pete8475 wrote on 2021-01-13, 01:47:
Frankly I'm amazed it hasn't screwed up (that said every one I've been hands on with fails over the course of a weekend, as in 2-3 days), if you could run the prime95 blend test for a long time I'd like to see if it can survive that too. You definitely have the most reliable nforce2 board I know of.
Still going strong, no errors, after 24h. But not dual channel, the screen is wrong. Maybe tomorrow I'll switch over to prime 95, can then boot it into embedded XP using heron's boot cd. Note that this is a random nforce 2 motherboard I pulled out of a system I bought cheap a couple of years back, and I put 3 completely random and different 1gig DDR sticks into it, just to stress the memory controller out as much as possible.
Other things to consider that could cause these ss
a) AGP systems were definitely less stable overall than PCI-e systems. All AGP systems lack the robustness of PCI-e. Sort of like the difference between a 486 VLB and 486 PCI system. VLB is a cantankerous bus that was rapidly designed and deployed because we wanted more system bandwidth but didn't have a good design for it. The follow up PCI systems are better designed and tend to have fewer problems. Likewise, AGP was a stopgap that got added and added to, and pretty much every chip maker sucked at getting it right and performant. PCI-e was a much more mature standard right from the outset, and this resulted in a general uplift in system stability and performance.
b) We were in the middle of the capacitor dark ages, and VRM designs were pushing electrolytic caps to the limit (and beyond). This was not a friend to stability.
c) These high end AMD athlon systems really pushed the 5V rail on power systems pretty intensely. Power supplies were very often not designed to do this well, or even adequately. Power design, from power supplies, to how motherboards power CPUs, has come a long way in the last 15 years.
That is not to say you should run out and buy/use nforce2 systems ... I still feel that you should, by default, be looking for an VIA board for your retro AMD system. But nforce 2 systems are not automatically bad, just less useful for retro gaming because they prefer window XP, and there are plenty of better options for an XP box.