Originally Posted by crabnebula
Well, now that I have this up and running, here are a few observations:
First, I can't get 3:2 pulldown to work with SD DVDs. I'm using Vista SP1, the built-in Microsoft MPEG-2 decoder and Catalyst 8.3 drivers. Clearly 3:2 pulldown is not being applied, and the option is disabled in the Catalyst Control Center.
Furthermore, for video-based 480i (eg, TV recordings), the only deinterlacing options available are bob and weave. And as I mentioned, there is no sharpening available with an Athlon X2 even for SD material. Bottom line for me is that this is useless as a hardware-accelerated upconverting SD player at the moment.
I only tried one HD DVD briefly (Stardust) which played fine with about 30% CPU usage. No complaints there.
The Northbridge does run hot, typically is at 82C when idle, and up to 86-88 when stressing the CPU. This is with a Ninja Mini cooler using a fan mounted to pull its air above the NB, but no fan on the NB itself. Did not reseat the NB heatsink, will do when I remove the mobo next time. Using the F3e BIOS.
I noticed that NB heats up quite a bit when the CPU is hot, probably because of physical proximity. Undervolting my CPU (5000+ BE) lowered my NB temps a lot. In fact, when stress testing the CPU with its stock voltage, the NB temps shot up to 106 C before I interrupted. This is with an open case but no fan on the NB. I should note that this mobo seems to overvolt the CPU by ~0.07 volts, so that my CPU with a VID of 1.30V was getting 1.37 V at stock settings according to cpu-z.
For vkristof and others with a 5000+ black edition CPU who are interested in undervolting their CPU to lower power/heat/noise:
I was using RMClock initially but getting random shutdowns during p-state transitions even with standard voltages. Noticed a lot of people in the RightMark forums having similar issues with their AMD64 systems. There are several fixes suggested, but none are reported to work 100% and I didn't have time to fool around any more. As a result, I am undervolting in the BIOS at the moment. My CPU voltage is set to 1.125 V, which results in a 1.20 V Vcore because of the 0.07 overvolt mentioned above. The drawback of undervolting in the BIOS is that the CPU voltage remains fixed even when Cool&Quiet lowers the multiplier. With RMClock, you can adjust the voltage for each multiplier, and the CPU was stable with only 0.8 V when idling at 1 Ghz (multiplier of 5). Still, my concern is heat/noise more than power consumption, and this maching is on standby when not being used, so this is a reasonable solution for me.
By the way, this is the fisrt mobo I have that supports "away mode" in the BIOS. Entering and exiting standby is very quick, feels just like instant on/off.
That's about it for now. I'll be looking forward to new drivers...