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    Default Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo. I just got this board as part of my new system and the bios is totally confusing me, I was wondering if someone good help / give advice on the best way to have the settings set? One of my problems is that my memory is 1066 but the mobo runs at 800 I don't understand all the different MAC Lan & Lan settings, I have the PC going to the internet through a router so I only need one Lan but don't know which one to use and set in the bios. In the bios DD2 1.8v is marked as FAIL and in red? I don't want to get heavily into overclocking but would like to get the best settings for my system Many thanks in advance My system Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU 2 x Kingston Hyper 2 GB Kit memory 1066MHz Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo Razer Barracuda AC-1 Digital Audio Card XFX PCIe 8800GTX xXx Video card Thermaltake 1000W Toughpower PSU WD 250GB SataII HD 2 x WD 500GB SATAII HD Compro T750 HDTV Dual Tuner PCI Card Thermaltake Bigwater 745 water cooling Samsung 226BW 22" monitor Samsung Syncmaster 913 19" monitor Silverstone TJ07 Tower
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU 2 x Kingston Hyper 2 GB Kit memory 1066MHz MSI P35 Platinum Combo Mobo Razer Barracuda AC-1 Digital Audio Card XFX PCIe 8800GTX xXx Video card Thermaltake 1000W Toughpower PSU Samsung 320GB IDE HD for OS WD 250GB SataII HD 2 x WD 500GB SATAII HD Compro T750 HDTV Dual Tuner PCI Card Thermaltake Bigwater 745 water cooling Samsung 226BW 22" monitor Samsung Syncmaster 913 19" monitor Silverstone , Thermaltake Armour+ Case

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    1. Kingston Hyper 2 GB Kit memory... as I know this memory is still DDR2 800 module, but can reach DDR2 1066.
    2. about LAN setup, I suggest can use default setup. no need to change it.
    3. The bios DD2 1.8v is marked as FAIL and in red? what is your BIOS?

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    Thanks for the reply

    The memory is DDR2 1066 CL5

    According to the Mainboard DMI Info Viewer

    BIOS Version FA
    BIOS Release Date 05/03/2007

    I had a look on the Gigabyte website and there isn't a newer BIOS out yet

    About the LAN, I just didn't see the point of having so many LAN options in System Properties / Device Manager when I only use one

    Thanks again

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    Here is my experience,

    First my system,

    WindowsXP Pro SP2 32-bit-all updates/hotfixes installed to Sept, 2007
    PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 1KW Power Supply
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU
    Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 v2 motherboard
    Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-8500C5D PC2-8500 memory
    LianLi PC-75 w/window case; 4 x original case fans replaced with 4 x Panaflo PN-10 NMB-MAT 80mm Medium Speed cooling fans
    2 x WD1500ADFD 150G Western Digital Raptor HDD in RAID 0-64KB stripe on nforce chip
    BFG 8800GTX 768MB video card
    Samsung 225BW 22" monitor
    Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty sound card
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Enermax KB002U Aurora keyboard

    The Marvel LAN Ports 1 and 2 will work for direct internet access, use one and disable the rest in the BIOS; I emailed Gigabyte tech support to get more clarification myself on why I could not use any of the LAN ports for direct internet access and received the usual "read it from a precompiled answer" type thing stating to install the drivers; so I gave up on that.

    Gigabyte has a very buggy, immature BIOS here, and, may I venture to say, are not in any hurry to update it with the many fixes it requires if the original BIOS date is any indication. Again, I emailed their tech support only to have them reply the BIOS will be updated when their engineers are basically good and ready; and that they have received absolutely no complaints similar to the ones I outlined; which, seem to be yours also.

    "In the bios DD2 1.8v is marked as FAIL and in red?"

    This is one of the concerns, their BIOS will not detect EPP memory correctly, or any DDR2 at default 1.8v as pass. So, you have to go into advanced BIOS settings-cntrl+F1 and manually enter your settings. Leave the FSB linked at 5:4 with the E6850 at 333MHz-stock timmings and you will get 1066MHz for your memory; second, for my Corsair, I had to manually increase the memory voltage +.40v to arrive at 2.2v-at stock timings; all this is Corsair's published stock memory settings, check your Kingston specs on their website; I would hazard a guess they require 2.2v also. This voltage increase will show as RED in the BIOS, but, then so does 1.8v-a default DDR2 spec. The voltage increase is necessary to run the memory at it's published timings/speed or you will not POST properly-very unstable.
    I've had a mariad of concerns with Gigabytes 680i DQ6; my drive level-read it detects as the BIOS does-Terabyte imaging, partition, secure wipe software is a "crap shoot" since I upgraded to this board. Always worked perfectly on all my other systems-using Terabyte for 5 years now.
    My USB keyboard is regularly/randomly not useable after POST until GUI using drive level software such as MEMTest, Terabyte etc; the system locks up and I have to force a reset. Yes, it is enabled in the BIOS.
    I turned my PC on this morning and was greeted with a continuous long BEEP after the POST BEEP-apparently memory failure; but the system booted up correctly and ran perfectly. I ran MEMTest 1.70 for 3 hours, all tests 1 through 10, with no error-6 passes I believe.
    I try to set the BIOS to "default safe" and it trips my PSU's circuit breaker shutting my system off.
    I have not been able to successfully power up from str3 suspend, the system hangs/crashes and I must force a reset, afterwhich the system reboots and carries on. ACPI is enabled in the BIOS, Gigabyte says memory concern, all else says BIOS concern
    I, also, do not overclock, and have never had any of these concerns with my previous ASUS a8n32SLI Deluxe, Corsair TWINX2048 Pro DDR, AMD FX55 combo; or for as long as I can remember for that matter.
    All of this is with the original BIOS; they have a BETA BIOS in the works. You would have to email their tech support for it; and, then, possibly, wait a very long time for a reply.
    Sooo, I am not happy with this motherboard; it is fast, but, Gigabyte is not coming to the party at all. The nforce chipset is, as always, extremely incompatable/unfriendly. NIVIDIA has not updated the nforce drivers, either, since mid 2006. If I try to run a 16KB stripe I end up with data corruption and instability. The default BIOS is to enable the jmicron/Gigabyte chipset and disable the nforce.....I mean DAH......
    I hope some of this helps you out. Until Gigabyte updates and corrects their issues do not pay attention to the DRAM "red" warnings....
    Oh, and one final thing, set all Spread Spectrum to disabled.

