A8N deluxe first build...couple quick questions for a noob

Discussion in 'Asus' started by patricksull, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. patricksull

    patricksull Guest

    asus A8N deluxe SLI
    WD rapture (10k rpm) 74g
    AMD 4600+ dual core

    1. Can the board benefit from the rapture? Or would I be getting the
    same performance from a cheaper drive?

    2. I plan on installing WIN XP PRO 2 X64 for dual core processors.
    What should I do first....update asus bios.....update Nvidia nforce4
    SLI AMD driver?.....Again this is my first build. I have read that I
    should always update driver before bios....??

    3. I went to Nvidia's website and could not find a driver that said
    NFORCE4 SLI AMD 2x 64? Which driver do I want to update?

    thanks for any help..
     
    patricksull, Dec 26, 2006
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    jadavis01 Guest

    I just being a smart ass, but we ALL benefit from the "Rapture". You will
    see a nice benefit in speed from your WD "Rator" , however! Sorry, couldn't
    resist!
     
    jadavis01, Dec 26, 2006
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  3. Nice... since it is actually Raptor.....sorry ....couldn't resist.
     
    Reggie Hillier, Dec 26, 2006
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    Paul Guest

    The main benefit of the Raptor, is reduced seek time. On
    an ordinary 7200RPM disk, you get a certain number of
    head movements on average, per second. The Raptor, with
    its 10000RPM disk, has a lower seek time. You would see
    the difference, if you were doing a "Find" command, and
    the disk was being searched. Or any other usage, where the
    head flies around a lot. If you were doing software
    compiles, and had thousands of header and source files,
    you'd probably benefit from a Raptor. While the raw
    bandwidth is a little higher, I think the seek rate would
    stand out more than the bandwidth.

    Before updating the Asus BIOS, go to the download page,
    enter the board name, click the BIOS link on the top bar,
    and read the warnings about disk driver version versus
    BIOS version. Notice how some previous BIOS versions
    warn of needing a certain disk driver first. Since
    you have no current file system on there to worry about,
    that should not be an issue. Install the latest BIOS.

    For a driver, disk drivers are included in this download.
    The driver version listed is 6.66, which would seem to be
    suitable for the latest BIOS version. (Go to the Nvidia
    download page, click "Platform/Nforce", I selected
    "Nforce4 Series AMD", then select an OS.)

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_winxp64_6.86.html

    For an X2 (dual core) processor, you might want to read
    some of this. But since you are using a different OS,
    I don't know if there is any info on what to do for
    the 64 bit OS or not.

    "How to install the AMD X2 drivers, hotfix, the correct way."
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=81429

    Paul
     
    Paul, Dec 26, 2006
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