nForce Chipset? No thanks!

I bought a new PC for Vista this month. Here’s what I got:

  • CPU Intel Core2 Duo E6600 2×2.4GHz TRAY 4MB
  • ASUS P5N32-E SLI nForce680i SLI
  • 2x 2048MB Corsair PC2-800 CL5 KIT TWIN2X2048
  • Coolermaster Mystique RC631 Black ALU o.N
  • 500W Enermax Liberty ELT500AWT
  • Zalman CNPS 9500 AT
  • 2x WD SE16 250GB WD2500KS 7200U/m 16MB
  • ASUS (R) 8800GTS 640MB 2xDVI/TV
  • Creative (B) X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

I put everything together, started up the PC and was introduced to a freezing/reboot hell. At first it looked like the RAM didn’t work that well with the motherboard, so I changed them. Thing’s were still not stable at all. I upgraded the bios to the latest beta bios (successfully) and BAWM.. that was the end of it. Just a black screen, no booting up anymore. Lots of people are reporting that they have got big problems with nForce680i Chipsets. I’ve sent the board back for a repair now.

In the meantime I got myself the Abit AB9 QuadGT with Intel Chipset. I put everything together yesterday and it’s running very smooth without ANY problems. Intel is the way to go.

nForce is really bogus, I wouldn’t recommend it anymore. Nvidia does great gfx cards but the mainboard chipsets are just horrible.

However, finally I’m setup with Vista, .NET 3.0 and all the other new shiny stuff 🙂


#1 Izzmo on 02.04.07 at 5:17 am

I somewhat agree, but not really. I have the same mobo, and it worked great when I installed and not had a single random reboot or blue screen. The installation with the new processor and ram went smoothly. So, maybe it was just a faulty mobo? There will always be those, and you might have just been the unlucky ones to get one.

#2 andreas.kraus on 02.10.07 at 12:59 pm

Izzmo: Actually it has been a faulty mobo and one ram stick out of four was corrupted. Bad luck, but I stick to the Intel chipset now, it runs great 😎

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