nici, alright I added in the DFI board. Do you have any information about SpeedFan support, or CPU under-volting options?
I dont know about speedfan support because i don´t really think you need it on those mobos, three fans customizable as you wish from the BIOS or the included ITE SmartGuardian program. SmartGuardian sets the bios values AFAIK, so you can quit the program after you have configured it once.. I like the program though, it´s easy to read and set-up. Black backgound and large 7-segment display lookalike numbers in green for temps, along with the rpm of three fans. 0-100% control, and no alarm so it wont howl if you run your fans "too slow" as most of us do
Maybe SpeedFan has an alarm funtion though..
I never used the automatic fan control thing though, i just set the cpu and exhaust fan at a constant speed wich worked good. The fans always start up at 100% so no risk of them not starting..
IIRC the bios allowed undervolting to something like 0.8 or 0.85V, wich should be low enough for most people..
I am pretty shure these applies to the SLI-DR Expert too, i cant see why they woould have less adjustment possibilities on the top-of-the-range model than on the "cheap" nF4 Ultra-D. The layout of the Expert is very similar to the A8N-SLI, just that the CPU and memory slots are "swapped around" Here
is a pic. Looking at that pic i see theres an 8-pin connector beside the 24-pin atx-connector, wich i think is a little puzzling..
Most Intel boards have passive cooling on he chipset(s). And if you want to replace the standard passive HS with a bigger HS its easier because the heatsinks are mounted with hooks instead of pushpins(i hate these f*ckers).
Yes, I know what you mean. Oddly enough my Aopen nForce2 board has a fairly large passive heatsink that is secured via the same hooks you see on many Intel boards. To me it seems like they went backwards when them moved to pushpins for nForce 3/4...
Also if you have any recomendations for Intel boards I'll take those too.
I have an Epox mATX mobo for socketA wich has a VIA chipset and uses these hooks, but it has a large passive HS stock so i havent changed that
The ASUS nF2 sktA mobo i had also had a passive HS, it had pushpins but its also glued on
I removed the pushpins and noticed i still couldnt get the HS off.. Can´t remember why i wanted to take off the HS, but anyway i ended up leaving it without the pushpins and using them for a nF4 mobo
No wait i think that was the mobo that got fried when my PSU blew up.. and i needed a couple of pushpins so i took them off. heh
I also think pushpins are a step in the wrong direction..
Never had an Intel machine of my own, but my parents bought a PII 400mHz with a whopping 6Gb HDD and Voodoo2 gpu in 1998
Thats the only Intel experience i have...
It was still used in 2003 though, but with a Riva TNT2 gpu after the Voodoo2 crapped out.