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    Hello catalinux,

    I have not tried this board with a 20 pin power supply, but I assume it would work if you used a 20 > 24 pin atx adapter since this board really does not draw that much wattage. So far the AT3N7a-I has really proven itself, it's been pushing a 37" LCD at 1080p flawlessly. I'm very impressed with the ION setup and will use this board again.

    The truck PC has been running very well also, considering the temps here are in the 10's and 20's right now. Cold does not seem to have effected any of the components as of yet. I should note that my truck gets garaged now so it does not get as cold as my previous car/carPC.

    I've also been using the bejesus out of iGO8, it's just such a nice piece of software and has not failed me yet to find a place I was looking for.

    The factory amplified alpine system is also holding up well, since I have been bumping it for a year now. For the record the truck after 1 year has 14,500 miles on it and 12,000 on the PC. It's also had 5 oil changes of Mobil 1 in this time

    I have to say that for a truck this thing is pretty fast. Not very nimble but it will easily smoke a 3 series or a4 in a hole shot. Now that it's been broken in more, I've been seeing what she's got
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post

    I've also been using the bejesus out of iGO8, it's just such a nice piece of software and has not failed me yet to find a place I was looking for.
    I have to ask, are you using Centrafuse? If yes, is iGO8 embedding well into CF. Only reason I ask is because I am shopping for a NAV engine, since Cr@pinator is so old. So far its down to Garmin Mobile PC, but now you have caught my interest with iGO8.

    The factory amplified alpine system is also holding up well, since I have been bumping it for a year now. For the record the truck after 1 year has 14,500 miles on it and 12,000 on the PC. It's also had 5 oil changes of Mobil 1 in this time

    I have to say that for a truck this thing is pretty fast. Not very nimble but it will easily smoke a 3 series or a4 in a hole shot. Now that it's been broken in more, I've been seeing what she's got
    I will say that Dodge does not skimp out on certain things. Their factory amps are always solid. Their trucks are always built well. My only grip is that on the looks department they seem to have been clueless, also on interior. That is one of the reasons I went with a 2003 model. I love the styling, and I like the interior, it doesn't feel as plastic like, like on the later models. From day one I have always put full synthetic. Dodge puts beautiful engines in their trucks and I want mine to stay that way.

    This comes back to the beautiful engines, mine also halls @$$. Alot of people assume that a truck/SUV is going to start off slow, but with any of their trucks with a V6 or V8 (especially), they can go. I even went as far as removing my clutch fan and that makes the pick up even better. Its just to bad that once I add the second alternator, I will most likely loss that extra horse power I gained.

    All in all, I will always recommend Dodge trucks/SUVs. Even the second GEN Durango, even though I hate the way it looks. I also wish they would restyle the Dakota back to what it was before, I think GEN 3, or is it 2. That blocky style they have now is not flattering at all.
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    Hey ZX1, I'm not using Centrafuse, I'm a riderunner fan. Have been running it successfully for the past 4 years lol. I prefer opensource when ever possible.

    The truck style is ok for me, interior is nice too, but I got the Laramie package which is the highest trim. I really don't care for the lower trim Dakota interior, much too bland. I've also added some things the factory forgot like 4 HID lamps in the headlights and fogs.

    The factory rates the engine hp/tq as 302 hp / 320 tq which are good for a mid size truck. Push all that power through the rear limited slip axle and she gets up and goes. I've got the 4wd which adds weight and stuff but living in Michigan it comes in handy, just backed up an icy snowy hill a few days ago in 4wd low in order to pick up my facecord of firewood

    The power is fun, but it comes at a cost of 15mpg average
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    Hey ZX1, I'm not using Centrafuse, I'm a riderunner fan. Have been running it successfully for the past 4 years lol. I prefer opensource when ever possible.

    The truck style is ok for me, interior is nice too, but I got the Laramie package which is the highest trim. I really don't care for the lower trim Dakota interior, much too bland. I've also added some things the factory forgot like 4 HID lamps in the headlights and fogs.

    The factory rates the engine hp/tq as 302 hp / 320 tq which are good for a mid size truck. Push all that power through the rear limited slip axle and she gets up and goes. I've got the 4wd which adds weight and stuff but living in Michigan it comes in handy, just backed up an icy snowy hill a few days ago in 4wd low in order to pick up my facecord of firewood

    The power is fun, but it comes at a cost of 15mpg average
    What exact engine model do you have? You may want to get a superchips reprogrammer. Mine gets 14mpg, but if I get the reprogrammer, I can turn off the speed limitor (its electronic), add more HP and Torque, and go from 14mpg to 18mpg. I am sure they have one for your engine.
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    It's a flex-fuel 4.7 liter V8.

    It also has 2 spark plugs per cylinder.

    I am considering a cold air intake, exhaust and a chip but another part of me wants to keep her all stock and see how many miles I can get out of it since this is the first brand new vehicle I ever bought. I've had new vehicles before but they were leases.
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    Hey Blk....quick question are you using the volume on the usb soundcard ??? If yes where did you mount it ?

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    Yes I am using it, the sound card is mounted on the console part, tucked up and back but the knob is still accessible. I'll get a picture to show you. Also may scrap that card for now and try the on board sound due to the bios of the intel board hating the usb sound card.
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    Well I decided to redo the driving lights on the front of the truck. I've been running 4 HID's (2 head, 2 fog) on the OEM circuits and wanted to upgrade the wiring and take that load off the OEM wiring. So I added 4x 40a relays, one for each ballast, they only draw 1a from the factory side. I ran 4 new 14 gauge copper wires from the battery to each relay, each protected by a 30 amp fuse. So far it works great! Plus I like the loud click from under the hood when the HID's fire.

    Anyway I did notice they fire faster and look even brighter than before, likely due to the increase in current available to them.
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    Ill get a pic of them fired up at night on my garage door

    Here is another pic of the soundblaster X-Fi, and where it's mounted. The wheel is for volume, or push it for mute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    I have not tried this board with a 20 pin power supply, but I assume it would work if you used a 20 > 24 pin atx adapter since this board really does not draw that much wattage.
    Just for your information, you donīt need any adapter, you just plug the 20 pin one into the motherboards 24pin socket. It wonīt go in the wrong way, but it will go in

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