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Nvidia Corp., a leading designer of graphics processors and chipsets, recently admitted that its most-recent chipset for Intel Corp.’s microprocessors may cause data corruption in case processor bus and system memory are overclocked. Earlier customers blamed previous-generation Nvidia’s core-logic sets for data corruption under the same circumstances.

Apparently, when computer enthusiasts overclock processor system bus (PSB) and memory clock-speeds on systems that are based on Nvidia nForce 790i-series core-logic, they may experience data corruption on hard disk drives. Earlier end-users complained about the same issue on systems powered by previous-generations Nvidia nForce chipsets.

“Nvidia has received reports of data corruption when using certain high speed memory and overclocking the front side bus.  Our engineers are currently investigating this issue and as soon as we have more information, we will provide an update to this knowledge base article,” a statement by Nvidia in its technical support forums reads.

Even though this is not the first time when customers complain about data corruption, neither Nvidia nor any of the mainboard makers have disclosed the reasons of the problem.

Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI core-logic supports Intel Core 2 processors with up to 1600MHz processor system bus and overclocking capability beyond that, dual-channel DDR3 memory with speeds over 2000MHz, three PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots for graphics cards, six Serial ATA-300 ports for hard disk drives and so on.


Comments currently: 23
Discussion started: 04/17/08 02:46:43 PM
Latest comment: 05/26/08 12:46:09 PM
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Wow, people are paying top-dollar for these boards and expect top-dollar performance.

Some people now get some serious slaps in the face. I imagine they demand explanations from the mobo partners and from nVidia themselves. I'd flip if my data was corrupted.

Well, I hope those people backed their data up on discs; data is the most expensive part on the computer as many people know.

0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 04/17/08 02:46:43 PM]

Nvidia needs to buy Via seriously and get their help with making better chipsets.

Not only the drivers suck now, they are also too hot, too power-hungry, and incompatible with many things like Samsung's F1 1 Terabyte hard drive, some sound cards and other devices.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 04/17/08 05:54:04 PM]

Nvidia chipsets are flawed and they know it.
The only reason people went with Nvidia is because of their
stupid SLI.

If Nvidia did not tied their SLI to their chipsets, then you can see a majority of the users going with Intel or other chipsets instead of
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 04/18/08 09:29:48 AM]

Overclocking voids warrenty and is not supported by NVIDIA. so when users o/c, get data corruption, and then whine about it?
seems like trying to eat the cake and keeping it. but we all know the cake is a lie.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 04/20/08 11:13:39 PM]

First off, overclocking is known to cause these types of problems. It comes with the territory. Data corruption during overclocking is not a bug, it is normal.

Second, Intel and Nvidia aren't exactly friends. They are bitter rivals. Intel isn't going to give Nvidia any details they don't have to about constructing chipsets. This is the reason Nvidias chipsets are lacking in the stability department. If you were Intel, what reason would you have to give Nvidia the secrets of your FSB? Money. And that is also why Nvidias chipsets are overpriced.

I would say the problem lies within the system of competition, rather than any sort of incompetence on Nvidias part. If Nvidia/Intel/AMD merged they would create alot better things than they do today... assuming they had honest, dedicated people at the top.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 04/21/08 09:36:31 AM]
- collapse thread

[1] overclocking doesn't cause problems, overclocking with stupidity and without knowing your safety zone, is what causes problems. Also, bad motherboards cause problems when overclocked, but that's all.

[2] well, if nvidia is going to keep SLi to itself and dedicated to their chipsets, then Intel can do the same with Nvidia, i see it a 1vs1 situation. That's of course if it was proven that the cause of these problems are intel related anyway.

[3] if nvidia/ati/intel/amd merged "with whatever meanings this word carries" that would screw US ALL on a customer level.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 04/22/08 04:36:55 AM]


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