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  1. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    Merry Christmas All. My sons configuration now looks as follows: Mobo: MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Mobo Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz, 1MB, 2000MHz FSB, Socket 939 Ram: 4GB, Corsair TWINX2048-4000PT 2GB Kit DDR500 XMS4000 Graphics: nVidia Quadro FX4400 PCI-E Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Hard Drive1: Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000RPM SATA150 Hard Drive2: Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 7200RPM SATA II DVD±R/RW: Plextor PX-716SA 16X SATA Dual Layer Power Supply: 500W Ultra X-Connect Case: Lian Li PC-60USB I had forgotten to list the sound card previously, but the 4GB Ram and Raptor Hard Drive are new. The good news is the system does run in "dual-channel" mode with all 4GB of Ram installed. The down side is, as was stated in the Mobo manual, it does not see all 4GB. It sees 3.4GB.
  2. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    Starminkee, I looked at your mobo manual which you can d/l here: http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/manual/mnu/spt_mnu_list.php?kind=1&CHIP=Socket%20A%20(AMD%20K7)&ID=3 I d/l one of the K7N2 manuals which shows this board having 3 mem slots. It states: "the system will support dual channel DDR when you install DDR modules on DIMM1(purple slot) and DIMM3(green slot), or DIMM2(purple slot) and DIMM3(green slot).". I think you can safely deduce that filling all 3 slots prevents dual-channel operation. The question then becomes, which yields better system performance: 1Gig ram running in dual-channel mode or 1.5 Gig ram running in single-channel mode?
  3. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    I used the Intel link since their description of dual channel seemed the most thorough. Going back to the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Mobo manual: The way I read it, and interpret the illustrations, is that I will get Dual-Channel support with 4, 1 Gig double sided memory sticks, but max speed will be reduced from DDR400 to DDR333. Since I've already purchased this ram, we will hopefully have definitive answers after Christmas. I'm very curious to see exactly what their comment: "Due to the South Bridge resource deployment, the density will only be detected up to 3+GB (not full 4GB) DIMM is installed with an 1GB memory module." translates to in real numbers. I have no idea how/if I'll be able to tell if I'm getting Dual-Channel support or not.
  4. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    If you take a look at this Intel Dual Channel Spec.: http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-011965.htm you'll note that it makes no mention what-so-ever of single sided (1 bank) verses double sided (2 bank) ram. No offense intended, but unless you can back-up your claim (with a reliable link) that dual channel mode is lost with more than 2 sticks of double-sided ram, I choose to disagree.
  5. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    Thanks for the very thorough reply, but the Manual doesn't support your statement RaptorFury: "for dual channle to work porperly u can use only 2 sticks of double sided memory". It quite clearly states that you can use 4 sticks of single or double-sided memory for dual-channel operation. Is there even such a thing as 8x128 single-sided 1 Gig? Corsair claims these are tested to 500Mhz: http://www.corsair.com/corsair/products/specs/twinx2048-4000pt.pdf. What's the point if the Mobo chipset can't support it (or is this where overclocking your ram comes into play?)
  6. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    One other thing. I can't seem to figure out if the Corsair TWINX2048-4000PT Memory (64M x 8 DDR SDRAMs) is single- or double-sided. This seems to matter with respect to Dual-Channel mode. The Mobo manual says the Max speed for 2 or 4 memory slots filled with single-sided ram = DDR400, but Max speed for 2 or 4 slots filled with double-sided ram = DDR333.
  7. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    With respect to the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Mobo and 4 Gigs of Corsair TWINX2048-4000PT 2GB Kit DDR500 XMS4000 Memory, the Mobo manual states: "Due to the South Bridge resource deployment, the system density will only be detected up to 3+GB (not full 4GB) when each DIMM is installed with an 1GB memory module." Does this mean installing 4 Gigs is overkill, and essentially throwing money out the window?
  8. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    Thanks for the link, but I have no idea what it means to "flash" a 6800GT, or why I'd want to ask, since I already have the Quadro 4400.
  9. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    Oops, I should have said "4 Gig". Just so you all don't think I'm insaine, I purchased the FX4400 off eBay for $1,150. That's the max. price I'd be willing to pay for that card considering its age. If I couldn't get that card I would have gone for the new(er) FX3450 which has vertually identical performance specs.I'll have to contact my son and get back to you on what was running during the 67ºC reading.
  10. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    Thanks for all the advice. The Graphics card is running at 67ºC. At this point it seems that I'd get the most bang for my buck by changing gears and focusing on a memory upgrade. I'll probably do what I always do, which is max out the Mobo with the fastest ram I can afford. In this case: 4G = 2 sets of Corsair TWINX2048-4000PT 2GB Kit DDR500 XMS4000.
  11. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    It's part of the never ending upgrade sequence. There's always something that should be replaced and a performance price to pay if you don't. The ram that's there was migrated from the previous Soyo SY-P4X400 Dragon Ultra Mobo. Do you really think a significant/noticable performance gain would be realized by upgrading ram?
  12. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    By the incredible lack of response to my request (no offense RaptorFury), I guess I can conclude that Coolmaster doesn't have anything to help me. If it matters, here's the entire system spec. thus far: Mobo: MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Mobo Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz, 1MB, 2000MHz FSB, Socket 939 Ram: 3GB CRUCIAL DDR PC2100 Power Supply: 500W Ultra X-Connect Case: Lian Li PC-60USB Graphics: nVidia Quadro FX4400 PCI-E Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB Serial ATA II 7200RPM DVD±R/RW: Plextor PX-716SA 16X Serial ATA Dual Layer
  13. nVidia Quadro FX 4400 cooling? (Son's Christmas present)

    I doesn't much matter to me whether it's air cooled or water cooled as long as it works. Performance is the goal. How cool it looks is irrelevant. I'd be willing to get the Aquagate ALC-U01 just for the graphics card. Is that kit all inclusive or do I need some kind of adaptor for the card?
  14. Last Christmas, I got my son the nVidia Quadro FX 4400 graphics card. (He's an industrial design college student using 3D Studio). The card runs very hot and am wondering if any of the Coolermaster components can help. If, yes, exactly what do I have to get? Thanks in advance.