Originally posted by: opmike
Again, I must reiterate that people avoid this board if at all possible. Apparently, having the right RAM makes thing go a LOT better; but there are not many modules that are currently supported. OCZ, G.Skill, and others seem to be out of the question. The max 1.95 Vdimm seems to be a major culprit. Overclocking for me has been a nightmare as well.
I tried all three BIOS, and none corrected my issues. I just ended up RMA'ing mine for the Foxconn. While some are not having any issues, many are. ASUS needs to really work out the bugs in this line; as it seems to be hit or miss.
Originally posted by: acegazda
you went for the foxconn 590sli board? That's a big jump in price.
Originally posted by: vfrex
I played around a bit, and found that the inability to "soft boot" starts at around 225-227 on the CPU frequency, at least for me. That was regardless of whether I dropped the ram lower or HTT multiplier. Have you found where it starts for you? It would be interesting if we hit it around the same frequency.
I have a few issues with this board which I would like to have addressed. The majority of my problems are overclocking problems. The foremost of which is memory.
My current memory DIMMs operate at 1.9v, so at stock speeds, this is no problem. However, when I attempt to overclock, which this board is advertised as being designed to do, I have to choose the lowest memory divider (1:2 or DDR2-400). I feel that if more voltage options were given - say up to 2.5v, I could get a lot more out of this motherboard.
Another problem I've experienced between this board and my memory is that the board auto-detects my 5-5-5-15 1T memory as 5-5-5-18 2T. This isn't a huge problem, as I can simply lock what i know to be stock settings in myself manually in the BIOS, but it's something you may want to be aware of and consider fixing.
I also have a list of features I'd like to see added to the BIOS in addition to what I've already mentioned:
-More CPU Voltage options - up to 1.65v
-More Memory Divider Options - four is not much at all
-Finer CPU Multiplier adjustments - use 0.5 increments rather than 1.0
I realize that with the expedited launches of new platforms from both AMD and Intel and these platforms' green-ness that there are bugs to work out and that Asus is most likely having some trouble keeping up. However, this is not what I have come to expect from Asus - particularly not when a motherboard is advertised for overclocking. I also realize your first priority is to solve the stability issues customers are having at stock speeds.
I'd like to have some assurance, though, that Asus will address these problems and concerns that I have presented. I seriously considered RMA'ing this board once I found that it was not capable of what it claimed, but I have decided to give Asus the benefit of the doubt in what has been a whirlwind market the past few months. Please bear in mind that I am a young professional who undoubtedly has many more potential Asus purchases ahead of him. I have enjoyed your products and dealing with your company for some years now and I hope that will continue.
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Originally posted by: inspire
So, basically, when I asked for some sort of assurance that they will fix it, they give me the RMA routine. I may just RMA the board, and buy something nicer from a company that doesn't blow me off. I'm really disappointed by this, and I will not be buying another Asus product again. Talk about trash.... ugh.