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Old 17th March, 2003, 10:47 PM
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1 bios question and 1 ram question

ok, I lied; i have 3 questions

Bios question:
_ what is 'Added IDE DMA transfer function support' in the newer biosses?

_ when DISabeling AGP fast writes, why is it supposed to give more 3d marks?

Ram question:

_ I have the dredded Corsair 3200 XML. Even with the new 0305 bios i have to swap ram with my trusty Samsung every friggin' time I change ANYTHING related to cpu or ram timings. Is there really no solution? I am now at 10x190 with 6-2-2-2 settings and I don't know how much longer my Samsung will keep posting. I mean, this way I will never reach the full potential of the corsair swapping ram all the time. I'm tired of it.

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Old 18th March, 2003, 12:25 AM
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I'll answer the RAM question: no fix from Epox yet.
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Old 18th March, 2003, 02:22 AM
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I'm lucky I have earlier model of the Corsair XMS 3200 and I don’t get this problem. My ram is less aggressive than the newer ram but I’m still able to run it at 5-2-2-2 stably. If you see any of the older ram about like mine I would advise you get your hands on it.
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Old 18th March, 2003, 10:52 AM
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ok but what is 'Added IDE DMA transfer function support' in the newer biosses?


and do you think flashing the bios back to an older 'modded' bios will solve anything for me?

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Old 18th March, 2003, 02:26 PM
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Hi Espetado

I’ll try and answer as many of your Questions as I can.

1) _ what is 'Added IDE DMA transfer function support' in the newer bioss's?
Not sure about this one but it would have something to do with how data is transferred through your hard drive. It won’t have anything to do with your Ram settings.

2) _ when DISabeling AGP fast writes, why is it supposed to give more 3d
marks?
I find that Enabling Fast writes improve 3dmark scores but only a little. I have enclosed a web site for you to look at with detailed explanation

3) One solution for your ram Problem is to find the old Corsair XMS. Buy 1 stick of 256 and slot it in the middle socket of your board. You will then be able to change your timings without hang-ups. It is an expensive solution but I’m afraid it’s the only one I can think of at the moment. None of the other BIOS’s help so just stick with the 3305

http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/bios/print.shtml
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Old 18th March, 2003, 05:56 PM
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thanks for the link.

But I think I will wait on a newer fixed Bios (if ever) from Epox because I had to move heaven and earth allready to get some Corsair XMS 3200 here, let alone that I find older Corsair.
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Old 18th March, 2003, 06:01 PM
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Disable fast writes - it will improve stability with virtually no measurable impact on performance
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Old 18th March, 2003, 06:16 PM
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Just tested it:

with exactly the same settings the difference between enbeling and disabeling fast writes is 59 3d marks (2001 SE).
xp 2200+ t-bred a @ 10x190
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