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1 - Sorry about this trivial question, but i have no idea whether they are Xeon/P4/Opteron brackets... or which socket number they correspond to. Anybody? (from the picture above)
2 - I called MSI.
... by the way, i first had a hell of a time to get in touch with them... it took them 10 days to reply my first RMA by email, but then i called them by phone and i left my number on the voice mail, and they called me back within the same day. They said they could not recommend anything besides the usually shipped system, but they added that some customers would switch to p4 (or did he say Xeon?) heatsink/fan... and he mailed me an additional bracket (since i supppose the ones shipped with the board are usually 2 different types). These brakets are in fact the same as the ones i already have on the board (see pix above)
3 - From 1 & 2... my priority being on noise reduction (a good cooling is enough; not need of 'excellent'), any idea of heatsink/fan?
4 - My CPUs are OSA248CEP5AU. Have you heard of any issues i should be aware of with this stepping (CG) and the Master2, before i plug it in?
5 and final - The board doc says it takes only DDR333 with dual cpus, but i have heard people speaking of DDR400 earlier. So, does/doesn't it work with dual processors?
Need help with K8T Master2-FAR (x2). I can't get any ram to load on either of my boards. I figure it has something to do with ECC, registered type ram which I know very little about. I built plenty of computers, I bought these boards to replace my dual athlon mp 2400 (both fried because of bad bracket). It's a 900watt system, 600watt for the board only, 300watt for fans, amp, etc. Water cooled. Nvidia pci 5000 i think and a Nvidia 7300 gt AGP (both BFG). Lots of different ram, none work.
Is any of the ram ECC? I believe this board needs ECC.
Confirmed on that. I had almost the exact same setup as Dras in my old system with 2GB of DDR-400 ECC Registered.
Got the ram, worked for a little bit then rebooted from increase of 200mhz to 233mhz, now computer won't boot... again... water cooling read 31c and 34c and pc read 32c n 34c so it didn't overheat plus I put the overheat protection on. tried emtpying the cmos by removing battery twice, other then that no idea why it is not working this time.
Remove all but 1 stick of ram, see if any 1 stick is causing the issue. 200 to 233 is a pretty sizable overclock for ECC Ram, you might get away with 10MHz, but not much more.
Yeah, I could never touch the RAM speeds on that board, and the FSB overall was pretty touchy. It's basically a server board in ATX, rather than E-ATX format.
Also m_wally: I have a ton of stuff leftover from that old build. I have RAM (which may be suspect) (4x512 DDR-400 ECC) and 2 Opteron 246 processors if you're looking for any spares.
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