    Sadly, the AWARD BIOS Gigabyte has loaded does not support reporting the actual voltage values. When using DDR2 the default is universally 1.8v and that is what is reported in your "red" "not optimized" reading of 1.8v. I have experimented with the values running both CPUID and Gigabyte's Easytune5; through these utilities you can see the actual voltage, CPU/memory speed/timing/settings readings. I preferred Easytune5 if, for no other reason, because you can modify all the settings it supports realtime from Windows in GUI, afterwhich you can return to default, when I still go into the BIOS and do it there. Confirmation is basically all I was looking for. Through Easytune5 the DDR2 voltage is 1.8v default; by increasing .40v in the BIOS you now have 2.2v-1.8+.40 as confirmed by Easytune5. Also, you can check/verify your memory speed here too, which at 5:4 and 333MHz is 1066MHz.
    I agree with you on this being a poor showing by Gigabyte, but, if you search various forums on the nforce 680i you will find all have serious issues-the ASUS Striker Extreme seems to be among the worst offenders. I read elsewhere this motherboard was a collaboration between ASUS and Gigabyte when they were almalgomated for a short time. nforce and NVIDIA simply do not seem to be interested in regular driver/performance updates.
    I am going to ditch this board in 1 month if Gigabyte does not issue a meaningful BIOS update to address most or all of the issues this board "doesn't" have; it's not like Gigabyte has not had enough time!!!
    Lastly, all you hear from them is QUAD this and QUAD that, but, it does not support any of the current QUAD CPU's-68xx. when I bought the item the processor support page had the QX68xx as coming, now it is not even listed.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    Dear ALL
    Will you try GGTS system ?
    http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw
    you will get more information.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    I appreciate your answer Janus Yeh but me and my the store have been trying to contact Gigabyte for help and haven't even had a reply which from what I have read on other forums (replies to my posts elsewhere and googled help by me) is to be expected, not implying anything on you personally as I don't know you, this is my first Gigabyte board I have ever bought and probably my worst and I have been building & repairing PC's for roughly 12 years.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    LOL that link is ajoke like the gigabyte support.
    Hello Belvader here's a link to a support for this board as giga joke doesnt offer any at all! Also know this board isnt produced any more (I wonder why) and from the looks of it were left out in the cold as far as bios updates go. I use max defaults on this board mine is in RMA heaven right now I'll post more when I get it back.
    http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...&enterthread=y
    Again nice to meet you and stay in contact!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    Thanks for that jaggerwild I had a try there, see what happens, yeah I wonder why they don't produce the board anymore, all the hype before it came out then it ended up full of bugs, hey that sounds like an OS we all know ha ha

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    Keep in mind DDR2 at 1006MHz is overclocked by the manufacturer-Corsair etc. So, any features in the BIOS attempting to regulate CPU/memory power will conflict; the BIOS will report 1.8v at 667MHz DDR2 upon the very first boot after the PC has been assembled. EPP requires one to manually enter the manufacture's memory settings, afterwhich, the BIOS-being EPP aware-will automatically enable "SLI Read Memory"-this is not manually configureable; the "enable" is beside the "SLI Read Memory" BIOS configureable setting and is greyed out.

    All is using the E6850 C2D, Corsair 8500 C5D

    Soooo.....here is how I have the BIOS set up for 1066MHz memory (my Corsair is rev 1.2=Micron chips so 2.2v is spec)

    cntrl+F1

    Advanced Voltage BIOS Options

    Disable C1E, TM2
    Enable No-Execute Memory Protect, Virtualization Technology

    Advanced Chipset

    LDT [5X]
    NVIDIA GPU Ex [Disable]

    Power Management

    Suspend to POS str1 because str3 does not work correctly and Gigabyte has no intention of addressing this or, it would seem, any other issues with this BIOS.
    HPET [Enable]

    PC Health

    Disable all except CPU Smart Fan Control and CPU Smart Fan Mode-set both to Auto

    Disable all Spread Spectrum

    MB Intelligent Tweaker (MIT)

    SLI Read Memory [Expert]
    FSB Memory Clock Mode [Linked]
    FSB Memory Ratio [5:4]
    CPU Host Frequency [333] MHz
    Memory Frequency [Linked]
    Robust Graphics Booster [Auto] because it cannot be disabled
    CPU Clock Ratio [9X]
    System Voltage Control [Manual]
    DDR2 Voltage Control [+0.400V]

    All memory timings are left on default and are detected correctly ( ie: 5-5-5-15, 2T)

    If I attempt to enable any CPU/memory level power management (C1E etc.) I get the continuous BEEPS after post and all hell breaks loose.
    Last edited by Rick Steele; 10-05-2007 at 06:57 PM.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 RV2 Mobo help please

    thanks, I tried it and got a BSOD so I went back to Optimal Settings, it worked so I tried your setup again, BSOD, repeated what I had done, after the 3rd BSOD I gave up. Thanks again

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