ASUS P3C 2000 Camino Board - Page 5
First my system setup used
@ 803MHz (5.5 x 146MHz)
Slocket adaptor (FC-PGA to Slot-1)
x 128MB PC133 Mushkin SDRAM (6ns Samsung) + 01 x 128MB
PC133 Kingston SDRAM
P3C-2000 (release BIOS dated 30/12/99) rev 1.02
Master: 01 x 10.1 GB Seagate Ultra-ATA66 HDD (5400rpm);
Primary Slave: 01 x 13.2 GB IBM Ultra-ATA66 HDD (7200rpm);
Connected via Abit HotRod-ATA66 controller card: 01 x 13GB
Quantum CR Ultra-ATA66 HDD (5400 rpm)
x Creative GeForce Pro (32MB DDRAM onboard) using 3.69
beta reference Nvidia drivers; core/mem settings at
Master: 01 x Yamaha 8424E CD-RW IDE drive (firmware
Slave: 01 x Sony 6X DVD-ROM drive
Platinum (Liveware 3.0 drivers)
1025 ATM card
HotRod ATA-66 card (1.21 BIOS; 1.20 drivers)
Mitsubishi DiamondScan 70 monitor (0.28 dpi)
Temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
- 300W Power Supply
Now, from several articles
Iíve read on the Web, there seems to be numerous
compatibility issues in running a GeForce DDR and ASUS
P3C-2000 combo. Fortunately,
I managed to resolve mine pretty quickly with some sacrifices.
Hereís what I did to get it running stably.
Reduce Overclocking on DDR GeForce
In order to run the DDR
GeForce stably with the P3C-2000, I had to reduce my DDR o/c
speed from 142/352 to 140/335.
If not, I started getting random lockups in Q3A during
normal gameplay. The
necessity of a lower clock speed could be attributed to a few
- Inherent AGP4x + Fast
Writes limitations, where stability become a functional
prerequisite and this is degraded by intense overclocking
- Simply a less stable
- Immature drivers for AGP4x
I will be testing this on a
VIA Apollo 133A board soon, and compare my AGP 4x findings
then. Now, if it
does prove that an inherent AGP4x issue results in slower
overclocked speeds attainable on the DDR, then the question
arises if running at a higher overclocked speed via AGP2x is
more beneficial than a lower clocked DDR at AGP4x.
This needs to be further exploredÖ
Update to latest I820 INF file
The INF update on the CD-ROM
I received was dated Julí99. This has to be installed to get
it running anywhere near stable.
Nevertheless, Iíve also downloaded a new set of INTEL
developerís INF update for I820 (dated Noví99) Ė after
being pre-informed by my pal in Creative.
This has worked fine and apparently addresses occasions
where 3Dmark2000 would randomly exit out to Windows desktop.
However, more on this laterÖ
Decent 3.3V line voltage
Although I canít really
verify if this as a requirement, I did notice that my 3.3V
line reads 3.52V! This
is even without adjusting MCH/MTH or VIO jumpers.
Perhaps this has also introduced some instability into
overclocking the DDR (as mentioned earlier).
But running at this voltage (which isnít typically
controllable), has at least managed to get my card running
pretty stable, albeit with a lower clocked DDR.
Besides resolving the GeForce
DDR issues above, I didnít notice any other incompatibility
problems at all. Even
without reinstalling Win98SE, the system redetected and
installed the I820 specific driver files just fine.
Neither did I encounter any problems using 2 sticks of
SDRAM from different manufacturers.
I had my 128MB of Double-sided Mushkin SDRAM in bank 1,
and the other 128MB of Single-sided Kingston memory in bank 2.
Even my HotRod ATA-66 co-existed with the onboard ATA66
controller without problems.
I was rather relieved from the smooth installation
experience, having read so many nightmarish posts on the
But in regards to DIMMs, I
suspect adding more than 2 DIMMs may prove problematic,
because the on-chip MTH does not natively support more than 2
I was unable to verify this without more memory.