N82 Deluxe. I do not see any performance difference. I am hoping to test it soon on 06 and vantage with 2 and 3 GTX275
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    Turn off PhysX from NVIDIA drivers to make your Vantage result valid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdawall View Post
    whats the point of this over a crosshair II does 980A do anything different?

    both "support" quadsli
    same NF200 chip
    both run DDR1200
    hell they even look almost identical


    oh and good scores
    Price? That was my reasoning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sampsa View Post
    Turn off PhysX from NVIDIA drivers to make your Vantage result valid.
    KK I will try it. I have alot of changing going on. I have a new case, swiftech apex ultima, and new psu so it will be probably next weekend.
    Last edited by CobraXP; 05-15-2009 at 06:52 AM.
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    Physx off


    Normal
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    CobraXP, Using PhysX in Vantage is not "normal" since it transfers CPU load in CPU tests to GPU and you get CPU score of +40k. Also Vantage scores with PhysX enabled are not counted as valid results by Futuremark or HWBot so it just makes no sense to run Vantage with PhysX enabled.
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    Sampsa hows that board play with your gskills at 4-4-4?

    Preety sure I got the same set minus a SMD resistor .
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    Quote Originally Posted by CobraXP View Post
    This was on my Foxconn Destroyer which I got rid of recently due to shady support/bios and picked up a M4N82 Deluxe. I do not see any performance difference. I am hoping to test it soon on 06 and vantage with 2 and 3 GTX275
    I was going to get a destroyer :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sampsa View Post
    CobraXP, Using PhysX in Vantage is not "normal" since it transfers CPU load in CPU tests to GPU and you get CPU score of +40k. Also Vantage scores with PhysX enabled are not counted as valid results by Futuremark or HWBot so it just makes no sense to run Vantage with PhysX enabled.
    I have heard that argument on the Futuremark forums. Its like nitrous oxide in drag racing. It was not considered natural or normal but its preferred by the ones that have it and disliked by those that do not have it (in this case ATI).

    But any how I wasn't trying to burst your bubble or anything like that. Just trying to get involved with the community here other than flaming about Foxconn (don't do it demonkevy666).

    Congratz on the WR. I wish there were more ppl that ran Nvidia cards with AMD cpu's. I have seen lots of posts from yourself (Sampsa, demonkevy666, chew* and cdawell as far as AMDs, Nvidia cards and other things in general and have learned alot. Thank you guys.
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    Nice result Sampsa........!! give me more result with LN2 ......

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    For the record 980a is the same chipset as on the Crosshair II, welcome to the wonderful world of Nvidia renaming once again.

    OT: Congratz Sampsa, now shove some Ln2 on that baby!
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    Crosshair = UnderarmHair, same thing Sorry for the flame, but asus and nv pssd me off 0,o
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    No. U guys are wrong M4N82 Deluxe = $169.99 on newegg. Crosshair II = $229.99 on newegg. That is a sizable differance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CobraXP View Post
    No. U guys are wrong M4N82 Deluxe = $169.99 on newegg. Crosshair II = $229.99 on newegg. That is a sizable differance.
    Price matters.... how...?

    I know I am 100% on this part, this is another renaming scheme of Nvidia - Period.
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    congrats Sampsa, but with all your cash, you might have been able to affors a case

    as for our crosshair - Asus boys, have you thought about joining this XS group?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/Forums/...php?groupid=52



    ohh and yes i am a member

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