Originally posted by: jklincewicz
After all the grief I had with my K8N-DL (memory compatibility issues etc.) I finally had it INCHES from working .... I had both Silli and Nvidia SATA working together (Striped RAID on Nvidia and SATA DVD RW on Sili.) XP Pro loaded and optimized, etc.
In the end, the CPU would be shorted every time I tried to clamp down the 64 Pro Freezer cooler. I tried "half-clamping" it, bit it would eventually die. I bought an el-cheapo cooler that I could adjust the screws to the retention clamp granularly, but the CPU would eventually reach 70c and shut down.
Thanks to TigerDirect for stepping up and accepting a return. The final reason was Asus would only support an Opteron 285 on a Rev 1.05 PCB (mine was 1.03) and had NO way of guaranteeing a reseller could pick out a late-rev board. I;m SURE there is a correlation between serial #'s and board revs, but all I got from Asus was a bunch of lies and finger pointing.
I ordered a Tyan Tiger K8WE today. My Tiger K8W has performed flawlessly for 3+ years, and their tech support never lied to me. It may not be a an O/C board, but they seem to at least be professionals.
How does a CPU "short" when you clamp down a cooler on it?! I think it would probably crack if it's forced or something, but ... short?